Time again for Word Up, our weekly roundup of talks and readings.


Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker and educator who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. He has educated in detention centers from New York’s Rikers Island to California’s San Quentin State Prison, and his work in Rikers Island was covered by the New York Times. Don’t miss the New York City release of his new book of poems, Someone’s Dead AlreadyTuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. Nuyorican Poets Café, 236 East 3rd Street (East Village). Admission $10 at the door, $7 with student ID.

It’s almost refreshing, the concept of TALE—it’s a straightforward night of storytelling, but there are no hokey themes and no cringe-inducing amateurs stammering their way through their first time on stage, just great stories; these are pedigreed professionals. Kevin Avery was nominated for an Emmy for his writing on Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Adam Wade is a record-holding 18-time Moth StorySLAM Champion, Vanessa Valerio’s also no stranger to the Moth stage, Cyndi Freeman is a two-time NY Fringe Festival award-winning solo performer, and event organizer Harmon Leon has had stories featured on This American Life and VICE. July 28 at 8:30 p.m. The Lounge, 83 1st Avenue (East Village). Tickets are $5. 


Read a little about Amanda Petrusich’s quest to find 78 records and you’ll almost start to feel like you could rummage Do Not Sell at Any Price.around your local thrift shop and unearth a treasure, too, though most people probably wouldn’t go the extreme of learning to scuba dive to retrieve a sunken trove of old tunes. Petrusich’s new book, Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records, which Slate called “elegant and witty,” is celebrating its paperback release with an appearance by the author at WORD. Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m. WORD Brooklyn, 126 Franklin Street (Greenpoint).

Get ready to indulge your inner misanthrope. Even though he’s a successful, Emmy award-winning writer for Late Night With David willnotLetterman, Adam Resnick is something of a basket case, and he tells us alllll about it in his new book Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation. Rolling Stone called it the “Year’s Funniest Memoir”; it only stands that his life would be entertaining, given that he lives his life by his own steadfast rule: “I refuse to do anything I don’t want to do.” Jen Doll, author of Save the Date, will join in the conversation. July 30 at 7 p.m. Book Court, 163 Court Street (Cobble Hill).

Learn the untold story of women in Iran at the jewelsbook release for Jewels of Allah, the new book by Dr. Nina Ansary that challenges the popular narrative of women’s lives in Iran over the last 40 years (see the thought provoking video trailer here). She’ll be appearing in a panel with Off the Radar author Cyrus Copeland and Iranian-American journalist Negar Mortazavi. All the proceeds from Ansary’s book sales are donated to charities that empower disadvantaged young women in Iran. July 30 at 7 p.m. Strand Books, 828 Broadway (East Village). Admission is free with purchase of the book.