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March 14 – THE POINT Book Launch @ Word Up

Join us for the book launch of Angel Hawkin’s debut YA novel “THE POINT.” The event will include a reading, book signing and selling copies of the novel.

THE POINT is a coming-of-age young adult fiction novel that follows Willoughs throughout his first year of college. Willoughs is quirky, and possibly one of the most sidetracked angsty youth who has a lot to say but then perhaps nothing at all. Willoughs is part of a band and decides he wants to try something new which ultimately leads him to meet Alice. Alice is a free-spirited, yet strong-willed coed with a clouded past that makes Willoughs start to open his eyes of there being more to life than the one he grew up in within Fernwood.

Angel I. Hawkins has always enjoyed writing since she was a very young child. Born in California and living in several states in between before settling down in New York City, her love for writing and reading never faltered. In fact, even when she initially studied pre-medical course work during her undergrad years, she also majored in English literature. After deciding that medicine was not the direction she wanted to pursue, she switched career tracks to education and now currently teaches English to her middle school students. She hopes to inspire her students and foster a love for literature as well as fulfill her aspirations of writing young adult novels and contemporary romances. She resides in New York City with her amazing husband and their two dog children, Hazelnut and Mocha.

THE POINT Book Launch @ Word Up
Saturday, march 14, 2020
3:30-5:30 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

March 11- Book Release: High Risk by Dr. Chavi Eve Karkowsky


Join us as Dr. Chavi Eve Karkowsky, high-risk obstetrician and writer, reads from her new book “High Risk: Stories of Pregnancy, Birth, and the Unexpected.” Dr. Karkowsky will share her experiences working with underserved women, reproductive rights, and how medical institutions save us and fail us, all at the same time. Dr. Karkowsky will share compelling stories from her work and from her personal life, as well as reflections from more than a decade of working in the front lines of what she calls “the best and the worst day of a woman’s life”.

Book Release of High Risk by Dr. Chavi Eve Karkowsky            Wednesday, March 11, 2020
6:30-8:30 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

February 20- Reading – Why No Goodbye? by Pamela Laskin

Join us for a reading of Why No Goodbye? by Pam Laskin, who will read excerpts from her novel, give a history of this book’s inception (including its political cause), and have a Q/A at the end.What happens to the child left behind? A mother escapes Myanmarwith three of her four children. On the cusp of adolescence, the young boy left behind to fend for himself is filled with rage. He does not know how to read and write, so why does his mother bother smuggling in these letters? Jubair begins to express this anger in his own letters, as he develops a level of literacy, eventually becoming a reader and writer. Written in letters, Why No Goodbye? explores loss, grief and transcendence. Co-winner of the 2018 Leapfrog Fiction Contest.

Pamela L. Laskin is a lecturer at City College; she directs The Poetry Outreach Center and teaches children’s writing in the MFA Division. She is the author of five poetry books and several picture books. Most recently she published Ronit & Jamil, a Palentinina/Israeli “Romeo and Juliet” in verse for teens (HarperCollins, 2017).

Reading – Why No Goodbye? by Pamela Laskin
Thursday, February 20, 2020
5-7 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.New York NY 10032

October 20 – Hebe Uhart’s THE SCENT OF BUENOS AIRES: A conversation with translator Maureen Shaughnessy and Eva Gasteazoro

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A remarkable traveler and observer, Hebe Uhart pays close attention to the way people speak, how they move, and how they remain still. Considered to be one of the greatest contemporary Argentine writers, Uhart won the Manuel Rojas Iberian-American Award for literature in 2017. The Scent of Buenos Aires is the first collection of Uhart’s to be published in English, and Maureen Shaughnessy’s translation perfectly captures Uhart’s extraordinary world, one dappled with iridescent ivy and the small epiphanies of ordinary souls.

At this event at Word Up, Maureen will be in conversation with fellow translator Eva Gasteazoro, a writer and performance artist, translator, and teacher, originally from Nicaragua.

Hebe Uhart’s The Scent of Buenos Aires
a conversation with translator Maureen Shaughnessy and Eva Gasteazoro

Sunday, October 20, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032
Can’t make it to the event? Order the book here.

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.
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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