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Saturday, July 27, 2024 – 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Word Up Community Bookshop Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave.
New YorkNY 10032


Join Dr. Syreeta Bond for the New York City book tour stop of her new book Unleashing Your Inner Bad B**** at Word Up Community Bookshop on Saturday, July 27th at 1pm ET. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

This event is a $5 suggested donation ticket with 30 max attendees. Please register in advance.

In compliance with Word Up Community Safety guidelines, all attendees for this event must wear a mask inside.

Word Up Community Bookshop is located at 2113 Amsterdam Ave. (& 165th St.) in Washington Heights, NYC. You can take the 1 train to 168th St and the A/C train to 163rd or 168th  St.

Dr. Syreeta Bond is the author of Unleashing Your Inner Bad B****, a compelling book that has garnered significant attention for its unapologetic and personable approach. Her work delves deep into developing a solid work/life balance, resonating with readers from all walks of life and sparking meaningful conversations about handling toxic work environments, gender & racial bias, and advocating for oneself.

Dr. Bond, with an illustrious 20-year career, is a recognized expert in the project management sector, collaborating with giants like Apple, Inc. and Barclays Bank. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, she currently resides in Austin, Texas. Not only has she held prestigious positions with the Project Management Institute in both Los Angeles and Dubai, but she was also the Chapter President for the National Society of Leadership & Success.

Dr. Bond’s academic prowess includes a Doctorate in Business Administration from Walden University, an MBA with a concentration in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, and an undergraduate degree in Fashion Design and Retail Management from the Art Institute of Atlanta. In addition, her contributions to the field are easily accessible on platforms like Google Scholar.

When she isn’t contributing to the world of project management, Dr. Bond is the driving force behind Edgy Opulence Lifestyle Branding Co, a consulting firm designed to uplift businesses with innovative solutions. She also illuminates the project management arena with her IGTV series “Syreeta’s Project Management Tips,” specifically catering to women of color navigating the industry’s intricacies.

Margalit Fox reads “The Talented Mrs. Mandelbaum

Margalit Fox will read from her newest book, The Talented Mrs. Mandelbaum. A true-crime tale set in 19C New York.  It tells the story of an impoverished immigrant’s rise in crime.

Margalit Fox is the winner of the William Saroyan Prize for Literature. She is the author of Conan Doyle for the Defense, and The Riddle of the Labyrinth. She is a former senior writer for the famed New York Times Obituary News Department.

Word Up Recirculation: Esmeralda Santiago & Luis Miranda Jr.

Word Up welcomes acclaimed author Esmeralda Santiago in conversation with Luis Miranda Jr. and Quiara Alegría Hudes to discuss their memoirs on identity and the transition to New York. New editions of Santiago’s critically acclaimed memoirs are now available with new forewords from Jaquira Diaz, Julia Alvarez, Lilliam Rivera, and Francisco Goldman.

This event is a $10 suggested donation ticket with 100 max attendees. Please register in advance.

In compliance with Word Up Community Safety guidelines, all attendees are encouraged to stay masked at all time.

Recirculation, a project of Word Up Community Bookshop, is located at 876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.) in Washington Heights, NYC. You can take the 1 train to 157th St., A/C train to 163rd St., and the M4 and M5 to Broadway and 159/160th.

Esmeralda Santiago is the eldest of eleven children. She came to the United States from rural Puerto Rico at age thirteen. Her family settled in Brooklyn, where she had to learn English and brave her way through an oppressive urban environment, a cold climate, and a challenging new culture. Her transcultural experiences growing up impoverished and disenfranchised inspires her writing and forms the backbone of three celebrated memoirs (WHEN I WAS PUERTO RICAN, ALMOST A WOMAN, THE TURKISH LOVER), three bestselling novels (AMÉRICA’S DREAM, CONQUISTADORA, LAS MADRES) as well as two Latine anthologies, numerous essays, a children’s book and the screenplay for a Peabody Award winning film. She lives in Northern Westchester, NY.

LUIS A. MIRANDA JR. arrived in New York City from Puerto Rico in 1974 to study psychology at NYU but soon found himself drawn to community action when he organized his neighbors to fight for better schools for their children. In the 1980s he was a special advisor for Hispanic Affairs to Mayor Ed Koch, and he continued to serve in key roles for the Dinkins and Giuliani administrations. As a founding partner of the MirRam Group, Miranda has consulted on several successful political campaigns, including the senatorial campaigns of Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Most recently he managed New York Attorney General Letitia James’ successful reelection. Miranda is the founding president of the Hispanic Federation and is currently the chairperson of the Latino Victory Fund, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, Viva Broadway, and the Public Theater. He is a board member of The City, and former chair of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Word Up Recirculation: de ir sé que vine: Mell Rivera Díaz in conversation with Gabriel Carle

Thursday, July 11, 2024 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm
RECIRCULATION A project of Word Up
876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.)
New YorkNY 10032


Author & musician Mell Rivera Diaz will read from his poetry book, de ir sé que vine, featuring poems in Spanish and English. The reading will be accompanied by original music, performed by the author. In conversation with Rivera Diaz will be prize-winning author Gabriel Carle.

This event is a $5 suggested donation ticket with 50 max attendees. Please register in advance. 

In compliance with Word Up Community Safety guidelines, all attendees are encouraged to stay masked at all time.

Recirculation, a project of Word Up Community Bookshop, is located at 876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.) in Washington Heights, NYC. You can take the 1 train to 157th St., A/C train to 163rd St., and the M4 and M5 to Broadway and 159/160th.

Mell Rivera Díaz (1994, San Juan, Puerto Rico) es poeta, compositor, y estudiante doctoral de Spanish en la Universidad de California, Irvine. Mientras escribe sobre la literatura de la diáspora puertorriqueña para su tesis doctoral, lleva una vida de migración circular entre Irvine, California y Carolina, Puerto Rico.

Gabriel Carle (b. San Juan, 1993) is a writer and academic researching queerness, race, migration, and the environment in Caribbean literatures and cultures. They completed a BA in Escritura Creativa at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, and an MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish at New York University. They are based in New York City.

This project was supported in part by the University of California Office of the President MRPI funding M22PS5863.

Bruce’s Garden Summer Reading Series: Geoff Wisner Reading “A Year of Birds”

Bruce’s Garden Summer Reading Series begins on Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30 when noted Thoreau scholar, Geoff Wisner will read from his newest  book, A Year of Birds. Geoff has researched Thoreau’s careful observations of the natural world for many years. In this book he thoughtfully arranged selections of Henry David Thoreau’s writings on birds by days within year, emphasizing the relationship of birds with their environment and the spiritual significance of the seasons.

The book begins with a foreword by celebrated naturalist Peter Alden, the author of numerous Audubon Field Guides and includes 150 color illustrations by renowned bird artist Barry Van Dusen.

Each year the reading series dedicates a talk to the memory of the noted geologist Sid Horestein (1938-2018). Geoff’s book on Thoreau’s close observations of nature is in keeping with Sid’s insights into our neighborhood’s geological wonders.