January 26 – Book Talk: HAVE I GOT A STORY FOR YOU: Yiddish Fiction and the Forward

gThe Forward is the most renowned Yiddish newspaper in the world. It welcomed generations of immigrants to the US, brought them news of Europe and the Middle East, and provided them with everything from comic strips to recipes. It also published some of the most acclaimed Yiddish fiction writers of all time. Anthology Editor Ezra Glinter has combed through the archives to find the best stories published during the newspaper’s 120-year history. Ezra will present these stories, as well as the stories behind the stories. Organized by themes like immigration, modernity, war, and Eastern European life, each of these pieces reflects its particular milieu, while also continuing to speak to us today.

Ezra Glinter is an award-winning journalist, critic, translator and biographer. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ezra attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. For five years Ezra worked as the deputy culture editor of the Forward, and now serves as the newspaper’s critic-at-large. Ezra’s writing has appeared in the New Republic, the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times among other publications. He is currently writing a biography of the Lubavitcher Rebbe for Yale University Press.   f

HAVE I GOT A STORY FOR YOU: Yiddish Fiction and the Forward


Thursday, January 26, 2017
6:30-8pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

January 11 – Stop Trump Panel

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A Socialist Action forum:

Join us as we discuss war, fascism, immigrants’ rights, islamophobia, racism, women’s rights, climate change, union power, and inequality.

Stop Trump Panel
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
6:30-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

January 7 – Inspiration Workshop for Parents

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Our kids are swamped with schoolwork, after-school programs and friends – but are these activities really inspiring and engaging them? How can you encourage your kids to take their creativity to the next level?
     The goal of this month’s workshop is to create a vision collage! It’s the perfect launch for the new year; the best way to define the goals we want and wish for our kids. Feel free to bring your kids for the workshop. Also, if you have them around the house and don’t mind donating, bring in old magazines and newspapers for the workshop.
      Come meet, share ideas and projects with other local parents. You’ll leave with the energy, motivation and projects to do at home with your kids. Although more appropriate for parents of preschool to tweens, everyone is welcomed to come learn, share and get inspired with local parents.
Inspiration Workshop for Parents
Saturday, January 7, 2016
1-2pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

Commit to Word Up

Some of the Word Up volunteers at our annual gift swap. www.EAbreuvisuals.com

Some of the Word Up volunteers at our annual gift swap.

This month, Word Up celebrates 5.5 years of existence.

It seems a lifetime ago that we were celebrating 5.5 months, back in December 2011. That moment was significant: it was then that our fledgling group of core volunteers looked into our collective future and decided that, yes, we could try to meet the desire that everyone around us was expressing—we would commit to staying, to fighting to keep this space for arts and organizing that was open to all.

It was at that moment—at 5.5 months—that NoMAA signed a lease on behalf of the Word Up volunteers, and everything was full of promise: we finally had more time to plan and promote events, to make more book sections, to open accounts to get more books in Spanish, to develop our internal collective structure. We wanted to stay, and so we began the hard work of trying to.

With the milestone of 5 years past us, we are once again standing on a threshold looking into our collective future. We want to exist long enough to celebrate our 25th birthday (at least!)—to be around as long as it takes a generation to grow up with a community bookstore/arts space and be shaped by its existence. Our goal is to be sustainable over the long term.

If you visit or use Word Up in any way—if you like the idea of what we stand for and what we are trying to do—please consider donating to us before the end of 2016. We are not supported by big foundation grants or large state funding—the bulk of our income comes from book sales and individual donations, and the in-kind generosity of hundreds of people from Washington Heights, Inwood, and all over the city.

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December 16 – Teen Open Mic: “Word in the Heights”

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This is a teen open mic for spoken word artists, singers, rap artists, and others who want to share their voices and talents. This month features a special guest poet and teacher, Taino Brigs. Sign up to perform or come and enjoy a night of performances and music, by youth, for youth. Hosted by “Word in the Heights” alum Jilly Jillz. FREE.

Teen Open Mic: “Word in the Heights”
Friday, December 16, 2016
1-2pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032