Lo'Mas Lit Book Club

Lo'Mas Lit Book Club A book club for Uptown youth

Lo'Mas Lit Book Club is a reading group, a book club, a discussion zone, and a hangout space for youth ages 13–20. Starting in Summer 2020, this book club has brought together teens from across the Uptown Manhattan neighborhood and across the country. This is a book club for avid readers looking to connect with others over diverse novels, poetry, and graphic novels.

*Stay tuned for a Spanish edition of this book club*


Past Lo'Mas Lit Virtual Event

Past Sessions

Featured books


Lo'Mas Lit Book Club is back at Word Up this Spring 2024! Join our two moderators, Memphis W. and Lenny D., to dive into new books, discuss diverse themes with peers, and other activities. 

Every Saturday at 11:00am - 12:00pm
Start date: April 13, 2024 *
All dates: 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15

Word Up Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10032


One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them. A pre-amble to the summer, we'll be reading this favorite of facilitator Lenny!

City Girls by Loretta Lopez 

Readers of Lucky Broken GirlHurricane Child, and The House on Mango Street, will love this debut middle grade novel about finding sanctuary with friends who understand the enormous changes life can throw at you when you're 11. We hope that our participants will enjoy reflecting on that period and exploring the worlds of Elisa, Lucia, and Alice. 

Brooms by Jasmine Walles, Teo Duvall

"Brooms" is a heart-pounding graphic novel soaring with magic, friendship, and rebellion. It's a Fast and the Furious with broomsticks instead of cars, a historical spotlight on struggles silenced by time, and a celebration of the indomitable spirit that dares to defy the odds. Buckle up, witches and dreamers, for this ride is  about to take flight.

Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

A sprawling, evocative, and groundbreaking autobiographical novel told in the unforgettable and hilarious voice of a young Iranian refugee. It is a powerfully layered novel that poses the questions: Who owns the truth? Who speaks it? Who believes it?



  • Memphis W
  • Lenny D.


  • Club members who are ages 13–20—and who live in upper Manhattan or the Bronx—will receive book club picks for FREE. All books will be available for pickup at 2113 Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY 10032, during store hours.

  • We kindly ask that non-local participants please purchase copies online from www.wordupbooks.com or from your local independent bookstore. 

  • If you are 21 years of age or older, stay tuned for new book clubs and other programs by Word Up!

  • If funding is a barrier to participation, email us at events@wordupbooks.com and we will work with you on this.

Attendance is key to having great discussions and doing meaningful activities (writing workshops, etc.). Free books will be provided to those who attend. Participants must show up to receive the next book.

Registration is done on a rolling basis, therefore participants are eligible to receive their first book before their first meeting. After that, books will only be given to participants who attend the meetings.

To receive the first book, please register by April 8st, 2024!  Registration is open on a rolling basis, however, once a participant is registered, we assume participants are in it for the duration of the spring session! 


Past editions of Lo'Mas Lit have involved author events. More details TBD.

Lo'Mas Lit Book Club is presented collaboratively by Word Up Community Bookshop and co-curator Angie Cruz, is made possible in part with funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.



Lo'Mas Lit Book Club Summer 2023

Lo'Mas Lit Book Club Summer 2020

Lo'Mas Lit Book Club Fall/Winter 20-21

Lo'Mas Lit Book Club Spring 2021

Lo'Mas Lit Book Club Summer 2021

Lo'Mas Lit Book Club Winter/Spring 2022

BOOKS FOR SPRING 2024 EDITION (coming soon):


One Crazy Summer: A Newbery Honor Award Winner By Rita Williams-Garcia Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060760908
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Quill Tree Books - December 27th, 2011

City Girls By Loretta Lopez Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644213421
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Triangle Square - April 9th, 2024

Brooms By Jasmine Walls, Teo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jasmine Walls, Teo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781646142682
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Levine Querido - October 10th, 2023

Everything Sad Is Untrue (a true story) By Daniel Nayeri Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646142729
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Levine Querido - August 8th, 2023