Category Archives: Events

26 de Julio- Todo Parecía: poesia contemporanea cubana y cubanoamericana sobre diversos temas LGBTQ

Primera antología de poesía cubana y cubanoamericana sobre temas diversos (familia, sociedad, afectividad, creación, redes de inspiración, identidad, etc.) relacionados con la condición LGBTQ. Los editores son Jesus J. Barquet y Virgilio López Lemus. Entre los 42 autores incluidos están Richard Blanco, Magali Alabau, Manuel Adrian Lopez, Maya Islas, Achy Obejas, Alina Galliano, Amauri Gutiérrez Coto, Reinaldo García Ramos, Abilio Estévez, Antón Arrufat, Damaris Calderón, Isel Rivero, Jorge Garcia de la Fe, Lina de Feria, Emilio Bejel, Carlos Pintado, Yosie Crespo, Mabel Cuesta, Odette Alonso, Alberto Lauro, Nelson Simón, Yoandy Cabrera, Norge Espinosa, Nelson Diaz de Villegas y Frank Padron.

Todo Parecía: poesia contemporanea cubana y cubanoamericana sobre diversos temas LGBTQ                                                                                                              Jueves 26 de julio, 2018                                                                                                      6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                                  Librería Comunitaria Word Up                                                                                      2113 Av. Amsterdam @ calle 165                                                                                       Nueva York NY 10032

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July 19- Love War Stories: Ivelisse Rodriguez in conversation with Jennifer Baker

Join Word Up Community Bookshop and Feminist Press in launching Love War Stories, by debut writer Ivelisse Rodriguez, which documents how “love wars” break out between generations of Puerto Rican women, as individuals find themselves caught between community expectation, violence, and grief. Ivelisse is the fiction editor at Kweli Journal.

At Word Up, she will be in conversation with literary programmer Jennifer Baker, creator and host of the podcast Minorities in Publishing, and editor of the forthcoming Everyday People: The Color of Life—A Short Story Anthology.

Books will be available for sale, or you can preorder one here: https://www.wordupbooks.com/book/9781936932252. Thank you for supporting the author and Word Up!

Reading: LOVE WAR STORIES: Ivelisse Rodriguez in conversation with Jennifer Baker                                                                                                                Thursday, July 19, 2018                                                                                                     6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                                   Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                                           2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                                New York NY 10032

July 18- No Ashes in the Fire: Darnell L. Moore in conversation with Mychal Denzel Smith

When Darnell L. Moore was fourteen, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him. He escaped, but just barely. It wasn’t the last time he would face death.

What happens to the black boys who come of age in neglected, heavily policed, and economically desperate cities that the War on Drugs and mass incarceration have created? How do they learn to live, love, and grow up? Where should they turn when history rejects their very existence? Darnell explores these questions in his memoir NO ASHES IN THE FIRE: COMING OF AGE BLACK AND FREE IN AMERICA.

In bold and inspiring prose, Darnell traces his life from his childhood in Camden, a city scarred by uprisings and repression; to his search for intimacy in the gay neighborhoods of Philadelphia; and, finally, to the movements in Newark, Brooklyn, and Ferguson where he found his voice and his calling as a leading organizer with Black Lives Matter, a movement that recognized him and insisted that his life counted. Moore reminds us that liberation is possible if we commit ourselves to fighting for it, and if we dream and create futures where those who survive on society’s edges can thrive.

At Word Up, Darnell will be in conversation with Mychal Denzel Smith, New York Times–bestselling author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education. Books will be available for sale at the bookshop, and are also available online on our website: https://www.wordupbooks.com/book/9781568589480.                                             The event will be introduced by Memphis Washington, founder of the Q&T Meetup at Word Up.

Reading: NO ASHES IN THE FIRE: Darnell L. Moore in conversation with Mychal Denzel Smith                                                                                                 Wednesday, July 18, 2018                                                                                              6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                                      Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                                               2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.                                                                          New York NY 10032

22 de junio/June 22: Proyección de película/Screening: Who Am I?/¿Quien Soy?

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Proyección de película y charla sobre libro:
WHO AM I? /¿QUIÉN SOY?

Asista a la proyección de la película Who Am I?/¿Quién soy? en Word Up, un documental de Mary Ely Peña-Gratereaux, el cual destaca la exploración de los niños de su propia identidad dominicana y otras. El libro que acompaña el filme—compilado por Mary Ely Peña-Gratereaux, Fenix N. Arias y Marybelle Ferreira De Oleo—examina la diversidad de la gente dominicana presentando historias de niños quienes tienen un progenitor de la República Dominicana y otro de otro país.

Los libros estarán a la venta durante el evento. Si no puede asistir, puede apoyar al autor y a Word Up comprando el libro en línea en este enlace: https://www.wordupbooks.com/who-am-i.

Film screening & book talk:
WHO AM I?
/¿QUIÉN SOY?

Join Word Up for a screening of Who Am I? / ¿Quien Soy?, a documentary film by Mary Ely Peña-Gratereaux that features children’s explorations of their own Dominican—and other—identities. A book accompanying the film—compiled by Mary Ely Peña-Gratereaux, Fenix N. Arias, and Marybelle Ferreira De Oleo—examines the diversity of the Dominican people by featuring stories of children who have one parent from Dominican Republic and one parent from another country.

Books will be available for sale at the event. If you cannot attend, you can support the author and Word Up by buying the book online here: https://www.wordupbooks.com/who-am-i.

Proyección de película y charla sobre libro / Film screening & book talk: ¿QUIÉN SOY? / WHO AM I?
Viernes, 22 de junio | Friday, June 22 | 2018
6:30–8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria

2113 Av. Amsterdam | 2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ calle 165)

:: ¡Séptimo aniversario¡ :: 7th birthday! ::

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Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria celebra 7 años con una lectura infantil especial con Jessica Love, autora e ilustradora de Julián is a mermaid (Julián es una sirena), la inaguración de la nueva exposición sobre ilustraciones de librerías del artista Jenny Kroik, un micrófono abierto amenizado por Angy Abreu; música de Demetrius Daniel, NYC Brass Brothers y Rubén González, y, una fiesta con refrigerios y baile hasta el anochecer amenizados por el DJ Reverend Jeff Crenshaw.

Además, ¡una mega oferta de libros! ¡Vamos a sacar del sótano nuestro excedente de libros de un dólar para que pueda escoger y surtirse de lecturas asequibles y de su entera satisfación!

[11A.M.: ADENTRO]
Edición especial de lectura infantil
Jessica Love, autora e ilustradora de Julián is a Mermaid
(Julián es una sirena)

[12–6 P.M.: AFUERA]
Fiesta en la acera con música
DJ Delaceiba
Lexiglass
Demetrius Daniel
NYC Brass Brothers
Rubén González
Incluyendo micrófono abierto a las 3:00 P.M. amenizado por
Angy Abreu

[6 P.M.: ADENTRO]
Inaguración de exposición de arte
Jenny Kroik

[7P.M.: ADENTRO]
Continuación de festejo
con el DJ Reverend Jeff Crenshaw

Word Up Community Bookshop/Libreria Comunitaria, celebrates 7 years with a special story time with Jessica Love, author of Julián is a Mermaid; an opening for artist Jenny Kroik’s new exhibition of bookstore illustrations; an open mic emcee’d by Angy Abreu; music by DJ Delaceiba, Lexiglass, Demetrius Daniel, NYC Brass Brothers, and Ruben Gonzalez; and a party with refreshments and dancing into the night, DJed by Reverend Jeff Crenshaw.

Plus: MEGA BARGAIN BOOK SALE! We’re hauling our dollar-book overstock out of the basement, so you can browse and stock up on affordable reads to your heart’s content!

[11am: INSIDE]
Special story time
Jessica Love, author and illustrator of Julián is a Mermaid

[12–6pm: OUTSIDE]
Sidewalk party
with music by
DJ Delaceiba
Lexiglass
Demetrius Daniel
NYC Brass Brothers
Ruben Gonzalez
Including an open mic starting at 3pm, emcee’d by
Angy Abreu

[6pm: INSIDE]
Art exhibition opening
Jenny Kroik

[7pm: INSIDE]
After-party DJed by
Reverend Jeff Crenshaw

Word Up’s 7th Birthday
Saturday, June 16, 2018
11am–late
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032