Category Archives: Uptown Reads

February 20- 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
Thursday, February 20, 2020
7:30-9 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

February 5-MC Veggie Fresh Rocks the Mic: Book Reading and Kid’s Nutrition Education Session

Shanon Morris is the debut author of MC Veggie Fresh Rocks the Mic, a colorful story that makes nutrition education fun for children. As a Registered Dietitian, Shanon has been working with communities from children to senior citizens for the last decade with the goal of making nutrition education relatable, accessible and enjoyable for all. Today, she holds the position as the Senior Director of Community Impact at the American Heart Association. Shanon will conduction a short interactive nutrition education session with kids, read MC Veggie Fresh Rocks the Mic and do a book signing after the reading.

For children 5-9 years old.

MC Veggie Fresh Rocks the Mic: Book Reading and Kid’s Nutrition Education Session
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

September 5 – Book Launch: Dominicana by Angie Cruz

Join us to celebrate the launch of Angie Cruz’s new novel Domincana, the inaugural selection for Word Up’s new program Uptown Reads.


The book launch, co-organized with Dominican Writers Association, will take place at Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center (530 West 166th St.) and will feature a reading by author Angie Cruz, Angie will be introduced by Laura Gomez (Orange is the New Black), who will moderate a Q&A between Angie and actress Coral Peña, audiobook narrator of Dominicana. After the conversation, enjoy some of the food and music that inspired the novel.

Music by DJcensura, and wine and food by Chef Farys of Pop & Pour.

Book Launch: Dominicana by Angie Cruz
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center
530 West 166th St.
New York NY 10032

This September 2019, Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria is launching UPTOWN READS, a neighborhood-wide program that celebrates great literature and the community-wide reflection that can come of a shared reading experience. Dominicana by Angie Cruz is the inaugural selection. For more about the program, and to learn how your book club, school, or community group can join and get discounts on the book, visit