Now on newsstands, June 2015 Inc. magazine asked five businesses to share their experiences employing autistic people and the lessons they’ve learned on the journey. The article, 50,000 People With Autism Need Jobs This Year. Here’s Why You Should Hire Them, is entrepreneur-focused: “There is a growing number of adults on the autism spectrum who want to enter the workforce but can’t. Meet the entrepreneurs trying to solve the challenge.” [words] Bookstore is one of the five businesses featured, thanks to our vocational job training program for individuals with autism, and our inclusive hiring policies. We’re proud that Barbara, a program graduate and employee, is prominently featured in the article! Congratulations Barbara!


JUNE 2015 | The Ruderman Family Foundation, in partnership with The Jewish Week Media Group, is proud to announce [words] Bookstore as one of ten recipients of the inaugural Best in Business Award. This national competition highlights North American businesses that have shown exemplary practices in hiring, training and supporting people with disabilities.

Read the article about [words] published in the award magazine here


This September 2014, Jonah and Ellen Zimiles, [words] owners, were honored with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award by Maplewood Chamber of Commerce for their years of diligent service and excellence as citizens of Maplewood, New Jersey. In 2015, the family will celebrate their 25th anniversary living in town.

“Maplewood Chamber of Commerce … extends best wishes for continued success in all future endeavors.”


[words] Windows in the News

The Village Green just covered our Small Business Saturday (Nov. 29, 2014) window display, featuring shopping bags hand-painted by artist Meghan Keane.

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NBA Hall of Famer Visits [words]

Earl “The Pearl” Monroe spoke at [words] recently, talking about his experience as an NBA All Star and Hall of Famer, along with his just published memoir.  Check out the great photos posted for this event in West Orange Patch:  Words Bookstore Hosts ‘Earl the Pearl’.

Entrepreneur Article – Now Downloadable

[words] Bookstore has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine twice since opening.  Our first article was recently re-released for reading and download.


Check out the great article in PDF format here!
(right click to download)



Book as an Object: Exhibition of Student Art

This March, [words] Bookstore exhibited books transformed into works for art, created by Millburn Middle School student artists.

Until the pages are turned, a book is an object to be read.  With a few simple folds the book can be transformed into a work of art.  Pages that once delighted and informed readers are now finding themselves in the hands of creative artists and are being recycled into remarkable and unique forms of sculpture.  By crisply folding page in various patterns, a once beloved book can be re-invented into a treasured art form.  Local students are honored to have their book sculptures featured in the front window of [words] Bookstore.  - Claudia Sohr (MMS Art Teacher) and Deborah Kaplan (Executive Art Director for Penguin Young Readers Design Group)

Maplewood Patch article >>

Millburn-Short Hills article >>

Blog spotlight on [words]


Check out our feature in the popular blog about books “From The Mixed Up Files.

From the Mixed-Up Files is the group blog of middle-grade authors celebrating books for middle-grade readers. They feature updated booklists organized by unique categories, author interviews, market news, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of children’s books from writing to publishing to promoting.

Interview with [words] co-owner

Jonah Zimiles, co-owner of [words] Bookstore with his wife Ellen Zimiles, shares insights on business, events, and having moms visit the store during an interview for’s “In Spotlight Interview Series.” is a hyperlocal mom destination site currently available in South Orange and Maplewood, NJ.


Los Angeles Times Covers Post-Hurricane [words]

In the section of the paper titled “Jacket Copy: Books, Authors and All Things Bookish,” the Los Angeles Times reported November 1st that “Hurricane Sandy spared [words] Bookstore in Maplewood, NJ.”

Click here to read the article on the LA Times website.
Publisher’s Weekly tells [words]‘ story!


[words] is proud to be featured in Publisher’s Weekly! The article especially highlights the store’s unique social mission to provide opportunities for young people with autism, from the Second Sundays series of classes to the employment opportunities for teens provided by [words].

Read the full article at Publishers Weekly!

[words]: Writing a New Page on Employment

This August, [words] was written up on Autism After 16, a site dedicated to providing information and analysis of transition to adult autism issues.  The article highlights the success of [words]‘ vocational training program.  “[words] is certainly a part of the community dreaming a new world of work for individuals with autism.”

Read the article!

Opportunity Project partners with [words]

Just published: articles in The Alternative Press and
The Item about the Opportunity Project participating in [words] author event with Buzz Bissinger.

A portion of the book sales from the evening with Buzz Bissinger this June were donated to the Opportunity Project member’s fund. Opportunity Project has been at the forefront of community integration for individuals with brain injury since it opened its doors in 1996.

Shelf Awareness highlights [words] event


[words]‘ outstanding author event with Gone author Cathi Hanauer in June is highlighted by Shelf Awareness, the premier e-newsletter for the book industry and reading enthusiasts alike. Hanauer presented her novel to a standing-room-only crowd at [words] the same night as her 20th wedding anniversary.

More at Shelf Awareness

Financial Times highlights [words] owner


[words] owner Jonah Zimiles lends his voice to a recent Financial Times of London article analyzing outlook trends among entrepreneurs across the world. He offers his perspective on entrepreneurship, earned through MBA training from Columbia Business School and management of [words], especially the ability to “seize unusual opportunities.”

Read the article at Financial Times

NJ’s Best Indie Bookstore – Third Year in a Row!

We are excited to announce that our bookstore has been named “Best Independent Bookstore” in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly magazine.  This is the third year that we have been chosen for this award — an honor that we have received each of the three years that [words] has been in business.

Find the write up on the New Jersey Monthly magazine website (

and on book trade website, Shelf Awareness (

New York designers highlight work with [words]


SoHo design firm Barker DZP highlights its volunteer branding of [words] Bookstore, and explain the process behind the creation of the name and logo.

More at Barker DZP 

[words] “inspires” Entrepreneur again


In their February issue, Entrepreneur published a follow-up to their 2010 article on [words], highlighting the progress made towards [words]‘ unique social mission.

Read the full article at Entrepreneur Magazine

Re-visit the 2010 article, “A New Chapter”

Maplewood featured on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion!


After stopping by Maplewood recently for a visit to [words], Garrison Keillor worked our town into his nationally syndicated radio program A Prairie Home Companion!  Listen to the segment below, and read more about it on Patch.

[words] interview on SOMAtv


[words] owner Jonah Zimiles stopped by the SOMAtv studio to discuss the bookstore and some great books.  Watch the full interview here!

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