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

The Manhattan Times: Sandy Jimenez on comics

sandySandy Jimenez is not only one our volunteers, but he is also an incredible artist (among other things) and he was recently interviewed by SherryMazzocchi for the Manhattan Times.

“In the 1970’s, zombies and vampires sucked the lifeblood out of the Bronx. Marley Davidson, the Bronx Exorcist, cruised the burned out streets in a large white limousine, looking for vengeance.

Marley Davidson, Bronx Exorcist is the creation of Sandy Jiménez, an Inwood-based graphic artist, writer and director. On August 29, Jiménez will talk about Marley’s complex world at Word Up Community Bookshop at 6 p.m.

Davidson started off as a character in Vladek, Vampire Detective, another series by Jiménez. But the character took on a life of his own and demanded his own series.

The character has traditional superhero origins. His parents were killed by villains.

But he’s not a hero.”

Check out the full video and article here, and remember to come down to his live reading happening August 29th at 6pm here at Word Up!



Summer recess: August 7 to 23

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Word Up will be taking a summer recess from August 7 to August 23. For the past year, Word Up volunteers have kept the books, events, and conversation flowing nearly every day. It’s a lot of work! We’ll be taking this break to rejuvenate, and also to implement a computerized point-of-sale inventory system! Those of you who have visited our store know that we have kept things pretty lo-fi all these years. With this new development, we hope to be able to serve our neighbors more efficiently.

Support open mic host Reza’s new play fundraiser


Our very own volunteer and weekly open mic host, Reza Salazar, is currently raising funds on indiegogo for a play he has been working on and that got accepted into the Thespis Theater Festival. Read the full article here.


Support Reza and his wonderful work here. 

Sunday: Sacco and Vanzetti Remembrance, with Marc Shanker


The next exhibition at the Word Up gallery calls attention to Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti—the anarchists who were the subject of a controversial trial and who were ultimately executed on August 23, 1927—through portraits and artwork by Inwood resident Marc Shanker. The opening reception is this Sunday, 3–5 PM.

Remembering Sacco and Vanzetti
Artwork by Marc Shanker
Opening reception: Sunday, August 3 – 3–5 PM
Discussion and reading: Sunday, August 24 – 3–5 PM
On view till September 1

A few weeks from now, on Sunday, August 24, 3–5 PM, Professor George Stevens and Marc Shanker will host a discussion of the historical period surrounding the case. There will also be a dramatic reading of selections of  Sacco and Vanzetti’s prison letters by David Margulies and Jim Jack, as well as music by Adam Hart and a presentation by Edwin Grimsley from The Innocence Project.

All proceeds from art sales will benefit The Innocence Project and Word Up Community Bookshop.

Friday: Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA exhibition closing

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Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA exhibition closing & artist talk
Friday, August 1 – 6–8 PM
Word Up Community Bookshop / Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th Street

This Friday’s closing event for the Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA (DYPG) “Comunidad / Community” exhibition will be an artist talk with some members of the collective. The current DYPG collective members are Pepe Coronado, René de los Santos, iliana emilia garcía, Reynaldo García Pantaleón, Scherezade García, Alex Guerrero, Luanda Lozano, Miguel Luciano, Moses Ros-Suárez, and Rider Ureña.

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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