Art: Book of Cures by Barbara Earl Thomas. Courtesy of the artist and Clair Oliver Gallery
SCHOMBURG
CENTER
LITERARY
FESTIVAL
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

 

ABOUT

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Book of Cures by Barbara Earl Thomas. Cut paper and hand-printed color.Courtesy Claire Oliver Galley

SCHOMBURG CENTER LITERARY FESTIVAL

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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FREEDOM

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
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Hanif Abdurraqib - photo credit Megan Le
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Read Until You Understand
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A Little Devil in America
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FESTIVAL UPDATES!

 

  • The Schomburg Center's new incoming director, Joy Bivins, joins the festival on Saturday, June 19 with Honorée Fanonne Jeffers!

  • A fantastic panel celebrating Black boy joy has been added to Thursday's schedule

  • Check out The Reading Room for more author readings and book giveaways supported by HarperCollins

REVISIT

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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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