Category Archives: Face Out

March 29 – Getting to Know Yourself for Better Sex & Relationships

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Join Nuyorican sexologist Yael Rosenstock, recent author of “An Introguide to a Sex Positive You: Lessons, Tales, and Tips” for an interactive discussion exploring sexual identity in all of its diversity. Sexual identity isn’t limited to the genders we date – it includes our dating styles, the roles we take in sexual encounters, what we like to do, and more! This conversation will invite you to think about those identities to help you identify what you could be seeking for your ideal sexual and/or romantic relationships.
Getting to Know Yourself for Better Sex & Relationships
Friday, March 29, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

March 7 – A Radical Faith: Author Eileen Markey in conversation with Elizabeth Castelli

Join Eileen Markey, a Bronx-based journalist, Lehman College CUNY professor, and author of A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sister Maura, in conversation with religion scholar and Word Up volunteer Elizabeth Castelli, for a reading and talk about the role of religious conviction in the Central American people’s movements of the 1970s and 80s and how they can inform our work today.

Drawing on archival research and hundreds of interviews with people usually ignored by historians, A Radical Faith tells a grassroots, woman-centered, poor people-centered story of Sr. Maura Clarke, MM, a Bronx-born, Queens-raised first generation North American woman who was killed in 1980 by the U.S.-trained military of El Salvador. The book traces Maura’s transformation from missionary to partner willing to take fundamental risks in the struggle for liberation. Inspired both by her religious faith and her father’s role in the anti-imperial Irish revolution, Maura dedicated herself to people’s movements in Nicaragua and El Salvador. The book explores topics deeply relevant for our current political moment: invested, committed allyship, models of community resistance, the disruptive powers of hope and personal relationships, and the root causes driving current Central American migration.

From Jacobin: “In this exhaustively researched and deeply loving biography, Markey ascribes radical agency to one of the victims of El Salvador’s civil war violence better known for her death than for her life’s work. In so doing, she reveals the key role played by people of faith, local and foreign, in the liberation movements that challenged both their domestic oppressors and their US backers…For Maura Clarke and so many others, the church was not the obstacle to their radicalization, but rather the vehicle. A Radical Faith charts the unlikely transformation of that most oppressive colonial emissary, the missionary, into an instrument of anti-imperialist solidarity.”

Free event; $5 suggested donation will go toward supporting Word Up’s programming in 2019. A Q&A will follow the book reading and conversation. Books will be available for sale at the event, or may be purchased on our website at

A Radical Faith: Solidarity in Time of Tyranny­—The Story of Maura Clarke
Book talk with author Eileen Markey, in conversation with Elizabeth Castelli
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

February 24 – Monster María: Children’s Book Reading and Fundraiser for Puerto Rico

What happens when a terrible storm threatens to destroy an island? Can one little girl, Marisol, manage to swim the ocean and save her beloved Puerto Rico? Monster María is a bilingual picture book that tells Marisol’s story—a book about love, family, community, and resilience.

Please come hear co-author Pamela L. Laskin and illustrator/co-translator Wildriana Paulino read from Monster María, or Marisol Y El Huracán Maria, on Sunday, February 24, 12–1:30pm. The book is perfect for ages 3 to 6.

Sonia Manzano, the celebrated actress and writer who played “Maria” on Sesame Street, says of the book: “It celebrates the magical optimism in all of us.”

Written by Pamela L. Laskin and Lyn Di Iorio. Translated by Wildriana Paulino and Lyn Di Iorio. Art by Wildriana Paulino.

All profits from the sale of the book will benefit Centros Sor Isolina Ferré Canóvanas Center


¿Qué sucede cuando una terrible tormenta amenaza con destruir una isla? ¿Puede Marisol, una pequeña niña, conseguir nadar el oceáno y salvar a su amada isla Puerto Rico? Monster María/ Marisol y El Huracán María es un libro infantil mágico para edades de 3 a 6 años que cuenta su historia: Un libro sobre amor, familia, una comunidad y la resilencia.

Vengan a escuchar la lectura del libro bilingüe Monster María/Marisol y El Huracán María, por Pamela L. Laskin y Wildriana Paulino el 24 de febrero desde las 12–1:30PM. El libro is perfecto para niñxs de edades 3 a 6.

Sonia Manzano, la actrís y escritora celebrada que hico el papel de “Maria” en Calle Sesame, dice sobre el libro: “Celebra el optimismo mágico en todos nosotros.”

Escrito por Pamela L. Laskin y Lyn Di lorio. Traducida por Wildirana Paulino y Lyn Di lorio. Arte por Wildriana Paulino.

Todos los beneficios de la venta del libro se beneficiarán de Centros Sor Isolina Ferré Canóvanas Center.

Monster Maria: A Children’s Book Reading & Fundraiser for Puerto Rico
Sunday, February 24, 2019

Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

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

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