All these rainy days! What odd July weather we’ve been having here in the Northeast, but perhaps optimal for reading a good book. Just wish we could send some of this weather west.

Just as my New York Book Forum (NYBF) partners Janet McCarthy Grimm, Martha Hanson, Brigid Black, and Sara Maher have written these past several months, I, too, thank you for the support you’ve shown our nonprofit so far this year (and if you’re new to our email list, you can learn more about our work on our website).

We are delighted to let you know that we have another excellent program lined-up for August 18, proudly presenting Urban Word NYC. Dr. Camea Davis, National Youth Poet Laureate Program network director will moderate and introduce two award-winning poets (perhaps the next Amanda Gorman!)

This program follows two exceptional previous programs:  Kyle Zimmer, CEO of First Book, and Naomi S. Baron, Professor Emerita of Linguistics at American University in Washington DC, and author of “Medium Matters for Reading: What We Know about Learning with Print & Digital Screens,” a study commissioned by the Book Manufacturers Institute. Both recorded on our YouTube channel.

And don’t miss out our hosting a softball game fundraiser to benefit the Literacy Assistance Center on Saturday, August 28, in Central Park. Registration details will be announced soon, so keep an eye on our social media and event calendar.

Finally, we were fervently hoping to host the 34th New York Book Show this October as a hybrid virtual and in-person event; however, as the Delta variant has wreaked havoc with New York City and the process of employees returning to work, we have sadly concluded that this would not be the most prudent decision. We are immensely disappointed but look forward to welcoming you all in the future to a memorable event!

Be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn for announcements of our future programs. Please stay safe as we’re confronted with an unexpected and worrisome pandemic relapse.

Missing all my publishing friends, with best regards,

Andy Hughes
Board Member
New York Book Forum, Inc.