How does Word Up work? How do bookstores function in general? And how does bookselling relate to the literary field as a whole?
If you are curious about all this and more, attend this "Bookselling Basics" workshop during which Veronica Santiago Liu—founder and general coordinator of the collective that operates the nonprofit, volunteer-staffed Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria—shares an overview of the book industry, especially as pertains to bookselling, and gives a nuts-and-bolts explanation of key terminology, processes, relationships, and more—including a breakdown of how most traditionally modeled bookstores operate in contrast to the unique business model of Word Up, and also how other literary nonprofits relate to Word Up.
THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, so that we have an adequate number of handouts—and food! Please arrive between 6 and 6:20pm if you want to partake in the food that will be provided. Open to all, whether you are a student, publisher, author, fellow bookseller, Word Up volunteer, or simply a curious neighbor.
Prior to founding Word Up, Veronica Santiago Liu was managing then senior editor at Seven Stories Press, co-founder of Fractious Press and [sic] literary journal, and various other community arts endeavors.
Bookselling Basics is part of the Word Up Bookmark Series—workshops, panels, & meetups on the behind-the-scenes life of books—and is organized by Seven Stories Institute/Word Up Community Bookshop and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.