April 18 – The Upper Manhatta(n) Project


The Upper Manhatta(n) Project is a how-to guide for preparing New York City for climate change. The book includes advanced research, artist renderings, case studies, and other information for how New York and other cities can take near and long-term action. Strategies included in The Upper Manhatta(n) Project range from independent to collective actions that New Yorkers can take to prepare their homes, neighborhoods, and even make large scale infrastructure changes. This book goes beyond advocating for governments to take action and calls for everyone to get involved in making NYC a sustainable city for everyone.

Aurash Khawarzad is an Artist, Educator, and Urban Planner who has been practicing in New York City since 2009. His work emphasizes the combination of art, scientific research, and social justice, in the process of urban development. Aurash believes that by collaborating across disciplines we can develop creative solutions that change society in fundamentally necessary ways.

The Upper Manhatta(n) Project
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

April 20 – Book Talk and Performance: Why School Integration Works

Why School Integration Works: A Talk About School Integration

Please join the NYC Alliance for School Integration and Desegregation (nycASID) for a book talk with UC Berkeley professor Rucker Johnson, author of Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works. The talk will be preceded by a performance of Nothing About Us, a play about educational segregation, written and performed by New York City public school students from Epic Theatre Ensemble. Performers will also lead a talkback after their performance.
RSVP: bit.ly/RuckerJ (Registrants will be added to the nycASID mailing list.)
“Nothing about us without us is for us.”
Commissioned by New York Appleseed, Nothing About Us is a rigorous, passionate, and hilarious exploration of educational segregation written and performed by those most affected and least consulted: NYC public high school students. What does separate but equal mean to us today? Transformation, empathy, and youth voice drive the conversation in this 30-minute touring play by Epic NEXT.
Rucker C. Johnson—author of Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works (April 2019, Basic Books)—is an associate professor in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. As a labor economist who specializes in the economics of education, Johnson’s work considers the role of poverty and inequality in affecting life chances.
Johnson was one of 35 scholars to receive the prestigious 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. His research has appeared in leading academic journals and in mainstream media outlets, and he has been invited to give policy briefings at the White House and on Capitol Hill. Johnson is committed to a scholarly agenda of fusing insights from multidisciplinary perspectives to improve our understanding of the causes, consequences, and remedies of inequality in this country. Johnson earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan. At UC-Berkeley, where he has taught since 2004, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in applied econometrics and topical courses in race, poverty, and inequality.
You can preorder the book here:
Why School Integration Works
Saturday April 20, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

Word Up & BCRW present Cherríe Moraga at The People’s Forum

Cherríe Moraga—the celebrated coeditor of the groundbreaking anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color—will present her new memoir, Native Country of the Heart, in conversation with Claudia de la Cruz, Director of Culture at The People’s Forum.

Tickets are available at http://tinyurl.com/cherriemoraga.

Native Country of the Heart is the writer and activist Cherríe Moraga’s love letter to her “unlettered” mother. It is also an intimate understanding of the U.S.-Mexican diaspora by the celebrated coeditor of the groundbreaking anthology This Bridge Called My Back.

CHERRÍE MORAGA is a writer and cultural activist whose work disrupts the dominant narratives of gender, race, sexuality, feminism, indigeneity, and literature in the United States. A cofounder of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, Moraga coedited the influential volume This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981). In 2017, after twenty years as an Artist-in-Residence in Theater at Stanford University, Moraga was appointed a professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where, with her artistic partner Celia Herrera Rodríguez, she founded Las Maestras Center for Xicana Indigenous Thought and Art Practice. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Theatre Playwriting Fellowship Award and a Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature.

CLAUDIA DE LA CRUZ was born in the South Bronx to immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic. She is a popular educator, community organizer and theologian. In her role as Director of Culture at The People’s Forum, Claudia is committed to contribute her experiences and skills in the creation of cultural-educational space with organizers, educators and cultural workers/artists to continue producing, promoting and uplifting the cultural traditions that nourish and strengthen our communities in our struggles towards social justice. For over 20 years, she has been committed to movement building, and has actively participated in collective grassroots spaces, particularly in the communities of Washington Heights and The South Bronx.

March 23 – Uptown Stories Summer 2018 Anthology Publishing Party


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Come celebrate the publication of Uptown Stories’ 10th anthology from their Summer 2018 semester. Authors can pick up their free copies, sign autographs, and purchase previous volumes.

Featuring the work of:
Xavier Armas, Juliet Burke, Jenna Caron, Saul Chambers, Violet Chambers-Trubatch, Raphael Chang, Erin Chappman, Ryan Elloras , Evan Elstein, Max Fishman, Keon Gatheru, Solomon Gold, Leah Gomez, Izabell Hegedus, Otis Jennings-Graham, Alejandro Jimenez-Halperin, Penelope Kindred , Sophia Kindred, Luc LeCroy, Soomin Lee, Dylan Lopez, Che Mampilly, Zoe Markoe, Savannah McDonald-Satchell, Gabriella Medina, Elias Mesina , Kayla Miller, Emmie Mora, Sophia Noailles, David Nunez, Elixandra Ocasio, Serim Oh, Bonji Onuma, Yalissa Regalado, Sam Robinson, Amelie Santos-Oueslati, Ada Simon , Jonah Singer, Ludovica Stingone, Carmela Suozzi, Anna Tikhomirov, Georgy Tikhomirov, Isaac Tom, Oscar Trombley, Agatha Whitthorne, Lucy Zener

Ordering also available at

Uptown Stories Summer 2018 Anthology Publishing Party
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

March 23 – Special Story Time: Grandpa Stops a War by Susan Robeson

Susan Robeson—granddaughter of Paul Robeson—recollects the bravery and activism of her grandfather in her debut children’s picture book, Grandpa Stops a War, based on the true story of Paul Robeson’s visit to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War. Ideal for ages 5–9.

When Susan was a child, her father and grandfather told her family stories over and over. Grandpa Paul was a great man, a singer with a deep and rumbling voice, a man of peace and principle who worried about the safety of the children and families living in countries at war. His songs were always full of emotion, and evoking the African-American spirituals of his own father’s childhood, he was able to communicate even with people who didn’t speak the same language. Though it was dangerous, Robeson went to Spain and traveled to the front lines of the war (in a Buick!). There, he asked the soldiers to set up speakers facing the fighters on both sides of the battlefield. And then he sang….

With gorgeous illustrations from the fine artist Rod Brown, Grandpa Stops A War celebrates the activism and achievements of the great Paul Robeson, and shows readers the power of art in times of discord and war.

Books will be available for sale at the event, and can be purchased in advance at https://www.wordupbooks.com/book/9781609808822.