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Walking Harlem in The New York Times!!

RECENT EVENTS!

December 18th, 6-9pm — Book signing at the i, too collective

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December 29th, 1-5pm — Sister’s Uptown Bookstore first annual Kwanzaa celebration! I’ll be giving a Kwanzaa inspired music presentation among a full afternoon of other festivities. Books will be on hand for sale and signing! 1942 Amsterdam Ave between 156-157th Streets.

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FULL HOUSE! January 9th, 2019, 6:30-7:30 pm. —  The Midtown Manhattan Branch of the New York Public Library presents “Two Authors in Conversation: Herb Boyd and Karen Taborn” Go to the link for the event here: https://www.nypl.org/events/author-talks Books will be on hand for purchase (cash only) and signing!

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MORE ABOUT WALKING HARLEM …

Walking Harlem is available for purchase now! Purchase it at the Rutgers University Press website here: https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/walking-harlem/9780813594576. You may also purchase the book on Amazon.com

Harlem and NYC Bookstores that carry Walking Harlem include the bookstores at The Schomburg Center for Social Research, Barnes & Nobles, Riverside Church, Sisters Bookstore in Harlem and Strands Bookstore near Union Square (main floor on the New York table).

OUR BOOK LAUNCH ON MAY 19TH (2018) SOLD OUT!!
IT WAS A BOOMING SUCCESS!
We had a full house of 250 people attend our May 19th book launch event in the lobby of the Schomburg Library and about 60 people joined us for a walking tour of the neighborhood!

Read about Walking Harlem in Harlem World Magazine’s March 8, 2018 online edition here!
http://harlemworldmag.com/new-book-walking-harlem-ultimate-guide-cultural-capital-black-america/

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Harlem, 1943 (photographer, Roger Smith)

ABOUT THIS GUIDEBOOK

Walking Harlem traces the musical, literary, visual arts, dance and socio-political developments in Harlem from c. 1919 to the present with a focus on the 1920s-1930s Harlem Renaissance. The book draws from numerous sources including historical and out of print text, newspapers, record liner notes and film to focus on the cultural, arts and political developments of African Americans in Harlem and it links this information to five self-guided walking tours. The author’s background as an ethnomusicologist is evident in a focus on music venues that have often been overlooked in previous researches.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Karen Taborn moved to Harlem, NY in the mid-1980s and has lived in the neighborhood for over 30 years. From 1991 to 1994 she served as the historical and cultural consultant for the Strivers Center Project–a landscape and cultural revitalization project in Central Harlem that culminated in the Harlem Walk of Fame on West 135th Street between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevards (Seventh and Eighth Avenues). Ms. Taborn holds two masters degrees in jazz (NYU, 1988) and ethnomusicology (Hunter Coll, 2006). She has taught Harlem history in NYC colleges and universities and given presentations on Harlem at various public and private institutions.

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TALKS AND SUCH…

Karen is available to give talks to your organization on a variety of subjects related to Harlem history and culture. Examples may include the following or may be tailored to your interest:

  • Harlem Now! Time your tour to coincide with an activity in Harlem taking place at the Schomburg Center, the i, too collective, a While We Are Still Here event and more
  • Harlem Buildings, Architectural Gems and People who lived there
  • Harlem Music, Speakeasies and Rent Parties
  • Harlem Women Artists, Musicians and Entrepreneurs
  • Harlem Politics, Preachers & Hustlers
  • Harlem Visual Arts & Theater Movements, Community Activism and Agency
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