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Salt in My Soul

with Diane Shader Smith

Tuesday, April 30 — 7:30 pm

The diaries of a remarkable young woman who was determined to live a meaningful and happy life despite her struggle with cystic fibrosis and a rare superbug—from age fifteen to her death at the age of twenty-five. Salt in My Soul is a beautifully crafted, intimate, and poignant tribute to a short life well lived—and a call for all of us to embrace our own lives as fully as possible.

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The Current

with bestselling author Tim Johnston

Friday, May 3 — 7:30 pm

In the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women and their car from the icy Black Root River. One is found downriver, drowned, while the other is found at the scene—half frozen but alive. What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community’s memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years earlier, and whose killer may still live among them.

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We Got This.

with author Cornelius Minor

Thursday, May 9 — 4:30 pm

While challenging the teacher as hero trope, We Got This shows how authentically listening to kids is the closest thing to a superpower that we have. What we hear can spark action that allows us to make powerful moves toward equity by broadening access to learning for all children. A lone teacher can’t eliminate inequity, but Cornelius demonstrates that a lone teacher can confront the scholastic manifestations of racism, sexism, ableism and classism.

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The Paris Diversion

with bestselling author
Chris Pavone

Thursday, May 9 – 7:30 pm

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Expats. Kate Moore is back in a pulse-pounding thriller to discover that a massive terror attack across Paris is not what it seems – and that it involves her family.

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The Very Impatient Caterpillar

with author Ross Burach

Saturday, May 18 — 10:30 am

This clever send-up of every child’s biggest challenge—being patient!—is a STEM-friendly, laugh-out-loud comedy about metamorphosis.

Ross Burach’s hilarious, tongue-in-cheek exploration of metamorphosis will make you flutter with glee, while also providing real facts about how caterpillars transform into butterflies.

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Dreyer’s English

with bestselling author Benjamin Dreyer

Monday, May 20 — 7:30 pm

As Random House’s copy chief, Dreyer has upheld the standards of the legendary publisher for more than two decades. He is beloved by authors and editors alike—not to mention his followers on social media—for deconstructing the English language with playful erudition. Now he distills everything he has learned from the myriad books he has copyedited and overseen into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward.

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Famous Father Girl

with author Jamie Bernstein

Wednesday, May 22 — 7:30 pm

The oldest daughter of revered composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir.
An intoxicating tale, Famous Father Girl is an intimate meditation on a complex and sometimes troubled man, the family he raised, and the music he composed that became the soundtrack to their entwined lives.

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Black is the Body

with author Emily Bernard

Thursday, May 23 — 7:30 pm

“I am black—and brown, too,” writes Emily Bernard. “Brown is the body I was born into. Black is the body of the stories I tell.”She writes in Black Is the Body how each of the essays goes beyond a narrative of black innocence and white guilt, how each is anchored in a mystery, and how each sets out to discover a new way of telling the truth as the author has lived it. “Blackness is an art, not a science. It is a paradox: intangible and visceral; a situation and a story.”

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Energy Healing

with author Kris Ferraro

Friday, May 31 — 7:30 pm

Living in a time of great uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to learn effective strategies for alleviating stress. Join International Energy Coach Kris Ferraro as she shares simple but powerful energy healing practices from her new book. Leave feeling lighter, more balanced, and peaceful. Q & A and book signing to follow.

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Annual Sidewalk Sale

JULY 17 / FRI / 10 AM – 9 PM

WORDS IN INC. MAGAZINE

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!

WORDS WINS NATIONAL BIZ AWARD

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

ZIMILES FAMILY WINS AWARD

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.”

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Harlan Coben talks indie bookstores

 

#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben (Missing You, Stay Close) shares his insights about independent bookstores like [words] Bookstore.

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[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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Anne Lamott: Everything I Know About Writing in 5 Minutes

 

During her signing event for Stitches, New York Times bestselling author Anne Lamott described everything she knows about writing – in less than five minutes!  Check it out!

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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!
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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)

PRESS:
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.