Sant Jordi 2014 / International Books & Roses Day

Join the Catalan Institute of America from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26th, for a literary crawl through Brooklyn’s DUMBO community in celebration of La Diada de Sant Jordi, also known as “International Books & Roses Day” and UNESCO’s “World Book Day.” The event, which will highlight literature in translation, will take place in partnership with four local bookshops (map below). There will be short bilingual readings at each bookshop, in Polish, Czech, Armenian, Portuguese, Spanish and Catalan, respectively.

Stop 1: 1:00-1:30pm Melville House Books
Stop 2: 1:45pm-2:15pm Berl’s Poetry Shop
Stop 3: 2:30pm-3pm P.S. Bookshop
Stop 4: 3:15pm-4pm powerHouse Arena

There will also be a designated section of translated works on sale in all of the stores; customers who purchase books from those sections will be able to purchase roses at $1 each from the Catalan Institute of America, in collaboration. (Roses will be available for $3 each to those who do not purchase a book.) Additionally, a free book and rose will be given to anyone who becomes a member of the Catalan Institute of America during the event. The Institute’s Executive Board will be present at all four bookstores to process membership orders.

Prior to the literary crawl, there will be a presentation of the legend of Sant Jordi for families in both Catalan and English that will take place at 12 p.m. in the nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park behind Jane’s Carousel. If you and your family wish to receive more information, please send an email to alevin [at] ciofa [dot] org.

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