Category Archives: video

February 24 – Film Screening: 13th


The United States leads the world in incarceration. And the fuel that feeds the statistic is the mythology of black criminality. In this thought-provoking documentary, directed by Ava DuVernay, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.
Film Screening: 13th
Friday, February 24, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

Columbia Spectator: Word Up provides safe space for community members, artists

wu csThanks to Patrick Shulman for the wonderful video for Columbia Daily Spectator.

Word Up is a volunteer run community bookshop on 165th street that hosts literary readings, music concerts, film screenings, theater productions, art openings, community meetings and other events in an effort to “support and fortify the creative spirit” of the community it serves.

Word Up on NY1

A couple of weeks ago, Word Up was featured on the nightly news channel NY1, in a piece about our reopening in Washington Heights! Featuring Word Up volunteers Emmanuel Abreu, Diane Keeney, Luis Alvarez, and Leah Orden, the video on the NY1 site is only viewable if you are a TWC customer, but the transcript is below, and at this link.


Manhattan Times article and video of our opening

Season of words Story by Sherry Mazzocchi and Adrian Cabreja Photos and video by Sherry Mazzocchi Hundreds of people jammed into the new Word Up Community Bookstore this past Fri., Jul. 26th to celebrate its grand opening. Marjorie Elliot and other musicians of Parlor Jazz fame played as people squeezed in to admire the new space. Those who couldn’t fit in gathered outside, at the corner of Amsterdam and West 165th Street, and ate treats from the nearby Mr. Softee ice cream truck. Word Up co-founder Veronica Liu said, “This is amazing,” as she thanked the dozens of volunteers and the hundreds of people who donated to their IndieGoGo campaign. read more…

Book Love


We’ve got book love. We’ve got bookshop love. And we have 4 days left of our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to bring back our beloved bookshop filled with books! We’re steadily making our way to our goal of $60,000. Your contribution is tax-deductible and will go toward reviving a space that is cherished by so many of us.

Word Up isn’t the only book-loving space we cherish—you can check out other great uptown lit hangouts in our BOOK LOVE video—then please contribute by January 1 to add Word Up to the mix!