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The Virtual Edition

Schomburg Lit Fest

A Look Back at 2019

On Saturday, June 29, 2019 we hosted our first annual Schomburg Center Literary Festival featuring 23 programs, approximately 50 authors/moderators, and 34 vendors/exhibitors on 135th Street and inside the Schomburg Center. We set out to present a literary festival that centered stories and scholarship by writers of African descent, hailing from across the globe and our own backyard. Take a look at the 2019 Schedule to see the range of conversations inspired by Schomburg collections and our participants. It was rewarding to see intergenerational exchanges, the Schomburg showcased on the streets of Harlem, and the many forms of literature share stages named for Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. The day started with Batala New York, an Afro-Brazilian inspired, all women, percussion band and ended with our ambassador, Sonia Sanchez, whose generous spirit and commitment to justice and the written word is unparalleled. The festival was sponsored by Deustche Bank Americas Foundation. We also received support from HarperCollins.

Together, we provided a platform for writers who carry forward the essence of these words.  We have laid the foundation for a free literary event that commits to providing the community access to books by leading and emerging writers, featuring big ideas, scholarship, and worlds real and imagined. We look forward to doing it again this summer!  

Revist 2019 on Livestream 



The Virtual Edition

September 21 - 26, 2020


Reading the African Diaspora expands our long tradition of championing authors of African descent from across the globe and publications that celebrate Black history and culture. The inaugural day-long book festival has been reconfigured as a virtual festival taking place over six days. We will feature readings, panel discussions, workshops, book selling and more for all ages, from prose to poetry, comic books to young adult novels, fiction and non-fiction. 







The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd)

New York, NY, 10037

(917) 275-6975

The Schomburg Center Literary Festival is generously sponsored in part by Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation.

Additional support is given by The HarperOne Group, presenting Amistad, HarperVia, and HarperCollins Espanol.