May 16 – Reading of Armando Batista’s RoaDMaN (with live music by Reza Salazar)

A live reading of Armando Batista’s new e-chapbook (with live music by Reza Salazar)
RoaDMaN shares poems about the beautiful struggle of being a diasporic Brown Man. It dives into family, ancestral trauma, house parties and even dystopic realities. 
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A live reading of Armando Batista’s new e-chapbook (with live music by Reza Salazar)
Saturday, May 16, 2020
5-6 pm
Zoom via Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

April 22 – Book Club: Naima Coster’s HALSEY STREET


Sundays – Online Comics Workshop: Stories I Would Tell A Million Times: Creating Comics Rooted in Activism and Personal Experience

Register: Email instructor Ellen Lindner at
In this online intermediate class taught by uptown cartoonist Ellen Lindner (The Black Feather Falls, Cranklet Chronicles), students will learn all of the skills necessary to take their comics-creation skills to the next level. Topics include book design, layout, storytelling structure, nonfiction reportage and more.
This class is open to folx aged 14 and up, especially those who have taken the beginner module. There is a $75 fee for this eight-session class, payable virtually at the first session. Scholarships are available and sliding scale options for those who need them. For information and to register please email instructor Ellen Lindner at

This is an online version of “Stories I’d Tell A Million Times: A Nonfiction Comics Class at Word Up Community Bookshop” made possible in part with public funds from Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC
Online Comics Workshop: Stories I Would Tell A Million Times: Creating Comics Rooted in Activism and Personal Experience
Sundays, April 26- June 7, 2020
1-3 pm
Online via Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria

April 8 – **VIRTUAL**Hector La Fossé’s No Regret


Join us in welcoming back Heights native and award-winning author Hector La Fossé. He will be reading and signing his memoir No Regrets: The Journey and sharing his success and life story.

No Regrets: The Journey is a story of hope; about coming of age and a long awaited and most cherished redemption. Over time, chasing the illusion of the money and power he craved, only rewarded him with a life of pain, loss and suffering while wearing the masks that imprisoned his true identity. He buried his secrets and grew hard in order to survive, but at the cost of losing his humanity. Hector takes us through the streets of New YorkCity, revealing secrets, facing fears and frightening encounters. He shares the darkest times of his life and his childhood.

Hector La Fossé is a first-time novelist, award-winning author, actor and motivational speaker. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Manhattan; however, he spent most of his adult life living in the Bronx, before moving and retiring to central Florida. As an adult, Hector became an international substance abuse counselor, a businessman, community leader and a bounty hunter.

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**VIRTUAL**Hector La Fossé’s No Regret
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
7-9 pm
Zoom via Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria

El Gran Combo: Three Bookstores, Twelve Books, One Virtual Fiesta!

Don’t know what to read next while sheltering-in-place? Join EL GRAN COMBO by buying ONLINE one or more of the following twelve books on MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020, at one of our favorite community bookstores: Word Up Community Bookshop, The Lit.Bar, or Mil Mundos Books. Buy a book and get an invite to a private virtual event on Thursday, April 16, 2020, 8:00–9:30pm EST. Conversation and Q&A will be moderated by the one and only @lupita.reads with Angie Cruz, Carolina De Robertis, Jaquira Díaz, Lilliam Rivera, Melissa Rivero, and Natalia Sylvester.

Buy a book!  Build a library!

Participating Books: 
Clap When You Land, Elizabeth Acevedo
Dominicana, Angie Cruz
Everything Inside, Edwidge Danticat
Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From, Jennifer De Leon
Fiebre Tropical, Juliana Delgado Lopera
Cantoras, Carolina De Robertis
Ordinary Girls, Jaquira Díaz
Sabrina & Corina: Stories,  Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Never Look Back, Lilliam Rivera
Goldie Vance: The Hotel Whodunit, Lilliam Rivera
The Affairs of The Falcóns, Melissa Rivero
Running, Natalia Sylvester