with Steve Forbes

DEC 18 / THU / 7:30 PM

“Steve Forbes understands money better than most heads of state do, and in this provocative book he shares his vast knowledge and gives us sensible and time-tested recommendations for stopping future financial meltdowns.” (Lawrence Kudlow, CNBC Senior Contributor)

“A true gem of a book . . . Lucid, informative, timely.” (Wall Street Journal)

Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, and writes award-winning editorials for each issue of Forbes magazine under the heading of “Fact and Comment.”

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120 Ways to Annoy Your Mother (and Influence People)

with author Ana Benaroya

NOV 22 / SAT / 4:00 PM

Even before they reach their teens, young girls are bombarded with imagery and expectations of what a teenage girl is: how they should dress, what they should be interested in, and how they should conduct themselves. But what is there for pre-teen girls who don’t want to conform? This is the book for them.

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Women & the Vote

with author Jad Adams

NOV 24 / MON / 7:30 PM

Women & the Vote is the first history looking at women and the vote throughout the world. Adams has been able to study startling new connections across time and national boundaries with biographical pictures of the dramatic lives of suffrage leaders in history including little-known activists from China, Latin America and Africa.

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Small Business Saturday

NOV 29 / SAT / 10am-10pm

Support [words] + Maplewood Shops!

In support of independent bookstores, authors Caroline Leavitt and Matthew Thomas (2 pm) will join us selling books on Small Business Saturday, November 29. Please help us spread the word; remind your friends on social media to shop small and shop local on November 29 — and the rest of the year! Your purchases make a real difference to your community. Thank you!

The Italian Americans: A History

with Maria Laurino

DEC 7 / SUN / 2:00 pm

In this richly researched, beautifully designed and illustrated volume, Maria Laurino strips away stereotypes and nostalgia to tell the complicated, centuries-long story of the true Italian-American experience.

Looking beyond the familiar, Laurino reveals surprising, fascinating lives: Italian-Americans working on sugar-cane plantations in Louisiana; those who were lynched in New Orleans; the banker who helped rebuild San Francisco after the great earthquake; families interned as enemy aliens in World War II.

From anarchist radicals to Rosie the Riveter, Nancy Pelosi, Andrew Cuomo, and Bill de Blasio; from traditional artisans to rebel songsters like Frank Sinatra, Dion, Madonna, and Lady Gaga, this book is both exploration and celebration of the rich legacy of Italian-American life.

Interviews, newspaper clippings, period documents, and photographs bring this remarkable history to life.

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From the Hip: A Concise History of Hip Hop (in Sonnets)

with author Stephen Cramer

DEC 8 / MON / 7:30 PM

“Stephen Cramer’s From the Hip reinvigorates the now eight hundred year-old form of the sonnet, remixing it to the rhythms and rhymes of hip hop. These sonnets, companions to songs by everyone from the Beastie Boys to Kanye West, are shot through with both nostalgia and novelty. Together, they comprise a literary testament to a cultural revolution still very much under way. …he is alive to hip hop beyond the beat—to the image, the style, the gesture. This collection is animated by a voice every bit as playful, spirited, and incendiary as the music itself.”

–Adam Bradley, author of Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop


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Dicken’s Village Storytime

with [words] Bookstore

DEC 13 / SAT / 2:00 pm

Join us for this fun storytime event at the bookstore!