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US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be in conversation with award-winning actress and author Sonia Manzano at Fordham University

The Bronx is Reading has announced that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has been confirmed for the 2nd annual Bronx Book Festival scheduled to take place on June 7-8, 2019. The event will take place at Fordham University on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 10 AM - 11 AM with a signing to follow. Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be in conversation with award-winning actress and author, Sonia Manzano. This is a free event that requires all attendees to register in advance.

The Bronx is Reading - Bronx Book Festival is the largest literary event in the Bronx. Justice Sonia Sotomayor joins a buzzworthy line-up of literary heavy hitters like Lilliam Rivera, who is also confirmed as a festival keynote speaker, Darnell Moore, Sulma Arzu-Brown, Kacen Callender, Jerry Craft, Alexis Daria, Carlos Hernandez, Adriana Herrera, Tiffany D. Jackson, Lisa Ko, Torrey Maldonado, Wayétu Moore, Richie Narváez, Ellen Oh, Tochi Onyebuchi, Mark Oshiro, Emily X. R. Pan, Sarina Prabasi, Justin A. Reynolds, Booki Vivat, Ashley Woodfolk, and more.

Leading up to the Bronx Book Festival, The Bronx is Reading will also host author visits at Title I schools across the Bronx for the second year in a row to foster a love of reading in children and teens. The Bronx is Reading is pleased to host New York Times best-selling author Nic Stone (Dear Martin); 2017 finalist for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature Erika L. Sanchez (I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter); and NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens recipient Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Two Naomis) as its 2019 literacy authors.

“I am so thrilled to have another stellar line-up for the Bronx Book Festival! We have lots of stuff in store for Bronxites and the general public. The Bronx is Reading - Bronx Book Festival is more than just a festival, it’s a community event and all are invited. Even if you don’t read, come to Fordham Plaza and Fordham University to enjoy the entertainment!” said Saraciea J. Fennell, founder of The Bronx is Reading and organizer of the Bronx Book Festival.

Fennell founded and organized The Bronx is Reading and the Bronx Book Festival in response to an overwhelming need for a visible literary space for Bronx residents, after the closing of the borough’s only bookstore in 2016. Fennell has since continued to organize book events like The Bronx is Reading Book Club, a monthly book meet-up at the Andrew Freeman Home Library, and the Bronx’s first Literary Crawl, to celebrate the vibrant literary community present in the borough. Sustaining momentum in cultivating an enthusiastic literary community into a second year of programming, The Bronx is Reading will provide an even bigger and better festival experience for attendees. Sponsors of the 2019 Bronx Book Festival include The Lit. Bar, Fordham University, New York City Department of Transportation, Macmillan, Scholastic, and many more.

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