UPDATE: We finally rescheduled with Darnell L. Moore! Come Word Up: Community Bookshop – Libreria Comunitaria Wednesday, August 15 to hear him in conversation with Mychal Denzel Smith.
When Darnell L. Moore was fourteen, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him. He escaped, but just barely. It wasn’t the last time he would face death.
What happens to the black boys who come of age in neglected, heavily policed, and economically desperate cities that the War on Drugs and mass incarceration have created? How do they learn to live, love, and grow up? Where should they turn when history rejects their very existence? Darnell explores these questions in his memoir NO ASHES IN THE FIRE: COMING OF AGE BLACK AND FREE IN AMERICA.
In bold and inspiring prose, Darnell traces his life from his childhood in Camden, a city scarred by uprisings and repression; to his search for intimacy in the gay neighborhoods of Philadelphia; and, finally, to the movements in Newark, Brooklyn, and Ferguson where he found his voice and his calling as a leading organizer with Black Lives Matter, a movement that recognized him and insisted that his life counted. Moore reminds us that liberation is possible if we commit ourselves to fighting for it, and if we dream and create futures where those who survive on society’s edges can thrive.
At Word Up, Darnell will be in conversation with Mychal Denzel Smith, New York Times–bestselling author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education. Books will be available for sale at the bookshop, and are also available online on our website: https://www.wordupbooks.com/book/9781568589480. The event will be introduced by Memphis Washington, founder of the Q&T Meetup at Word Up.
Reading: NO ASHES IN THE FIRE: Darnell L. Moore Wednesday, August 15, 2018 6:30–8:30pm Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria 2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St. New York NY 10032
Join Word Up Community Bookshop and Feminist Press in launching Love War Stories, by debut writer Ivelisse Rodriguez, which documents how “love wars” break out between generations of Puerto Rican women, as individuals find themselves caught between community expectation, violence, and grief. Ivelisse is the fiction editor at Kweli Journal.
At Word Up, she will be in conversation with literary programmer Jennifer Baker, creator and host of the podcast Minorities in Publishing, and editor of the forthcoming Everyday People: The Color of Life—A Short Story Anthology.
Books will be available for sale, or you can preorder one here: https://www.wordupbooks.com/book/9781936932252. Thank you for supporting the author and Word Up!
Reading: LOVE WAR STORIES: Ivelisse Rodriguez in conversation with Jennifer Baker Thursday, July 19, 2018 6:30–8:30pm Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria 2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St. New York NY 10032
Word Up and the Fort Tryon Jewish Center present: Haifa: City of Steps Author Nili Gold in conversation with Noam Sivan
Haifa: City of Steps is an intimate and revelatory journey through the author’s native city. With an expert hand, Gold leads her readers through Haifa during its heyday in the 1920s and ‘30s as an international port and cultural center all the way through the subsequent war and decline. She weaves together urban, architectural landmarks and Haifa’s mountainous topography with literary masterpieces to elucidate how a childhood landscape is imprinted in memory. Gold’s archival research left no stone unturned, and she has recovered amazing stories and connections long forgotten. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro lauded this work as “beautifully written and impeccably researched . . . a true contribution to the literature of cities.”
Nili Gold is Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a native of Haifa, Israel, a graduate of Hebrew University. She got her M.A and PhD from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and taught at Columbia University before settling at Penn. She authored two scholarly books on the Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai, one of which was a poetic biography of him entitled Yehuda Amichai: The Making of Israel’s National Poet (UPNE, 2008). This book as well as her recently published Haifa: City of Steps are soon to appear in Israel in Hebrew.
Pianist-composer Noam Sivan has performed in venues across North America, Europe, and Asia. Live improvisation features prominently in his solo piano recitals and his recorded albums Ambiro’s Journey and Chopin & Improvisations. Born and raised in Haifa, Israel, he is currently a faculty member at the Juilliard School in New York City and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. NoamSivanMusic.com
Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for sale.
Book talk: HAIFA: CITY OF STEPS Author Nili Gold in conversation with Noam Sivan Thursday, May 10, 2018
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave (at 165th Street)
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