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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

Monthly Saturday Night Jazz starting this Saturday


Word Up presents a new monthly concert series to feature the Washington Heights jazz community. This event is an opportunity for an appreciative audience and local musicians to connect in an intimate setting.

Musicians are welcome to join the stage after a set by the house band, the Ruben Steijn Trio. Ruben Steijn is an aspiring voice in the New York jazz scene, an enthusiastic educator and a graduate from the Manhattan School of Music.
Andrew Shilito (Guitar)
Sharik Hasan (Organ)
Brian Krock (Alto Saxophone)

Thursday: An Unmade Film, An Unmade Revolution


Our next Face Out—Thursday, September 18, 7pm—features one of our own! Volunteer Elizabeth Castelli, whose recent translation of a script of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s never-produced film, Saint Paul, just came out this summer on Verso Books, will be in conversation with Nathan Schneider, author of Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse, about the intersections of religion and radical politics in the work of Pasolini and the Occupy movement.

The evening will feature a screening of Pasolini’s short film, “La Ricotta.”

Today – Town Hall Meeting To End Police Brutality


September 6, 2014 is a nationwide call to action to address police brutality against our local communities. We have organized a Town Hall meeting to address these issues. We have several panels with members of the SEEP Collective and the Collective of Trans Women of Color of Greater New York City to discuss education and legislation as well as voter awareness for the upcoming elections.

Manhattan Times: Emmanuel Abreu Returns


Emmanuel Abreu, one of our long time volunteers, recently had a residency in Mexico and was interviewed by Sherry Mazzochi for the Manhattan Times newspaper. Word Up got some great mentions in it. Check out the article here. 


“Ask Emmanuel “DJ Boy” Abreu why he spends much of his free time volunteering at the Word Up Community Book Shop, he will likely offer a deprecating answer.

“It’s a great place to meet women” was one recent response.

But the truth is more complex.

One recent afternoon, the store was closed but Abreu and another long-time volunteer Gio Andollo, were hard at work moving books, dismantling shelves and inventorying thousands of books.

Abreu has been with the little bookstore that could since its earliest days—photographing the first crates of books with his camera. The store is not just a meeting place for artists, writers and other creative types, it is also a source of inspiration, a gallery and performance space as well as a safe haven from the creeping juggernaut of gentrification.

Gentrification is a topic that always comes up among the volunteers.”

Click to read full article. 


We Are Back Open Tomorrow!


Check out our new price tags! We are so excited to finally use our new POS (point of sale) system that we are opening a day earlier than planned! We will be opening tomorrow at our regular Saturday schedule, 12pm! Come on down and check out our new lower prices on almost all used books!

Green tags = $1, Pink tags = $.50