A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from June 12, 2005
New York Is Book Country
"New York Is Book Country" is the September book fair that runs along Fifth Avenue. The NYIBC posters have been memorable. Authors make appearances and there are events for kids.

Is New York is Book Country a non-profit?
New York is Book Country (NYIBC) is a non-profit organization that promotes the joy of reading and writing, and celebrates books by bringing together schools, authors, libraries, cultural organizations, publishers and bookstores in a network of citywide events and programs.

Is the Book Festival the only event New York is Book Country does?
New York is Book Country does programming throughout the year. Working with the NYC Department of Education, authors and illustrators visit individual classrooms in over 50 public schools each fall and spring to talk about and read from their current book. Also, NYIBC hosts the Reading Bee competitions through the city's public schools. In 2004, more than 7,000 students at 177 schools participated.

(Google Groups)
New York Is Book Country Celebrates 25 Years
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Subject: New York Is Book Country Celebrates 25 Years

Annual Book Festival Expands Street Fair to New York Public Library

Commemorative Book and Special Events Throughout Year Are Planned

NEW YORK, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- New York Is Book Country (NYIBC), a five-day literary festival beginning Wednesday, September 17th, 2003, culminating with the annual street fair on Fifth Avenue on Sunday, September 21st, 2003, has announced a range of plans and initiatives designed to celebrate the festival's 25th Anniversary. Notably, the festival will expand the street fair an additional eight blocks, now extending from 57th Street all the way down to 40th Street at the main branch of the New York Public Library. The expanded fair will include more than 300 exhibits and a new specialty section dedicated to Graphic Novels. The street fair, which will feature hundreds of authors and an entertainment stage, will also feature an expanded Antiquarian Row and Spanish Language books section.

New York is Book Country's 25th Anniversary will also be celebrated through the publication of a commemorative book: Metropolis Found, New York is Book Country's 25th Anniversary Collection, August, 2003. Dozens of notable authors have contributed original stories, essays and poems that capture the essence of New York -- the city that has always been at the heart of American literary culture. The book will be published by Crown Publishers and distributed by Ingram. Proceeds from the sale of Metropolis Found will support New York Is Book Country and the New York Public Libraries.

"Our goal has been to create plans for our 25th Anniversary which reflect our rich history, as well as the long association that has existed between the book community and New York City," notes Courtney Muller, the newly named Executive Director for New York Is Book Country. "We are enormously gratified by the support these new initiatives have received. In particular, our plans for a commemorative book have been embraced, and I am deeply grateful to the publishers and the authors who have freely given their time and talents to this project."

For the first time this year, New York Is Book Country will expand its official festival programs to include events outside the traditional festival week. Organizers acknowledge that this is a critical part of long term planning for New York Is Book Country, as the festival seeks to build a range of year-round activities. The NYIBC School Author Visits, which have matched authors to schools in local communities throughout New York City during the festival week in September, will now take place in the Spring as well, both on April 4th and September 19th. "Get Published!, a new program to be introduced on May 14th, will attract aspiring authors and introduce them to leading editors, agents and authors. New York Is Cookbook Country will take place in restaurants and bookstores and other locations throughout the city October 15th - 19th.

Other anniversary plans include:

- A poster by Maurice Sendak, who has graciously contributed artwork for five of the significant anniversary celebrations of New York Is Book Country beginning with the fair's inaugural poster in 1978

- A new 25th Anniversary logo designed by Milton Glaser, who has been a seminal figure in graphic design for over fifty years, originally as founder of Pushpin Studio and in recent years as the head of the multi-disciplinary design firm, Milton Glaser, Inc.

15 June 1979, New York Times, pg. C26:
Publishing: A Fair
Of Books on 5th Ave.

THE stretch of Fifth Avenue from 47th street to 57th street, an area that some believe has the largest concentration of major bookstores in the country, will be the site this Sept. 16 of "New York Is Book Country," a 10-block long fair. All the bookstores will be open; kiosks will be set up on the sidewalks; authors will mix with mere mortals; children's book characters will materialize; craft demonstrations will take place; an exhibition, complete with printing press, will show how a book is put together, and Maurice Sendak and Edward Gorey have promised to do posters.

Goods and Services IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: organizing and conducting a book fair. FIRST USE: 19790400. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19790800
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Published for Opposition September 8, 1998
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Registration Date December 1, 1998
Owner (REGISTRANT) New York Is Book Country, Inc. CORPORATION NEW YORK c/o HarperCollins Publishers 10 East 53rd Street New York NEW YORK 10022
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