The Latest


with co-author Charles Paikert

Saturday, March 17 — 4:00 pm

The annual NCAA Basketball Tournament, which has become known as “March Madness” has emerged as a major sports event, matched only by the Super Bowl and the Olympics. In Madness, Mark Mehler and Charles Paikert tell the stories behind the ten most compelling and memorable championship games in tournament history, from North Carolina’s triple-overtime victory over Wilt Chamberlain’s Kansas Wildcats in 1957 to Duke’s heart stopping victory over underdog Butler in 2010.

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Secrets We Kept

with author Krystal A. Sital

Friday, March 16 — 7:30 pm

Violence, a rigid ethnic and racial caste system, and a tolerance of domestic abuse—the harsh legacies of plantation slavery—permeate the history of Trinidad. On the island’s plantations, in its growing cities, and in the family’s new home in America, Secrets We Kept tells a story of ambition and cruelty, endurance and love, and most of all, the bonds among women and between generations that help them find peace with the past.

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with bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning
author Kwame Alexander

Tuesday, April 3 — 5:00 pm

A novel in verse with all the impact and rhythm readers have come to expect from Kwame Alexander, Rebound will go back in time to visit the childhood of Chuck “Da Man” Bell during one pivotal summer when young Charlie is sent to stay with his grandparents where he discovers basketball and learns more about his family’s past.

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Annual Sidewalk Sale

JULY 17 / FRI / 10 AM – 9 PM


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.”


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)

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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.


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.


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.
[words] at Star Wars Reads Day!


A recent time ago, in a library not so far away….

[words] participated in Maplewood Library’s great Star Wars Reads Day event.  275 people turned out to participate in tons of engaging Star Wars themed activities.  You could really feel the force at this event!