Category Archives: Book Signing

March 14 – THE POINT Book Launch @ Word Up

Join us for the book launch of Angel Hawkin’s debut YA novel “THE POINT.” The event will include a reading, book signing and selling copies of the novel.

THE POINT is a coming-of-age young adult fiction novel that follows Willoughs throughout his first year of college. Willoughs is quirky, and possibly one of the most sidetracked angsty youth who has a lot to say but then perhaps nothing at all. Willoughs is part of a band and decides he wants to try something new which ultimately leads him to meet Alice. Alice is a free-spirited, yet strong-willed coed with a clouded past that makes Willoughs start to open his eyes of there being more to life than the one he grew up in within Fernwood.

Angel I. Hawkins has always enjoyed writing since she was a very young child. Born in California and living in several states in between before settling down in New York City, her love for writing and reading never faltered. In fact, even when she initially studied pre-medical course work during her undergrad years, she also majored in English literature. After deciding that medicine was not the direction she wanted to pursue, she switched career tracks to education and now currently teaches English to her middle school students. She hopes to inspire her students and foster a love for literature as well as fulfill her aspirations of writing young adult novels and contemporary romances. She resides in New York City with her amazing husband and their two dog children, Hazelnut and Mocha.

THE POINT Book Launch @ Word Up
Saturday, march 14, 2020
3:30-5:30 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

February 21- Book Release: Monie Marshall’s “Tighten Up”

Join us for the release of Monia Marshall’s new fitness book “Tighten Up”! Monie Marshall is a keynote speaker and a lifestyle coach. Her new book “Tighten Up” will show you what you need to do to get precisely the body you want. At this book event, there will be a short video, light bites, and an excerpt reading, a raffle and prizes.

Instagram: @moniemarshall Facebook: Monie Fit

Book Release: Monie Marshall’s “Tighten Up”
Friday, February 21, 2020
6:30-8:30 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

February 20- Reading – Why No Goodbye? by Pamela Laskin

Join us for a reading of Why No Goodbye? by Pam Laskin, who will read excerpts from her novel, give a history of this book’s inception (including its political cause), and have a Q/A at the end.What happens to the child left behind? A mother escapes Myanmarwith three of her four children. On the cusp of adolescence, the young boy left behind to fend for himself is filled with rage. He does not know how to read and write, so why does his mother bother smuggling in these letters? Jubair begins to express this anger in his own letters, as he develops a level of literacy, eventually becoming a reader and writer. Written in letters, Why No Goodbye? explores loss, grief and transcendence. Co-winner of the 2018 Leapfrog Fiction Contest.

Pamela L. Laskin is a lecturer at City College; she directs The Poetry Outreach Center and teaches children’s writing in the MFA Division. She is the author of five poetry books and several picture books. Most recently she published Ronit & Jamil, a Palentinina/Israeli “Romeo and Juliet” in verse for teens (HarperCollins, 2017).

Reading – Why No Goodbye? by Pamela Laskin
Thursday, February 20, 2020
5-7 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.New York NY 10032

February 5-MC Veggie Fresh Rocks the Mic: Book Reading and Kid’s Nutrition Education Session

Shanon Morris is the debut author of MC Veggie Fresh Rocks the Mic, a colorful story that makes nutrition education fun for children. As a Registered Dietitian, Shanon has been working with communities from children to senior citizens for the last decade with the goal of making nutrition education relatable, accessible and enjoyable for all. Today, she holds the position as the Senior Director of Community Impact at the American Heart Association. Shanon will conduction a short interactive nutrition education session with kids, read MC Veggie Fresh Rocks the Mic and do a book signing after the reading.

For children 5-9 years old.

MC Veggie Fresh Rocks the Mic: Book Reading and Kid’s Nutrition Education Session
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

November 20 – Nathalie Handal’s Life in a Country Album

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Join us to celebrate the launch of Nathalie Handal new poetry collection Life in a Country Album.

The book launch will have food and music inspired by the poetry book with appearances by the author Nathalie Handal for a night of celebration and festivities. Michael Archer (founder of Guernica Magazine) will introduce the book, and Nimmi Gowrinathan (professor/founder, Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative & Beyond Identity faculty, City College) will lead a Q & A.

A dynamic line-up of guest-writers, actors and students will read a poem from Life in a Country Album: Tina Chang (Hybrida); Ricky Maldonado (The Life Assignment); Najla Said (actor); Nivea Castro and Wendy Angulo (VONA – The Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation); Kathy Engel (The Lost Brother Alphabet); student writers, Nailah Garard (Beyond Identity fellow), Jasmine Hayden, Asia Lo Savio, and more…

With Arabic Latin live music by percussionist & oud player Zafer Tawil & Co.

Life in Country Album by Nathalie Handal: From migrations to pop culture, loss to la dérive, Life in a Country Album is a soundtrack of the global cultural landscape—borders and citizenship, hybrid identities and home, freedom and pleasure. It’s a vast and moving look at the world, at what home means, and the ways we coexist in an increasingly divided world. These poems are about the dialects of the heart—those we are incapable of parting from, and those that are largely forgotten. Life in a Country Album is a vital book for our times. With this beautiful, epic collection, Nathalie Handal affirms herself as one of our most diverse and important contemporary poets.

I love how the desire and longing running through these poems reaches me via the collection’s many voices and cityscapes, and–most poignantly–via the borders between bodies, nations and hearts. Absolutely gorgeous.
—Tracy K. Smith, Poet Laureate of the United States

NATHALIE HANDAL was raised in Latin America, France and the Middle East, and educated in Asia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Her recent poetry books include the flash collection The Republics, about the Dominican Republic and Haiti, winner of the Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing, and the Arab American Book Award; Poet in Andalucía; and Love and Strange Horses, winner of the Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award. She is the author of eight plays, editor of two anthologies, and her poetry, essays and creative nonfiction have appeared in Vanity Fair, Guernica Magazine, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Nation, the Irish Times, among others. Handal is the recipient of awards from the Lannan Foundation, Centro Andaluz de las Letras, Fondazione di Venezia, Emily Harvey Foundation, among others. Her work brings her to audiences globally. She is a professor at Columbia University, and writes the literary travel column “The City and the Writer” for Words without Borders magazine.

Beyond Identity is a program that “trains young women of color from both immigrant and U.S.-based minority communities in identity-driven research, allowing them to draw on lived experiences of discrimination and violence to inform the research agendas and political writing that will be the foundation of distinctive political projects.*The category “women” is inclusive of cis-sexual, transgender, and non-binary forms of gendered identities. The Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative does not discriminate on gender or race.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Nathalie Handal’s Life in a Country Album
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032
Can’t make it to the event? Order the book here.