cafe con libros
coffee. tea. books. community.


let's collaborate...let's create.

cafe con libros is a feminist community bookstore catering to folks who are book lovers, coffee aficionados, or both.  we aim to provide space for anyone seeking a community of readers and thinkers and, to spread the love of reading as a source of healing and joy.

cafe con libros will also provide community programming to include a book club, book fairs for children and young adults, prison outreach, and when possible, host local artist.

in solidarity with our community, we wish to open our space for use free of charge in service of a broader, collective endeavor.


kqd & rfc.

6:00 PM18:00

Rescheduled: "Neversays" Book Signing and Dialogue with Randi Bryant

A bit about Neversays:

"The United States is a pluralistic society:  a mix of cultures, languages, nationalities, races and religions, and that’s before we even address differences in political beliefs, sexual orientation, and income levels.  More often than not, however, we live our lives surrounded by family, friends and in neighborhoods comprised or people very similar in attitudes and beliefs similar to ourselves.  Accordingly, it should be no surprise that we sometimes feel uncomfortable and struggle when we are around people who are different.  This discomfort isn’t based upon negative feelings about those differences, but rather a simple lack of familiarity.

Society is awash in propaganda about why we should embrace others, but there is little guidance on how to navigate this effort.  One could spend weeks seeking to memorize the endless lists of what you should say; likely an impossible task.  However, it is far more practical to learn and know what NOT to say—ever—in order to avoid offense, embarrassment and hurt feelings."

Bring your nuanced politics and good energy to this book signing and dialogue.  Open to all. 

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6:00 PM18:00

POC Zine Reading and Panel...

Let's talk all things...zines, zine culture, being a POC in said culture/NY, what POC add to the conversation and, why this alternative media must persist.

All are welcome.  Bring your questions, comments, critiques, and ideas.  Just promise us that you are coming to build community and support POC zinesters!

Space is limited.  RSVP to

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4:00 PM16:00

NYC Book Launch: Locked Gray/Linked Blue by Kem Joy Ukwu

Written by Kem Joy Ukwu and published by Kindred Books, an imprint of Brain Mill Press, Locked Gray / Linked Blue is a collection of short stories studying the experiences and effects of loss, loneliness and estrangement. A finalist for the 2016 New American Fiction Prize, Locked Gray / Linked Blue explores the complexity and melancholy of love, encouraging empathy on the way.

Kem Joy Ukwu will read excerpts from the collection. Vanessa Willoughby, Editor of Kindred Books and Kim Coleman Foote, Writer, will read their powerful work. Darin Patterson, Comedian, will be the event's MC. 

Flautist and Brooklynite, Justine Stephens will set the tone and supplement the readings with warm yet, invigorating classical music.  Guest are asked contribute $10 to Justine as a gesture of support to our community members.

Stop by Cafe Con Libros for coffee, literature, celebration and inspiration!

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6:00 PM18:00

SafeWordSociety Visibility Pack Game Night Hosted by Activist & Storyteller, Ian Fields Stewart

Launched in early 2017, SafeWordSociety has quickly grown from a small Brooklyn-based company to an active community that strives for change, social justice, and inclusivity. We work to spotlight members and allies of our community to ensure that authentic QTPOC+ narratives reach even the most vulnerable among us.

On February 21st, we released the Visibility Pack, a discussion-based card game for safe space discourse. Created by and for queer and trans people of color (QTPOC+), the Visibility Pack serves as a collective learning and engagement tool for discussions surrounding diversity, inclusivity, understanding, and collaboration.

Our first game night will be facilitated by a SWS favorite, Ian Fields Stewart (pronouns: they/them/their). Ian is a black, queer, and mixed-race gender nonconforming New York based storyteller working at the intersection of theatre and activism. A native of Birmingham, AL, their work is centered in deconstructing mainstream media forms and rebuilding them to amplify and include the voices of marginalized people in our local and global communities. 

Guests are asked contribute $10 to SafeWordSociety to help us further our mission and amplify our voices. 

So be sure to come by Cafe Con Libros for coffee, discussion, empowerment and fun! RSVP at  There's a 15 person cap.

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5:00 PM17:00

crystal c. mercer: a love story waiting to happen reading and signing

about the author...

Crystal C. Mercer is just a little girl from Little Rock, Arkansas. She's a Performance Artist, Poet, Activist and the Sole Proprietor of Columbus Creative Arts + Activism and SAFI FABric MARKET. Mercer's past credits include a number of plays and musicals in Arkansas, off - Broadway in New York, and internationally in Canterbury, England. Mercer fuses arts and activism by using theatre and textiles to tell social justice narratives, through merchandising and storytelling, with an emphasis of uplifting voices of color. 

A Love Story Waiting To Happen, Mercer's first full body of published work,is a rhythmic, raw, and  open movement of poetry that explores love, grief, mourning, freedom, social justice, sex, and courtships. Blending an intoxicating concoction of poetry and imagery, Mercer engages her intellect, molding herself to express stories that are both universal in nature and indicative of her journey in the full spectrum of love… Ebb. Flow. Disruption. Choas. Calm. Good. Bad. Ugly. Lovely. 

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5:00 PM17:00

Un Acto de Rebeldia al Dia

Directed by Isabella Bretón, written by Gabriela Ortega and produced by Nicole Coiscou, "A Rebellious Act A Day" is an audiovisual project showcasing everyday micro-agressions Dominican women experience, while empowering them through small acts of rebellion. 

The short-film has performances by notorious local actors and celebrities such as June Gómez, Marcos Mañon, Cynthia Guzmán, Lo Blanquito, Nicole Lockward, Natalia Azar, Lauren Bowcutt, Paloma de la Cruz, Lola Lora, Paloma Richiez, Pamel Mancebo, Carlos Durán, Sergio Echenique, Marina Frías, JJ Sánchez, y Kat Montes. During its Santo Domingo premiere, organizers expected a hundred attendees, but had to screen it nine times for the five hundred people audience. 

Nicole Coiscou is a Dominican producer with a Journalism & Design B.A. from The New School. She organizes fundraising efforts in New York and Dominican Republic for causes of social interest. 

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6:00 PM18:00

La Borinquena Comic Book Signing Party

A little about the creator...

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez is the writer and creator of the critically acclaimed and best-selling graphic novel La Borinqueña which he self-published under his own studio, Somos Arte. Edgardo's debut as a writer for Marvel's anthology Guardians of the Galaxy: Tales of the Cosmos has been received with critical acclaim similar to his initial work with Marvel as curator of two exhibitions Santerians: The Art of Joe Quesada and Marvelous Color. This fall he debuted the comic book series Freak, a collaboration with the award winning actor and writer John Leguizamo. He is also co-founder of the publishing company Darryl Makes Comics with his business partner, Darryl DMC McDaniels and this fall released their third graphic novel DMC #3. Via his studio Somos Arte, he has a client roster that includes MarvelColumbia Universityand Atlantic Records for which he designed the cover for The Hamilton Mixtape and Lin-Manuel Miranda's benefit single for Puerto Rico Almost Like Praying.

This event free and open to the public.  Please join us in celebrating the Puerto Rican SuperShero, La Borinqueña.

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6:00 PM18:00

Fearless Expressions: A Photography Exhibit and Jewelry Show Presented by Ambiguous Jewelry Arts

FEARLESS EXPRESSION is a photography exhibit showcasing vibrant images of women of color fashioned from another point of view.  It's a modern day attempt to connect to the ancestors through color, design, jewelry, and make-up.  After all, we were all meant to live in color.

 Kaya Jackson, a self-taught jeweler will be present to to discuss her vision and hopes for the exhibit as well as to sell jewelry.  

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6:00 PM18:00

Yoruba Mythology: The God and Goddess of Yorubaland Coloring Book Launch Party

Yoruba Mythology Coloring Book: The Gods and Goddesses of Yorubaland is a therapeutic art form to spark the discovery of an African culture of spirituality, while guiding discussions among parents, children, and other adults.   

Images in the 24-page soft cover coloring book reflect and celebrate people of  darker hues, kinky hair, wide hips, thick bodies and full lips.  

Please join us for the launch party.  This event is open and free to the public.  The author will be present and available for signing.  Wine and cheese will be provided over live music.

We look forward to being in community with you.


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