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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 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

June 20: Launch: Stories I’d Tell A Million Times

Love comics and graphic novels? Please join us in celebrating the launch of the Word Up Summer Comics Show, featuring work from the recent Word Up class, Stories I’d Tell A Million Times: A Nonfiction Comics Class at Word Up Community Bookshop.
The fun starts at 6:30 with free refreshments, a zine reading a a chance to meet the artists! The zine reading will be translated into Spanish for those who are interested.
Stories I’d Tell A Million Times: A Nonfiction Comics Class at Word Up Community Bookshop, taught by Ellen Lindner, is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.
Launch: Summer Comics Show
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

June 19 – Declaraciones II: Crafting the Artist’s Life

Declaraciones returns with a panel discussion on life as an artist in NYC—the place that USED TO BE a haven for the starving artist. Is this still the case? How can we make it that way for ourselves?

Featuring Orlando Ferrand, María Fernanda, and Theresa Varela. Moderated by author and editor Raquel I. Penzo.

Light refreshments served; free raffles!

Part of the 2019 Uptown Arts Stroll.

Declaraciones is a series of craft discussions with writers and artists who identify as AfroLatinx, launched and hosted by La Pluma y La Tinta. This edition of Declaraciones is co-presented with Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Declaraciones II: Crafting the Artist’s Life
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria

2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th St
New York NY 10032

June 15 – Word Up’s 8th Birthday Party!

Stop by from 11am to 6pm on Saturday, June 15th for our birthday celebration—there will be food, drinks, and fun. See below for specific activities, and join us at 4:30pm for cake! *Please note that we will be closing at 6pm as usual.*

11am–12pm: Hora del cuento con Alexis Ruginis y Mariel Escalante
¿Dónde está el coquí?
Explora Latinoamérica y el Caribe mientras aprendes sobre animales, verbos y números con el coquí, una ranita cantante de Puerto Rico.
    Explore Latin America and the Caribbean while learning about animals, verbs, and numbers with the coquí, a small singing frog from Puerto Rico.
1–2pm: Why Are Our Skin Colors So Different?: Interactive Mask-Making Workshop 
Recommended for ages 6–9. RSVP requested (includes $5 materials fee):
When your child begins to observe differences in skin color, don’t their questions warrant straight-forward responses? Jyoti Gupta’s book does just that by introducing skin color to children in a healthy way. Different Differenter: An Activity Book about Skin Color takes you on a playful discovery to find answers that work for your family—while thoughtfully introducing facts and boundary-setting words. Anti-bias and diversity educators are calling it “provocative and sensitive,” “a culturally-relevant discussion guide,” and “positive and nonjudgmental.”
Join the author for an interactive, hands-on, mask-making workshop. Your child will participate in a discussion about skin colors, learn about adaptation, a process that began 10,000 years ago, and enjoy making a mask. The idea is to create a participatory, active learning environment where they can co-create messaging about skin colors.
Jyoti Gupta is a multi-disciplinary practitioner-scholar, social-justice media maker, and a media-literacy educator. Her independent work on the subject of colorism has garnered support from parents, scholars, elementary schools educators. She has represented her work at TEDxWomen and Jaipur Literary Festival, South Asia’s largest literary event.
2:30–4pm: Dominican Writers Book Club in collaboration with Word Up: Soledad
Dominican Writers is convening a new book club! In anticipation of Angie Cruz’s Dominicana, which is forthcoming in September 2019, DW and Word Up are teaming up for the June selection: Soledad by Angie Cruz. Bring your copy, or purchase one at the shop or at While you are at it, preorder a copy of Dominicana today!
4:30pm: Cake cutting to celebrate 8 years of Word Up!
Word Up’s 8th Birthday Party
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th St
New York NY 10032