Posts Tagged ‘Book Stores’

Interview: Raquel Cepeda On Identity, Race & Hip-Hop | Vibe

Interview: Raquel Cepeda On Identity, Race & Hip-Hop | Vibe

BY Richy Rosario Raquel Cepeda is a fighter. The renowned writer, journalist and filmmaker is clad in light blue patterned tights and a gray crop top, with her hair pulled back in a ponytail— she is furiously jabbing a black Everlast bag. On this chilly Friday afternoon, we’re at Mendez Boxing where Cepeda spends a good amount […]


Uptown Talk: The NYPL Podcast – Junot Diaz

Uptown Talk: The NYPL Podcast - Junot Diaz

With the publication of Drown in 1996, Junot Diaz became one of the most urgent voices in American fiction. A MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize winner, Diaz has published one novel and two collections of short stories, all which prominently feature voice-driven narrative and characters of Dominican descent negotiating life in America. Check out this […]


4/7/14: An Evening with Author Junot Díaz @ Columbia University

4/7/14: An Evening with Author Junot Díaz @ Columbia University

As part of the Writing Lives Series at the Heyman Center for the Humanities, author Junot Díaz will read from his work and discuss his writing. Diaz will be in discussion with Alondra Nelson, Professor of Sociology at Columbia, and Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia. Junot Díaz was born […]


Uptown Tonight: Face Out – Bird of Paradise by Raquel Cepeda @ Word Up Books

Uptown Tonight: Face Out - Bird of Paradise by Raquel Cepeda @ Word Up Books

Bird of Paradise by Raquel Cepeda Thursday, March 20 @ 7 PM Word Up – 2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St. Born in Harlem and raised (mostly) in Inwood to Dominican parents, award-winning journalist, cultural activist, and documentary filmmaker Raquel Cepeda is the author of Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina. Equal parts memoir […]


UPinion: Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books? | NY Times

UPinion: Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books? | NY Times

By WALTER DEAN MYERS Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people, according to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin. Reading came early to me, but I didn’t think of the words as anything special. I don’t think my stepmom thought of what […]


3/16/14: Word Up Books CSB Book Harvest!

3/16/14: Word Up Books CSB Book Harvest!

This Sunday, March 16th, 3–6 PM, join current CSB members at Word Up Community Bookshop for an exclusive first pick at a huge selection of used books during this very special event. Entertainment and light refreshments—courtesy of Mambi Restaurant and Santos Catering—will be provided. The Word Up CSB (Community Supported Bookshop) is a bookshop member […]


3/8/14: Word Up Books Presents A Place At The Table

3/8/14: Word Up Books Presents A Place At The Table

Saturday, March 8th 6:00 PM Word Up Community Bookshop 2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St. Admission: $5 (reduced to $3 if you sign up for a Continuing CSB Membership) City Harvest’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, Word Up Community Bookshop, and Partnership for a Healthier NYC present A PLACE AT THE TABLE 50 Million Americans—1 in 4 […]


2/22/14: Word Up Books Presents Bling: A Planet Rock

2/22/14: Word Up Books Presents Bling: A Planet Rock

Saturday, February 22nd 6:30pm Word Up Community Bookshop 2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St. Bling: A Planet Rock—directed and co-produced by Inwood/Washington Heights native, author, and documentary filmmaker Raquel Cepeda—is a critically acclaimed feature documentary about the intersection of hip-hop, diamonds, and the decade-long conflict in Sierra Leone. The film features Raekwon (Wu-Tang Clan), Paul Wall, […]


1/30/14: Hydrant Release Event @ Word Up Books

1/30/14: Hydrant Release Event @ Word Up Books

Hydrant is a publication celebrating Uptown NYC, published by Fractious Press. The night’s reading includes some of the literary contributors to the first issue: Led Black, Yakira Tejada, Alison Loeb, and MJ Murphy! The first issue is being created with generous support from the NoMAA Grants Program, made possible by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and […]


Catch Junot Diaz @ The United Palace

Catch Junot Diaz @ The United Palace

For more: http://unitedpalace.org/


Cafecito: Junot Diaz talks books, identity, and supporting undocumented students | NBC Latino

Cafecito: Junot Diaz talks books, identity, and supporting undocumented students | NBC Latino

by Feliciano Garcia On this episode of Cafecito, we’re uptown in Washington Heights with Pulitzer Prize-winning author, educator and activist, Junot Díaz. Read more: Cafecito: Junot Diaz talks books, identity, and supporting undocumented students.


Get Your Read On @ Word Up Books Summer Clearance Sale

Get Your Read On @ Word Up Books Summer Clearance Sale


Season of Words | The Manhattan Times

Season of Words | The Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi and Adrian Cabreja Hundreds of people jammed into the new Word Up Community Bookstore this past Fri., Jul. 26th to celebrate its grand opening. Marjorie Elliot and other musicians of Parlor Jazz fame played as people squeezed in to admire the new space. Those who couldn’t fit in gathered outside, at […]


Uptown Video: Word Up Books Grand Opening Celebration Promo

Uptown Video: Word Up Books Grand Opening Celebration Promo


Word Up Bookstore set to re-open today on Amsterdam Ave. at W. 165th St. | NY Daily News

Word Up Bookstore set to re-open today on Amsterdam Ave. at W. 165th St. | NY Daily News

By Shannon E. Ayala / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Just when it seemed like it had been written out of the story, a popular Washington Heights nonprofit bookstore has managed to make a comeback. Word Up Community Bookstore is set to reopen Friday at a new location on Amsterdam Ave at W. 165th St. “It […]


Save The Date: Word Up Books Grand Re-Opening On Friday, July 26th

Save The Date: Word Up Books Grand Re-Opening On Friday, July 26th

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In Washington Heights, a Bookstore That Knows How to Make the Show Go On | NY Times

In Washington Heights, a Bookstore That Knows How to Make the Show Go On | NY Times

By JIM DWYER One evening, Veronica Liu arrived to find all the lights out at Word Up Community Bookshop, the completely implausible store that she and others ran as volunteers in Washington Heights, which is upstate Manhattan. There was no power. They chased down the super, but at the end of it all, not a […]


Word Up Community Bookshop is Back!

Word Up Community Bookshop is Back!

Dear friends, colleagues, and neighbors, I am over-the-top excited to let you know that Word Up Community Bookshop—volunteer-run by residents of Washington Heights and Inwood—has signed a lease for a sunny corner storefront at 2113 Amsterdam Avenue, at 165th Street! An official opening date has not yet been set. Stay tuned for updates. I’m not […]


The Clock is Ticking… Support Word Up Books

The Clock is Ticking... Support Word Up Books

A Note From Word Up Books. One week till our Indiegogo campaign ends! Thank you to everyone who has contributed! The campaign has been great so far, but we still have more to raise before we hit our goal by January 1. Please help in any way you can; contributions of $5, $10, $15 are still incredibly […]


Donate to Word Up Books & Win A Signed Junot Díaz Book

Donate to Word Up Books & Win A Signed Junot Díaz Book

Okay folks, the first 3 people who donate at least $50 now (or if you increase your pledge by any amount): you will get, on top of all the regular perks, a signed Junot Díaz book. To win, you have to reference Uptown Collective in the indiegogo comments section, so we all know you heard […]


Bookstores finding a home Uptown; new shop to open in East Harlem | NY Daily News

Bookstores finding a home Uptown; new shop to open in East Harlem | NY Daily News

BY Michael J. Feeney Bookstores through the city are closing, but in Upper Manhattan they’re growing. It took five years, but Aurora Anaya-Cerda’s dream of opening a bookstore in East Harlem has come true. Anaya-Cerda, who ran a 40-day campaign to raise $40,000, picked up the keys for her soon-to-be bookstore on Saturday. And the […]

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