October 29-Roberta Gold and Michael Greenberg on Housing in New York City

Sunday, October 29, 3:30pm
Join us for a community conversation on housing in New York City. Come with questions to help orient our dialogue.

ROBERTA GOLD is the author of When Tenants Claimed the City (2014). She teaches history and American studies at Fordham University, and has been an active member of her tenants’ association in Harlem for twenty years.

MICHAEL GREENBERG has written a memoir, Hurry Down Sunshine (2008), and a collection of his essays, Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer’s Life (2009). He teaches in the MFA program at Columbia University and is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, where he writes about literature, politics and New York.
Domingo, 29 de octubre, 3:30pm
Vengan para una conversación con nuestra comunidad sobre el tema de las viviendas en la Cd. de Nueva York. Vengan con preguntas para orientar nuestro diálogo.
ROBERTA GOLD es autora de When Tenants Claimed the City (2014). Es profesora de historia y American studies en Fordham University, y ha sido miembro activa de su asociación de inquilinos en Harlem por veinte años.
MICHAEL GREENBERG ha escrito sus memorias, Hurry Down Sunshine (2008), y una colección de ensayos, Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer’s Life (2009). Es profesor en el programa MFA de Columbia University y escribe frecuentemente sobre temas de literatura, política, y la Cd. de Nueva York para el New York Review of Books.
Roberta Gold and Michael Greenberg on Housing in New   York City
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

October 27-LUVR – Armando Batista

This is a workshop performance of LUVR, a new solo play about love, loss and solitude. This is the second solo play created and performed by Armando “Mando” Batista at Word Up Bookshop. The first, City Boy, was performed as part of a grant award from NoMAA.

LUVR – Armando Batista
Friday, October 27, 2017

Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue (@ 165th St.)

October 20- Open Mic en Español: dirigido a mujeres poetas, escritoras y artistas emergentes en Nueva York

Cada escritora o artista tendrá de 5 a 10 minutos para leer fragmentos de su obra o para hacer una breve presentación de algún proyecto en el que esté trabajando (tenemos proyector, amplificador y otros recursos para facilitar la socialización de proyectos artísticos). Queremos hacer de esta una noche para establecer vínculos entre creadoras, compartir y disfrutar nuestro trabajo, construir un espacio de diálogo y establecer redes de apoyo ¡Te esperamos! ¡Habrá bebidas para todas!
¡Trae tu trabajo y comparte con nosotras una noche de Literatura, Arte y Resistencia!
Para más información contacta a Juliana Torres: torresjuliana84@gmail.com
Open Mic en Español: dirigido a mujeres poetas, escritoras y artistas emergentes en Nueva York
Friday, October 20, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

October 19-Word Up’s 2017 Educator Night

For our 2017 Educator Night, Word Up Community Bookshop invites all local schollteachers and educators to visit this unique neighborhood space staffed by volunteers from Washington Heights, Inwood, and Harlem. Bring your suggestions for what more we can do to serve you and your students! You can also learn about

  • bringing students on field trips;
  • joining our CSB (Community Supported Bookshop) member program;
  • story times, open mics, workshops, classes, and other youth-oriented events;
  • internship and community service options;
  • book donations for classroom libraries;
  • bulk discounts for educators and book clubs; and
  • services offered by other local community organizations.

We’ll have lots of free books and goodies, and, for one night only, all books for educators will be 25% off.

We look forward to trading notes over wine and cheese and finding out how best we can all collaborate!

Any questions? Please contact info@wordupbooks.com

Word Up’s  2017 Educator Night
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

Oct. 21–Nov. 11: Brooklyn Institute for Social Research: Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

We welcome back Brooklyn Institute for Social Research for another class, this time examining Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. The class will be led by Jude Webre, and will take place on 4 Saturdays: October 21, October 28, November 4, and November 11, 2–5pm, at Word Up Community Bookshop. The course is capped at 20 students, and course readings go out one week before the start of class. To enroll, visit: https://thebrooklyninstitute.com/items/courses/ralph-ellison-invisible-man/

In 1945, Ralph Ellison began work on his epically ironic novel Invisible Man (1952), primarily to make sense of his involvement with radical politics in Harlem over the previous decade. On the fault line between art and politics, Ellison’s book makes a powerful claim for African-American experience and black modernism at the center of the American narrative. Yet the questions it raises about the ideology of race and the constraints it places on American class politics and aesthetic ideals remain unresolved today. Ellison viewed the cosmopolitan aspirations of modernism as both liberatory and, for black artists, bedeviled by race. As the American literary canon took shape in the early Cold War, Ellison argued for the plight of his narrator, “both black and American,” as emblematic of major, persistent paradoxes in American society.

In this course, our reading of Invisible Man will grapple with these questions in the text and its key contexts: Ellison’s intellectual biography and aesthetic development as well as the political climate of 1930s Harlem, when the narrative largely takes place. We will analyze the novel as a record of Ellison’s disillusionment with the Communist Party of America, asking both about his experience with the Party, and how might that experience have influenced his depiction of conflicts over race in American labor politics. Likewise, we’ll consider how the novel situates Harlem, then regarded as the capital of Black America, within the larger picture of the Jim Crow South and the Great Migration. How should we understand Ellison’s self-conscious placement of his novel in the tradition of American epic that includes Melville’s Moby-Dick? What is its relationship to the inventive forms of high modernism and jazz? In service of these questions about aesthetic, historical, political, and intellectual contexts, the course will draw on a selection of bebop recordings, the work of Adorno, dialogues with Ellison’s modernist interlocutors, and interchanges with contemporary writers and musicians, including Richard Wright, Robert Penn Warren, Kenneth Burke, Charlie Parker, and Thelonious Monk.

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research class on Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man
4 Saturdays: October 21, October 28, November 4, & November 11

Word Up Community Bookshop 
2113 Amsterdam Avenue (@ 165th St.)