OPERATION SISTERHOOD with Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Torrey Maldonado, with a performance by Katie V. Madison and Lola Johnson

Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10032



Join us in celebrating Operation Sisterhood with author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich in conversation with fellow author Torrey Maldonado with a special performance from musical theater artist Katie V. Madison and musician Lola Johnson, who will perform a new song Madison wrote called, “Marigold Memories Made by the Sun.” 

This event is a $5 suggested donation. Please register in advance.

Word Up Community Bookshop is located at 2113 Amsterdam Ave. (& 165th St.) in Washington Heights, NYC. You can take the 1 train to 168th St and the A/C train to 163rd or 168th  St.

This event is in partnership with Kweli, a non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture emerging BIPOC writers that “sing the truth” with a quarterly online literary journal, year-long writer fellowships, multi-session workshops, writing retreats, individualized editing, an annual writers' conference and international festival. Learn more at www.kwelijournal.org.


Fans of the Netflix reboot of The Babysitters Club will delight as four new sisters band together in the heart of New York City. Discover this jubilant novel about the difficulties of change, the loyalty of sisters, and the love of family from a prolific award-winning author.

Bo and her mom always had their own rhythm. But ever since they moved to Harlem, Bo’s world has fallen out of sync. She and Mum are now living with Mum’s boyfriend Bill, his daughter Sunday, the twins, Lili and Lee, the twins' parents…along with a dog, two cats, a bearded dragon, a turtle, and chickens. All in one brownstone! With so many people squished together, Bo isn’t so sure there is room for her. 

Set against the bursting energy of a New York City summer, award-winning author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich delivers a joyful novel about a new family that hits all the right notes!

"[A] jubilant middle grade novel." -The New York Times

“This ode to Black girlhood and the communities that serve them offers humor, tenderness, and charm.” –Renée Watson, New York Times bestselling author

“A beautiful, rich, and deeply comforting story about family and the powerful choice to live with joy, Operation Sisterhood is a book to savor.” –Rebecca Stead, New York Times bestselling author


Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich is the author of 8th Grade Superzero, It Doesn't Take a Genius, the nonfiction books Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow and Someday Is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-Ins, and the upcoming Mae Makes a Way and Saving Earth: The Climate Crisis and the Fight for Our Future. She is the coauthor of the middle-grade novel Two Naomis, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and its sequel, Naomis Too. Inspired by some of her favorite family stories and the city she loves, Operation Sisterhood is a celebration of the sweetness and spice of sisterhood. Olugbemisola is a member of the Brown Bookshelf and a former board member of We Need Diverse Books. She lives with her family in New York City, where she writes, makes things, and needs to get more sleep. Discover more about Olugbemisola online at olugbemisolabooks.com.

Torrey Maldonado was born and raised in Brooklyn, growing up in the Red Hook housing projects. He has been a teacher for New York City public schools for nearly 25 years and his fast-paced, compelling stories are inspired by his and his students’ experiences. His popular novels for young readers include What Lane?, which garnered many starred reviews and was cited by Oprah and the New York Times for being an essential book to discuss racism and allyship; Tight, which won the Christopher Award, was an ALA Notable Book, and an NPR and Washington Post Best Book of the Year; and his very first novel, Secret Saturdays which has been in print for over ten years. 

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

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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 5th, 2022

What Lane? By Torrey Maldonado Cover Image
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Two Naomis By Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Audrey Vernick Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062414267
Published: Balzer + Bray - June 5th, 2018