Lo'Mas Lit Book Club presents authors Matt Mendez, Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite, and Randy Ribay


Join Matt Mendez, Randy Ribay, and Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite as they discuss their books and their work, moderated by Angela Velez! These events feature the authors read by Lo'Mas Lit Book Club. 

HOW TO GET ACCESS IF NOT IN BOOK CLUB: Buy one of the participating books and you will automatically receive invite links to all author events. 

REGISTRATION FOR THE BOOK CLUB IS NOW CLOSED. Read more about the club and the full schedule of events at http://www.WordUpBooks.com/LoMasLit.



Like his characters, Matt Mendez grew up in central El Paso, Texas. He received an MFA from the University of Arizona and is the author of the short story collection Twitching Heart. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Tucson, Arizona. Barely Missing Everything is his debut young adult novel. You can visit him at MattMendez.com.

Randy Ribay was born in the Philippines and raised in the Midwest. He is the author of After the Shot Drops and An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes. He earned his BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Master's Degree in Language and Literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He currently teaches English and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Maika Moulite is a Miami native and daughter of Haitian immigrants. She earned a bachelor’s in marketing from Florida State University and an MBA from the University of Miami. When she’s not using her digital prowess to help nonprofits and major organizations tell their stories online, she’s writing stories of her own. She also blogs at Daily Ellement, a lifestyle website featuring everything from diverse inspirational women to career guidance. She’s the oldest of four sisters and loves Young Adult fantasy, fierce female leads, and laughing.

Maritza Moulite graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s in women’s studies and the University of Southern California with a master’s in journalism. She’s worked in various capacities for NBC News, CNN, and USA TODAY. An admirer of Michelle Obama, Maritza is a perpetual student and blogs at Daily Ellement as well. Her favorite song is “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire.


Lo'Mas Lit Book Club is presented collaboratively by Word Up Community Bookshop and co-curator Angie Cruz, as part of the Uptown Kid Lit program, with support from New York State Council on the Arts and Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by the LMCC.


Friday, July 17, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Barely Missing Everything Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534404465
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - March 3rd, 2020

Patron Saints of Nothing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525554929
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Published: Penguin Books - April 21st, 2020

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781335777096
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Published: Inkyard Press - September 3rd, 2019