June 29 & 30 – Uptown Stories Readings

IMG_9368 girl yellow dress POW 2Join Uptown Stories for the culmination of a season of writing workshops with uptown youth aged 8–14. See uptownstories.org for more information.

Saturday, June 29:
11:00 AM – Beasts and Battles
12:15 – POW! Drawing Comics
1:30 – It’s Your Thing

Sunday, June 30
12:00 PM – Art of Poetry
1:15 – Girls Rising
2:30 – Elements of Fiction

Uptown Stories Readings
Saturday, June 29, 2019 – 11am–2:30pm
& Sunday, June 30, 2019 – 12–4pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032


June 23 – Play Reading: An Accident

Inwood playwright Lydia Stryk presents a play reading of her award-winning play An Accident. performed by Austin Pendleton and Jacqueline Correa.

Run down in a grocery store parking lot, a woman awakens weeks later to find that the driver has been continually at her side. There are encounters in life that take you somewhere you’ve never been and never meant to go.

Lydia Stryk was born and raised in small-town Illinois. She trained to be an actress in London before moving to New York City. She lives between Berlin and beautiful Inwood. Her plays have been produced across the country, in Germany and Canada, and are published by Broadway Play Publishing and Dramatists Play Service. An Accident premiered at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco in 2010. The recent LA production has been nominated by the 28th NAACP Annual Theatre Awards in Best Playwright, Actress and Actor categories.

Austin Pendleton is an actor, director, playwright, and (at HB Studio in New York) a teacher of acting. He is currently acting in New York in Life Sucks, by Aaron Posner. Earlier this year he played in Choir Boy, at the Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway. He is a member of the Ensemble at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, and apprenticed and then directed and acted for many years at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, under the mentorship of Nikos Psacharopoulos. He has acted in over 300 movies, and on TV in such shows as Oz, Homicide, and Law and Order. He was nominated for a Tony for directing Elizabeth Taylor in The Little Foxes.

Jacqueline Correa recently preformed in Aaron Posner’s world premiere play JQA (Arena Stage) and has appeared regionally in Native Gardens (Guthrie Theater & Arena Stage), Macbeth (Arkansas Rep), The Women of Padilla (Two RiverTheater), Brick City (Premiere Stages), Hamlet (Guthrie/The Acting Company), Rosencrantz&Guildenstern are Dead (Guthrie/The Acting Company), Confluence (Guthrie Theater), On the Verge (CATF), American Tet (CATF), Macbeth (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Theater). Other stage credits include: Peter Pan directed by Mark Lamos, and The Cradle Song directed by Jonathan Bank. Jacqueline has appeared in the films The Dog Days and Once a Year. She holds an MFA from the Professional Theater Training Program at The University of Delaware.

Play Reading: An Accident
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032

June 27 – Firma de libros y presentactión de la colección Lazy

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Dar a conocer a La Pereza Ediciones, www.lapereza.net a nuevos escritores y lectores y lanzar dos libros en inglés publicado por nuestro sello Lazy

Firma de libros y presentacción de la colección Lazy
Thursday, June 27, 2019
6:30pm to 8:30pm
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New YorkNY 10032

June 23 and July 7 – Well-Read Black Girl Book Club: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – Day 1

Glory Edim founded Well-Read Black Girl as a book club exclusively for Black women, with the aim to amplify the voices of Black writers and celebrate their achievements in the literary world. Join a new chapter at Word Up, and read our first June/July pick: Elizabeth Acevedo’s With the Fire on High. Moderated by Memphis Washington. Buy the book at the shop, or online at wordupbooks.com.

Be prepared to talk about the first half of the book. Come ready to share your thoughts, ask questions together, and discuss a wonderful new book by Afro-Dominican author Elizabeth Acevedo.

About the Book:
Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

About the Author:
ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is a New York Times best selling author. She is the winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, The Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, the Boston Globe-Hornbook Award Prize for Best Children’s Fiction, and the Pura Belpré Award for a work that best affirms the Latinx cultural experience.

Well-Read Black Girl Book Club: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Sunday, June 23, 2019

Buunni Coffee
4961 Broadway
New York, NY 10034
Sunday, July 7, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librerîa Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10032

June 22–23 – UP Theater’s Reading of the Mueller Report

Robert Mueller urges all of us to read his report. UP Theater will be doing just that at Word Up on June 22nd and 23rd. Check for updates in this space for the list of readers!

UP Theater’s Reading of the Mueller Report
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032