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The Songs We Write: An Afternoon of Live Original Music

RSVP for Zoom link or watch on FB Live
1-3pm EST

Log in and enjoy original music! Featured performers are a mix of local songwriters, composers, and Song A Week members. Each artist will be performing music they have written.

To learn more about the Song A Week project visit: www.songaweek.org

Sunday, December 6, 2020 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm
via ZOOM
New YorkNY 10032

CLOTH/It’s All in the Heights presents How to Give Gifts without Breaking the Planet with Sandra Goldmark (FIXATION)

RSVP | via ZOOM | First 5 registrants get a free copy of Fixation

Sandra Goldmark, Inwood-based author of the newly released Fixationwill be hosting an online virtual event about how we can give gifts without breaking the planet.  As we approach the holiday season, let’s discuss how we express love and give gifts without creating waste or harm to others, especially manufacturing communities around the world.

The first 5 registrants get a free copy of the book and others can be purchased at WordUpBooks.com.⁠⠀⁠

Sandra Goldmark is a designer, teacher, and entrepreneur whose work focuses on circular economy solutions to overconsumption and climate change. She is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Theatre and Director of Sustainability and Climate Action at Barnard College, the co-founder of Fixup, and the author of Fixation: How to Have Stuff without Breaking the Planet.

Through the “It’s All in the Heights” Book Club series, CLOTH (Community League of the Heights) (@cloth159) features local authors, local businesses, and local artists through book clubs curated by Sister’s Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center and Word Up Community Bookshop.

Fixation: How to Have Stuff without Breaking the Planet Cover Image
ISBN: 9781642830453
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Island Press – September 22nd, 2020

LIBeración & Uptown Reads con/with María Hinojosa – Una vez fui tú/Once I Was You

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*15% de descuento con su RSVP | 15% discount when you RSVP

7pm EST: Lectura y sesión de preguntas con la autora | Author Reading and Q&A (via ZOOM)
8pm EST: Grupo de lectura | Spanish-language book club (via ZOOM)

Únase a nosotros para una lectura y charla con la periodista y autora Maria Hinojosa, celebrando su nuevo libro Una vez fui tú / Once I Was You, nuestra nueva selección de libros Uptown Reads. A la charla le seguirá el lanzamiento de un nuevo club de lectura en español, LIBeración.

Join us for a reading and talk with journalist and author Maria Hinojosa, celebrating her new book Una vez fui tú / Once I Was You, our new Uptown Reads book selection. The talk will be followed by the launch of a new Spanish-language book club, LIBeración.


¡Uptown Reads/Leyendo El Alto está de vuelta! Tomando el modelo del programa Big Read del National Endowment of the Arts como guía, Leyendo El Alto intentará alcanzar a la mayor cantidad posible de residentes de Uptown creando eventos en sitios diferentes—círculos de lectura, charlas, comidas compartidas, narración de cuentos, paseos con guía—contando con el apoyo de Word Up para dichos eventos. Envíe un mensaje a uptownreads@wordupbooks.com para obtener más información.

Uptown Reads is back! Modeled after the National Endowment of the Arts’ Big Read program, Uptown Reads aims to engage as many Uptown neighbors as possible by helping create events in different spaces—reading circles, talks, potlucks, storytelling, walking tours—with event support from Word Up. Please email uptownreads@wordupbooks.com for more information.


LIBeración es un nuevo grupo de lectura ¡en español! Nos alegra mucho poder inaugurar el grupo con la participación de María Hinojosa y en conjunto con Uptown Reads. LIBeración es organizado por Nani, una lectora y escritora de reseñas, con el apoyo de Word Up. Para más información sobre el grupo, o el evento, comuníquese con Nani via e-mail (nani@readingwithnani.com).

LIBeración is a new Spanish-language book club. We’re so excited to kick off the club with María Hinojosa and Uptown Reads. LIBeración is organized by Nani, a book reader and reviewer, with support from Word Up. For more information on LIBeración, or this event, reach out to Nani via email (nani@readingwithnani.com).

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Friday, December 4, 2020 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
via ZOOM
New York, NY 10032
Una vez fui tú (Once I Was You Spanish Edition): Mi vida entre el amor y el odio en los Estados Unidos (Atria Espanol) Cover Image
Una vez fui tú (Once I Was You Spanish Edition): Mi vida entre el amor y el odio en los Estados Unidos (Atria Espanol) (Paperback)
By Maria Hinojosa
ISBN: 9781982135201
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books – September 15th, 2020

ASYLUM: A Child’s Perspective and an Adult’s Perspective

RSVP | via ZOOM | All proceeds from the sale of My Secret Wish will go to Immigrant Families Together

Join us for a special reading of two books featuring the story of asylum seekers and their journey to freedom: My Secret Wish and The Book of Rosy: A Mother’s Story of Separation at the BorderBoth authors from each book will read, talk, and discuss the perspectives of asylum from a child and adult. Three copies of MY SECRET WISH will be raffled off during the event! 

Based on a true story, MY SECRET WISH explores the many challenges for a family seeking asylum, particularly now, during this difficult political time. What does it mean for the mother of two young boys, one of whom has been threatened by gangs, to make the difficult decision to come to America, when America has all but closed its doors. But determination and love are the catalysts, which motivate Mama to go on, with much hope in her heart, the same hope the young boys secretly wish for. Beautifully illustrated and translated by Elizabeth Balaguer, who will read the Spanish version of the book. Cover art by Rae Weyn Gonzalez.

*All proceeds from the sale of this book go to Immigrant Families Together. Buy copies of MY SECRET WISH when you RSVP here.

Compelling and urgently important, The Book of Rosy is the unforgettable story of one brave mother and her fight to save her family. When Rosayra “Rosy” Pablo Cruz made the agonizing decision to seek asylum in the United States with two of her children, she knew the journey would be arduous, dangerous, and quite possibly deadly. But she had no choice: violence—from gangs, from crime, from spiraling chaos—was making daily life hell. Rosy knew her family’s one chance at survival was to flee Guatemala and go north.


Pamela L. Laskin is a lecturer in the English Department at City College, where she directs the Poetry Outreach Center. Several of her children’s and poetry books have been published, and RONIT AND JAMIL, A Palestinian/Israeli ROMEO AND JULIET in verse was published by Harper Collins in 2017, and was named among the35 books to have on your radar for 2017. BEA, a picture book, was a finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Children’s Fiction, and HOMER THE LITTLE STRAY CAT, was named among the best of the indie presses for picture books. RONIT AND JAMIL is a 2018 Sydney Taylor notable book. She is the winner of the 2018 Leapfrog Fiction contest for WHY NO GOODBYE, published in 2019. She teaches graduate and undergraduate children’s writing.  Follow her: twitter@RonitandJamil and follow her blog: http://PamelaLaskin.blogspot.com/

Elizabeth Balaguer, born in the city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is a writer, with specialties in children’s literature, translation, and illustration.She holds a bachelors degree in Graphic Design from the State University ofNew York Fashion Institute of Design and Technology and a Masters Degree inSpanish from the City University – City College of New York.Her books have been published by Editors Manatí and Santillana.Amongst her publications, mentionable works include: Trucando, Mi Carnaval /My CarnivalEl Cuco /The BoogeymanEl secreto de sonreír / The Secret ofSmilling¡Yo no estoy perdido! Mi oruga no quiere comer / My Cartepillar Doesn’tWant to Eat, and La gallina de la abuela Catalina / Grandmother Catalina’s Hen, and Iris la traviesa y su perro tres colores / El pañito mágico.

Rosayra Pablo Cruz es madre de cuatro hijos. Era dueña de una pequeña tienda de ropa en Guatemala antes de llegar a los Estados Unidos. Ahora que vive en Nueva York, es la copresidenta de la Asociación de Padres y Maestros de su hijo mayor y está activa en su iglesia y comunidad.

Julie Schwietert Collazo es una escritora, editora y traductora bilingue (inglés-español), y ex terapeuta de artes creativas. Ha co-escrito y editado un libro sobre el Papa Francisco, que ha sido traducido a más de una docena de idiomas y es un bestseller en Italia. Su trabajo ha aparecido en varios medios de comunicación, incluyendo OutsideScientific AmericanDiscoverLatinaThe Guardian y Time, y ha contribuido a varios libros. Vive en Nueva York.