East Harlem is home to critically acclaimed novelists, poets, screenwriters and historians. If you want to step into East Harlem and experience a vibrant culture, lose yourself in a book. Want to know what 1940 or 1970 East Harlem looked like? Or experience growing up in the streets of El Barrio? Buy a book. And, attend one of our book clubs that feature book discussions with an author who was born and raised here. Held monthly at an East Harlem business, it's our way of supporting our local businesses while celebrating a novelist's historical contribution to their community.