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Coming up in May in Jersey City:
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 On April 21st, novelist Chigozie Obioma discussed The Fishermen
with Afridiaspora.com founder Nana-Ama Kyerematen.

April showers, May flowers -- you know the drill. But wait! April isn't over just yet, and we'd like to draw your attention to one last, just-confirmed event: Wednesday, April 29, we're proud to welcome Bruce McCulloch of Kids in the Hall as he celebrates the release of his new book Let's Start a Riot: How a Young Drunk Punk Became a Hollywood Dad. We hope you can join us; the good times start at 7:30 pm.

Moving on to May, we've got a host of delightful things planned, starting with Independent Bookstore Day on May 2. Along with hundreds of bookstores all over the country, we're celebrating books and readers with nifty events and exclusive bookish merchandise. We'll be festive all day long; details are below.

 
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This Month's Featured Event:

For correspondents:
Damien Echols and Lorri Davis present Yours for Eternity
Tuesday, May 26, 7:30 pm

WORD is proud to present bestselling author Damien Echols (Life After Death) and Lorri Davis for the paperback launch of Yours for Eternity, which collects the letters the two wrote during their remarkable correspondence. After seeing a documentary on the West Memphis Three, Davis wrote to Echols, who had been wrongly condemned to death. It was the first of many letters, and part of a story that includes their marriage and Echols' eventual release from prison in 2011. “Reconstructed from thousands of letters the pair exchanged over 16 years, this tender and unusual narrative offers a rare, courageously intimate view of a love that should never have survived and yet did,” said Kirkus Reviews.

This event is free and open to the public, but reserved seats are only available with pre-order of the book.


Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. 

Coming up in Jersey City

Storytime:
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. 
For readers:
Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday, May 2, all day

Independent bookstores all across the country are celebrating books and readers this Saturday! We’ll have special exclusive merchandise and kid-centric events. After Saturday morning storytime (11 am), kids can play and build with an amazing 500-piece Tegu block set at noon, and we'll have an appearance from picture book artist Torben Kuhlmann (Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse) at 2 pm.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For border crossers:
Cross Poetry Reading Series
Sunday, May 3, 5:30 pm

New Jersey and New York poets unite for the third edition of the Cross Poetry Reading Series, in which budding and established poets from the area share their works with us. This month we’re joined by Robert Balun, Jackie Clark, Meghan Dunn, and Angel Eduardo. 

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For needle wielders: 
Love in Every Stitch with Lee Gant
Wednesday, May 6, 7:30 pm

One of the top knitters in the United States, Lee Gant has been showcased on NPR and PBS, and even in Vogue. Her newest book, Love in Every Stitch, is about the power of creating to transform your life. The stories Lee shares about herself and fellow knitters from around the world illustrate how each stitch and purl can comfort and calm, heal and renew.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For historical partyers:
Party Like a President with Brian Abrams, John Mathias, and Christopher Kelly
Thursday, May 7, 7:30 pm


Join Party Like a President author Brian Abrams and illustrator John Mathias for a discussion, moderated by NJ.com's Christopher Kelly, about the 100-proof history of our nation’s leaders, from a pill-popping Richard Nixon to a skinny-dipping JFK and beyond.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For the littlest book-lovers: 
Debbie Ridpath Ohi presents Where Are My Books?
Saturday, May 9, 11 am

Spencer loves to read, and reads a book every night -- until one day, his book is gone. How did a tulip get in its place? Debbie Ridpath Ohi joins us to read her new picture book, which School Library Journal called “a perfect introduction to the concept of libraries for the youngest readers.” Recommended for ages 4 to 8, but all are welcome.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For characters:
Michael T. Fournier and Caryn Rose
Tuesday, May 12, 7:30 pm


Michael Fournier’s second novel, Swing State, is about PTSD, flagging economies of mill towns, reality TV and football -- among other things. In this kickoff event for his spring tour, Fournier will be joined by Caryn Rose, whose books include the novel B-Sides and Broken Hearts and Raise Your Hand: The Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan in Europe.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For firestarters:
A Night of Poetry with Michelle Greco, Kim Farrar, and Kathleen Kraft
Wednesday, May 13, 7:30 pm


Local poets Michelle Greco (Field Guide to Fire), Kim Farrar (The Brief Clear), and Kathleen Kraft (Fairview Road) join us for a joint reading of recent work.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For little duckies:
Little Duckie's Day with D.L. Skandle
Sunday, May 17, 11 am

 "A worthy inside joke for parents beset with toddlers" says Kirkus Reviews about this story featuring very busy Duckie and his equally busy Mommy as they experience their day in very different ways. Recommended for kids age 3 to 6; open to all ages.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For your inner (or outer) goth:
Bad Kid with David Crabb
Wednesday, May 20, 7:30 pm


David Crabb grew up in Texas in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s -- not an easy time and place to be goth or gay, let alone both. His funny, poignant coming-of-age memoir, Bad Kid, is full of tales of music, love, rebellion, and all the pop culture references you could possibly want, from Silver Spoons to The Smiths.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For shoregoers:
Stan Parish Goes Down the Shore
Thursday, May 21, 7:30 pm

Former GQ editor Parish celebrates the paperback release of his debut novel, Down the Shore. Working-class Tom Alison has made his way from boarding school to the Ivy League and has Wall Street in his sights when a drug bust turns everything around. A summer on the shore changes the direction of Tom’s life once again in this “fast-paced tale of drugs, crime, and surfing” (Alexander Maksik).

Facebook 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

April Top Ten:

  1. Five-Finger Discount by Helen Stapinski (ebook)
  2. That Should Be a Word by Lizzie Skurnick (ebook)
  3. NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990 by Tony Rettman
  4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (ebook)
  5. Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon (ebook)
  6. A New Reindeer Friend by Jessica Julius
  7. Ms. Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
  8. Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (ebook)
  9. Art Before Breakfast by Danny Gregory (ebook)
  10. Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, illus. by Zachariah Ohora (ebook)
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