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January 27- Conversations on Self-Care + Book Celebration

Natalie Love Cruz is a nutritional healer, herbal alchemist, and self-care advocate. She has facilitated workshops and retreats helping women of color recognize the importance of self-care. ​She is the creator of the planner “Self Care Cues: Just Do You!” which focuses on integrating self-care into every day living.
Guests are invited to a moderated book talk and celebration of the ultimate self-care planner for 2019.

 

Conversations on Self-Care + Book Celebration                               Sunday, January 27, 2018
3:00-5:00 pm 
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032

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January 25- Melania-Luisa Marte Reading & Q+A

Join us for an intimate book reading with Melania-Luisa. She will be performing poems from her debut book, “MELA.”

Melania-Luisa Marte is a first generation American. She was born in the Bronx and raised in the Lower East Side of New York City. Her multi-cultured upbringing inspires her to write about navigating the world as a native Spanish speaker of Afro-Dominican descent. She is also a member of the 2017 and 2018 Dallas Poetry Slam Team currently ranking 5th in the nation. She has performed, featured, and competed in cities across the country. Marte was a finalist at the 2017 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Competition and ranked 5th in the 2018 Women of The World Poetry Slam Competition and was just recently a finalist at the 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam Competition in San Diego, California. She is the founder of “Melanin Goddess” a Dallas based feminist healing collective for WOC. You can get in touch with her for more reading and poetry engagments at www.melanialuisa.com

 Melania-Luisa Marte Reading & Q+A                                                                    Friday, January 25, 2018
6:30-8:30 pm 
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032

January 16- Tony Wood and Keith Gessen in Conversation

Vladimir Putin personifies his country in the eyes of the outside world, and dominates Western media coverage of it to an extraordinary extent. In Russia without Putin, Tony Wood argues that the overwhelming focus on the president and his personality means that we understand Russia less than we ever did before. Exploring the profound social, political, and economic changes the country has undergone since 1991, Wood challenges several of the standard assumptions of Western coverage. In conversation with Keith Gessen.

TONY WOOD is a member of the editorial board of New Left Review and is previously the author of Chechnya: The Case for Independence (2007). His writing has appeared in the London Review of Books, the Guardian and The Nation, among other places.

KEITH GESSEN is a professor of journalism at the Harriman Institute, Columbia, a founding editor of n+1, and a contributor to the New Yorker and the London Review of Books. His latest novel, A Terrible Country, came out from Viking in July.

“There are few journalistic books about Russia that take its complexity seriously enough not to fall back on simplistic, essentialist, or Orientalist frameworks. Russia Without Putin is unquestionably one of them. The interpretation it develops should already have been the baseline for a larger discussion, instead of a desperate response to a debate about the Putin menace that has come entirely unmoored from reality. [Russia Without Putin] is not only praiseworthy but vital.” – Greg Afinogenov, *Bookforum*

 

Tony Wood and Keith Gessen in Conversation                                                  Wednesday, January 16, 2018
6:30-8:30 pm 
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032

January 12- Book Reading and Event with author Hilda Eunice Burgos

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Come meet author Hilda Eunice Burgos and learn about her debut middle grade  book, ANA MARÍA REYES DOES NOT LIVE IN A CASTLE.

Her last name may mean “kings,” but Ana María Reyes REALLY does not live in a castle. Rather, she’s stuck in a tiny apartment with two parents (way too loveydovey), three sisters (way too dramatic), everyone’s friends (way too often), and a piano (which she never gets to practice). And when her parents announce a new baby is coming, that means they’ll have even less time for Ana María.

Then she hears about the Eleanor School, New York City’s best private academy. If Ana María can win a scholarship, she’ll be able to get out of her Washington Heights neighborhood school and achieve the education she’s longed for. To stand out, she’ll need to nail her piano piece at the upcoming city showcase, which means she has to practice through her sisters’ hijinks, the neighbors’ visits, a family trip to the Dominican Republic . . . right up until the baby’s birth! But some new friends and honest conversations help her figure out what truly matters, and know that she can succeed no matter what.

Ana María Reyes may not be royal, but she’s certain to come out on top.

HILDA EUNICE BURGOS has been writing for many years, but Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle will be her first published novel. Her parents emigrated from the Dominican Republic before she was born, and she grew up in Washington Heights as one of four sisters. She now lives with her family near Philadelphia, where she works as an environmental lawyer. Please visit her website at hildaeuniceburgos.com.


Ven a conocer a la autora Hilda Eunice Burgos y ANA MARÍA REYES DOES NOT LIVE IN A CASTLE, su primera novela para grados intermedios. Su apellido puede significar “reyes”, pero Ana María Reyes REALMENTE no vive en un castillo. Más bien, está atrapada en un pequeño apartamento con ambos padres (demasiado cariñosos), tres hermanas (demasiado dramáticas), las amistades de todos (demasiado a menudo) y un piano (que nunca llega a practicar). Y cuando sus padres anuncian que se acerca un nuevo bebé, eso significa que tendrán aun menos tiempo para Ana María. Luego se entera de la escuela Eleanor, la mejor academia privada de la ciudad de Nueva York. Si Ana María puede ganar una beca, podrá irse de la escuela de su vecindario de Washington Heights y obtener la educación que ha anhelado. Para sobresalir, tendrá que sorprender con su pieza de piano en el próximo evento de la ciudad, lo que significa que tiene que practicar a pesar las bromas de sus hermanas, las visitas de los vecinos y un viaje familiar a la República Dominicana. . . ¡Hasta el nacimiento del bebé! Pero algunos nuevos amigos y conversaciones honestas la ayudan a descubrir qué es lo que realmente importa, y que puede tener éxito sin importar lo que pase. Es posible que Ana María Reyes no sea de la realeza, pero seguramente saldrá ganando. HILDA EUNICE BURGOS lleva muchos años escribiendo, pero Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle será su primera novela publicada. Sus padres emigraron de la República Dominicana antes de que ella naciera, y creció en Washington Heights como una de cuatro hermanas. Ahora vive con su familia cerca de Philadelphia, donde trabaja como abogada ambiental. Visita su sitio web en hildaeuniceburgos.com

 Book Reading and Event with author Hilda Eunice Burgos                    Saturday, January 12, 2018
1:00-3:00 pm 
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032

December 19- Lectura de literatura peruana / Peruvian Literature Reading

Lectura de literatura peruana / Peruvian Literature Reading

Una lectura de 5 escritores peruanx:

Natalia Chamorro (Lima) es escritora, crítica, y candidata de PhD en Stony Brook University donde su investigación se centra en el artivismo latinoamericano. Profesora de español en Hofstra University y estudiante del MFA de Escritura Creativa en Español de NYU, su primer poemario a publicar se llama, tentativamente, Canales Vacíos.

Sandro Chiri (Callao) es autor de varios poemarios, entre ellos El libro del mal amor y otros poemas, Viñetas, y Poemas de Filadelfia. Obtuvo su PhD en Literatura Hispanoamericana en Temple University. Ha co-editado dos libros dedicados a la obra de Mario Vargas Llosa y uno a la poesía de Jorge Eduardo Eielson.

Isaac Goldemberg (Chepén) es novelista y poeta. Profesor Distinguido de CUNY, su novela La vida a plazos de don Jacobo Lerner fue seleccionada como una de las cien obras más importantes de la literatura judía mundial de los últimos 150 años. En 2018, se publicó su Libro de reclamaciones: Antología poética personal 1981-2016 .

Alexis Iparraguirre (Lima) es narrador y crítico cultural. Ha escrito los libros de cuentos El inventario de las naves y El fuego de las multitudes. Fue editor invitado de la revista neoyorkina Los bárbaros para su especial de literatura fantástica y ciencia ficción, y cursó el Master de Escritura Creativa en Español de NYU.

Rocío Uchofen (Lima) es narradora y poeta. Ha publicado el libro de cuentos Odalia y otros sin esquina y los poemarios Liturgias Clandestinas, El oscuro laberinto de los sueños. Desde 2002 dirige el webzine Híbrido Literario y desde el 2017 un programa de radio con el mismo nombre.

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A reading by 5 Peruvian writers:

Natalia Chamorro (Lima) is a writer, critic, and PhD candidate at Stony Brook University; her research focuses on Latin American art activism. A Spanish teacher at Hofstra University and an MFA student in the Creative Writing in Spanish Program at NYU, her forthcoming first book of poetry is tentatively titled Canales Vacíos.

Sandro Chiri (Callao) is the author of El libro del mal amor y otros poemas, Viñetas, and Poemas de Filadelfia, among other books of poetry. He received his PhD in Hispanoamerican Literature at Temple University. He has co-edited two books on the work of Mario Vargas Llosa and, as well as one on the poetry of Jorge Eduardo Eielson.

Isaac Goldemberg (Chepén) is a poet and novelist. A Distinguished Professor at CUNY, his novel La vida a plazos de don Jacobo Lerner was selected as one of the 100 most important works of Jewish literature of the last 150 years. His anthology Libro de reclamaciones: Antología poética personal 1981-2016 was published in 2018.

Alexis Iparraguirre (Lima) is a storyteller and cultural critic. He has written two books of short stories entitled El inventario de las naves and El fuego de las multitudes. She was the guest editor of Los bárbaros for their special issue on sci-fi and fantasy literature, and she received her MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish from NYU.

Rocío Uchofen (Lima) is a poet and storyteller. She has published the book of short stories Odalia y otros sin esquina and two books of poetry—Liturgias Clandestinas and El oscuro laberinto de los sueños. She has been the director of the webzine Híbrido Literario since 2012 and of the radio program of the same name since 2017.

Lectura de literatura peruana / Peruvian Literature Reading
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
6:30-8:30 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032