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Goodbye (for now) to an East Harlem institution

This past Saturday, La Casa Azul Bookstore in East Harlem closed its doors. I had visited for many events over the years, including a few readings of my work and the Kweli Writers Conference. It was the one place in the city that was always open to hosting a reading for Latino authors.

I will always be grateful to the owner Aurora Anaya-Cerda for the gift of this bookstore, as I know many authors and readers will be. I look forward to seeing what the bookstore will evolve into in the future. In the meantime, you can still buy from the store online.

To read about the closing you can go here. My best wishes go out to Aurora and La Casa Azul!


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