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March 14 – THE POINT Book Launch @ Word Up

Join us for the book launch of Angel Hawkin’s debut YA novel “THE POINT.” The event will include a reading, book signing and selling copies of the novel.

THE POINT is a coming-of-age young adult fiction novel that follows Willoughs throughout his first year of college. Willoughs is quirky, and possibly one of the most sidetracked angsty youth who has a lot to say but then perhaps nothing at all. Willoughs is part of a band and decides he wants to try something new which ultimately leads him to meet Alice. Alice is a free-spirited, yet strong-willed coed with a clouded past that makes Willoughs start to open his eyes of there being more to life than the one he grew up in within Fernwood.

Angel I. Hawkins has always enjoyed writing since she was a very young child. Born in California and living in several states in between before settling down in New York City, her love for writing and reading never faltered. In fact, even when she initially studied pre-medical course work during her undergrad years, she also majored in English literature. After deciding that medicine was not the direction she wanted to pursue, she switched career tracks to education and now currently teaches English to her middle school students. She hopes to inspire her students and foster a love for literature as well as fulfill her aspirations of writing young adult novels and contemporary romances. She resides in New York City with her amazing husband and their two dog children, Hazelnut and Mocha.

THE POINT Book Launch @ Word Up
Saturday, march 14, 2020
3:30-5:30 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

February 20- Reading – Why No Goodbye? by Pamela Laskin

Join us for a reading of Why No Goodbye? by Pam Laskin, who will read excerpts from her novel, give a history of this book’s inception (including its political cause), and have a Q/A at the end.What happens to the child left behind? A mother escapes Myanmarwith three of her four children. On the cusp of adolescence, the young boy left behind to fend for himself is filled with rage. He does not know how to read and write, so why does his mother bother smuggling in these letters? Jubair begins to express this anger in his own letters, as he develops a level of literacy, eventually becoming a reader and writer. Written in letters, Why No Goodbye? explores loss, grief and transcendence. Co-winner of the 2018 Leapfrog Fiction Contest.

Pamela L. Laskin is a lecturer at City College; she directs The Poetry Outreach Center and teaches children’s writing in the MFA Division. She is the author of five poetry books and several picture books. Most recently she published Ronit & Jamil, a Palentinina/Israeli “Romeo and Juliet” in verse for teens (HarperCollins, 2017).

Reading – Why No Goodbye? by Pamela Laskin
Thursday, February 20, 2020
5-7 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.New York NY 10032

June 3- Latinx in Publishing & Word Up Present: Fiction Workshop with Toni Kirkpatrick

A 3-hour fiction workshop geared toward Latinx students and writers who want to have their fiction closely critiqued by a former acquisitions editor at a major publishing house. Participants will receive feedback from the instructor on how to revise their pieces for publication as well as have their work critiqued by the participating writers. Creative work can be either short stories or beginnings of novels, restricted to 3, 500 word count max.

Ticketed event: $40, 8 slots available deadline to confirm is May 25, 2018. RSVP here:
Toni Kirkpatrick (Toni Margarita Plummer) is a Macondo Fellow, a winner of the Miguel Mármol Prize, and author of the story collection The Bolero of Andi Rowe. A contributor to the anthologiesWise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education and All about Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color, she has published other short fiction in PALABRA, Kweli, Label Me Latina/o, Origins Online, andRiver River. For more than ten years, Toni worked as an acquisitions editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she enjoyed discovering Latinx writers. Now she is a freelance editor. Visit her websites at ToniMargaritaPlummer.Wordpress.com and Toni.Kirkpatrick.com

Latinx in Publishing & Word Up Present: Fiction Workshop with Toni Kirkpatrick
Sunday, June 3, 2018
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