Category Archives: Face Out

May 27-Book Launch: “El increíble, sorprendente violín que se encogía

Word Up is proud to present children’s book author Thornton Cline and Washington Heights-based translator Mary Escalante, and their new book, El increíble, sorprendente violín que se encogía–the Spanish-language edition of The Amazing Incredible Shrinking Violin (story by Thornton Cline, illustrations by Susan Oliver).

Thornton Cline is a teacher, songwriter, speaker, and author of nine children’s books, two novels, and three nonfiction books. His songs have received Grammy and Dove award nominations, and he was twice honored with Songwriter of the Year for his hit song, “Love is the Reason,” recorded by Engelbert Humperdinck and Gloria Gaynor. He lives in Tennessee with his wife Audrey.

Mary Escalante is a writer, translator, and community interpreter. She is co-translator of the book Home at Word Up/En Casa en Word Up, a children’s picture book about a bookshop in northern Manhattan where she oversees a weekly bilingual story time. In 2017, Ms. Escalante was awarded by local NYC TV station Channel 23 for her outstanding work as an advocate of early literacy and reading for both children and adults, particularly for the Spanish-speaking community.
Word Up se enorgullése en presentar al autor de libros infantiles Thornton Cline y a la traductora establecida en Washington Heights, Mary Escalante,y su nuevo libro “El increíble, sorprendente violín que se encogía”, la edición en español de “The Amazing, Incredible Shrinking Violin“ (una historia de Thornton Cline con ilustraciones de Susan Oliver).

Thornton Cline es un maestro, compositor, orador y autor de nueve libros infantiles, dos novelas y tres libros de no ficción. Sus canciones han sido nominadas para los premios Grammy y Dove y ha sido galardonado dos veces por su exitosa canción “Love is the Reason” como “Mejor canción del año”, grabada por Engelbert Humperdinck y Gloria Gaynor. Radica en Tennessee con su esposa Audrey.

Mary Escalante es una escritora, traductora e intérprete en la comunidad en la Cd. de Nueva York. Ella es cotraductora del libro “Home at Word Up/En Casa en Word Up”, un libro infantil sobre una librería en el norte de Manhattan, donde se encarga semanalmente del círculo de lectura infantil bilingüe. En el 2017, Escalante fue premiada por el Canal 23 de televisión por su destacada labor como partidaria de la alfabetización temprana y la lectura para ambos, niños y adultos, particularmente en la comunidad hispanoparlante.

Book Launch: “El increíble, sorprendente violín que se encogía
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032

March 26 – Reading: Danielle Lazarin & Phillip Lopate


A reading of recent work from current and former Washington Heights residents and writers Danielle Lazarin and Phillip Lopate.

DANIELLE LAZARIN’S debut short story collection, BACK TALK, is forthcoming from Penguin Books in 2018. Her fiction has appeared in Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Glimmer Train, Boston Review, and elsewhere. She’s a 2015 NYFA fellow in fiction and the recipient of multiple individual artists grants from NoMAA. She lives in her native New York, where she is at work on a novel.

PHILLIP LOPATE has written three personal essay collections; two novels, three poetry collections; and more works of criticism. Recent publications include Portrait Inside My Head (personal essays), To Show and to Tell: the Craft of Literary Nonfiction, and A Mother’s Tale (2017). He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a NYPL Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship, two NEA grants, and two NYFA grants. After working with children for twelve years as a writer in schools, he taught creative writing and literature at Fordham, Cooper Union, University of Houston, Hofstra University, New York University and Bennington College. He is the director of the nonfiction graduate program at Columbia University, where he also teaches writing.

Reading: Danielle Lazarin & Phillip Lopate
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

March 24 – Book Launch: Relle the Poet

relle-booksigning-flyerRelle the Poet is touring NYC in celebration of the release of her very first book, and she invites all the artists of the Washington Heights community and beyond to join her. This event will feature a reading from Relle’s IN DISARRAY, a collection of poems, short stories, and letters. The night will also feature a one-hour open mic segment. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Book Launch: Relle the Poet
Friday, March 24, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032


March 18 – Uptown Stories Readings


Celebrate the young writers of Uptown Stories! Based in Washington Heights, Uptown Stories offers small-group, after-school writing workshops led by professional writers and master teachers. Students learn the craft of writing, engage their imaginations, practice giving and receiving constructive feedback, and join an exciting, supportive community. Learn more about Uptown Stories at

Saturday, March 18, 2017
12:30-1:30 – Creating Other Worlds
2:00-3:00 – Elements of Fiction

Sunday, March 19, 2017
1:00-2:00 – The Game of Poetry
2:30-3:30 – It’s Your Thing
4:00-5:00 – POW! Comics Drawing Gallery

Uptown Stories Readings
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

March 9 – Reading: Katy Bowman

mnBest-selling author and bio-mechanist Katy Bowman deepens her “you are how you move” message in her new book Movement Matters: Essays on Movement Science, Movement Ecology, and the Nature of Movement. Bowman will present the key ideas in her new book—that we can improve our own health, and the health of our planet and our communities just by moving our own bodies more—and will answer questions and sign books.

Reading: Katy Bowman
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032