The Latest

Love

with Newbery-award winning author Matt De La Peña
and New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long

Wednesday, January 10 — 4:00 pm

In this heartfelt celebration of love, Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Pena and bestselling illustrator Loren Long depict the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond. With a lyrical text that’s soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age.

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Playhouse

with author Monica Taylor

Sunday, January 21 — 2:00 pm

Pete Seeger once said: “The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.” In many ways, writing a book about my family’s experiences at Playhouse, a cooperative pre-school founded in 1951, is in fact telling an optimistic story that has the potential to inspire others, early childhood teachers and parents alike, to search for, create, or contribute to progressive learning environments for their own children and students.

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No More Fake Reading

with author Berit Gordon

Wednesday, January 24 — 7:30 pm

In this ground-breaking book, Berit Gordon offers a blended model that combines the benefits of classics with the motivational power of choice reading. Teachers utilize classic texts to gain a platform for modeling critical reading skills, and students thrive on reading what they want to read. No More Fake Reading gives you all the tools you need to put the blended model to work for your students, transforming your classroom into a vibrant reading environment.

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Strangers in Budapest

with author Jessica Keener
in conversation with Caroline Leavitt

Thursday, January 25 — 7:30 pm

Eight months after moving to Budapest, Annie and Bill’s efforts to assimilate are thrown into turmoil when they receive a message from friends in the US asking that they check up on an elderly man, a fiercely independent Jewish American WWII veteran who helped free Hungarian Jews from a Nazi prison camp. They soon learn that the man has come to Hungary to exact revenge on someone he is convinced seduced, married, and murdered his daughter.

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Eternal Life

with author Dara Horn

Thursday, February 1 — 7:30 pm

Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can’t die. In the 2,000 years since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem, she’s tried everything to free herself, and only one other person in the world understands: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever.

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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!
(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)

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.

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 momagama.com’s “In Spotlight Interview Series.”

Momagama.com is a hyperlocal mom destination site currently available in South Orange and Maplewood, NJ.

 

Peter Yarrow sings Puff the Magic Dragon

 

Legendary folk singer Peter Yarrow, of Peter Paul & Mary, sings Puff the Magic Dragon with children from Maplewood and surrounding communities.

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[words] applauds Autism Researchers

 

Jonah Zimiles, owner of [words] Bookstore, spoke at the Autism Speaks luncheon welcoming 2012 Weatherstone Fellows — a competitive fellowship that encourages highly promising young scientists to make autism research their career. Fellows receive mentorship by leading autism research scientists.  Zimiles “talked to the fellows about the hope their research gives families.”

Read the full article here.

Autism and Hurricane Sandy

She Knows Parenting website recently published the article, Autism in a Weary World.  It paints a portrait of the impact of Sandy on a family with a son who has autism and the unexpected emergence of a hero — at a New Jersey Home Depot.  The message is uplifting and clear: While you can’t control your circumstances, you can always control your actions!  Read the article here.