El Gran Combo LIVE 2022

Monday, June 13, 2022 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
RECIRCULATION A project of Word Up
876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.)
New York, NY 10032


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Twelve books, five authors, one charla in the Heights! We’re bringing back El Gran Combo LIVE with all new authors for an in-person event! Join us for a conversation and Q&A with authors Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Reyna Grande, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, Cleyvis Natera, all moderated by local & bestselling author Angie Cruz.

Buy a participating book from the list below between May 10 and June 10 and get an invite to a private in-person event on Monday, June 13, 2022, 6:30–8:30pm EST at Recirculation in Washington Heights, NYC. Hardcover, paperback, and large print versions all qualify.

This event will be recorded and available to watch by participants who purchase books. We will also be livestreaming via Zoom -- link available for those who purchase books.


After the reading and conversation, the authors will be signing their books. Please preorder the books you'd like signed on WordUpBooks.com (for pickup). Books will also be sold onsite at the event. 

In compliance with Word Up guidelines, all attendees for this event must show proof of vaccination and ID and must remain masked at all times. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the event so we can check vaccination cards and ID. 

Recirculation, a pop-up space organized by 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.


Cleyvis Natera was born in the Dominican Republic, migrated to the U.S. at ten years old, and grew up in New York City. She holds a BA from Skidmore College and an MFA from New York University. Her writing has won awards and fellowships from PEN America, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Kenyon Review’s Summer Writers Workshops, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She lives with her husband and two young children in Montclair, New Jersey. This is her first novel.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine is the author of Sabrina & Corina, a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Robert W.Bingham Prize, The Story Prize, and winner of an American Book Award. Her debut novel, Woman of Light, will be published in June, 2022. She is the 2021 recipient of the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Fajardo-Anstine holds an MFA from the University of Wyoming and has lived across the country, from Durango, Colorado, to Key West, Florida. She is the 2022–2023 Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University. She is from Denver, Colorado.

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City. She is a product of the Puerto Rican communities on the island and in the South Bronx. As a child she was sent to live with her grandparents in Puerto Rico where she was introduced to the culture of rural Puerto Rico, including the storytelling that came naturally to the women in her family, especially the older women. Much of her work is based on her experiences during this time. Llanos-Figueroa taught creative writing, language and literature in the New York City school system before becoming a young-adult librarian and writer. The hardcover edition of Daughters of the Stone was shortlisted as a 2010 Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. She lives in New York City.

Reyna Grande is the author of the bestselling memoir, The Distance Between Us, (Atria, 2012) and the sequel, A Dream Called Home (Atria, 2018). Her other works include the novels, Across a Hundred Mountains, (Atria, 2006) and Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009), as well as The Distance Between Us young readers edition (Aladdin, 2016). Her two recent books are A Ballad of Love and Glory (Atria, March 15, 2022), a novel set during the Mexican-American War, and an anthology by and about undocumented Americans called Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival and New Beginnings (HarperVia, June 7, 2022). Reyna has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and a Latino Spirit Award. Born in Iguala, Reyna obtain a B.A. in creative writing and film & video from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She later received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University.

Angie Cruz is a novelist and editor. Her fourth novel, How Not To Drown in A Glass of Water is forthcoming Fall 2022. Her novel, Dominicana was the inaugural book pick for GMA book club. It was shortlisted for The Women’s Prize, longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction, The Aspen Words Literary Prize, a RUSA Notable book and the winner of the ALA/YALSA Alex Award in fiction. It was named most anticipated/ best book in 2019 by Time, Newsweek, People, Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, and Esquire. Cruz is the author of two other novels, Soledad and Let It Rain Coffee and has published shorter works in VQR, The Paris Review, and other journals. She's the founder and Editor-in-chief of the award winning literary journal, Aster(ix) and teaches at University of Pittsburgh. She divides her time between Pittsburgh, New York and Turin.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


  • All children and adults ages 5 and older are required to have proof of vaccination for indoor events hosted by Word Up Community Bookshop. They must show proof they have received two vaccine doses, except for those who have received the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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ACCESSIBILITY: Recirculation is a wheelchair-accessible space with one ramp from the street level down to the store. Most of the shelves are on wheels and can be moved to provide additional access. The bathrooms are not yet ADA compliant and do not yet have a changing table but are gender neutral. The events are mic’d for sound and videos are captioned when possible. Free ASL interpretation is available for most programs upon request. Please email events@wordupbooks.com to request interpretation as early as possible. If you have specific questions about the space or how an event can be made more accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@wordupbooks.com.

¡Doce libros, cinco autores, una charla en The Heights! ¡Traeremos de vuelta a El Gran Combo EN VIVO con nuevos autores para un encuentro en persona! Únase a nosotros para una conversación con las autoras Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Reyna Grande, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, Cleyvis Natera, moderado por autora local, Angie Cruz.

Compre un libro participante de la lista a continuación entre el 10 de mayo y el 10 de junio para obtener una invitación para un evento privado y en persona el lunes 13 de junio de 2022, de 6:30 pm a 8:30 pm en Recirculation (876 Riverside Dr). Las versiones de tapa dura, tapa blanda y de letra grande todas califican.


Después de la lectura y conversación, las autoras estarán firmando sus libros. Realice un pedido anticipado de los libros que desea firmar en WordUpBooks.com. También estarán a la venta en el evento.

De conformidad con las regulaciones de Word Up, todos los asistentes a este evento deben mostrar prueba de vacunación e identificacióndeben permanecer enmascarados en todo momento. Llegue al menos treinta minutos antes del evento para que podamos verificar las tarjetas de vacunación y la identificación.

Recirculation, un proyecto organizado por Word Up Librería Comunitaria, está ubicado en 876 Riverside Drive en Washington Heights, Nueva York. Puede tomar el tren 1 hasta Calle 157, el tren A/C hasta Calle 163, o el autobús M4 o M5 hasta Avenida Broadway y Calle 159/160.


Cleyvis Natera nació en la República Dominicana, emigró a los Estados Unidos a los diez años y creció en la ciudad de Nueva York. Tiene una licenciatura de Skidmore College y una maestría en Bellas Artes de la Universidad de Nueva York. Su escritura ha ganado premios y becas de PEN America, la Conferencia de Escritores Bread Loaf, los Talleres de Escritores de Verano de The Kenyon Review y el Centro de Artes Creativas de Virginia. Vive con su esposo y sus dos hijos pequeños en Montclair, Nueva Jersey. Esta es su primera novela.

Angie Cruz es novelista y editora. Su cuarta novela, Cómo no ahogarse en un vaso de agua, se publicará en el otoño de 2022. Su novela, Dominicana, fue la elección inaugural del libro del club de lectura de GMA. Fue preseleccionado para The Women's Prize, preseleccionado para Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction, The Aspen Words Literary Prize, un libro RUSA Notable y ganador del ALA/YALSA Alex Award en ficción. Fue nombrado el libro más esperado/mejor en 2019 por Time, Newsweek, People, Oprah Magazine, The New York Times y Esquire. Cruz es autora de otras dos novelas, Soledad y Let It Rain Coffee y ha publicado obras más cortas en VQR, The Paris Review y otras revistas. Es la fundadora y editora en jefe de la premiada revista literaria Aster(ix) y enseña en la Universidad de Pittsburgh. Divide su tiempo entre Pittsburgh, Nueva York y Turín.

Este programa cuenta con el apoyo, en parte, de fondos públicos del Departamento de Asuntos Culturales de la Ciudad de Nueva York en colaboración con el Concejo Municipal y por Poets & Writers de fondos públicos delConsejo de las Artes del Estado de Nueva York con el apoyo de la Oficina del Gobernador y la Legislatura del Estado de Nueva York.

Woman of Light: A Novel By Kali Fajardo-Anstine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525511328
Published: One World - June 7th, 2022

A Ballad of Love and Glory: A Novel By Reyna Grande Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982165260
Published: Atria Books - March 15th, 2022

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Neruda on the Park: A Novel By Cleyvis Natera Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593358481
Published: Ballantine Books - May 24th, 2022

A Woman of Endurance: A Novel By Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063062221
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Amistad - April 12th, 2022

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How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water: A Novel By Angie Cruz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250208453
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 13th, 2022

What Storm, What Thunder By Myriam JA Chancy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951142766
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Published: Tin House Books - October 5th, 2021

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Olga Dies Dreaming: A Novel By Xochitl Gonzalez Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250786173
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 4th, 2022

El presidente y la rana / The President And The Frog By Carolina de Robertis Cover Image
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Published: Vintage Espanol - May 24th, 2022

What's Mine and Yours By Naima Coster Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538702338
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 25th, 2022

The Girls in Queens: A Novel By Christine Kandic Torres Cover Image
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Published: HarperVia - June 14th, 2022

The Town of Babylon: A Novel By Alejandro Varela Cover Image
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Published: Astra House - March 22nd, 2022

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Infinite Country: A Novel By Patricia Engel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982159474
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 5th, 2021