November 11: Story Time with Dania Santana

On November 11, Word Up welcomes special story time guest Dania Santana, presenting her children’s picture book, La Familia Cool: El tesoro más valioso/The Most Valuable Treasure. La Familia Cool’s fictional world portrays the new Latino family through multiracial, multicultural, and bilingual characters. The book was a finalist for the 2016 International Book Awards, and received honorable mentions from the 2016 San Francisco Book Festival and the 2016 New York Festival.

And, every week, bring your kids to the community book shop to hear their favorite stories read out loud by experienced, trained readers. Just like their teachers in the classroom, but with new faces and new friends! Our regular story time reader is local writer and translator Mariel Escalante, with occasional special guests.

Story Time w/ Dania Santana
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.


November 11: Words and Music Series—Session 3: Carlos theChords and Jane LeCroy

Heart strings, ukelele strings, vocal chords, and guitar chords. Musician Carlos theChords and poet Jane LeCroy present an evening of poetry and music to make you wonder, dream, think, and groove.

Jane LeCroy is an NYC-based poet, singer, and performance artist. She fronts the avant-pop band, The Icebergs (with Tom Abbs [cello] and David Rogers-Berry [drums]), the experimental music project Ω▽(Ohmslice) with Bradford Reed’s modular synth. Jane has toured with the SF-based all women’s poetry troupe, Sister Spit, and is a regularly featured character at The Poetry Brothel. She is a poet-in-the-schools through Teachers & Writers Collaborative and Uptown Stories in Washington Heights. Her chapbook, NAMES, was published by the art-book house Booklyn in the award-winning ABC chapbook series, purchased by the Library of Congress along with her braid! Three Rooms Press published SIGNATURE PLAY, a multimedia book of lyrical poems.

Carlos theChords is a singer/guitarist from the New York City area. He pens and performs original acoustic/alternative/reggae songs with keen and introspective content. Though Carlos has played numerous shows in NYC, he’s also performed in Barbados, Boston, Atlanta and New Jersey. Lately he’s been exploring the open mic scene in the Upper West Side NYC, performing locally and also the north east region. He recorded and mixed the Carlos theChords singles: “On A Good Boat” and “Happiness” 2016, Transcend the Core’s albums: “3 skulls …relinquish head candy” (2012) and “Live at Bar Matchless” (2012). Video recording, editing, photographic and graphic duties are all passionate extensions of his work in the bands.

This is the third installment of the Words and Music series, which presents new collaborations between wordsmiths and musicians at Word Up Community Bookshop.

Words and Music is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

November 10: An Afterschool Chat with Innosanto Nagara

Come by after school and meet author Innosanto Nagara! He wrote A is for Activist, Counting on Community, and My Night at the Planetarium, and will be sharing with us his new book, The Wedding Portrait, a story for kids ages 6 to 10 about standing up for what’s right. 

The Wedding Portrait contains stories of direct action from around the world—from indigenous people in Colombia blocking an oil company from destroying their environment, to Claudette Colvin taking a seat in the front of the bus to protest racism. Through bright pictures and inspiring words, Innosanto explains the meaning of “blockade,” “boycott,” “civil disobedience,” and other ways that ordinary people have said “No!” to unfair treatment. 

As with many of his past books, Innosanto created the story for his own son, and he is happy to answer questions from audience members of all ages after the reading. All books will be available for sale. 

An afterschool chat with Innosanto Nagara​
presented with La Casa
Friday, November 10, 2017 • 4–5:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.

November 2: SELF: self portraits by the Lantern Arts Collective

SELF: self portraits by the Lantern Arts Collective
A new art exhibition at Word Up Community Bookshop
November & December 2017

Opening reception, with short films by the LANTERN ARTS COLLECTIVE and VIVIAN DUCAT: Thursday, November 2, 5–7pm 

The Lantern Arts Collective unites artists of diverse backgrounds and experience who live in Lantern Community Services supportive housing buildings. Members of the groups meet on a weekly basis to explore a variety of media, guided by Chantal Heijnen, Sonja Rohde and Emily Sharp. Their work was recently displayed at the Ron Taylor Gallery as part of Arts to End Violence. The Lantern Arts Collective also presented their work in the 2017 Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Uptown Arts Stroll. A collaborative piece they created, Block Party, was featured in the 2016 Community Partnership Art Show at the Museum of Modern Art.

To celebrate the opening of this new exhibition, we’re screening two short films examining portraits and their curation.

Stonefaced is a documentary short about the architect, author, photographer, and professor Robert Arthur King, who is obsessed with gargoyles. As Robert walks around the New York City capturing images, he muses on these curious figures embedded in our city’s great architecture. Stonefaced is produced and directed by Vivian Ducat, whose other credits include producing, directing, and writing the documentary feature All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, and more than 20 long-form documentaries for broadcast. Vivian spent the first part of her career in London, working for the BBC, and has also produced and directed interactive media short films, touchscreen kiosks and digital exhibitions for many New York City–based institutions, including the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center and the New-York Historical Society. Vivian lives with her family in Washington Heights, where she is the co-chair of the Riverside Oval Association, an organization dedicated to the greening of the area west of Broadway between 155th and 158th Streets and the development of a sense of identity for the area.

Self > Selfie is a short film exploring the ways we curate our images for public consumption, and examining what our screens fail to capture and communicate about life experience. Self > Selfie was made in collaboration with Lantern and teaching artist Kerry Downey, in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art Community Partnership Program. Since 2007, MoMA’s Community Partnership Program has been working with nonprofit and community-based organizations throughout New York City to create new ways of accessing MoMA’s collection and resources. As a multidisciplinary video artist, Downey is interested in finding creative ways to explore our contemporary relationship to media and technology.

TO BE RESCHEDULED // October 29: Roberta Gold and Michael Greenberg on Housing in New York City

Sunday, October 29, 3:30pm
Join us for a community conversation on housing in New York City. Come with questions to help orient our dialogue.

ROBERTA GOLD is the author of When Tenants Claimed the City (2014). She teaches history and American studies at Fordham University, and has been an active member of her tenants’ association in Harlem for twenty years.

MICHAEL GREENBERG has written a memoir, Hurry Down Sunshine (2008), and a collection of his essays, Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer’s Life (2009). He teaches in the MFA program at Columbia University and is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, where he writes about literature, politics and New York.
Domingo, 29 de octubre, 3:30pm
Vengan para una conversación con nuestra comunidad sobre el tema de las viviendas en la Cd. de Nueva York. Vengan con preguntas para orientar nuestro diálogo.
ROBERTA GOLD es autora de When Tenants Claimed the City (2014). Es profesora de historia y American studies en Fordham University, y ha sido miembro activa de su asociación de inquilinos en Harlem por veinte años.
MICHAEL GREENBERG ha escrito sus memorias, Hurry Down Sunshine (2008), y una colección de ensayos, Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer’s Life (2009). Es profesor en el programa MFA de Columbia University y escribe frecuentemente sobre temas de literatura, política, y la Cd. de Nueva York para el New York Review of Books.
Roberta Gold and Michael Greenberg on Housing in New   York City
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032