Category Archives: Book Club

June 21 – Uptown Queer Collective’s Rainbow Readers June Book Club Meeting

Join Uptown Queer Collective’s Rainbow Readers Book Club for a discussion of When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History by Hugh Ryan. Members receive 15% off the book at To receive the Zoom registration link, RSVP via @queercollective_ on Instagram, or through the Uptown Queer Collective’s Facebook group.
About When Brooklyn Was Queer:
The never-before-told story of Brooklyn’s vibrant and forgotten queer history, from the mid-1850s up to the present day.
*An ALA GLBT Round Table Over the Rainbow 2019 Top Ten Selection*
*NAMED ONE OF THE BEST LGBTQ BOOKS OF 2019 by Harper’s Bazaar*
“A romantic, exquisite history of gay culture.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred
“[A] boisterous, motley new history…entertaining and insightful.” —The New York Times Book Review
Hugh Ryan’s When Brooklyn Was Queer is a groundbreaking exploration of the LGBT history of Brooklyn, from the early days of Walt Whitman in the 1850s up through the queer women who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II, and beyond. No other book, movie, or exhibition has ever told this sweeping story. Not only has Brooklyn always lived in the shadow of queer Manhattan neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and Harlem, but there has also been a systematic erasure of its queer history—a great forgetting.
Ryan is here to unearth that history for the first time. In intimate, evocative, moving prose he discusses in new light the fundamental questions of what history is, who tells it, and how we can only make sense of ourselves through its retelling; and shows how the formation of the Brooklyn we know today is inextricably linked to the stories of the incredible people who created its diverse neighborhoods and cultures. Through them, When Brooklyn Was Queer brings Brooklyn’s queer past to life, and claims its place as a modern classic.
Uptown Queer Collective’s Rainbow Readers June Book Club Meeting
Sunday, June 21, 2020
RSVP on Instagram @queercollective_ or via the Uptown Queer Collective Facebook group

May 24 – Uptown Queer Collective’s Rainbow Readers Book Club

Join Uptown Queer Collective for a book club meeting of The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions by Larry Mitchell. Members receive 15% off the book at RSVP via Instagram @queercollective_ or on the Uptown Queer Collective’s Facebook group.

Uptown Queer Collective
Rainbow Readers Book Club
Sunday, May 24, 2020
3:30pm EST
via Zoom

April 22 – Book Club: Naima Coster’s HALSEY STREET


February 6- #DignidadLiteraria Town Hall: Writing Against the White Gaze

#DignidadLiteraria Town Hall: Writing Against the White Gaze, hosted by Dominican Writers Association (DWA), New York City Latina Writer’s Group (NYCLWG), and Word Up Community Bookshop Librería Comunitaria.

Authors, activists and communities from New York City will host a town hall as part of #DignidadLiteraria’s national call to action around the crisis in U.S. publishing exposed by the controversy and developments surrounding the publication of Jeanine Cummins’s novel, American Dirt. The actions come on the heels of the powerful community response that is challenging publishing giants like Oprah Winfrey, Flatiron Books, and other powerhouses of the U.S. publishing industry to be accountable for the dismal state of the industry’s commitment to Latinxs in the United States.

Participating in the town hall are panelists, leaders, writers, authors, readers, and members of the Dominican Writers Association and the NYC Latina Writers Group.


#DignidadLiteraria Town Hall: Writing Against the White Gaze
Thursday, February 6, 2020
6:30-8:30 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

September 5 – Book Launch: Dominicana by Angie Cruz

Join us to celebrate the launch of Angie Cruz’s new novel Domincana, the inaugural selection for Word Up’s new program Uptown Reads.


The book launch, co-organized with Dominican Writers Association, will take place at Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center (530 West 166th St.) and will feature a reading by author Angie Cruz, Angie will be introduced by Laura Gomez (Orange is the New Black), who will moderate a Q&A between Angie and actress Coral Peña, audiobook narrator of Dominicana. After the conversation, enjoy some of the food and music that inspired the novel.

Music by DJcensura, and wine and food by Chef Farys of Pop & Pour.

Book Launch: Dominicana by Angie Cruz
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center
530 West 166th St.
New York NY 10032

This September 2019, Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria is launching UPTOWN READS, a neighborhood-wide program that celebrates great literature and the community-wide reflection that can come of a shared reading experience. Dominicana by Angie Cruz is the inaugural selection. For more about the program, and to learn how your book club, school, or community group can join and get discounts on the book, visit