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.
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.
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.
This 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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One 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!!!
Are 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!