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Junot Díaz presents ISLANDBORN at United Palace


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Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, with United Palace of Cultural Arts, is proud to present Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur fellow Junot Díaz, reading from his debut children’s picture book, Islandborn.

Junot will read the book, with a Q&A and book signing to follow.

In Islandborn, Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, and all the kids are excited—except Lola. She can’t remember The Island; she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends and their memories, Lola’s imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past and to ourselves.


– Standard tickets are $25, and one copy of the book is included in that price.
– Tickets are also available for $15, with no book included.


– Tickets for kids under 12 and seniors 65+ are available for $5. These tickets do not include a book.


English and Spanish editions of the book will be available for sale at the event, for $17.99 plus sales tax. Please support your local volunteer-run nonprofit community bookshop!


For co-sponsorship opportunities, please inquire at info@wordupbooks.com.


Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Drown, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller. He is a MacArthur “Genius,” a Guggenheim Fellow, and a graduate of Rutgers University. Fiction editor at the Boston Review and Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Díaz is the cofounder of the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation.


Junot Díaz presents Islandborn
Friday, April 13, 2018
5:30 doors; 6pm event
Location: United Palace, 4140 Broadway at 175th St., 10033
Ticket prices: $5–25 (see ticket link for further details)

March 11 – Special Story Time: Meet Little Dude!

Little DudeBring your kids to the community book shop to hear their favorite stories read out loud by experienced, trained readers. Just like their teachers in the classroom, but with new faces and new friends!

Meet Little Dude! The New York therapy dog, who guides children on adventures throughout his big world, as he teaches lessons of kindness within a six-part book series. The series include themes of kindness, manners, feelings, respect, empathy and courage. All are welcome for the book reading where children will learn the Little Dude song and meet Little Dude. More at: http://www.worldoflittledude.com


Special Story Time: Meet Little Dude!
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

March 12 – Poetry Reading: Images for Radical Politics

images-for-radical-politics-front-cover-webA reading with Vanessa Jimenez Gabb, Wren Hanks, Allyson Paty, J. Scott Brownlee, and Christina Olivares.

Vanessa Jimenez Gabb is the author of Images for Radical Politics, the Editor’s Pick in the 2015 Rescue Press Poetry Contest, which begins with an economic update and moves through scenes of labor, liberty, danger, and the dull-gorgeous ache of a capitalist existence; an existence spent negotiating one’s time and worth, one’s civic role, one’s money. She is also the author of the chapbooks midnight blue (Porkbelly Press, 2015) and Weekend Poems (dancing girl press, 2014), and is a member of the Localist collective. vanessajimenezgabb.com

Wren Hanks is a trans writer from Texas and the author of Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press). His recent work appears in Best New Poets 2016, Gigantic Sequins, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. His third chapbook, gar child, is forthcoming in 2017 from Tree Light Books. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

Allyson Paty’s poems can be found in publications including the Boston Review, the Brooklyn Rail, the Literary Review, Tin House, and the PEN Poetry Series. She is, with Norah Maki, co-founding editor of Singing Saw Press and, with Emily Skillings, co-curator of the Earshot reading series. allysonpaty.tumblr.com

J. Scott Brownlee is a poet-of-place from rural Texas and the author of Requiem for Used Ignition Cap (Orison Books), as well as the chapbooks Highway or Belief (Button Poetry), Ascension (Texas Review Press), and On the Occasion of the Last Old Camp Meeting in Llano County (Tree Light Books). He is a core faculty member for Brooklyn Poets and a founding member of the Localists. Learn more at http://www.jscottbrownlee.com.

Christina Olivares is the author of No Map of the Earth Includes Stars (2015), winner of the 2014 Marsh Hawk Press Book Prize, and of the chaplet Interrupt (2015), published by Belladonna* Collaborative. A chapbook is forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2018. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and the recipient of two Jerome Foundation grants as well as an LMCC Workspace Residency. christinaolivares.com

Poetry Reading: Images For Radical Politics
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032


March 9 – Reading: Katy Bowman

mnBest-selling author and bio-mechanist Katy Bowman deepens her “you are how you move” message in her new book Movement Matters: Essays on Movement Science, Movement Ecology, and the Nature of Movement. Bowman will present the key ideas in her new book—that we can improve our own health, and the health of our planet and our communities just by moving our own bodies more—and will answer questions and sign books.

Reading: Katy Bowman
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032


This Thursday: The Prizefighters

Face Out: The Prizefighters by Arlene Schulman
Introduced by Led Black of the Uptown Collective
Thursday, May 8, 7–9 PM
Word Up, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.

This week’s Face Out features The Prizefighters, a collection of luminous black and white photographs by uptown’s own Arlene Schulman, in a book that captures the life of the prizefighter in and out of the ring. Her writing details the hopes and desires of the youngest men in amateur contests, through contenders in training, journeymen in defeat and world champions in their prime. The book presents a portrait of what drives men to box and features fighters such as Sugar Ray Robinson, Willie Pep and Archie Moore, along with the world-famous champions such as Ali, Frazier, Holmes, Spinks, Duran, and Hagler who succeeded them. Says the New York Times: “Arlene Schulman’s photographs are all distinctive, and they are all of a piece. No other photographer currently working in sports creates images that are so instantly recognizable.”

For tonight’s event, Arlene Schulman will be in conversation with Uptown Collective editor Led Black.