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Word Up Blickity Black Book Club

The Blickity Black Book Club is a bi-monthly virtual book club that brings together enthusiastic readers of contemporary Black writers of poetry and fiction. Choose to opt in to one month or the whole season and join rich discussions of new literature from Black authors.

Book Selection
October: 808s & Otherworlds: Memories, Remixes, & Mythologies (Pub 9/14) by Sean Avery Medlin.

November: Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma**

December: The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.

This is a book club affiliated with Word Up Community Bookshop. Copies can be purchased at Word Up either online (see the bottom of the page) or at the store. 

Word Up Blickity Black Book Club

The Blickity Black Book Club is a bi-monthly virtual book club that brings together enthusiastic readers of contemporary Black writers of poetry and fiction. Choose to opt in to one month or the whole season and join rich discussions of new literature from Black authors.

Book Selection
October: 808s & Otherworlds: Memories, Remixes, & Mythologies (Pub 9/14) by Sean Avery Medlin.

November: Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma**

December: The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.

This is a book club affiliated with Word Up Community Bookshop. Copies can be purchased at Word Up either online (see the bottom of the page) or at the store. 

Word Up Blickity Black Book Club

The Blickity Black Book Club is a bi-monthly virtual book club that brings together enthusiastic readers of contemporary Black writers of poetry and fiction. Choose to opt in to one month or the whole season and join rich discussions of new literature from Black authors.

Book Selection
October: 808s & Otherworlds: Memories, Remixes, & Mythologies (Pub 9/14) by Sean Avery Medlin.

November: Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma**

December: The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.

This is a book club affiliated with Word Up Community Bookshop. Copies can be purchased at Word Up either online (see the bottom of the page) or at the store. 

Halloween + Story Time @ Word Up

Stop by Word Up on Saturday, October 31st from 1-4pm for some trick-or-treating, books, and a costume contest with some awesome prizes! Word Up staff will dress up and play music 🙂 There will be a story time at 1:30pm with author Scarlen Martinez as she reads her book The Tale of El Chiquitín.

All kids are welcome to some dressed up to pick up books, candy, and enter the costume contest to win a $50 gift card to Word Up.

All customers and attendees must wear masks and social distance.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Life is great for Sissy Dominguez. She has the best mom and dad and the world’s BESTEST best friend: Rosario. But one day everything changes, when mam y pap return from a trip with a surprise for her The surprise was not at all what Sissy expected. Her parents seem to have changed forever and her grandma blames the mysterious el Chiquitín. With no clues to go on, it is up to Sissy and her best friend Rosario to figure out what’s in the mysterious package that is drastically changing her family’s life.

Can you help Sissy and her best friend find clues to solve the mystery of el Chiquit n and save their parents?

Scarlen Martinez is a Dominican American educator who specializes in supporting children with diverse learning needs.

Word Up Author Story Time & Book Launch: TEO’S TUTU

Join us for a story time reading & launch celebration of Téo Tutu (pub. 11/2), a heartwarming picture book about gender-creativity and being yourself, with author Maryann Jacob Macias in collaboration with Dance Project of Washington Heights. Téo Tutu, illustrated by Alea Marley, is a joyful look at one boy’s love of dance and how it allows him to express himself in a way that makes him comfortable and happy. Téo loves to dance, whether it’s the cumbia with Papí, the bhangra with Amma, or ballet class with Miss Lila. He also loves the way his tutu makes him feel, inside and out. But when it comes time to decide which outfit to wear in the big dance recital–a sparkly tutu or shimmering silver pants–Téo wonders if being his most authentic self on stage will put him too much in the spotlight.

Not only is Teo’s story inspiring, but it is filled with adult allies that encourage and support his decision. The safe and creative environment that is fostered within Teo’s world are ones that parents are trying to create as well. Teo’s Tutu is not only an enjoyable read, but it’s also a way in which adults and caregivers can approach gender creativity with young readers in a way that prioritizes their safety and wellbeing.

Maryann Jacob Macias is a graduate of the City College of New York, CUNY and the Solstice MFA Low-Residency Program at Pine Manor College. This is her first picture book.