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Thursday: Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America

OutInTheUnion_MiriamFrankThis Thursday, Miriam Frank, longtime resident of Washington Heights and master teacher of humanities at New York University, will read from her newly published book, Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America (Temple University Press, 2014), with commentary and updates from Carmen Acosta and other NYC queer labor activists whose stories form the heart of this book. Out in the Union tells the story of queer American workers from the mid-1960s through 2013. Miriam Frank documents coming out on the job and in the union as well as issues of discrimination and harassment, and the creation of alliances between unions and LGBTQ communities. Featuring in-depth interviews with LGBTQ and labor activists, Frank provides a history of the convergence of labor and LGBTQ interests.

Out in the Union
Book reading and signing with Miriam Frank and contributors
Thursday, July 31 – 7–9 PM
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th Street
At Thursday’s event at Word Up, books will be available at a discount. Plus, there will be refreshments during the author signing.

“This pioneering book excavates a half century of U.S. labor history to bring to light the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender unionists while also exposing the complex challenges queer workers face in ‘coming out’ on the job and inside their unions. It also analyzes the historical process through which the labor and LGBT movements, at first wary of each other and under unrelenting attack from the political right, gradually developed a lasting alliance. Rich in detail and insight, Out in the Union makes an important contribution to this all too often neglected aspect of American labor history.”
Ruth Milkman, Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center and Academic Director of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Labor Studies and Worker Education, City University of New York

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50% off USED books Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27

photoOne year ago TODAY Word Up had its Grand re-Opening here at 2113 Amsterdam Avenue. Our first year at our new, improved location has been a HUGE success thanks to… YOU! As a way to say thank you to all our loyal supporters we are offering 50% off all USED books today & tomorrow – July 26 & July 27. This weekend is the perfect time to stock up on your late summer reads. We hope to see you soon!

Hace un año HOY DÍA, Word Up celebró su Gran Apertura aquí en 2113 de la Avenida Amsterdam. Nuestro primer año ha sido un éxito enorme gracias a… USTEDES! Como muestra de nuestro agradecimiento a todos los que nos han apoyado desde el principio, estamos ofreciendo un descuento de 50% de TODOS LOS LIBROS USADOS hoy y mañana – 26 y 27 de julio. Este fin de semana es el momento perfecto para comprar sus libros de verano. ¡¡¡Esperamos verlos pronto!!!

Relief Lab Workshop with Sherezade Garcia

10580088_781703658526912_8668332558741342401_nAre you a young artist, or do you have a young artist in the family? Come out on Saturday from 4-6pm for a Relief Lab Workshop with Sherezade Garcia from Dominican York Proyecto Gráfica! We will explore the basics of printmaking by experimenting with the simple and inexpensive art of relief printing. This event has been moved from NO LONGER EMPTY to Word Up because of a last minute forced closing of their exhibits.

We are also having a big sale all day so come on by and check out the deals!


Films and Music Weekend at Word Up

Forget your struggle to find something to do this weekend, we have two events that will serve your visual and music souls starting today, July 19.


Tonight we have a double feature presentation of two short documentaries about life Uptown and the Bronx. The films are “C-Rock,” a film about a summertime rite of passage in the Bronx and Uptown, and “The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co,” a film about some great fireworks displays in Inwood, NYC.

Starts at 7:30 pm and it is free.


Tomorrow, July 20th, we have Alexis Marcelo, Andrew Drury, and Kevin Ray performing pieces featuring Justin Hicks pieces based on poems by Walter Dean Myers. This is part of a continuing series named “Conjure Sunday Brunch Series” and we are delighted to be hosting it this time around.

Starts at 3 pm and again, free.

Tonight: Cuba in Splinters

OR Book Going Rouge

Wednesday, June 25 | 7–9pm
Book Reading: Cuba in Splinters

Tonight at Word Up, join Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo (@OLPL), a noted writer and dissident from Cuba, as he presents a new collection from O/R Books, Cuba in Splinters: Eleven Stories From the New Cuba. OLPL brings together a crop of young writers from his home island: the writers, rebellious in form and content, are inspired by authors such as Bukowski—but the stories, translated into English for the first time, are about life in Cuba. OLPL will be reading, with books for sale and a signing afterward.

Check out a trailer for the book here: