May 30 and 31 – Arts Stroll Book Sale @ Word Up

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Book lovers and literature bargain hunters unite! Start off this month-long celebration of the arts in our neighborhood with a good book (or many) to enjoy while strolling to arts events uptown. Word Up is having a weekend sale: 30% off all used books, and 10% off new books from our Local Authors section.
Arts Stroll Book Sale @ Word Up
Saturday & Sunday, May 30 & 31, 2015
11am-8pm Sat, 12-6pm Sun
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
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113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

May 23 – John Bredin, My Life As A Novel

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Do you ever feel that your own life is dull and boring compared to the fascinating lives of characters you read about in novels or see in movies? Then worry no more! In his new non-fiction work, My Life As A Novel, radical educator and media pioneer, John Bredin, has introduced a groundbreaking, world-changing new literary genre: “activist as hero.” It could just be the magical cure for apathy that also helps save our planet at the same time. Bredin also hosts the weekly tv show Public Voice Salon, and teaches American literature at Boricua College in Washington Heights.

John Bredin, My Life As A Novel
May 23, 2015
6-8PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2
113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

May 23 – MIGRATIONS premieres music by Noam Faingold

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MIGRATIONS is a flute & cello duo founded by Maria Johnson and Paul Wolfram in 2012.

Their repertoire includes works by Béla Bartók, Leonard Bernstein, Astor Piazzolla, Kaija Saariaho, and Heitor Villa-Lobos, as well their own arrangements of Argentinian and Brazilian tangos.

Migrations is actively seeking commissions from young composers. Their 2015 concerts will feature premieres by Doug Detrick, Noam Faingold and Eric Lemmon.

This free concert at Word Up will feature the premiere of “There’s Poetry Between Us” by Noam Faingold, as well as other works for flute and cello. The performance will be about 45 minutes long, all ages welcome.

MIGRATIONS premieres music by Noam Faingold
Saturday, May 23, 2015
3:30-5PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2
113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

May 21 – FACE OUT: Yo Miss! by Lisa Wilde

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Author Lisa Wilde and Wildcat alumni will be presenting Yo, Miss: A Graphic Look at High School, Wilde’s graphic book about the NYC second-chance high school, Wildcat Academy, where she’s taught for the past 17 years. Described by the Miami Herald as “breathtaking,” Yo, Miss gives voice to the students who attend Wildcat, challenges preconceptions about who they are, and shows the importance of these kinds of schools. There will be a reading with images from the book, followed by discussion and Q&A with the Wildcat alumni.

Lisa Wilde has been teaching English at J.V.L.Wildcat Academy since 1997. Prior to that she worked for the BBC. Wilde’s work has appeared in Show & Tell: A Collection of Comics About Teaching and Learning, The Writing Disorder – A Literary Journal, Kugelmass: A Journal of Literary Humor, Grace Institute, and other venues. She has also given Yo, Miss performances at Brooklyn Brain Frame and the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Face Out: Yo Miss! by Lisa Wilde
Thursday, May 21, 2015
6:30-8:30PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2
113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

May 16 – Nina Hart Book Launch with Kurt Gottschalk & Miguel Frasconi Music

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Join us for a round robin of music and prose with Nina Hart, Miguel Frasconi and Kurt Gottschalk to celebrate the release of Nina’s new book “Somewhere in a Town You Never Knew Existed Somewhere.”

Author Nina Hart has just released her first collection of surreal short fictions called “Somewhere in a Town You Never Knew Existed Somewhere”. The book has been selected as a Short Stories (Adult Fiction) category finalist in Foreword Reviews’ prestigious 2014 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards. Since the standing-room only book launch at the famed Malaprops Books in her hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, critics and fellow writers have acclaimed her talent and audacious debut. Foreword Reviews cited the book as “A brave experiment with fiction and form…”(Amanda McCorquodale) and The Santa Fe New Mexican wrote that: “Hart extends her creative license to its utmost limits.” (Loren Bienvenu).

Author, journalist and disc jockey Kurt Gottschalk has had his writings about music published in magazines throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has published two books of fiction and is the host and producer of the Miniature Minotaurs program on WFMU. He will read a selection from his forthcoming collection The Audiocalypse and Other Holiday Stories.

Miguel Frasconi is a composer and improvisor specializing in the relationship between acoustic objects and musical form. His instrumentarium includes glass objects, electronics, laptop, and constructions of his own design. His unique glass instruments are struck, blown, stroked, smashed and otherwise coaxed into vibration.

Nina Hart Book Launch with Kurt Gottschalk & Miguel Frasconi Music
Saturday, May 16, 2015
6-8PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2
113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

May 16 – Jam On It

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Join us for a family-fun party featuring Ka-POW! Veggie Jamz. There’ll be music, food and games. Come taste our Veggie Jamz- vegan, gluten-free “super food” made of 100% fruit and vegetables. Learn what goes into our super food; there’ll even be a fruit mashing station! A portion of jamz and jam-taco sales will go to Word Up. This party is FREE and for healthy heroes of all ages.

Jam On It
Saturday, May 16, 2015
1-5PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2
113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

May 15 – Taller de escritura creativa en español / Spanish-language Creative Writing Workshop

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Reunión mensual para leer y escribir en español. En cada encuentro, se leen relatos breves o poemas de escritores hispanoamericanos y se hace una propuesta de escritura. Antes de terminar la reunión, se comparten y se comentan los textos de los participantes. Todos son bienvenidos, tanto hispanohablantes nativos como estudiantes avanzados del idioma. El taller es gratuito y coordinado por dos escritoras, Daniella Gitlin y Claudia Prado.

Consultas: taller@wordupbooks.com

We meet once a month to read and write in Spanish. At each meeting we will read a short story or poems by Latin American writers and offer writing prompts. The group will discuss the texts and share their writing. The meetings will be held in Spanish and everybody is welcome to attend, from native speakers to students of the language who are interested in advanced practice. The workshop is free of charge and will be run by two writers, Daniella Gitlin and Claudia Prado.

For any questions, please email taller@wordupbooks.com

Taller de escritura creativa en español / Spanish-language Creative Writing Workshop – ¡Gratuito! Free of charge!
Friday, May 15, 2015
7-9PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2
113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY