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Word Up Lo’Mas Lit Book Club

August 21 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, repeating until August 28, 2020

Calling all readers and aspiring readers! Join us this summer in building your library and chatting about books with peers. Lo’Mas Lit Book Club is a reading group, a book club, a discussion zone, quarantine-era hangout time for youth ages 13–25, every Friday at 5pm throughout the summer. Weekly book club sessions will be led by Carisa Musialik and Rachel Gorman, uptown writers, activists, and teachers at Gregorio Luperón High School. The book list includes novels, a short story anthology, a graphic novel, and more.

Club members who are ages 13–20 will receive book club picks (plus some bonus books) for FREE—just register here for the book club by Wednesday, June 24! We kindly ask that participants ages 21+ purchase copies from WordUpBooks.com, with a coupon code we will provide upon registration. (If funding is a barrier to participation, email us at uptownreads@wordupbooks.com and we will work with you on this.) 

In addition to the book club, there will be 4 major showcases—on June 26, July 17, August 7, and August 28—during which the authors will join readers to discuss their works. The public at large can gain entry to these events by purchasing any of the books mentioned below.

Register here for the book club by Wednesday, June 24.

To receive an event link to ALL the public events on June 26, July 17, August 7, or August 28, purchase one of the books by the authors below at WordUpBooks.com, and we will send you access links in advance of each event. One book purchase provides access to all four public events.

Lo’Mas Lit Book Club is presented collaboratively by Word Up Community Bookshop and co-curator Angie Cruz. With support from Uplift NYC and New York State Council on the Arts.


June 26, 5–6pm | Book club meeting: Dominicana by Angie Cruz & A People’s Future of the United States edited by Victor LaValle

6–7pm | Book club launch event with authors Angie Cruz and Victor LaValle

July 3, 5–6pm | Book club meeting: Barely Missing Everything by Matt Mendez


July 10, 5–6pm | Book club meeting: Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

July 17, 5–6pm | Book club meeting: Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite

6–7pm | Event with authors Matt Mendez, Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite, and Randy Ribay

July 24, 5–6pm | Book club meeting: Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta

July 31, 5–6pm | Book club meeting: Felix Ever After by  Kacen Callendar

Aug 7, 5–6pm | Book club meeting:Good Talk by Mira Jacobs

6–7pm | Event with authors Mira Jacobs and Zalika Reid-Benta

Aug 14, 5–6pm | Book club meeting: Running by Natalia Sylvester

Aug 21, 5–6pm | Book club meeting: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

August 28, 5–6pm | Book club meeting: Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon

6–7pm | Event with authors Natalia Silvester, Elizabeth Acevedo, Jenn de Leon, and Lilliam Rivera, moderated by Angie Cruz



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