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February 7 – Liza Jessie Peterson and Kia Corthron in Conversation

Two amazing playwrights and authors—Liza Jessie Peterson and Kia Corthron—will discuss their plays and books in the context of their work with incarcerated youth.

Liza Jessie Peterson’s book ALL DAY: A YEAR OF LOVE AND SURVIVAL TEACHING INCARCERATED KIDS AT RIKERS ISLAND recounts a year in Liza Jessie Peterson’s classroom at Island Academy, the high school for inmates detained at New York City’s Rikers Island. A poet and actress who had done occasional workshops at the correctional facility, Peterson was ill-prepared for a full-time stint teaching in the GED program for the incarcerated youths. For the first time faced with full days teaching the rambunctious, hyper, and fragile adolescent inmates, “Ms. P” comes to understand the essence of her predominantly Black and Latino students as she attempts not only to educate them, but to instill them with a sense of self-worth long stripped from their lives.

Kia Corthron’s epic novel THE CASTLE CROSS THE MAGNET CARTER won the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize in 2016, and sweeps American history from 1941 to the twenty-first century through the lives of four men—two white brothers from rural Alabama, and two black brothers from small-town Maryland—whose journey culminates in an explosive and devastating encounter between the two families. Her plays include MEGASTASIS, inspired by Michelle Alexander’s THE NEW JIM CROW, and BREATHE, BOOM, inspired by her experience teaching playwrighting to incarcerated girls at Rikers.

After their conversation, there will be a Q&A with the audience. Books by both authors will be for sale.

Liza Jessie Peterson and Kia Corthron in Conversation
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018
6:30 – 8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032
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February 3 – People’s State of the Union Story Circle

In January of most years, the President delivers a State of the Union Address highlighting the past year and suggesting priorities for the coming year. It’s a broadcast from one to many. But democracy is a conversation, not a monologue. Understanding the state of our union takes We the People reflecting in our own communities on our challenges and opportunities locally, nationally,
and globally.

On February 3, as part of the People’s State of the Union, Word Up invites you to a Story Circle focusing What Makes Uptown Home. We’ll be starting Story Circles at 2 different time: 1pm and 4pm.

When you join one, your story will be recorded, if you wish, transcribed, and will be shared with others beyond the event

Free registering for 1-3 PM- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peoples-state-of-the-union-story-circle-at-word-up-community-bookshop-tickets-42106856742?aff=es2

Free registering for 4-6 PM- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peoples-state-of-the-union-story-circle-at-word-up-community-bookshop-tickets-42107012207?aff=es2

People’s State of the Union Story Circle                                                       Friday, February 3, 2018
1-3pm and 4-7pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. 
New York NY

 

Junot Díaz shouts out Word Up at ABA’s Wi13

Last week at the annual American Booksellers Association (ABA) Winter Institute conventionJunot Díaz was one of the keynote speakers. Junot began his speech by thanking the ABA and all the booksellers and bookstores who have nourished him, not least Word Up Community Bookshop! Thank you, Junot, for the appreciation, and many thanks to the ABA for granting Word Up the opportunity to attend—with Word Up founder Veronica Liu serving on the ABA Diversity Task Force, and longtime volunteer Emmanuel Abreu attending through an ABA-sponsored scholarship, we were well represented!
Check out the full speech below.

January 19 – Word in the Heights: Teen Open Mic

Word in the Heights presents their Teen Open Mic! This season, we will also have local authors presenting work.

Sandy Jimenez presenting his work at the School of Visual Arts.

On Friday, January 19, 2018, we’ll be joined by Sandy Jimenez, a comic book artist and filmmaker best known for his work as an editor of World War 3 Illustrated magazine for over 25 years, and also as the creator of “Marley Davidson: Bronx Exorcist.” His comic book stories have been adapted into movies and he has been the storyboard artist on scores of motion pictures, including his own feature length film in 2007.

This event will be preceded by the CSB Book Harvest: Comics Edition. More info here.

Word in the Heights: Teen Open Mic
Friday, January 19, 2018
6–8pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave.
New York NY 10032

January 19 / 19 de Enero – CSB Book Harvest: Comics Edition / Cosecha de Libros: Edición de Comics

**THIS EVENT IS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWED BY A PRESENTATION BY COMICS ARTIST SANDY JIMENEZ, AS PART OF THE WORD IN THE HEIGHTS OPEN MIC!**

The Community Supported Bookshop (CSB) Book Harvest: Comics Edition is an event when CSB members can get first pick of our new donations.

Do you love comic books? Word Up invites CSB members to stop by and check out the incredible donation we received from L. A. Williams, Harvey B. Richards III, Calvin Reid, and Lisa Wilde!

The Word Up CSB is a member program modeled on neighborhood CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), which help local farmers sustain their operations. Members pay in advance and share in the risk and reward that a farmer faces in a season. But, instead of fresh fruits and veggies, you get a healthy selection of books at Word Up!

All CSB shares come with a fun tote to carry all your new books in, designed by neighborhood artist Felipe “Feggo” Galindo. Continuing CSB Memberships and School Shares are also available.

Not a CSB member yet? Basic shares start at $20. Support your local bookshop by joining today! More info here.

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Community Supported Bookshop (Librería apoyada por la comunidad) (CSB): Cosecha de Libros 

Te encantan los comics? Word Up invita a los miembros de CSB a visitarnos para ver la collección increíble de libros que recibimos de LA Williams, Harvey B. Richards III, Calvin Reid, y Lisa Wilde!

El CSB de Word Up es un programa de membresía como ese de CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) (Agricultura apoyada por la comunidad) que ayuda a agricultores locales a sustentar su proyecto. Los miembros pagan en avanzado y comparten el riesgo y las recompensas que los agricultores enfrenta cada temporada. Pero, en vez de frutas y vegetales, usted es recompensado con una selección de libros en Word Up!

¡Los CSB vienen con un pequeño bolso de mano para cargar sus nuevos libros, diseñados por el artista local Felipe “Feggo” Galindo! También tenemos membresía continua y para las escuelas.

¿No es un miembro del programa? Las acciones comienzan al precio de $20. Unase al programa para así apoyar su librería local!

CSB Book Harvest: Comics Edition
Friday, January 19, 2018
4-7pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. 
New York NY 10032