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March 1- Bring a Tote, Make a Tote, Take a Tote

Bring a Tote, Make a Tote, Take a Tote // Traiga una bolsa, Haga una bolsa, Tome una bolsa

Bring your extra tote bags that you can pass along to someone else, or learn how to make a new tote bag out of your old T-shirts and other fabrics, and/or take a tote that you can use now that plastic bags are banned in NYC! We’ll provide diagrams, thread and needles, and guidance. You bring your old T-shirts, fabrics, or other decor items.
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Traiga sus bolsas extras que pueda pasarle a alguien más, o aprenda como hacer una bolsa
nueva a partir de sus camisetas viejas, y/o tome una bolsa para usarlas ahora que se prohiba el
uso de las bolsas de plástico en la Ciudad de Nueva York. Les proporcionaremos diagramas, hilo y agujas, e instrucciones. Usted trae sus camisetas viejas, tela u otros artículos para decorarlas.

Bring a Tote, Make a Tote, Take a Tote
Sunday, March 1, 2020/Domingo 1 de Marzo de 2020
3-6 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

April 28- NYC Book Launch with Julia Alvarez: “Afterlife”

Tickets: https://www.unitedpalace.org/product/julia-alvarez/

Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria and United Palace of Cultural Arts present beloved Dominican-American author Julia Alvarez and her new book Afterlife—her first adult novel in nearly 15 years. Julia will read before being joined in conversation by an author to be announced and sign books afterward.

About Afterlife:
Antonia Vega, the writer at the center of Afterlife, has just retired from her job as an English professor when her beloved husband, Sam, suddenly dies. After her bighearted but unstable sister also disappears, Antonia returns home one evening to find a pregnant, undocumented teenager on her doorstep. Antonia has always sought direction in the literature she loves, but now she finds that the world demands more of her than words. Set in this political moment of tribalism and distrust, Afterlife asks: What do we owe those in crisis in our families, including—maybe especially—members of our wider human family? How do we live in a world in need of repair without losing faith in one another or ourselves? And how do we stay true to those we have lost?

About the Author:
Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. She is the author of six novels, three books of nonfiction, three collections of poetry, and eleven books for children and young adults. She has taught and mentored writers in schools and communities across America and, until her retirement in 2016, was a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College. Her work has garnered wide recognition, including a Latina Leader Award in Literature from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, a Woman of the Year recognition by Latina magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library’s program “The Hand of the Poet: Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez.” In the Time of the Butterflies, with over one million copies in print, was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for its national Big Read program, and in 2013 President Obama awarded Alvarez the National Medal of Arts in recognition of her extraordinary storytelling.

This event is supported, in part, by the United Palace of Cultural Arts through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and City Council Members Mark Levine and Ydanis Rodriguez, and Seven Stories Institute D.B.A. Word Up Community Bookshop through public funds from New York State Council on the Arts, and the Hesed Foundation.

NYC Book Launch with Julia Alvarez: “Afterlife”
Tuesday, April 29, 2020/Martes 29 de abril  de 2020
7-10 pm
 The United Palace
 4140 Broadway, Corner of 175th St.
New York NY 10033

September 22 – Motherhood So White by Nefertiti Austin

RSVP here

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.

September 13 – Anonymous by Scott Jacobs

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

25 de Mayo: Presentación de libro: *Y soñábamos con pájaros volantes*

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