Other Literary Events: Patricia Eakins to Read with Harold Jaffe in the Heights in March

Sunday Best curator Patricia Eakins will be reading her work at two literary events in Washington Heights this March. On both occasions, she will be joined by Harold Jaffe, editor of Fiction International and a reader at the Sunday Best Reading Series during the 2009-2010 season.

Patricia Eakins, curator of the Sunday Best Reading Series

The first event, Crisis: Writing in Wartime, will take place at Word Up Community Bookshop on Saturday, March 24 at 7PM. For those who have not yet had the pleasure of visiting Northern Manhattan’s community bookstore, Word Up is located on Broadway at West 176th Street. Take the A train to 175th Street or the 1 train to 181st Street. Admission to this event is free.

Author Harold Jaffe

The second event, Stories and Anti-Stories, is scheduled as part of Northern Manhattan’s newest literary reading series, The Local Word at Le Chéile, the Irish pub that is rapidly becoming one of the neighborhood’s hottest cultural hubs.  Stories and Anti-Stories will take place on Tuesday, March 27 from 8PM to 10 PM and will also feature the music of guitarist Charles Ramsey, who performed at the Sunday Best Reading Series last spring. Le Chéile is located on the northwest corner of West 181st Street and Cabrini Boulevard. There is no cover for this event.

Other Literary Events: Revolutionary Doctors, Word Up Rent Party, The Local Word at Le Cheile

Due to the rescheduling of “Cake Mix,” the writing and theater workshop for children with Mino Lora of the People’s Theater Project that was originally calendared in January, the next Sunday Best Reading Series will not take place until February 5. But Northern Manhattan is bustling with plenty of great literary events this holiday season.

If you are hankering for some deep literary discussion (with a film!), go hear Steve Brouwer talk about his book on revolutionary doctors in Cuba and Venezuela at Word Up Community Bookstore on Wednesday, December 14.  Speaking of Word Up, if you are as excited and relieved as we are that the bookstore remains open and want to help ensure it continues to survive, please attend Word Up’s 1st Rent Party on December 17.  And if you’re just in the mood to hear some good, old-fashioned great writing by authors who live in Northern Manhattan, stop in at the Irish pub Le Cheile at 181st Street and Cabrini Boulevard on December 13 for Washington Heights’ newest literary reading series, The Local Word. Read below for more details about these events.

Steve Brouwer at Word Up Community Bookstore: Wednesday, December 14th, 6- 9pm

Steve is the author of Revolutionary Doctors: How Venezuela and Cuba are Changing the World’s Conception of Health Care. He will discuss the book and present a 27-minute documentary film about Cuban doctors in Nicaguara by Victor Casaus. Free. 4157 Broadway at West 176th Street. Take the A train to 175 Street.

Word Up Community Bookstore, First Month’s Rent Party: Saturday, December 17th, 6-9pm

Food, drinks, music. Celebrate the first six months of Word Up in Washington Heights! $10.


The Local Word: A Fortnightly Evening of Live Literature: Tuesday, December 13th, 8–10pm

The Irish restaurant Le Cheile (839 W. 181st, corner of Cabrini Boulevard) is hosting a new reading series featuring Northern Manhattan writers called “The Local Word.” Come out to hear and support local literary artists at The Local Word’s inaugural event on December 13, featuring the work of poets David Eye, Stephanie Berger, John Deming, and Lisa Marie Basile, and music by Tamara Jaton and John Deming. 

Holiday cheer to all friends of the Sunday Best Reading Series!

Other Literary Events: TODAY, Sunday, 11/20, at 2pm; UPTOWN NARRATIVES at WORD UP BOOKS

If you are in northern Manhattan today, please consider stopping by Word Up (4157 Broadway, at West 176th Street) at 2PM to hear Uptown Narratives,  a program of memoir and personal essay featuring some current and former Sunday Best Reading Series volunteers.  Among the readers will be Bonnie Walker, Sunday Best Reading Series photographer and blogger; Rita Calderon, Food Committee Member; and Risa Hirsch Ehrlich, front desk staff and all-around volunteer-extraordinaire.  All three have also read at the Sunday Best Reading Series.  The fourth reader on today’s program is Liam Drew, a new resident of Washington Heights whose work recently appeared in The Guardian. Please come welcome Liam to the neighborhood!

Read on for program details.



Readings of Memoir and Personal Narrative

By Writers from Washington Heights and Inwood

Sunday, November 20 at 2PM

Word Up: Community Bookstore

4157 Broadway (at West 176th Street)

Rita Calderon

Rita L. Calderon is a long-time Washington Heights resident and a psychotherapist. Her non-fiction work has appeared in several newspapers, including The Philadelphia Daily News and The New York Times. She has read her work at Above the Bridge Writers Café and the Sunday Best Reading Series.

Liam Drew

Liam Drew is a neuroscientist. In addition to writing memoir, he writes pieces that demystify science for the layperson. He was recently published in The Guardian.

Risa Hirsch Ehrlich

Risa Hirsch Ehrlich, who is primarily a visual artist, has been writing memoir for the past several years. She finds memoir to be a safe way to visit the past with the present adult conducting the vulnerable younger self backwards.

Bonnie Walker

Bonnie Walker is a writer and photographer, as well as an attorney. She is currently working on a book-length memoir.

Community Happenings: Word Up Opening Postponed to Friday, June 17!

Please help us spread the word.  Due to unfortunate and uncontrollable circumstances, the opening of the community pop-up bookshop Word Up has been postponed from tonight, Tuesday, June 14, to Friday, June 17.   Outside of this change in opening date, shop dates and hours remain as previously announced.  Word Up will open at 4PM on Friday, June 17, with opening night “festivities” beginning at 6PM.  Veronica Liu apologizes for any inconvenience.  If you have questions or concerns about the schedule change or are interested in selling your books or holding an event or workshop at the shop, please contact Veronica at fartoocanadian@gmail.com.

Community Happenings: Word Up: A Bookstore “Pops Up” In Northern Manhattan

June is here, and that means it is time for the annual Uptown Arts Stroll.  This year, the multi-talented Veronica Liu is making sure we remember that the “Arts” include the literary, as well as the visual and performing, arts. Veronica is the mastermind behind “Word Up,” a pop-up bookstore where uptown writers and artists will sell their books and other work on consignment and give performances and workshops open to the community.

Word Up will be open for one month, beginning Tuesday, June 14, at 4157 Broadway (at 175th Street).  Shop hours will be 4PM to 9PM on weekdays and noon to 4PM on weekends, with some scheduling variations to accommodate special events. To get information on selling your books, zines, and other goodies through consignment or on hosting a performance, event, or workshop, contact Veronica at fartoocanadian@gmail.com or info@fractiouspress.com.

Word Up is sponsored by NoMAA and Vantage Residential and coordinated by Fractious Press and Seven Stories Institute. Veronica is publisher of Fractious Press and Managing Editor of Seven Stories Press, which is affiliated with Seven Stories Institute.  She is also one of the creative forces behind Washington Heights Free Radio, which broadcasts the audio from events held by the Sunday Best Reading Series.  Read more about Veronica and Word Up at Karen the Small Press Librarian and Shelf Awareness.

The industrious and illustrious Veronica Liu (Word Up). Photo by Susan Sermoneta.

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