Story Time for Kids at Word Up!

Please join us at Word Up Bookshop from 11am-noon (*new time) on Saturdays for bilingual Story Time, hosted by Mariel, which has featured guest readers like Shumerria Harris (Because You Are Red),  Dr. Margarita Suero-Duran (Dominican Doll, Carribean Treasure), and Elizabeth Balaguer! Here are some pictures of a recent event.


All children over 3 are welcome! FREE!



Beehive Collective Presents – Mesoamérica Resiste at Word Up



Members of the Beehive Collective (based in Maine) will present their latest graphic work, entitled Mesoamérica Resiste. It is the third and final image in the Beehive’s trilogy about globalization in the Americas, focusing on resistance to mega-infrastructure projects that are literally paving the way for free trade agreements that devastate local economies and communities.

“This project reflects our efforts to go beyond illustrating just the bad news, to also sharing stories of collective action and inspiration. The inside of the poster tells stories of grassroots organizing and community resilience.”

The Beehive Design Collective is a wildly motivated, all-volunteer, activist arts collective dedicated to “cross-pollinating the grassroots” by creating collaborative, anti-copyright images for use as educational and organizing tools. They work as word-to-image translators of complex global stories, shared with them through conversations with affected communities.

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Crossing Broadway Book Launch at Coogan’s to Benefit Word Up


Coogan’s Restaurant presents a reading, public discussion and reception to mark the publication of “Crossing Broadway – Washington Heights and the promise of New York City.” Published by Cornell University Press featuring author Robert W. Snyder.

Sunday November 23, 2014
Coogan’s Restaurant
4015 Broadway @ West 169th St.

All proceeds will go to Word Up Word Up: Community Bookshop – Libreria Comunitaria

Saturday: Sole Rebel Gallery Reception featuring Lexiglass on beats


Beats, Rhymes and Art. . . . This Saturday, November 8th, come get down at Word Up as we celebrate the paintings of Bronx-based visual and performing artist SOLE REBEL!

Wash Heights’ own LEXIGLASS (Will Glass, drums; Alexis Marcelo, keys) will be providing live beats during the reception, and for a special uptown cypher, hosted by Soli of The Machine.


Artwork on view: October 30–November 17

Tonight: Reynaldo García Pantaléon: A Return Trip


One of the best parts of having moved to 2113 Amsterdam Avenue is that we have a great next-door neighbor in the form of Reynaldo García Pantaléon. “I came with the place,” he says to anyone he meets at the store, whether he is up high on a ladder painting the duct, sorting through books, or vigorously participating in conversation about community issues.

When Reynaldo left town for some weeks this summer, he was returning to a place he had not been to in seventeen years. Once there, he experienced the changes that had taken place in his home nation, his family, his memory, and more. And, he made art—3 murals, to be exact. Tonight at the store, Reynaldo will give a presentation on his trip, including a slideshow of his work. Please stop in! The event starts tonight—Thursday, October 30—at 7pm.

Wednesday: Glenda Galán reads from Tsunami


This Wednesday at Word Up, Glenda Galán will be reading from her new book Tsunami, a collection of stories and poems that touch on themes of rootlessness and the struggle for identity.

Glenda Galán leerá algunos textos de su nuevo libro Tsunami, un conjunto de historias y poemas que tratan sobre el desarraigo y la lucha por la identidad.


Glenda Galán was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She is a graduate of the UNIBE, and has a degree in journalism from the University of Miami. She won an Emmy award for production in 2011, and was nominated that same year as a screenwriter. She has received multiple honors and won various contests for her literary work, and has worked as a jounralist and producer for América TeVe and Mundo Fox in Miami. She currently edits the cultural magazine Dominicana en Miami. She has published Mar de fugas (2011), Guayabas y fresas (2012), and now, Tsunami. Galán has been living in the US since 2006.

Glenda Galán nació en Santo Domingo. Es egresada de la Escuela de Comunicación de la Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) y Diploma en Periodismo de KC, University of Miami. Desde el 2006 reside en EE UU. Ganadora de un Premio Emmy (2011) como Productora y Nominada a Premio Emmy (2011) como Guionista. Resultó primera finalista en el concurso “Nuevos valores de la poesía hispana” revista literaria Baquiana y CCE (2011). Mención de honor en el concurso “Florida tierra de Poetas” (2012). Impartió docencia en la Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) y en la Universidad Nacional Pedro Enrique Ureña (1995-1997). Ha laborado como periodista de investigación y productora en América TeVe y Mundo FOX, Miami. Actualmente es Editora de la revista cultural Dominicana en Miami. Ha publicado Mar de fugas (2011), Guayabas y fresas (2012) y ahora, Tsunami.

Celebrate Food Day today with a screening of FED UP


Today: Join Vive tu Vida/Live your Life and Word Up Community Bookshop for a screening of the documentary Fed Up, with discussion to follow, in recognition of Food Day. Of course, as it’s Food Day, refreshments will be served!

Friday, October 24th
5:30 PM
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th Street