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January 19 / 19 de enero: CSB Book Harvest: Comics Edition! // Cosecha de Libros


The Community Supported Bookshop (CSB) Book Harvest: Comics Edition is an event when CSB members can get first pick of our new donations.

Do you love comic books? Word Up invites CSB members to stop by and check out the incredible donation we received from L. A. Williams, Harvey B. Richards III, Calvin Reid, and Lisa Wilde!

The Word Up CSB is a member program modeled on neighborhood CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), which help local farmers sustain their operations. Members pay in advance and share in the risk and reward that a farmer faces in a season. But, instead of fresh fruits and veggies, you get a healthy selection of books at Word Up!

All CSB shares come with a fun tote to carry all your new books in, designed by neighborhood artist Felipe “Feggo” Galindo. Continuing CSB Memberships and School Shares are also available.

Not a CSB member yet? Basic shares start at $20. Support your local bookshop by joining today! More info here.

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Community Supported Bookshop (Librería apoyada por la comunidad) (CSB): Cosecha de Libros 

Te encantan los comics? Word Up invita a los miembros de CSB a visitarnos para ver la collección increíble de libros que recibimos de LA Williams, Harvey B. Richards III, Calvin Reid, y Lisa Wilde!

El CSB de Word Up es un programa de membresía como ese de CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) (Agricultura apoyada por la comunidad) que ayuda a agricultores locales a sustentar su proyecto. Los miembros pagan en avanzado y comparten el riesgo y las recompensas que los agricultores enfrenta cada temporada. Pero, en vez de frutas y vegetales, usted es recompensado con una selección de libros en Word Up!

¡Los CSB vienen con un pequeño bolso de mano para cargar sus nuevos libros, diseñados por el artista local Felipe “Feggo” Galindo! También tenemos membresía continua y para las escuelas.

¿No es un miembro del programa? Las acciones comienzan al precio de $20. Unase al programa para así apoyar su librería local!

CSB Book Harvest: Comics Edition
Friday, January 19, 2018
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. 
New York NY 10032


January 21: Poetry Reading: Denize Lauture: A Kiss to the Land

Poetry Reading: Denize Lauture: A Kiss to the Land

Invoking the dreams of his Haitian ancestors, who now haunt his memories, Denizé Lauture’s poetry is imbued with a sense of never forgetting, reminding us all that the story of enduring must continue to be written, spoken, and dreamt. Writing and performing in Creole, French, and English, it’s impossible to turn away from Lauture’s moving and delightful poetry, which reverberates with all that he has experienced. At once a meaningful protest through the medium of words and sounds as well as a celebration of bearing witness, Lauture’s poetry retains an indefatigable spirit. There is something in Lauture’s work that emanates a quiet insurgency. It may come from his country’s history. Haiti defeated not one but three European powers—Britain, France, and Spain—on its way to securing independence after a successful slaves revolt. Lauture’s life’s work ensures that history doesn’t evaporate into the mist sprayed by those who want to tell a different story, one made unreal by spectacle and corrupted by the complicity of silence. We should read, see, and listen to Lauture who knows it’s the poet that shows us that it’s not about if we can but that we must —and will—prevail.

Denizé Lauture lives in the Bronx and teaches at Saint-Thomas Aquinas College across the Hudson River in Sparkill. Born the son of humble peasants, he left Haiti in 1968. Lauture was then a machinist and welder, and had not graduated from high school. He worked as a welder in Harlem and attended evening classes at The City College of New York. Lauture received a B.A. in Sociology in 1977, a M.S. in Bilingual Education at CCNY, and a M.A. in Spanish Literature at Lehman College; he did additional graduate studies at Fordham University and at the Graduate Center. Lauture writes in Haitian Creole, English, and French. He has published ten books including poetry and stories for children.

Poetry Reading: Denize Lauture: A Kiss to the Land                                  Sunday, January 21, 2018                                                                                          3–4:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032                                            


12 de enero- Allá en el Caño Martín Peña

Allá en el Caño Martín Peña: una microhistoria de mujeres en resistencia

Ruth Margarita García Pantaleón, PhD

El Caño es un cuerpo de agua en el corazón de la ciudad de San Juan, Puerto Rico, donde crecieron comunidades en contra de toda
probabilidad y que han sido marginalizadas y oprimidas desde siempre, de todas formas han resistido y luchado duramente en busca de justicia tanto social como ambiental.

El Caño is a water body in the heart of San Juan, where communities got build against all odds and have been marginalized and oppressed, nevertheless they have fight back hard for social and environmental justice.

Allá en el Caño Martín Peña                                                                          Viernes 12 de Enero 2018                                                                                   7pm                                                                                                                                       Word Up Community Bookshop – Libreria Comunitaria,
2113 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York   

January 10: Public Education, Privatization, & Segregation: Authors Noliwe Rooks & Carla Shedd in conversation

Join us for a conversation between Noliwe Rooks, who will discuss her book Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education (The New Press, 2017), and CUNY professor CarIa Shedd, author of Unequal City: Race, Schools and Perceptions of Injustice (Russell Sage 2015). A Q&A will follow their conversation, and books will be available for purchase.

Cutting School deftly traces the financing of segregated education in America, from reconstruction through Brown v. Board of Education up to the current controversies around school choice, teacher quality, the school-to-prison pipeline, and more, to elucidate the course we are on today: the wholesale privatization of our schools. Public schools are among America’s greatest achievements in modern history, yet from the earliest days of tax-supported education—today a sector with an estimated budget of over half a billion dollars—there have been intractable tensions tied to race and poverty. Now, in an era characterized by levels of school segregation the country has not seen since the mid-twentieth century, cultural critic and American studies professor Noliwe Rooks provides a trenchant analysis of our separate and unequal schools and argues that profiting from our nation’s failure to provide a high-quality education to all children has become a very big business.

Unequal City examines the ways in which Chicago’s most vulnerable residents navigate their neighborhoods, life opportunities, and encounters with the law. In this pioneering analysis of the intersection of race, place, and opportunity, sociologist and criminal justice expert Carla Shedd illuminates how schools either reinforce or ameliorate the social inequalities that shape the worlds of adolescents in a city that has long struggled with racial residential segregation, high rates of poverty, and deepening class stratification.

Noliwe Rooks is the director of American studies at Cornell University and was for ten years the associate director of African American studies at Princeton University. She is the author of White Money/Black Power and Hair Raising. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

CarIa Shedd is an associate professor of Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center and was previously an assistant professor of sociology and African American studies at Columbia University.Unequal City received the 2015 C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems and the 2016 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award Presented by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Race, Gender, and Class.

Public Education, Privatization, & Segregation:
A conversation with authors Noliwe Rooks & Carla Shedd
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032

* Support Word Up in 2017 *

Photo by Kelly Doyle, from the Word Up Volunteer Reunion and Celebration, October 28, 2017.

Word Up in 2017

Days open to the public: 296 
Number of readings, concerts, screenings, workshops, open mics, and gallery shows: 278
Volunteer hours logged: 8,000+ 
Books circulated: 14,500+

It takes an enormous, joyous neighborhood-wide effort to maintain Word Up as a space for expression and communion, education and care
—as we have for the past 6 years.

Please make a donation to Word Up todayAs you know, Word Up is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization. Most of our books are donated used books, and sell for no more than $5. Our revenue from book sales is only a fraction of our annual budget, and so our existence depends on individual donations, occasional program grants, as well as the in-kind generosity of hundreds of people from Washington Heights, Inwood, the rest of New York City, the US, and abroad. The Word Up family extends far beyond our collective, and continues to grow—without you, we wouldn’t be here.

We need your help to ensure that we remain strong for the long run.

Thank you for everything, and we hope to see you soon.

The Word Up Collective