In America, Mother = White. That’s what Nefertiti, a single African American woman, discovered when she decided she wanted to adopt a Black baby boy out of the foster care system. Eager to finally join the motherhood ranks, Nefertiti was shocked when people started asking her why she wanted to adopt a “crack baby” or said that she would never be able to raise a Black son on her own. She realized that American society saw motherhood through a white lens, and that there would be no easy understanding or acceptance of the kind of family she hoped to build.
Motherhood So White is the story of Nefertiti Austin‘s fight to create the family she always knew she was meant to have and the story of motherhood that all American families need now. In this unflinching account of her parenting journey, Nefertiti examines the history of adoption in the African American community, faces off against stereotypes of single, Black motherhood, and confronts the reality of raising children of color in racially charged, modern-day America.
Nefertiti will be conversation with Retha Powers, a local uptown parent to Isa and August, the assistant director of City College’s Publishing Certificate Program, and co-director of the annual Langston Hughes Festival.
Motherhood So White by Nefertiti Austin Sunday, September 22, 2019 4–5:30pm Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria 2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St. New York NY 10032 RSVP here Can’t make it to the event? Order the book here: https://www.wordupbooks.com/book/9781492679011.
Manhattan-based photojournalist Scott Jacobs’s new book of photographs, Anonymous, captures the raw, vulnerable, and intricate lives on the streets of New York City. Anonymous is Scott’s first book of photographs. He currently working on his second, as well as short avant-garde film.
Anonymous by Scott Jacobs Friday, September 13, 2019 6:30–8:30pm Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria 2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St. New York NY 10032
Presentación de la antología de poesía Y soñábamos con pájaros volando por la poeta, novelista, traductora, y Associate Professor de Montclair State University Marta López Luaces, con Nuria Morgado, Associate Professor del College of Staten Island. El libro estará disponible a la venta.
Presentación de libro: Y soñábamos con pájaros volantes Viernes, 25 de Mayo 2018 6:30 –8:30pm Word Up Bookshop 2113 Avenida Amsterdam (con calle 165) New York NY 10032
The mass protests that shook France in May 1968 were exciting, dangerous, creative and influential. Students demonstrated, workers went on general strike, factories and universities were occupied. At the height of its fervor, it brought the entire national economy to a halt. The protests reached such a point that political leaders feared civil war or revolution.
Fifty years later, MAY MADE ME offers eye-opening oral testimonies of the mass protests that shook France in May 1968, and have influenced European politics to this day.
MITCHELL ABIDOR has translated texts from French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Esperanto for the Marxists Internet Archive and published many books, including Voices of the Paris Commune, Death to Bourgeois Society: The Propagandists of the Deed, and A Socialist History of the French Revolution by Jean Jaurès.
CHRIS HEDGES is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, former professor at Princeton University, activist and ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 11 books, including War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003) and Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt (2015). He writes a weekly column for the website Truthdig in Los Angeles, run by Robert Scheer, and hosts a show, On Contact, on RT America. Books will be available for sale.
Reading: MAY MADE ME by Mitch Abirdor in conversation with Chris Hedges Thursday, May 24, 2018 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave (at 165th Street)
New York, NY
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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