Posts Tagged ‘Literature’

Excerpt: Stealing A Summer’s Afternoon

Excerpt: Stealing A Summer’s Afternoon

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) One thing has become painfully obvious from the Amarlys episode: Manuel and I aren’t equipped to do this without professional help. Romo is that help. We’re meeting him to cut a deal tonight. The meeting is set for 11 p.m. at a Latin dance club in the Bronx called Purgatorio. The [...]


7/24/14: The Led Black Book Club Ft. AJ Sidransky

7/24/14: The Led Black Book Club Ft. AJ Sidransky

The next installment of the Led Black Book Club goes down on Thursday, July 24th at Word Up Books. Our featured author is AJ Sidransky who recently released his 2nd novel, Stealing A Summer’s Afternoon. The book is a great sophomore effort from an author who really knows how to tell a story. Come out [...]


Stealing A Summer’s Afternoon – The Review

Stealing A Summer's Afternoon – The Review

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Stealing A Summer’s Afternoon is the story of how Elliot got his groove back. Elliot Serlin has been a stand-up guy his whole life. A good Jewish boy from the Bronx, Elliot has reached middle age without having ever diverted from the path of the straight and narrow. A devoted, hard-working [...]


La Libreta

La Libreta

BY A.J. Sidransky (@AJSidransky) Adela stared out the window fascinated by the frost and the pattern it made on the glass. She touched the surface of the pane. The pattern reminded her of the lace that edged the neckline of her wedding dress, tiny, perfect, and delicate. That was only a few months ago yet [...]


The Led Black Book Club ft A.J. Sidransky on Thursday, September 26th @ Word Up Books

The Led Black Book Club ft A.J. Sidransky on Thursday, September 26th @ Word Up Books

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) The next installment of the Led Black Book Club will take place at Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th) on Thursday, September 26th and will feature Forgiving Máximo Rothman by local author A.J. Sidransky. Forgiving Máximo Rothman is about history, religion, oppression and ultimately about fatherhood. The author, A J [...]


Junot Díaz Grabs Ramen, Pizza, and ‘Fight-Worthy’ Chicken While He’s in New York | Grub Street New York

Junot Díaz Grabs Ramen, Pizza, and ‘Fight-Worthy’ Chicken While He’s in New York | Grub Street New York

Junot Díaz, the celebrated author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This Is How You Lose Her (which is out in paperback next week), took a different approach to tracking his diet for us. Instead of a week of consecutive days, Díaz, who spends half his time in Boston, chose to recount [...]


Uptown Reads: Forgiving Maximó Rothman

Uptown Reads: Forgiving Maximó Rothman

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) I think it is only fitting that I just started reading the gripping debut novel, Forgiving Maximó Rothman, from local writer, A J Sidransky, being that it is Father’s Day this Sunday, or as my dad like to say as “el día de los perros” (The Day of the Dogs) because fathers, [...]


Junot Diaz Talks Citizenship, Education & Immigration On The Colbert Report

Junot Diaz Talks Citizenship, Education & Immigration On The Colbert Report


Junot Diaz Spreads A Little Literary Love Uptown

Junot Diaz Spreads A Little Literary Love Uptown

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Pulitzer Prize winning Author, Junot Diaz, was in the neighborhood yesterday to spread a little literary love. Junot Diaz teamed up with the office of Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and Dr. Eduardo Pignanelli of the Amsterdam Medical Practice for the book signing and giveaway of 200 copies of his work. The [...]


Cafecito: Junot Diaz on finding your voice | NBC Latino

Cafecito: Junot Diaz on finding your voice | NBC Latino

by Feliciano Garcia and Martin Garcia Flores


My New York: Junot Diaz | NBC

My New York: Junot Diaz | NBC

Junot recently showed NBC around some of his favorite haunts Uptown. He made stops at La Casa Azul Bookstore, Patsy’s Pizza and La Marina.


The Platano Index: A Q&A With Junot Diaz

The Platano Index: A Q&A With Junot Diaz

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Junot Díaz is one of my heroes. Until I read Drown, I didn’t even really believe that I could be a writer. After consuming that book whole, I was irrevocably changed. More than just relatable, for me, the book was a revelation with it’s intelligent use of the Dominican vernacular and [...]


Junot Díaz Wins Prestigous MacArthur Genius Grant

Junot Díaz Wins Prestigous MacArthur Genius Grant

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) I remember thinking when I first read Drown, damn Junot Díaz is a genius. Well, he is now officially a genius. Earlier this week, the MacArthur Foundation announced their 2012 MacArthur Fellows and the immensely talented Mr. Díaz was one of the recipients. On top of joining a select group of [...]


Save the Date: Junot Díaz @ the 92Y On December 17th

Save the Date: Junot Díaz @ the 92Y On December 17th

Junot Diaz and Julie Otsuka Monday, December 17th, 8 pm Kaufman Hall Lexington Avenue at 92nd St Ok, we really don’t need to say much. Pulitzer Award-winning author Author Junot Díaz is a literary rock-star. He will be at the 92 Y with Julie Otsuka on Monday, December 17th. While that seems like a long [...]


Led Black: Un Pie Aqui y Uno Alla | Huffington Post

Led Black: Un Pie Aqui y Uno Alla | Huffington Post

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) The term “un pie aqui y uno alla” (one foot here and one foot there) succinctly describes the bi-national existences led by many of the Dominicans and Dominican-Americans in the United States. Living and working in this country but maintaining close ties to the Dominican Republic, its people, customs and culture [...]


Barhopping with Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz | Grantland

Barhopping with Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz | Grantland

We tag along with the Pulitzer Prize winner on a tour of his favorite NY watering holes By Amos Barshad In 2007, after winning the Pulitizer Prize for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz was asked how it felt to be the first Dominican writer to nab one of literature’s [...]


Sonia Manzano reminds East Harlem of the Young Lords Party with new book

Sonia Manzano reminds East Harlem of the Young Lords Party with new book

Story & photos by Amaris Castillo (@AmarisCastillo) Sesame Street made its way into East Harlem this past weekend. No Muppets here, but a special visit from the woman who has stood by their side for more than four decades – Sonia Manzano. The Bronx-bred Puerto Rican actress, who is best known for her role as [...]


This Is How You Lose Her By Junot Díaz Drops Today

This Is How You Lose Her By Junot Díaz Drops Today

That’s right folks, the long-awaited new book by Junot Díaz, “This Is How You Lose Her”, is finally available for purchase. The Pulitzer Prize-Award winning author returns with a collection of short stories about love, lust, longing and infidelity. According to the always astute and funny Junot Díaz, this is the book for the cheaters [...]


Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Junot Díaz Endorses Adriano Espaillat for Congress

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Junot Díaz Endorses Adriano Espaillat for Congress

Like I have said on many occasions, outside of the Presidential election, the race for the 13th Congressional district is shaping up to be one of the most interesting in all of the nation. This is what the incomparable Junot Diaz had to say about State Senator Adrian Espaillat. “We need a leader who will [...]


Glass Breaks Launch Party @ Word Up Books – The Video

Video and Photography by Art By Dj Boy (@ArtByDjBoy) Glass Breaks, a collection of solo drum works by friend to the UC, Will Glass. While a DJ/Production tool by name and genre, it is also a highly listenable improvisational work from an innovative player who has collaborated with Dirty Projectors and Nat Baldwin, among many [...]


It’s Time for the inQbator

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012, 7 – 9  pm Word Up Books (4157 Broadway) inQbator is a monthly reading, spoken word, and performance art program series focusing on LGBT literature and culture. Created by artist, Hector Canonge, director of the recognized film program CINEMAROSA, inQbator supports emerging local and national Queer writers and artists by featuring [...]


Glass Breaks Record Launch @ Word Up Books this Saturday

Glass Breaks Record Launch @ Word Up Books this Saturday

Alighting Records is pleased to announce its first release: Glass Breaks, a collection of solo drum works by Will Glass. While a DJ/Production tool by name and genre, it is also a highly listenable improvisational work from an innovative player who has collaborated with Dirty Projectors and Nat Baldwin, among many others. Glass Breaks is [...]


inQbator – Queer Armenians Invade the Heights Tonight @ Word Up Books

QUEERED: WHAT’S TO BE DONE WITH XCENTRIC ART a new book from Queering Yerevan Readings: Shushan Avagyan & Nancy Agabian Video: Arpi Adamyan Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 7 PM Word Up: Community Bookstore 4157 Broadway (at 176th Street) Washington Heights, NYC I n Q b a t o r is pleased to introduce the reading presentation [...]


The inQbator Series Returns With A Reading of Queered @ Word Up Books On March 14th

The inQbator Series Returns With A Reading of Queered @ Word Up Books On March 14th

QUEERED: WHAT’S TO BE DONE WITH XCENTRIC ART a new book from Queering Yerevan Readings: Shushan Avagyan & Nancy Agabian Video: Arpi Adamyan Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 7 PM Word Up: Community Bookstore 4157 Broadway (at 176th Street) Washington Heights, NYC I n Q b a t o r is pleased to introduce the reading presentation [...]

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