Posts Tagged ‘Books’

Harlem’s Revolution Bookstore Uses Trump to Raise Funds | DNAinfo 

Harlem's Revolution Bookstore Uses Trump to Raise Funds | DNAinfo 

By Dartunorro Clark HARLEM — Inside Harlem’s Revolution Books, a special display was laid out after Donald Trump was elected president. It includes books on Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust with the subhead: “What we can learn from history.” Alongside it are T-shirts that read: “America was NEVER great.” “We are calling it out for what […]


UPinion: An Open Letter to Other Bernie Supporters

UPinion: An Open Letter to Other Bernie Supporters

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) Friday, September 16, 2016 Washington Heights, New York Today I had the unfortunate opportunity to witness the worst, most disturbing political circus of my lifetime. Donald J. Trump corralled the media at his new hotel in Washington D.C. with the promise of a long awaited statement on the “Birther” movement which […]


The Wall

The Wall

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) For me, immigration is personal. And I don’t like to call it illegal immigration either. I prefer immigration without choice. You see, my maternal grandmother was here illegally. She came on a visitor’s visa in 1930. She overstayed her visa. My mother was an anchor baby. Had she gone back to […]


The Wall – Part III

The Wall – Part III

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) Read Part I: HERE Read Part II: HERE Robert looked at the clock next to his bed. It was 1:30. He had helped Ahmed to bed hours earlier. The boy couldn’t speak again after finishing his story. Robert couldn’t sleep. He took his cell phone from the night table and turned […]


The Wall – Part II

The Wall – Part II

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) Read Part 1: HERE “My name is Ahmed,” the boy said. He was seated on the sofa. Robert had dressed him in some of his cloths. They hung on him. “I escaped from Green Island three days ago.” “What were you doing on Green Island?” he asked. “The took us there […]


The Wall – Part I

The Wall - Part I

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) Robert Brown rinsed his hands with cold water from the porcelain sink in the men’s room then dabbed his face. He stared at himself. He straightened his navy blue tie and smoothed out his battleship grey shirt before returning quietly to his desk in the perpetual near silence of the Fulfillment […]


08/19/16: Yaa Gyasi @ Revolution Books

08/19/16: Yaa Gyasi @ Revolution Books

Friday, August 19, 7pm A reading and discussion at REVOLUTION BOOKS in HARLEM HOMEGOING – a novel a reading by author Yaa Gyasi and in conversation with Andy Zee REVOLUTION BOOKS 437 Malcolm X Boulevard at 132nd Street #2/3 to 135th Suggested donation $10 to support Revolution Books (no one turned away) That’s right folks […]


Spread Love: Word Up Books Turns 5

Spread Love: Word Up Books Turns 5

On Saturday, June 18th Word Up Books will be celebrating 5 awesome years of being an indispensable community resource. In light of that significant milestone, Word Up is throwing an all day long shindig. The festivities kick off at 11 am. See below for the deets.


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 […]


UPinion: Why “Black Lives Matter” Matters

UPinion: Why “Black Lives Matter” Matters

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) I’m white. Okay, I said it. For me it doesn’t matter. But, knowing full well what the advantages of being “white” are (see: white privilege) I try really hard to understand what life is like for people of color. My best friend is a dark skinned Latino man. His life is […]


2/6/16: Home At Word Up – Launch Party

2/6/16: Home At Word Up - Launch Party

HOME AT WORD UP: LAUNCH PARTY! Saturday, February 6, 2016 @ 2pm Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.) Join the Word Up volunteer collective for the launch of their bilingual children’s book, Home at Word Up, with a reading, sing-along, hot chocolate and other treats, and a discussion on the making of […]


Spread Love: The Revolution Books Benefit Art Sale

Spread Love: The Revolution Books Benefit Art Sale

The Revolution Books Benefit Art Sale has been extended until January 10th. That means signed works from such artists as Shepard Fairey, Christo, Keith Haring, Dred Scott and many more. Spread that Uptown Love and go to the store (437 Malcolm X Blvd. at 132nd Street) or online and buy something special for yourself or […]


Forgiving Mariela Camacho: The Review

Forgiving Mariela Camacho: The Review

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Have you ever loved someone so deeply that it hurts to be apart from that person? For veteran NYPD detective Pete Gonzalvez that woman has always been Mariela Camacho. Ever since he first fell madly in love with her as a young man in the Dominican Republic, Mariela has occupied a […]


11/05/15: Uptown In Print

11/05/15: Uptown In Print

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Please make your way to the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood (54 Nagle Ave) on Thursday, November 5th at 7 pm for the Uptown In Print panel featuring authors, A.J. Sidransky, Jon Michaud and Robert W. Snyder. Yours truly will moderate the panel. Please join us for what […]


Uptown Tonight: The Led Black Book Club Ft. A.J. Sidransky

Uptown Tonight: The Led Black Book Club Ft. A.J. Sidransky

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Tonight is the night folks. Please come out to Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th) at 7 pm for a deep dive with local novelist A.J. Sidransky into his latest book, Forgiving Mariela Camacho. The book is an engrossing read that is partially set in Washington Heights. Seriously, you […]


Forgiving Mariela Camacho: 7 Questions With A.J. Sidransky

Forgiving Mariela Camacho: 7 Questions With A.J. Sidransky

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Ok folks so this where the rubber meets the road. We have arrived at the place where it is imperative that we put all that Uptown Love we preach about into practice. Forgiving Mariela Camacho, the latest novel in the Forgiving series by local writer A.J. Sidransky is available, as of […]


A Kurchenko and Gonzalvez Mystery: A Glint of Metal

A Kurchenko and Gonzalvez Mystery: A Glint of Metal

BY A J Sidransky (@AJSidransky) Washington Heights, New York May 8, 2015 Pete slept with his cell phone on the night table, the sound off, the flasher on. He was no stranger to middle-of-the-night calls from the precinct. No cop was, that’s the cop life. “Gonzalvez,” he said, grabbing the phone and catapulting out of […]


Indiegogo Spotlight: Re-open Revolution Books NYC in Harlem

Indiegogo Spotlight: Re-open Revolution Books NYC in Harlem

A Word From Revolution Books The Revolution Books story Revolution Books has signed a lease for a new storefront and is making a big move to Harlem. Now the fight is on to ensure that the most radical bookstore on the planet re-opens in September. Donations to this $30,000 Indiegogo drive will go towards the […]


From an ‘Undocumented’ Boyhood to a Doctorate | NY Times

From an ‘Undocumented’ Boyhood to a Doctorate | NY Times

By LIZ ROBBINS As Dan-el Padilla Peralta toggled fluidly between worlds for much of his life — ancient and modern, poor and privileged, Dominican and American — there were times when he managed to forget he was a child without a country. He found refuge in New York’s libraries, the Greek and Latin texts speaking […]


UPinion: How Small is the World – How Fleeting is Time….

UPinion: How Small is the World - How Fleeting is Time….

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) In May and June of 1944 approximately 424,000 Hungarian Jews were deported to Auschwitz. Most of them were murdered upon arrival. Among them were my great uncle, Zoltan Grunfeld, his wife Pepi Rusznak and their sons, Siju and Piki, both under the age of 15. Writing their names makes them seem […]


Bistro 209 – Comfort with a Classy, Classic Touch

Bistro 209 - Comfort with a Classy, Classic Touch

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) Bistro 209 which opened this past June in the space formerly occupied by the Rusty Mackerel is a welcome addition to the Washington Heights dining scene. The kitchen, though small, covers a lot of ground under the capable leadership of chef Steven Giambrone. In a well-executed approach he and his kitchen […]


Freedom of Expression vs. Inciting Violence – An Open Letter to Pamela Geller

Freedom of Expression vs. Inciting Violence – An Open Letter to Pamela Geller

BY A J Sidransky (@AJSidransky) First of all let me say that as a writer, citizen and human being I support Freedom of Expression and Speech unquestionably. No one has the right to tell me or anyone else for that matter what to say, write, draw or publish. Je suis Charlie? Obviously. With that said, […]


A Kurchenko and Gonzalvez Mystery: Mother Knows Best

A Kurchenko and Gonzalvez Mystery: Mother Knows Best

BY A J Sidransky (@AJSidransky) Tolya Kurchenko shifted his legs under his desk. His large, bulky frame made it difficult to sit in one position at the old desk for very long. He had little choice though as he and his partner, Pete Gonzalvez had started on the NYPD’s CATU, the new citywide anti-terror unit […]

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