The Latest

Endurance

with astronaut and author Scott Kelly

Tuesday, October 17 — 7:30 pm
at West Orange High School

A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station—a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.

Preorders are no longer available, all ticket purchases will be after the doors open at 6:30 pm at West Orange High School
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to autism families impacted by the hurricanes

Thinking in Icons

with author Felix Sockwell

Friday, October 20 — 7:30 pm

From the most refined corporate visual systems to the ubiquitous emoji, icons have become an international language of symbols as well as a way to make a wholly unique statement. In Thinking in Icons, artist and designer Felix Sockwell takes readers through the process of creating an icon, covering many styles and visual approaches.

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What is Hip-Hop?

with author Eric Morse

Saturday, October 21 — 11:00 am

In the follow-up to their acclaimed and beloved hit What Is Punk? author Eric Morse and artist Anny Yi reunite to celebrate the music that changed their lives and the voices that achieved iconic status along the way. See Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Salt-N-Pepa, Biggie and Tupac, Eminem, and even Nicki Minaj and Kendrick Lamar, as you’ve never seen them.

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The Home That Was Our Country

with author Alia Malek

Wednesday, October 25 — 7:30 pm

At the Arab Spring’s hopeful start, Alia Malek returned to Damascus to reclaim her grandmother’s apartment, which had been lost to her family since Hafez al-Assad came to power in 1970.
The Home That Was Our Country is a deeply researched, personal journey that shines a delicate but piercing light on Syrian history, society, and politics

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I Survived The American Revolution, 1776

with bestselling author Lauren Tarshis

Thursday, October 26 — 4:00 pm

The battlefield was soaked in blood. Screams of injured soldiers rang through the air. Eleven-year-old Nathaniel Knox knelt behind a rock, his gun clutched in his shaking hands. Nate had been heading to New York City to find his father. But now he was trapped in a terrible gunfight between American and British troops.

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The Accidental President

with A.J. Baime

Thursday, October 26 — 7:30 pm

The dramatic, pulse-pounding story of Harry Truman’s first four months in office, when this unlikely president had to take on Germany, Japan, Stalin, and the atomic bomb, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. No other president had ever faced so much in such a short period of time.

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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)

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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.