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!


Thursday: The Led Black Book Club w/ A. J. Sidransky


Join us this Thursday for a reading and discussion with A. J. Sidransky (Forgiving Maximo Rothman) and Led Black (Uptown Collective), as the two chat about A. J.’s new novel, Stealing a Summer’s Afternoon. Here is an excerpt from the novel to whet your appetite. See you Thursday!

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

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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:

Word Up’s Third Birthday Party Today!

RaffleToday, as part of Word Up’s Third Birthday Party, we’re having our first-ever Kids’ CSB Book Harvest! This means we’ll be hauling out all the used kids’ books that haven’t even made it to our shelves yet, and CSB members will have first pick.

If you are under 13, you can sign up for a $10 CSB membership and get 3 wooden nickels and a tote bag.

Anyone who signs up for—or renews—a CSB share is eligible to win prizes, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid school planners, signed Julia Álvarez books, and more. 

See you today, till 9pm, at 2113 Amsterdam Avenue!

Next Thursday: Face Out: Breaking Ground anthology

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Next Thursday, Word Up will be hosting a reading with contributors to the book Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980–2012. Readers include editor Myrna Nieves, Sandra María Esteves, Sandra A. García Betancourt, Ana López-Betancourt, María Mar, Nancy Mercado, Madeline Millán, and Corazón Tierra.

This bilingual anthology presents the wide spectrum of poetry, poetic prose and fiction produced from 1980-2012 by Puerto Rican women writers in New York, often reflecting the human efforts to live with dignity and hope, and the complexities of a migration process.


Sandra María Esteves is a poet, visual artist, educator and producer. One of the founders of the Nuyorican Literary Movement, her many books include Tropical Rain: A Bilingual Downpour (1984) and Bluestown Mockingbird Mambo (1990). Awards include The Edgar Allan Poe Literary Award (2002) and the NEA Master Artist Award from Pregones Theater (2010).

Sandra A. García-Betancourt is a poet, writer and arts activist. She authored a book of poetry, Ombligo de luna (1992) and a plaquet, Memorias y Olvidos. She served as Manager for the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and was Public Relations Manager for EL Diario La Prensa. She is now the Executive Director and CEO of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA).

Ana López-Betancourt is a poet, theater worker, educator who has lived in New York since adolescence. She co-published the bilingual book Tripartita: Earth, Dreams and Powers (1990) with Myrna Nieves and Maritza Arrastía. She was nominated as Poet in the Schools by the American PEN and Woman of the Year Award by El Diario La Prensa.

María Mar is a writer, performer, visual artist and shaman. She was a co-founder of popular theater groups in Puerto Rico and founder and director of Ecuelecuá (1986-1991) in NY. Her poems have been published in literary magazines. Her theatre work was featured in the series “The Americas” in PBS, Channel 13 (1992). Her work/projects can be viewed at mariamar.com.

Nancy Mercado is a writer and educator. The author of the poetry book It Concerns the Madness (2000), she served as an editor of the literary magazine LONG SHOT. She was a Contributing Editor for Letras Femeninas;editor of, if the world were mine, a children’s anthology; and guest editor for phat’tude magazine. She has written and directed 7 plays.

Madeline Millán is a writer and cultural activist. Two of her six poetry books are De toros y estrellas (2004) and Leche/Milk (2008). She edited Nights of Cornelia (2008), an anthology of contemporary writers; and coordinated bilingual poetry readings at “Cornelia’s Street Café” in New York. Madeline received the National Poetry Award of Puerto Rico in 2009.

Myrna Nieves is a writer and educator. A founding member of Boricua College, she was director for twenty years of its Winter Poetry Series. Her books include: Libreta de sueños (narraciones), Viaje a la lluvia, poemas and El Caribe: paraíso y paradoja. The editor/co-editor of four other books, she received the Literary Award of the PEN Club of Puerto Rico in 1998.

Corazón Tierra is a dancer, writer, magazine editor and expert in personal growth. Her poetic prose was published in the anthology Ana y su anorexia (2005). She has read and performed her work in Spain and was featured in television in Seville (2002). She is co-founder of the company ShamansDance, and was Health and Food Editor of Siempre Mujer Magazine (USA).