Organize An Event

Thank you for your interest in holding an event at Word Up Books! Our shop exists by and for the community of Washington Heights, and we would love to provide a space for you to bring what you have to offer the community.

Please fill out the form below bearing in mind that we are all volunteers and that it takes a lot of work from a lot of different (unpaid) people to keep this operation running. We ask that you give us at least one month to help organize and promote your event (do not submit an event if the proposed date is less than a month away). Also, if you have not organized an event at Word Up before, we ask that you please read our Frequently Asked Questions before submitting the form. Thanks again!



You should receive a response in a few days. Please be patient.

EVENT FAQ:

What types of events does Word Up host?
As a multi-language, general-use bookshop in Washington Heights, we focus on events that foster literary and artistic engagement with the community. All events are open to the public.

What equipment do you have?
1 Mic
1 Amp
1 Speaker
1 Projector (InFocus DLP with VGA, S-video, USB, and DVI inputs)
Movie screen
DVD player (it can get cranky, though)

Can I charge for events?
We very rarely charge for events, because we do not want to close the store off to shoppers and community members who are not there for the event. If you must ask for a cover charge, the “Suggested Donations” or “Pay-What-You-Can” models are ideal. All donations must be split with Word Up, as we are a 100% volunteer-operated space that survives largely on donations.

Can I have an event outside store hours?
This can be discussed as an option; please email events@wordupbooks.com. If you are a school or non-arts community group and would like to use the shop during daytime hours, please contact info@wordupbooks.com.

Can I have food and drinks at my event?
Yes, you may provide food for your event, but we ask that it be available only by donation, or free, rather than as a required charge.

Can I have beer/wine/alcohol at my event?
We do not have a liquor license at this time.

What kind of promotion does Word Up Books provide?
Word Up sends out a weekly electronic newsletter listing the upcoming week’s events. Otherwise, you are responsible for the majority of promotion for your event. Event organizers are encouraged to create flyers and drop them off at Word Up, and to post to our Facebook page (Facebook.com/WordUpBooks).

Does Word Up have seating for events?
Yes, we have seating that can accommodate 35 people. Please email events@wordupbooks.com to discuss maximum seating allowed.

Can I decorate, rearrange or otherwise alter the space for my event?
This depends on what you want to do for your event . . . all plans for any of the above need to be discussed with a Word Up event organizer before your event.

Does Word Up have a restroom open to the public?
Yes, we have one restroom and it is wheelchair accessible.

How do I sell my books, CDs, etc. at Word Up during or after my event?
We sell all products on consignment. If you would like to have your stuff stocked at the shop leading up to the event, please email info@wordupbooks.com to make arrangements. If you plan to bring in your products on the day of the event, you can just fill out a consignment form at the store. We can continue selling your stuff after the event is over, if you wish.

What do I have to do to maintain the space and clean up?
Your event should not interfere with the normal operations of the store. When you are leaving, please return everything to its usual place and clean up any spills. Make sure to take any food or trash away with you. Leave the space in as good condition as you found it.

May I host an event that includes explicit content?
All ages and types of people use this space. At the same time, we want to welcome all kinds of art. If your event contains explicit content, please make an announcement at the start of the event, so that audience members can use their discretion about it. Hate speech of any kind is not welcome.

If you have any additional questions about hosting an event at Word Up, please email events@wordupbooks.com.

Or, if you think you’re ready to submit your event, click here!

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