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June 16: Special Story Time for Kids: Julián Is a Mermaid

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

                                                                                                     

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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
1–4pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

May 10: Book talk: HAIFA: CITY OF STEPS Author Nili Gold in conversation with Noam Sivan

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)
New York,

 

 

 

April 28- Afrofuturism & The Emergence of Black Super-sheros

Join us for Independent Bookstore Day as we discuss Afrofuturism and the emergence of black super-sheros with the Monger Sisters, authors of a new sci-fi book series called “Nia’s Sick Sense.” Their story is about a young super-shero named Nia Kpelle from New York who has the gift to sense when other girls are being abused. Inheriting her gift from her ancestor Kanti of the Mano tribe of Liberia, Nia discovers truth about her family’s past while solving a present-day mystery as there’s an unknown rapist terrorizing young women on the streets of Stuyvesant Heights.

As we dive into the work of these sisters, we’ll also explore the depths of Afrofuturism and its significance in the pop culture with the current trends of identity (self-discovery through ancestry) and innovation.

With the debut of Marvel’s Black Panther in theaters earlier this year, Afrofuturism has become a hot topic. More African-inspired or black comics are coming into the limelight and introducing their protagonists. Many of the female characters in Black Panther also excited spectators leaving us to answer the question, “Where are our black super-sheros?”

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Afrofuturism & The Emergence of Black Super-sheros
Saturday, April 28, 2018
3–4:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

April 21 – ROOT SHOCK: Mindy Fullilove & Maria Lizardo in conversation

Join Word Up for a conversation between Mindy Thompson Fullilove—author of Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It (New Village Press)—and Maria Lizardo, on the effects of displacement on communities. 

Like a sequel to the prescient warnings of urbanist Jane Jacobs, Root Shock reveals the disturbing effects of decades of insensitive urban renewal projects on communities of color. Fullilove passionately describes the profound traumatic stress—the “root shock”—that results when a neighborhood is demolished, and she demonstrates that urban renewal didn’t just disrupt black communities: it ruined their economic health and social cohesion, stripping displaced residents of their sense of place as well. Dr. Fullilove insists that understanding the damage caused by root shock is crucial to coping with its human toll and helping cities become whole.

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a professor of urban policy and health at The New School, having moved there in 2016 after 26 years at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. Her research examines the mental health effects of environmental processes such as violence, segregation, and urban renewal. In 2004, she worked with colleagues in Upper Manhattan to start the CLIMB project, which has advocated for reinvestment in the area’s cliffside parks. This has spurred millions in new investment, including a 2016 $30 million investment to update Highbridge Park. 

Maria Lizardo, LMSW, is the executive director of Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC). Maria Lizardo is a proud, first generation Dominican, whose parents migrated to the United States in 1965 from Moca, Dominican Republic. Raised in Washington Heights, she has worked at NMIC since 1998 and in 2014, was appointed executive director. Maria is one of the cofounders of the Washington Heights and Inwood Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the New York Latinas Against Domestic Violence. She is a member of the steering committee that organizes the Brides’ March that takes place every September 26th commemorating the anniversary of Gladys Ricart’s death at the hands of her abusive ex-boyfriend. Maria is also a member of several community advisory committees, including the Northern Manhattan Agenda’s Housing Committee, and serves on the boards of the Human Services Council, the National Association of Social Workers/NYC Chapter, and United Neighborhood Houses.

The conversation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. Books will be available for sale.

Book Talk: Root Shock: Mindy Thompson Fullilove & Maria Lizardo in conversation
Saturday, April 21, 2018
4–6pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032