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Junot Díaz presents ISLANDBORN at United Palace

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Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, with United Palace of Cultural Arts, is proud to present Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur fellow Junot Díaz, reading from his debut children’s picture book, Islandborn.

Junot will read the book, with a Q&A and book signing to follow.

In Islandborn, Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, and all the kids are excited—except Lola. She can’t remember The Island; she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends and their memories, Lola’s imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past and to ourselves.
– Standard tickets are $25, and one copy of the book is included in that price.
– Tickets are also available for $15, with no book included.
– Tickets for kids under 12 and seniors 65+ are available for $5. These tickets do not include a book.
English and Spanish editions of the book will be available for sale at the event, for $17.99 plus sales tax. Please support your local volunteer-run nonprofit community bookshop!
For co-sponsorship opportunities, please inquire at
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Drown, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller. He is a MacArthur “Genius,” a Guggenheim Fellow, and a graduate of Rutgers University. Fiction editor at the Boston Review and Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Díaz is the cofounder of the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation.
Junot Díaz presents Islandborn
Friday, April 13, 2018
5:30 doors; 6pm event
Location: United Palace, 4140 Broadway at 175th St., 10033
Ticket prices: $5–25 (see ticket link for further details)

February 27–March 28: Art Exhibition: I Am

P.S. 132–Juan Pablo Duarte, Urban Arts Partnership, and Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria present the art exhibition I AM, on view from February 27 through March 28.

Art Exhibition: I Am
Tuesday, February 27, 2018- Wednesday, March 28, 2018 
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
New York NY 10032


March 3: Book Release: Written Off-Mental Health Stigma and the Loss of Human Potential by Dr. Philip Yanos

Book Release: Written Off – Mental Health Stigma and the Loss of Human Potential by Dr. Philip Yanos

Written Off tells the story of how mental health stigma comes to have a profound impact on the lives of people diagnosed with mental illnesses, and how it effects everyone, whether or not they have been diagnosed themselves. It tells its story using a combination of case examples, history, research and personal experience.

Philip T. Yanos, Ph.D., a Washington Heights resident, is Professor of Psychology at John Jay College, City University of New York. He is an Associate Editor for the journal Stigma and Health, and the interim Director of Clinical Training for the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at John Jay College. Yanos is the co-developer of ‘Narrative Enhancement and Cognitive Therapy’, a group-based treatment which addresses the effects of self-stigma among people with mental illness. This treatment approach has been translated into five languages. He is the author of over eighty articles and book chapters, and is the principal investigator on two recent large, federally-funded projects.

Book Release: Written Off – Mental Health Stigma and the Loss of Human Potential by Dr. Philip Yanos
March 3, 2018
3 -4:30 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

February 24: Cuéntame un Cuadro


 IMAGE: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Portrait of Pedro Mocarte, ca. 1805-1806, oil on cavas, 78 x 57 cm.
Cuéntame un Cuadro (Tell Me the Story of an art work) is a story-telling program in Spanish for families with children ages 5 to 9. Discover fun facts about Hispanic art and culture while you learn and create together.
During this event, writer Mariel Escalante will talk about the Portrait of Pedro Mocarte by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes. The Hispanic Society Museum and Library is closed for renovations, but their programs—like Cuéntame un Cuadro—are moving to different spaces around the community.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact or (212) 926-2234 ext. 209.

 Cuéntame un Cuadro                                                                                                               Saturday, February 24, 2018                                                                                                         1-2 PM                                                                                                                                           Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                                                           2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165)                                                                                                New York, NY 10032






February 23: Mythical Beasts: An Uptown Stories Reading

Join Uptown Stories for a reading from the Mythical Beasts Mini-Camp!
Tales of strange and wonderful beasts—like unicorns, dragons, and griffins—exist in every culture. They can be magical or elusive, dangerous or cuddly, and anything in between. They often need protection from a human friend, and in turn, have abilities that can help humans achieve their goals.Writers in this workshop (ages 8–12) will imagine a world populated by mythical beasts and the humans that love them.

******Bestias míticas (Mini-Campamento)******
Los cuentos de bestias extrañas y maravillosas, como unicornios, dragones y grifos, existen en todas las culturas. Pueden ser mágicos o elusivos, peligrosos o tierno, y cualquier cosa intermedia. A menudo necesitan protección de un amigo humano y, a su vez, tienen habilidades que pueden ayudar a los humanos a alcanzar sus objetivos.Los escritores en este taller (edades 8-12) imaginarán un mundo poblado por bestias míticas y los humanos que los aman.

Mythical Beasts / Bestias miticas
Friday, February 23, 2018 / Viernes, 23 de febrero, 2018
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
New York NY 10032