This month, a consortium of cultural organizations is hosting a series of New York City wide events celebrating the work of James Baldwin.

A consortium of cultural organizations from throughout New York City is uniting to declare 2014-15 The Year of James Baldwin on what would have been the great American essayist, novelist, playwright, poet, and activist James Baldwin’s 90th year (he was born in Harlem on August 2, 1924). The principal conveners of this multidisciplinary festival will consist of co-partners Harlem Stage; New York Live Arts; and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Other participants will include the Vera List Center at the New School, New York University, the Harlem Book Fair, and others to be announced.

The Year will launch April 23 to 27 with the second annual installment of New York Live Arts’ Live Ideas festival, this year entitled James Baldwin, This Time! with twenty events spread over five days. It will culminate in the spring of 2015 with major programming at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse. Events throughout the city will celebrate this often overlooked American writer who is arguably the most profound and imperative voice of the twentieth century.

For a full schedule of events click here.



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  • Lou Kief

2 Responses to “The Year of James Baldwin: A City-Wide Celebration of James Baldwin”

  1. John Mulholland 10 April 2014 at 3:13 PM #

    So looking forward to this celebration of the work of James Baldwin. Too often, he is slotted into the niche shelf quagmire — black writer, gay writer, etc. Yes, he explored his gayness, his blackness — with passion and sensitivity and rage — but it is how he treated the gay/black issues which elevated his art. A true original, James Baldwin.


  2. cassandra 12 April 2014 at 9:12 AM #

    Oh I wish I lived in N.Y. during times like these! As an Atlantan I feel extremely separated from so many cultural events such as these.



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