Please join Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria for an afternoon of fun with books! On Sunday, September 8th, 12–4pm, come to Inwood Hill Park (218th and Indian Rd.) for authors and illustrators, story times, craft activities, books, and school supply giveaways, with this amazing lineup of authors and craftspeople:
Christopher Myers Chris Raschka Elizabeth Balaguer Emma Otheguy Eric Velasquez Esperanza Martell Evelyn Suero Francis Mateo Hilda Eunice Burgos Jane LeCroy Julia Mallory Maricela Martínez Margaret Peot Margarita Suero Maria Russo Mariel Escalante Robin Riding Dr. Ruth Westheimer Tracey Hecht
We’ll also be sharing space with Indigenous Mobile Library, Literacy INC, Nitchen, People’s Theatre Project, Uptown Stories, and the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood.
Preregister HERE to skip the registration line and get a tote bag that you can fill up with books and school supplies.
And don’t forget to tell all your friends—and your kids’ friends—about Uptown Kid Lit today!
Join us for a story time with debut author-illustrator (and Broadway actress) Jessica Love as she reads her new book Julián Is a Mermaid! This beautiful picture book set in New York City celebrates love and acceptance and defies gender stereotypes. While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes — and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself? Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love’s author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality. The reading will be followed by a short craft activity and books will be available for sale.
Jessica Love is an illustrator and Broadway actress. She has a BA in studio art from the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as a graduate degree from Juilliard. She lives in New York.
Special Story Time for Kids: Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love Saturday, June 16, 2018 11 am to 12:00 pm Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave (at 165th Street)
New York, NY
IMAGE: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Portrait of Pedro Mocarte, ca. 1805-1806, oil on cavas, 78 x 57 cm.
Cuéntame un Cuadro (Tell Me the Story of an art work) is a story-telling program in Spanish for families with children ages 5 to 9. Discover fun facts about Hispanic art and culture while you learn and create together.
During this event, writer Mariel Escalante will talk about the Portrait of Pedro Mocarte by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes. The Hispanic Society Museum and Library is closed for renovations, but their programs—like Cuéntame un Cuadro—are moving to different spaces around the community.
Jeremiah Moss has been documenting the small businesses and cultural institutions closing all over the city for over a decade through his blog. With his recent book, VANISHING NEW YORK: HOW A GREAT CITY LOST ITS SOUL, he tracks the root causes of this hypergentrification through writing that is clear, researched, and romantic, filled with lamentation for a city that is disappearing. At Word Up Community Bookshop, Jeremiah will present an slideshow lecture of some of the points in his book, then a conversation will follow with Claudia de la Cruz.
There will be a Q&A with the audience afterward. Books will be available for sale.
MORE ABOUT VANISHING NEW YORK: HOW A GREAT CITY LOST ITS SOUL & JEREMIAH MOSS (via HarperCollins):
For generations, New York City has been a mecca for artists, writers, and other hopefuls longing to be part of its rich cultural exchange and unique social fabric. But today, modern gentrification is transforming the city from an exceptional, iconoclastic metropolis into a suburbanized luxury zone with a price tag only the one percent can afford.
A Jane Jacobs for the digital age, blogger and cultural commentator Jeremiah Moss has emerged as one of the most outspoken and celebrated critics of this dramatic shift. In Vanishing New York, he reports on the city’s development in the twenty-first century, a period of “hyper-gentrification” that has resulted in the shocking transformation of beloved neighborhoods and the loss of treasured unofficial landmarks. In prose that the Village Voice has called a “mixture of snark, sorrow, poeticism, and lyric wit,” Moss leads us on a colorful guided tour of the most changed parts of town—from the Lower East Side and Chelsea to Harlem and Williamsburg—lovingly eulogizing iconic institutions as they’re replaced with soulless upscale boutiques, luxury condo towers, and suburban chains.
MORE ABOUT CLAUDIA DE LA CRUZ:
Claudia De la Cruz has over 20 years of experience engaging in popular education and community organizing with working class communities of color, women, immigrants and youth in the Washington Heights, West Harlem and The South Bronx. From her work dedicated to the leadership development process of young women with Da Urban Butterflies, to her ministry work as reverend of San Romero de Las Americas, her contributions to the political education processes at The Rebel Diaz Arts Collective (RDACBX), and her work as co-host and producer of TeleSur English’s Ñ Don’t Stop Web-Show along with Hip Hop duo Rebel Diaz, Claudia has reaffirmed time and time again her commitment to be part of the movement that will deconstruct systems of oppression and exploitation, that will dare to have a radical imagination for the future, and build a better world in the now. Currently, she is co-chair of The Popular Education Project (PEP), a national collective of organizers and popular educators coming from different social movements in the United States. She is also a member of the national steering committee for The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival seeking to shift the national narrative around the poor and poverty, as well as create a non-partisan and unified social movement to impact the socio-economic and political reality of the poor in the United States.
Jeremiah Moss in Conversation with Claudia de la Cruz
This is a free, all-ages, community music event where real local musicians play live music in diverse genres for toddlers, grandmas and everyone in-between. Dancing, singing, audience participation and deep listening encouraged. Past jams have included hip hop, folk, klezmer, classical, bossa nova, son jarocho, jazz, Bulgarian fiddle music and electronica. Who knows, this time we might even try some rock ‘n’ roll.
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