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.


Past Lo'Mas Lit Virtual Event

Past Sessions

Featured books


Lo'Mas Lit Book Club is back this summer 2023 with an exciting medley of new young adult literature and meeting in person! Join our two moderators, Carisa Musialik and Marilyn Ramirez, to dive into new books, explore your own writing, and make connections with neighbors. 

Every Thursday at 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Start date: July 6, 2023 *Register by June 19 to receive the first book before the meeting*
All date: 7/6, 7/20, 8/3, 8/17, 8/31

Recirculation, a project of Word Up 876 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032

BOOK LIST: coming soon!


  • Carisa Musialik
  • Marilyn Ramirez


  • 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 June 29, 2023!  Registration is open on a rolling basis, however, once a participant is registered, we assume participants are in it for the duration of the summer 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 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 SUMMER 2023 EDITION (coming soon):