AM NEW YORK // Bronx Book Festival latest in borough’s renewed push for literary prowess

The Bronx has a rich literary tradition, with classics such as E.L. Doctorow’s “Billy Bathgate” and Colum McCann’s “Let the Great World Spin” set in a borough that’s been home to everyone from Edgar Allan Poe to Mary Higgins Clark.

But the borough itself is not traditionally known as a hot spot for local bibliophiles, in the fashion of areas in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Yet over the past few years, Bronx locals have begun writing a new chapter in that story.

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Valerie Wong