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January 26 – Book Talk: HAVE I GOT A STORY FOR YOU: Yiddish Fiction and the Forward

gThe Forward is the most renowned Yiddish newspaper in the world. It welcomed generations of immigrants to the US, brought them news of Europe and the Middle East, and provided them with everything from comic strips to recipes. It also published some of the most acclaimed Yiddish fiction writers of all time. Anthology Editor Ezra Glinter has combed through the archives to find the best stories published during the newspaper’s 120-year history. Ezra will present these stories, as well as the stories behind the stories. Organized by themes like immigration, modernity, war, and Eastern European life, each of these pieces reflects its particular milieu, while also continuing to speak to us today.

Ezra Glinter is an award-winning journalist, critic, translator and biographer. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ezra attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. For five years Ezra worked as the deputy culture editor of the Forward, and now serves as the newspaper’s critic-at-large. Ezra’s writing has appeared in the New Republic, the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times among other publications. He is currently writing a biography of the Lubavitcher Rebbe for Yale University Press.   f

HAVE I GOT A STORY FOR YOU: Yiddish Fiction and the Forward


Thursday, January 26, 2017
6:30-8pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

November 12 – Book Launch & Panel: Brian Mooney’s Breakbeat Pedagogy

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To celebrate the release of Breakbeat Pedagogy: Hip Hop and Spoken Word Beyond the Classroom Walls by Brian Mooney, Brian will be reading from and talking about his book, then will be joined in conversation by Rephstar and PattyDukes of hip-hop group Circa ’95 and creators of the Rhyme Factory, and by Walter Hidalgo, author of Beyond the Four Walls: The Rising Ministry and Spirituality of Hip-Hop. This event is organized in collaboration with Word at 4F and Fractious Press, with support from the Citizens Committee of New York City.
Book Launch & Panel: Brian Mooney’s Breakbeat Pedagogy
Saturday, November 12, 2016
1-4pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

November 11 – Teen Open Mic at Word Up

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Teen open mic for spoken word artist, singers, rap artist who want to share their voice and talent. Sign up to perform or come and enjoy a night of performances and music by youth for youth. Hosted by “Word in the Heights” alum Jilly Juice. 6pm-8pm. FREE.
Teen Open Mic at Word Up
Friday, November 11, 2016
6-8pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

September 28 – Poetry Reading “Anemochory” by Leah Silvieus

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Join us for an evening at Word Up Books to celebrate the release of Leah Silvieus’s chapbook Anemochory from Hyacinth Girl Press! The evening will also include readings by Hyacinth Girl Press authors Wren Hanks (Prophet Fever) and Lisa Marie Basile (war/lock). Poet Kate DeBolt will MC. Doors open at 7 p.m., and readings begin promptly at 7:30. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP at Eventbrite.

Leah Silvieus is the author of Anemochory (Hyacinth Girl Press). She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from The American Academy of Poets, Kundiman and VONA. Her work has appeared in Four Way Review, CURA, The Collagist, and Boxcar Poetry Review, among others. Her multimedia poetry projects have been featured at the O, Miami Poetry Festival, The Paragraph Gallery in Kansas City, MO., and the Asian American Women Artists Association in San Francisco.

Wren Hanks is the author of Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press). A 2016 Lambda Emerging Writers Fellow, their poetry and nonfiction appear in Arcadia, Gigantic Sequins, Bone Bouquet, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. They live in Brooklyn and are an Associate Editor for Sundress Publications.

Lisa Marie Basile is an editor, writer and poet. She runs Luna Luna Magazine and Ingenue X (a blog dedicated to luminous living, creativity & beautiful things). She is also the author of APOCRYPHAL (Noctuary Press, 2014) and a few chapbooks, including war/lock (Hyacinth Girl Press).

Poetry Reading “Anemochory” by Leah Silvieus
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

August 24 – FACE OUT: André Alexis and Kia Corthron in Conversation

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Word Up is proud to present to two of our continent’s most celebrated playwrights and fiction authors, André Alexis and Kia Corthron, for a reading and conversation about their latest books, the writing of fiction and drama, and the intersections between them.

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Born in Trinidad and raised in Canada, ANDRÉ ALEXIS recently won two of Canada’s biggest writing prizes, the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, for his novel Fifteen Dogs. His debut novel,Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. André’s newest book, The Hidden Keys (Coach House Books, 2016) is a contemporary take on the quest narrative with a rich cast of characters; Adam Nayman wrote in Quill & Quire that “nobody is a mere archetype in Alexis’s universe, and far from digressions (or generic concessions), these subplots suggest the humane, egalitarian sensibility of a writer who’s reluctant to simply instrumentalize his characters.” Prior to André’s long and award-winning fiction career, he was playwright-in-residence at the Canadian Stage Company. André resides in Toronto.

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KIA CORTHRON has written many plays, fifteen of which have been produced nationally and internationally. For her body of work for the stage, she has garnered the Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, the United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, the Lee Reynolds Award, and the Otto Award. She has also written a bit of television (Edgar and Writers Outstanding Series awards for The Wire). The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter (Seven Stories Press, 2016) is her first novel. Angela Davis called the novel “a stunning achievement by any measure—a riveting saga of two twentieth-century American families trapped inside the quotidian contradictions and compulsions of race, disability, and sexuality. The untidiness of history is conveyed through experiences, dreams, and inevitable eruptions of violence,  yet also unexpected patterns of escape and possible orbits of justice.” Kia grew up in Cumberland, Maryland, and lives in Harlem, New York City.
FACE OUT: André Alexis and Kia Corthron in Conversation
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032