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MJM Virtual Parlor Chat: “Famous Furniture – Duncan Phyfe and the Octagon Room Suite” with Carswell Rush Berlin & Conservator Olaf Unsoeld

Who was Duncan Phyfe (1770-1854) and why was his furniture so highly sought after by 19th century New York society? Join Carswell Rush Berlin and Mansion Executive Director, Shiloh Holley, for a conversation about the Scottish-American furniture and cabinetmaker, Duncan Phyfe, and explore examples of Phyfe’s work in the Mansion’s collections. Highlights will include a focus on the Mansion’s original Octagon Room suite, commissioned by Eliza Jumel during her redecoration of the Mansion in 1825-1826 to reflect the popular French Empire or Neoclassical style. A conversation with conservator, Olaf Unsoeld, from Fine Wood Conservation will follow.

Free with Zoom registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LXlqYTAiRSW3-8wP8JVvXQ

Fort Tryon Park’s ’85 Years of the Heather Garden: Building on The Olmsted Brothers Legacy’

Join an online workshop with Public Garden Designer Ronda Brands and travel through the 8+ decades of the Heather Garden’s evolving landscape. Starting with the Olmsted Brothers planting plan for John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in the 1930s, through the 1950s, into the fiscal crisis of the 1970s and beyond into the present day. Learn which plants were selected for placement in the Heather Garden and the planning decisions involved; and how increased knowledge of invasive species and a desire for year-round interest, color, and contrast helped the garden evolve into a world-class horticultural destination.

RSVP for Zoom Link.

Word Up Lo’Mas Lit Book Club

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