Coming up in February in Jersey City:
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WORD hosted Michael Ian Black on January 6, 2016. Great way to start off the new year-- with laughs!
Well, here we are. Deep in the depths of winter and in the month of love! We bring you events with Sally McKenney and Mast Brothers Chocolates to help with picking that perfect treat for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.

Events with comedians for kids and adults alike for some laughs in the cold with Broad Comedy duo Soren Kisiel and Katie Goodman and “My Wife Hates Me” podcasters Bonnie McFarlane and Rich Vos, respectively. Local Jersey boy and successful graphic novelist Kaz joins us with Chris T. of WFMU to discuss his beloved strip Underworld. We will keep you out of the winter doldrums for sure.

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For comedy enthusiasts:
Bonnie McFarlane presents You're Better Than Me in conversation with Rich Vos
Thursday, February 25, 7:30 pm

It took Bonnie McFarlane a lot of time, effort, and tequila to get to where she is today. Before McFarlane starred on Last Comic Standing and directed her own films, she was an inappropriately loud tomboy growing up on her parents’ farm in Cold Lake, Canada. Desperate to find “her people”—the people who wouldn’t judge her because she was honest, ruthless, and okay, sometimes really rude—Bonnie turned to comedy. In her explosively funny and no-holds-barred memoir You're Better Than Me, Bonnie tells it like it is, and lays bare all of her smart decisions (and her not-so-smart decisions) on her way to finding her friends and her comedic voice, putting into words the feelings you’re too ashamed to admit to your friends, to your therapist, and even to yourself.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP encouraged, but not required.

Coming up in Jersey City

Saturdays, 11 am & Wednesdays, 1:30 pm

Each week we'll read a different picture book, from the classics to new favorites! Recommended for kids aged 3-6, but everyone is welcome. Keep up-to-date with all things of interest for parents with our special kid's newsletter,  New & Exciting at WORD: Just for Kids by signing up here.
For fast food lovers:
Jon Hein presents Fast Food Maniac
Wednesday, February 3, 7:30 pm

Come join Howard Stern regular and fast food expert Jon Hein to celebrate America’s most cherished guilty pleasure! In his new book, Fast Food Maniac: From Arby's to White Castle, One Man's Supersized Obsession with America's Favorite Food, Hein goes behind the counter to give the inside scoop on all of America’s favorite chains. The definitive guide to everything from Taco Bell to Wahoo’s to Sonic, Fast Food Maniac is a love letter to American fast food – without the calories!

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For quirky families:
The Night Our Parents Went Out storytime with Soren Kisiel and Katie Goodman
Sunday, February 7, 11 am
Authors and comedians from comedy troupe Broad Comedy Katie Goodman and Soren Kisiel will read from their new children's book The Night Our Parents Went Out, and share with the children their process of creating the book, early stages of the art work, and even ridiculous ideas that didn't make it into the book!

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For bridge crossers:
Cross Poetry reading with Dell Lemmon, Shelagh Patterson, Jayson P. Smith, and Grey Vild
Sunday, February 7, 5:30 pm

New Jersey and New York poets unite for the seventh edition of the Cross Poetry Reading Series, in which budding and established poets from the area share their works with us. Readers include Dell Lemmon, Shelagh Patterson, Jayson P. Smith, and Grey Vild.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For sweet tooths:
Valentine's Candy with Sally McKenney from Sally's Baking Addiction
Tuesday, February 9, 7:30 pm

The invitation from Sally McKenney over on her website is way too enticing, "Who’s ready to chat about all things baking, candy, sprinkles, peanut butter, and maybe even dogs? That’s not weird. Anyway. Please come hang out with me in real life so I don’t look awkward by myself." But to sweeten the deal she's also bringing candy samples with her! Stop in for some inspiration for a gift to your Valentine that is handmade with love.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For sci-fi fans:
Robert Repino presents Mort(e) in conversation with Jill Pantozzi
Wednesday, February 10, 7:30 pm
Killer ants. Talking cats. Love. Friendship. War. This book has a little bit of everything. Please join us in celebrating the paperback release of a WORD favorite, Mort(e). Robert will be joined by Jill Pantozzi, who lives on the internet as The Nerdy Bird. We'll talk about sci-fi and nerdiness plus how none of us can resist the story of a plucky housecat turned war hero.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For choco-holics:
WORD presents A Tasting with Mast Brothers Chocolate
Thursday, February 11, 5-7 pm

Take a step away from the common heart-shaped box of chocolates and get your sweetie something special. Sample a few of our favorite chocolate bars from Mast Brothers and pick out the perfect one for your Valentine.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For wordy birdies:
Cockatoo, too! storytime with Bethanie Deeney Murguia
Saturday, February 13, 11 am
Join the Flock! Bethanie Murguia is going to be at WORD Bookstore and Cafe to read from her book and share the word play and bird play fun. Who can can-can? Find out in this hilarious book that features cockatoos, two more cockatoos, and tutued toucans too.
Cockatoo two? 
Cockatoo, too?"

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For creative comic consumers:
Create Your Own Comic with Nick Gibney
Wednesday, February 17, 7:30 pm

During this hands on workshop, we will dive into the basics of comic book creation. Participants of all experience levels are welcome. We will discuss paneling, how to use text, and creating a story with characters. No materials are needed, we will supply you with paper and pencils, but bring your ideas and positive energy. We will also have time at the end for for any questions you may have about comics, writing, or the universe in general.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For best buddies:
Virgil & Owen Stick Together storytime with Paulette Bogan
Saturday, February 20, 11 am
Come see Paulette Bogan, award-winning author read picture book, Virgil & Owen Stick Together! The second book in the Virgil & Owen series, and a story about how opposites attract AND work things out! Paulette will read, draw some very funny pictures, AND she draws the fastest penguin in all of Jersey City!

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For fans of the underworld:
Kaz presents The Book of Underworld with Chris T of WFMU
Sunday, February 28, 2 pm

Kaz is an Emmy Award-winning graduate of New York City's School of Visual Arts. He has been publishing his Harvey Award-nominated, French Prix Alph-Art-winning strip Underworld in alternative papers across the United States since 1992. His comics and illustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times magazine, The Village Voice, and many other places. Since 2001, he has worked on animated television shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Camp Lazlo, and Phineas and Ferb.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
All events are at our Jersey City store,
and free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Facebook RSVPs appreciated but certainly not mandatory.

Book Groups


Next Month's Picks

January 2016 Top Ten:

  1. Navel Gazing by Michael Ian Black (ebook)
  2. How to Retire with Plenty of Money by Teresa Ghilarducci
  3. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (ebook)
  4. M Train by Patti Smith (ebook)
  5. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (ebook)
  6. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (ebook)
  7. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (ebook)
  8. Spark Joy by Marie Kondo (ebook)
  9. Best American Infographics by Gareth Cook, ed.
  10. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante 
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