City of Asylum (12th Year)

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City of Asylum Books @ Alphabet City is an independent bookstore specializing in works in translation and world literature. We carry over 7000 titles for adults and children. We are dedicated to offering a geographically and linguistically diverse collection of translations from many genres: literature, poetry, history, travel, cookbooks, and children’s literature.

City of Asylum Books will also feature:

  • Complete collections of some of the most prominent publishers of translated literature, including: New York Review of Books, Archipelago Books, Dalkey Archive, New Directions, along with many others
  • A robust children’s section dedicated to promoting diverse authors and stories
  • A weekly Saturday morning story hour for children
  • A cookbook section (my personal favorite) featuring gorgeously produced regional and ethnic cookbooks from all over the world
  • A Free Book Program for our low-income community members

The bookstore is committed to furthering City of Asylum’s mission of giving voice and promoting cross-cultural exchange. We hope you will visit with an open mind and an open heart.

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