Word Up has not been around a long time, yet if there was someone we’d call “a longtime volunteer” then that would be Dj Boy. He’s hardly in any of our photos because he’s often the one behind the camera, taking stills or video, helping us let the rest of the world know what we look like. He’s also been integral in quite literally amplifying work at the store: Dj Boy’s one of the men behind the Washington Heights-based music and entertainment group Music for Daze, and we are grateful we’ve been able to use their PA for some of our events.
Tonight you can see Art by Dj Boy, alongside that of Mike Fitelson, Tony Creative, and Emil Baez, during our opening reception for a month-long photography exhibit featuring images of Washington Heights and Inwood. Bring your friends and family, see our neighborhood from other perspectives, and take the opportunity to mingle with WHIN’s local artists. Starts at 4! Snacks and refreshments will be served.
Check out the teaser trailer:
One of Word Up’s most treasured partnerships is with La Casa Azul Bookstore, a 3-year-old online bookstore started by Word Up volunteer Aurora Anaya-Cerda. Now that Aurora is saving up to secure a storefront in East Harlem, La Casa Azul is having a FUNraiser tonight at East Harlem Café, to celebrate the bookstore and the ’40K in 40 days’ campaign, which ends this coming Sunday, October 23.
Meet amazing Latino authors, participate in fabulous raffles, and contribute to the campaign while you hang out with fellow book lovers and campaign supporters.
’40K in 40 days’ FUNraiser!
Friday October 21, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
East Harlem Café, Lexington Ave and 104th Street
Suggested donation: $10
Support our uptown archipelago of community-minded bookstores!
Now that we have a little bit more time in our space at the bookshop, we figured it was time to make proper Word Up shopping bags. If you’ve shopped at Word Up, you’ll know that we have been recycling bags and containers from other stores. And if you’ve ever been so lucky to receive mail from Word Up, you’ll know that we use previously used envelopes. . . . So, of course, our shopping bags will be reusable totes! All the contest details are below. ALSO: whether or not you enter, you’ll have the opportunity to screenprint the winning designs onto bags as part of a screenprinting workshop at the bookshop. Fun times!
Last night, CUNY TV’s Independent Sources program aired a segment on Word Up, along with local indie bookstore comrades La Casa Azul Bookstore* and Greenlight Bookstore.
Community bookstores are popping up while national chains are fading away:
*Please pledge to La Casa Azul Bookstore’s 40K in 40 Days campaign to open a storefront in East Harlem, so that our uptown book culture can only be strengthened. La Casa Azul Bookstore founder Aurora Anaya-Cerda is also a Word Up volunteer!