Community Literature

9th Annual Irish Arts Center Book Day

Our citywide celebration of literature


FREE 8am until the books run out!

Fri, Mar 15, 2019




Citywide Book Day pop-up stations to be announced soon


Presented by Irish Arts Center in association with New York City Council, New York State Assembly, Literature Ireland, and Asian American Arts Alliance.

Each St. Patrick’s Day, thanks to our wonderful community of supporters and sponsors, staff and volunteers, we give away thousands of free books by Irish and Irish American authors as well as those of other cultures, including in recent years Mexican (2017) and Caribbean (2018). This year, alongside titles by writers of Irish heritage we share stories by Asian and Asian American authors in a celebration of our different and kindred voices on this special day for the global Irish community. 

Get YOUR free book on March 15 at one of our dozen Book Day pop-up stations across all five boroughs, where there will be fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, poetry, and books in translation to choose from. Locations will be announced soon.

“This is a lovely way to remind everybody that the Irish are known for their literature.”Wall Street Journal 


For book donation and sponsorship opportunities, contact Rachael Gilkey at

For volunteer opportunities, contact










Support for this program is also provided by the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation, Irish Institute, and the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Westchester County.

Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; Delta Air Lines; M&T Bank; The Ireland Funds; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; Northern Ireland Bureau; Tourism Ireland; and thousands of generous donors like you.

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