ON STAGE: Experience SpeakEasy’s programs via YouTube, livestream & podcast. Sign up for updates about future shows here.

IN SCHOOLS: If you are an educator or know someone who works with teens, please invite them to join our Teacher Network here.

ON THE STREETS: Our Bookmobile delivers free books to “book deserts” in New York City and beyond. Want to partner? Get in touch!

SEPTEMBER 26: Back to School event in Bed-Stuy!

Sunday, September 26
336 Malcolm X Blvd
Brooklyn, NY 11233

House of SpeakEasy invites you to a back-to-school celebration for young readers with a kick-off the Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends week. Featuring children’s book illustrator Daniel J. O’Brien and YA author Torrey Maldonado, interactive mural by Bed-Stuy artist Michela Martello, craft workshops led by Community-Word Project’s Nichelle Ryan, and free coloring books courtesy Pen + Brush.

Brooklyn Book Bodega book giveaways for ages 0-18 throughout the day at READ 718’s Bed-Stuy center from The SpeakEasy Bookmobile.

All programs are outdoors and free and open to the public.
Advance registration required for workshops.

ON THE STREETS: The SpeakEasy Bookmobile

The SpeakEasy Bookmobile is on the streets of New York City all summer long! We are working with the Department of Transportation, the New York City Housing Authority, Behind the Book, and Red Hook Initiative to provide safe and socially distanced events in The Bronx, East Harlem, and Brooklyn. Follow us on Instagram for up-to-date schedules about our upcoming events. Swing by and say hello, select a free book of your choice and get special SpeakEasy schwag like bookmarks and facemasks. We’ll provide all the hand sanitizer you need. Special thanks to Brooklyn Book Bodega for their help. 

Watch a short video above about the impact our Bookmobile is having during the pandemic, and stay tuned for additional dates and partnership programs scheduled this summer.

Brooklyn Book Bodega
NYC Cultural Affairs

SERIOUSLY ENTERTAINING: I Scream, You Scream, May 25, 7pm ET — Rewatch Here

Our May edition of “Seriously Entertaining” heralded summer with “I Scream, You Scream. Award-winning journalist and podcast creator/host Amber Hunt explored our fascination with true crime and showed how it is a phenomenon that has been going on for centuries; distinguished Professor of Philosophy Nancy Sherman illustrated how the teachings of the Stoics helped her through a traumatic event; bestselling and award-winning journalist, food, and travel writer Larry Olmsted talked about how sports saved a city in trauma; and award-winning debut novelist Gabriela Garcia shared how an experience early in her life inspired her to tell women’s stories.

Purchase copies of each writer’s book in our Bookshop storefront.

Miss any shows from our Spring season of “Seriously Entertaining?” 

Visit our show page to view past performances.

The SpeakEasy Podcast: “Can You Hear Me Now?”
Featuring: Jason Reynolds, Kashana Cauley & James Forman, Jr.

As our country reckons with its history of systemic racism and calls for police reform, House of SpeakEasy seeks to examine injustice, intolerance, and inequity by amplifying the voices of Black writers who have performed on stage for us.

SpeakTogether Student Matinee

“Kids need to know how much you care before they care about how much you know.” Torrey Maldonado, who performed for SpeakEasy’s Seriously Entertaining stage at Joe’s Pub in fall 2019, led a series of afterschool workshops for teens at Union Settlement’s College Readiness program in East Harlem, part of SpeakEasy’s SpeakTogether program in the schools. Watch a short video with him about the magic of storytelling.

Virtual Poetry Showcase

This past June, SpeakEasy coordinated a poetry workshop with poet Sheri Booker, who worked with 10th-graders to develop their voices and perform their creative works. The students’ final poems became instant artifacts of a pivotal time in our culture, and the collection is a testament to the vision, creativity, and resilience of these students and their teacher.

Read their individual poems and listen to recordings of them reciting their stellar works here.

The SpeakEasy Storefront on Bookshop.org

House is SpeakEasy is proud to participate in the #BlackoutBestsellerList & #BlackPublishingPower campaigns by highlighting books by Black writers, poets, and illustrators, many of whom have participated in our programs. Read more about the campaign here.

Visit our storefront on Bookshop.org to view the list of titles by past and upcoming SpeakEasy performers.

The SpeakEasy Bookmobile has executed weekly book pop-ups across New York City. In partnership with NYC’s Greenmarkets and the Department of Transportation, our monthly visits to Fordham Plaza in The Bronx, Corona Plaza in Queens, and Myrtle-Wykoff in Brooklyn have allowed us to put hundreds of books into the hands of readers.

Check out some of the most popular titles on Bookshop.org and purchase your own copies to help support our work in the streets!