JUNE 14 - 19 2021
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Book of Cures by Barbara Earl Thomas

Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery and Barbara Earl Thomas

Photo by Spike Mafford Photography



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The Virtual Edition

June 14 - 19, 2021

The Schomburg Center Literary Festival: Reading the African Diaspora expands the center's long tradition of championing authors of African descent from across the globe and publications that celebrate Black history and culture. The day-long book festival has been reconfigured as a virtual festival taking place over six days as the Schomburg Center's doors remain temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Throughout the week, our featured authors and books will help us explore concepts of freedom, culminating on June 19, also known in the United States as Juneteenth, a day in 1865 marking freedom for enslaved people in Galveston, Texas.

The Schomburg Center Literary Festival is generously sponsored by the New York Life Foundation and Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation.

Visit here frequently to find out about the books and authors joining us for the 2021 festival!

Book of Cures by Barbara Earl Thomas

Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery and Barbara Earl Thomas

Photo by Spike Mafford Photography

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2021 Lineup

We are celebrating Juneteenth with an incredible line up of authors from across the globe, including Farah Jasmine Griffin, Ben Okri, Desmond Meade, Hanif Abdurraqib, and Yaba Blay, whose works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry celebrate and interrogate the sweet refrain of freedom’s song in our everyday lives.

Farah Jasmine Griffin
Hanif Abdurraqib - photo credit Megan Le
Read Until You Understand
A Little Devil in America
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"Dear Senthuran" book cover
Akwaeke Emezi
Saidiya Hartman



Dear Senthuran: A Black Spiritual Memoir

June 8 | 7:00 PM (ET)

Presented in Partnership with NYPL LIVE

The bestselling author shares their debut work of nonfiction, Dear Senthuran, a memoir that "deeply engages with the metaphysics of Black spirit and singularly faces the Black reader." Akwaeke Emezi speaks with Saidiya Hartman about their revelatory account of storytelling, self, and survival.


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Audre Lorde Zoom panel image of Tracy K. Brown, Mahogany L. Brown, Salamishah M. Tillet, Roxane Gay

You can revisit the 2019 and 2020 festivals at anytime.  See the line-up or rewatch the programs on Livestream.

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