Brave Books

Drawing by Joe Quarnberg


This exhibition is part of the UA Poetry Center's multi-year celebration of independent bookstores and libraries from around the world, which will feature many lost, endangered, and otherwise dramatic and brave oases people have built to protect, house, share, and enjoy books around the world. Last year, the inaugural exhibition featured a mural honoring the Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore in Paris, founded by Sylvia Beach (publisher of Ulysses) and owned for many years by the late George Whitman. 


This season's featured bookstore is the African National Bookstore in Harlem. The Poetry Center has recreated the façade of this historic bookstore as well as a jazz club and a bodega in the Children's Area, and invites you to explore Harlem! You'll find music, literature, and even a portal to a different moment in history in this recreated city!


Learn more about our current exhibition here.