Sept 1 – Black Lives Matter Activist Nyle Fort in Conversation

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Nyle will share thoughts on his time in Ferguson, MO, his experience with the Black Lives Matter movement, and his organizing efforts in Newark, NJ and beyond. The talk will be followed by a group discussion about current organizing efforts within the movement, as well as concrete ways in which people can contribute.

Nyle Fort is a minister, organizer, and scholar based in Newark, NJ. After traveling to Ferguson, Missouri to protest the murder of Mike Brown, Nyle created Strange Fruit Speaks, a black church liturgy commemorating the last words of African Americans killed by police and vigilantes. Furthermore, he established Newark Books and Breakfast, a monthly political education program providing free books and breakfast to local youth and families. Most recently, Nyle travelled to Amsterdam and Palestine, as part of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation’s multinational effort to challenge radicalized violence and the Dream Defenders delegation to promote Black and Palestinian solidarity. Nyle is a Ph.D student in religion and African American studies at Princeton University.

Black Lives Matter Activist Nyle Fort in Conversation
Thursday, September 1, 2016
6:30-8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

August 24 – FACE OUT: André Alexis and Kia Corthron in Conversation

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Word Up is proud to present to two of our continent’s most celebrated playwrights and fiction authors, André Alexis and Kia Corthron, for a reading and conversation about their latest books, the writing of fiction and drama, and the intersections between them.

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Born in Trinidad and raised in Canada, ANDRÉ ALEXIS recently won two of Canada’s biggest writing prizes, the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, for his novel Fifteen Dogs. His debut novel,Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. André’s newest book, The Hidden Keys (Coach House Books, 2016) is a contemporary take on the quest narrative with a rich cast of characters; Adam Nayman wrote in Quill & Quire that “nobody is a mere archetype in Alexis’s universe, and far from digressions (or generic concessions), these subplots suggest the humane, egalitarian sensibility of a writer who’s reluctant to simply instrumentalize his characters.” Prior to André’s long and award-winning fiction career, he was playwright-in-residence at the Canadian Stage Company. André resides in Toronto.

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KIA CORTHRON has written many plays, fifteen of which have been produced nationally and internationally. For her body of work for the stage, she has garnered the Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, the United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, the Lee Reynolds Award, and the Otto Award. She has also written a bit of television (Edgar and Writers Outstanding Series awards for The Wire). The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter (Seven Stories Press, 2016) is her first novel. Angela Davis called the novel “a stunning achievement by any measure—a riveting saga of two twentieth-century American families trapped inside the quotidian contradictions and compulsions of race, disability, and sexuality. The untidiness of history is conveyed through experiences, dreams, and inevitable eruptions of violence,  yet also unexpected patterns of escape and possible orbits of justice.” Kia grew up in Cumberland, Maryland, and lives in Harlem, New York City.
FACE OUT: André Alexis and Kia Corthron in Conversation
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

August 25 – Mr. Jiang’s *Guide to Natural Mental Health* / *La guía del Bibliotecario Médico* por Sr Jiang

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The evening will be based on Mr. Jiang’s book *Guide to Natural Mental Health* (2014). Mr. Jiang will cover basic definitions of some major mental health issues. Then, he will explain how to lessen the risks of developing maladies such as depression and schizophrenia, if one is currently healthy. However, if one already has mental health issues, he will explain how to heal the brain, naturally.

El evento será basado sobre el libro de Sr Jiang: *La guía del Bibliotecario Médico: Ansiedad, Depresión, Bipolar, y Esquizofrenia: Nutrición y Terapias Complementarias* (2012). Sr Jiang dará definiciones como “Que es la depresión?” Después, explicará cómo evitar problemas mentales, naturalmente, si sea de salud buena. Pero, si la persona tenga una enfermedad todavía. Sr Jiang va a ayudar la gente para vivir mejor con técnicas complementarias y naturales para ayudar cualquier medicamentos que tenga que tomar.

Mr. Jiang was the Head Librarian at the Library for Patients and Families at the New York Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI), affiliated with Columbia University, for seven years.

Sr. Jiang ocupó el cargo de Bibliotecario Jefe en la Biblioteca del Paciente y Familia del Instituto Psiquiátrico del Estado de Nueva York (NYSPI, por sus siglas en inglés), en afiliación con la Universidad de Columbia, durante siete años.

Black Lives Matter Activist Nyle Fort in Conversation
Thursday, August 25, 2016
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

July 31 – LGBTQ Children’s Book Reading and Social / Playdate at Uptown Community Bookstore

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Please join Princeton FFR/BTGALA and Yale GALA, Inc., for a children’s book reading by board member Diana Silverman and social gathering at Word Up Bookstore. People of all ages are welcome — everyone is welcome!
What do a dancing bagel, a missing saber tooth, and a disappearing Egyptian statue all have in common?  They are all part of the magical universe of Mrs. Patropolis, who takes her niece and nephew, Ellie and Daniel, on adventures around New York City.  Together they meet cats of many colors, not to mention a couple of zany dogs, and they attend parties, theaters and museums, sometimes in the company of their neighbors, longtime women life partners, Masha and Kasha, as well as Mr. Rashid Katz and his little white fuzzy dog, Paco.
When: Sunday, July 31, from 3.00pm to 5.00pm, with the reading at 4.00pm
Where: Word Up Community Bookshop, 3113 Amsterdam Avenue (at the corner of 165th Street) – take the A train to 168th Street or the C train to 163rd Street https://wordupbooks.wordpress.com/
Cost: Free, with a voluntary contribution to the Word Up Community Bookshop during the event
LGBTQ Children’s Book Reading and Social / Playdate at Uptown Community Bookstore
Sunday, July 31, 2016
3-5pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

July 21 – Leland Cheuk, Yishun Lai, Hasanthika Sirisena in conversation with Jennifer Baker

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Three writers discuss their debuts with Jennifer Baker, creator and host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast. How diversity shapes writing and reading for everyone? What does it mean to identify as a writer of color? What are the opportunities or pitfalls of claiming an identity? What can we all be reading, in order to diversify our experiences? Come join the discussion.
Jennifer Baker works as a production editor in academic publishing, is a contributing writer to Forbes.com, and also freelances as a proofreader/copyeditor, story editor for emerging writers, has written for the urban e-zine AroundHarlem.com, and currently writes restaurant reviews for DinnerReviews.com. Additionally, Jennifer is social media manager for We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit organization that sprang to life from the #WeNeedDiverseBooks media campaign to increase minority representation (of all kinds) in literature. And she is creator and host of the podcast Minorities in Publishing.
Leland Cheuk is the author of the novel THE MISADVENTURES OF SULLIVER PONG (CCLaP Publishing, 2015). He has been awarded fellowships and artist residencies including one from the MacDowell Colony, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Salon, The Rumpus, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, [PANK] Magazine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Bartleby Snopes, The Margins, and elsewhere. He is also an assistant fiction editor at Newfound Journal. He lives in Brooklyn.
Yi Shun Lai has been a writer and editor for over 20 years. She has written everything from lingerie copy to articles on sports and the environment. She is the nonfiction editor for the Tahoma Literary Review. Her debut novel, _Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu_ is out now from Shade Mountain Press. She lives in Southern California and is on Twitter and the web @gooddirt and thegooddirt.org, respectively.
Hasanthika Sirisena’s work has appeared in the The Kenyon Review, Witness, Bellevue Literary Review, Glimmer Train, Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Narrative and other magazines. Her short stories have been anthologized in Best New American Voices and named a distinguished story by Best American Short Stories in 2011 and 2012. She is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo and received a 2008 Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award. She is currently an associate editor at West Branch literary magazine. Her debut short story collection, The Other One, won the 2015 Juniper Prize for Fiction and was published earlier this year.

Leland Cheuk, Yishun Lai, Hasanthika Sirisena in conversation with Jennifer Baker
Thursday, July 11, 2016
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY