April 10 Books for NYC Kids event

Authors Fran Manushkin and Miriam Cohen read to an eager audience. (credit: Ada Calhoun)

Author Tad Hills at the ReadThis/Center for Fiction event. (credit: Ada Calhoun)

Authors Miriam Cohen and Veronica Chambers answer questions. (credit: Ada Calhoun)

ReadThis and the Center for Fiction partnered on April 10th for a book-drive extravaganza. A full 47 artists and writers volunteered their time to read, answer questions, conduct workshops, help children on “Make Your Own Book” art projects, all with the goal of collecting 5,000 books for NYC schools and youth organizations. More than 35 ReadThis volunteers helped staff the event. Participants included Elizabeth Gilbert (a ReadThis Board member), Sam Lipsyte, Jamaica Kincaid, Kurt Andersen, Cecily von Ziegesar, Rick Moody, Tad Hills, Veronica Chambers… (for a complete list of artist and writer participants, please visit our Events page).
With the help of an ardent New York bibliophile, some very generous publishers, and all of those who attended, we were able to meet the book count requests of the institutions we were helping. Thank you.

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