Category Archives: Events

June 22 – Femmes of Color in Comix: Reading + Panel

**N.B. This event is taking place at Buunni Coffee Inwood, 4961 Broadway bet. 207th and Isham sts.**
Join us for a comix reading with 4 stellar femmes who are artists of color, followed by a panel on their work, process, and thoughts on the book industry and comix community. Moderated by Stephanie Rodriguez and featuring Kat Fajardo, Robyn Smith, Kelly Fernandez, and Sharon Lee de la Cruz. Suggested donation: $5.
This program is organized by Word Up Community Bookshop in collaboration with Steph Guez, and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Femmes of Color in Comics: Reading + Panel
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Buunni Coffee
4961 Broadway
New York, NY 10034


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

May 14: Hair Love, with Matthew A. Cherry & Vashti Harrison

Matthew A. Cherry presents his new children’s picture book, Hair Love, an ode to loving your natural hair—and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere. At this book launch at Word Up Community Bookshop, Matthew will read, with a drawing demonstration by New York Times–bestselling illustrator Vashti Harrison. Recommended for ages 4–8.

In Hair Love, Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her—and her hair—happy.
Preorder your book here:
About the author:
Chicago native Matthew A. Cherry is a former NFL wide receiver turned filmmaker who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and the Baltimore Ravens. Now, he directs music videos, web series, feature films, and shorts, including “Hair Love,” the animated short film on which this book is based. Matthew was named to Paste Magazine‘s list of Directors to Watch in 2016, and he works at Jordan Peele’s production company, Monkeypaw (UsGet OutTwilight Zone) as a film and television executive.
About the illustrator:
Originally from Onley, Virginia, Vashti Harrison is the author and illustrator of New York Times–bestselling Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (which is also an NAACP Image Award winner), Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World, and Dream Big, Little One. In addition to illustrating Matthew A. Cherry’s Hair Love, Vashti is the illustrator for Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal’s Festival of Colors, Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes’s Cece Loves Science! and Lupita Nyong’o’s forthcoming Sulwe.
Hair Love
a reading by Matthew A. Cherry & drawing demonstration by Vashti Harrison
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

April 26 – Lectura: Para adolescentes, premenopáusicas y especialistas de la salud, para Zaida Corniel

Zaida Corniel Cover-font

“Esta muy esperada colección de cuentos de la escritora y académica dominicana, residente en Nueva York, Zaida Corniel está destinada a convertirse en un clásico contemporáneo. Son doce historias narradas de forma magistral en las que se revela la compejidad y riqueza de la experiencia femenina en nuestra época” (Arte poética Press).

Dr. Zaida Corniel es lectora de español y literatura en el departamento de Hispanic Languages and Literature en Stony Brook University. También enseña en el Departamento de Latin American and Latin Studies (LALS) en Lehman College. Su trabajo de investigación se enfoca en literatura del Caribe hispánico, estudios latinos y teatro. Para adolescentes, premenopáusicas y especialistas de la salud (Arte Poética Press, 2019) es su primera colección de cuentos.


Join us for a book release and conversation with author Zaida Corniel.
“This long-awaited collection of short stories by New York-based Dominican author and scholar, Zaida Corniel is bound to become a contemporary classic. These twelve stories are simply masterful narrations representing the complexity and richness of the feminine experience in our times.” (Arte poética Press).

Dr. Zaida Corniel is a Lecturer of Spanish in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University. She also teaches in the Department of Latin American and Latin Studies (LALS) at Lehman College. She specializes in Spanish Caribbean literature, Latino studies, and theater. Para adolescentes, premenopáusicas y especialistas de la salud (Arte Poética Press, 2019) is her first collection of short stories.

Books will be available for sale at the event, and available online below.

Books will be available for sale at the event, and available online

A Book Release: Para adolescentes, premenopáusicas y especialistas de la salud (cuentos) by Zaida Corniel
Presented by Casa de Las Américas Literary Prize winner, Sonia Rivera Valdés
Friday April 26th, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

April 18 – The Upper Manhatta(n) Project


The Upper Manhatta(n) Project is a how-to guide for preparing New York City for climate change. The book includes advanced research, artist renderings, case studies, and other information for how New York and other cities can take near and long-term action. Strategies included in The Upper Manhatta(n) Project range from independent to collective actions that New Yorkers can take to prepare their homes, neighborhoods, and even make large scale infrastructure changes. This book goes beyond advocating for governments to take action and calls for everyone to get involved in making NYC a sustainable city for everyone.

Aurash Khawarzad is an Artist, Educator, and Urban Planner who has been practicing in New York City since 2009. His work emphasizes the combination of art, scientific research, and social justice, in the process of urban development. Aurash believes that by collaborating across disciplines we can develop creative solutions that change society in fundamentally necessary ways.

The Upper Manhatta(n) Project
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032