Coming up in October in Jersey City:
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WORD hosted New Jersey native Matt Pinfield for the launch of his memoir, All These Things That I've Done. He was in conversation with Rolling Stone contributor, Rob Sheffield. (Photo credit: Fritch Clark)
The chilly weather is starting to settle in and we're happy to bring you a fresh round of fun, bookish events to attend. From some fun for the kids early in the month to serious literary releases in the waning weeks of October. We're also bringing a new opportunity to Jersey City with our partnership with the Brooklyn Institute of Social Research. Investigate what it means to be human with Cornell University researcher, Danya Glabau. Finally, we host two big events with our partners at Loew's Jersey Theater. Be sure to check our website for ticket details for either Bryan Cranston or Joel McHale and Will Forte.
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Our WORD Presents events:

For those who break bad:
Bryan Cranston with Alan Sepinwall at Loew's Jersey Theatre
Tuesday, October 11, 7:30 pm

Join WORD Bookstores at the beautiful historic Loew's Jersey Theatre for the launch of A Life In Parts, a coming-of-age story and meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft from Bryan Cranston, beloved and acclaimed star of one of history's most successful TV shows, Breaking Bad. Hear Bryan discuss and read from his poignant, intimate, funny, and inspiring memoir with acclaimed TV and entertainment critic Alan Sepinwall. Purchase your tickets here

Fine Print: We cannot take refunds for any reason. If you miss the event for any reason, we will hold your copy of A Life In Parts in our Jersey City store for you to pick up during regular business hours for up to 15 days. 

For comedy afficionados:
Joel McHale and Will Forte at Loew's Jersey Theatre
Wenesday, October 26, 8pm

For years, Joel McHale’s stand-up performances have sold out venues across the country, and his role in the beloved cult series Community and as the host of E!’s The Soup have made him a household name in comedy and pop culture. He now brings his razor-sharp wit to book form with the release of Thanks for the Money.

You probably know Will Forte best as the creator and Emmy-nominated star of the critically-acclaimed FOX-TV’s hit Last Man on Earth, the lead in the cult-classic movie MacGruber, or as one of your favorite Saturday Night Live alums. This August, Forte, a forty-six-year-old bachelor, finally delivered his illustrated magnum opus, the master dating “guidebook” 101 Things Definitely Not to Do If You Want to Get A Chick

Each ticket guarantees admission to the event as well a copy of each book. In addition, ever the community advocates and strong supporters of local public arts programming, Joel and Will are thrilled that $3 of each ticket sold will go directly to our friends and Jersey City arts space staple, Friends of the Loews/Loew's Jersey Theatre. Purchase tickets here

Fine Print: We cannot take refunds for any reason. If you miss the event for any reason, we will hold your copies of Thanks for the Money and 101 Things Definitely Not to Do If You Want to Get A Chick in our Jersey City store for you to pick up during regular business hours for up to 15 days. 
Our featured event:

For the local literati:
Nell Zink presents Nicotine
Wednesday, October 19, 7:30 pm

Nell Zink comes to WORD in support of Nicotine, her new novel. The book, which largely takes place in Jersey City, sees this rising literary star apply her “unhinged brilliance” (New York Times) to observing through hilarious fiction the way human imperfections can drive our ideals but undermine our best intentions. She is also supporting her novella collection Private Novelist, out the same day.

Nell Zink grew up in rural Virginia. She has worked at a variety of trades, including masonry and technical writing. In the early 1990s, she edited an indie rock fanzine. Her writing has also appeared in n+1. She is the author of The Wallcreeper and Mislaid. She lives near Berlin, Germany. 

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 bouncing babies:
A Hop is Up storytime with Lori Richmond
Saturday, October 1, 11am

Come spin, jump, and boing with illustrator Lori Richmond as she reads her new picture book, A Hop is Up It's a story about a young boy, his energetic puppy, and the friends they encounter on their afternoon walk around town.

Lori Richmond is writing and illustrating several books for children. Her first solo book, Pax and Blue, is coming in February 2017. Lori is also illustrator of A Hop is Up by Kristy Dempsey and Skelly's Halloween by David Martin.


RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For inquisitve kids:
Jack Challoner presents Maker Lab
Sunday, October 2, 4:30pm

Brief project demonstration and talk on the Maker movement with Jack Challoner, author of DK's Maker Lab, a book of 28 awesome experiments and activities that will get young inventors' wheels turning and make science pure fun, while supporting STEM education initiatives.

Jack Challoner is a former science and math teacher and educator at the London Science Museum, and author of over 40 science and technology books, including The Cell: A Visual Tour of the Building Block of Life and DK Eyewitness Books: Energy. He is based in Bristol, England.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For Tetris masters:
Box Brown presents Tetris: The Games People Play
Thursday, October 6, 6pm
This event takes place at Barcade- 163 Newark Ave

Join WORD and Barcade in celebrating one of the most iconic games in history- Tetris! Artist Box Brown takes a deep dive into the history and cultural relevance of this puzzling yet simple video game. Thanks to our partners at Barcade purchase of the book will come with tokens for free game play!

Box Brown is an Ignatz Award winning cartoonist, illustrator and comic publisher from Philadelphia.  His book Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, released in 2014, spent three weeks on the New York Times Graphic Novel Best Sellers List.  He launched the comics publishing house Retrofit Comics in 2011. 

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For hip-hop fans:
Brian Mooney presents Breakbeat Pedagogy
Wednesday, October 13, 7pm
Join WORD in welcoming local educator, Brian Mooney with his book, Breakbeat PedagogyBreakbeat Pedagogy provides a groundbreaking framework for the inclusion of hip-hop culture in schools. Looking beyond the previous model of hip-hop-based education, Brian Mooney argues for school-wide hip-hop events, such as poetry slams, as the ideal site for students to engage in the elements of hip-hop culture. 

Brian Mooney is an educator, scholar, and poet who explores the intersections of hip-hop, spoken word poetry, literacy, and urban education. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in English Education. His work has been featured by national news outlets including The New York Times, NBC, Rolling Stone, NPR, SiriusXM, MTV and others.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For young dreamers:
Who Do You Think I Am? Storytime with Dawn McLaughlin
Saturday, October 15, 11am

Join WORD in welcoming local author Dawn McLaughlin with her debut picture book, Who Do You Think I Am? This fun and colorful book helps kids explore their own identities and the possibilities of their dreams. We'll read the book and create some fun crafts, too. Open to all ages!

Dawn McLaughlin gets up every day inspired to grow Positively Publishing Kids into a company that provides as many opportunities as possible. One that works with kids to help close the diversity gap, by creating inspiring, fun and positive books. Books that represent the beautiful diversity in the world.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For fans of a coming-of-age story:
Antara Ganguli presents Tanya Tania
Sunday, October 16, 3pm

Join us for a reading from the new novel from Antara Ganguli, Tanya Tania. Written in letters that span six years, Tanya Tania is a story of what it means to be between childhood and adulthood at a time when two countries are struggling with what it means to be Indian and Pakistani, rich and poor, confident and lonely.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For rock and roll teens:
Open Mic Night hosted by Len Vlahos
Friday, October 21, 7pm
Len Vlahos, author of The Scar Boys and its sequel Scar Girl, will give a multi-media presentation discussing how both books came into being, and how the power of music can given any person confidence, friends, and even save a life. Then, we welcome kids of all ages to come to the stage with their music or their poetry. Each reader will be given 3 minutes to entertain us!  
Len Vlahos is the author of two young adult novels: The Scar Boys, a finalist for the American Library Association's 2014 Morris Award for best debut teen fiction, and the recently-released sequel, Scar Girl. His forthcoming novel, Life in a Fishbowl, will publish in January 2017. By day, Len and his wife Kristen Gilligan are the owners of Tattered Cover Bookstores in Denver, Colorado. They live in Littleton, Colorado with their two sons.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For readers with a sweet tooth:
Judith Natelli McLaughlin presents Love, Reality Style
Sunday, October 23, 2pm

When cake-loving third-grade teacher Mary Grace Falcone receives a proposition of marriage from her germ-phobic boyfriend Ralph Ichy, her comfortable life is thrown into a tailspin. Her decision gets her meddling mother off her back, but also lands her on a reality wedding show where handsome host, Nick Charmin, unexpectedly falls for her. Will Mary Grace choose hot Nick or faithful Ralph? Is the decision really hers to make? And, is a slice of cake actually the answer to all of life's problems? Join us to chat about life, love and cake with Judith Natelli McLaughlin in our cafe!

Judith Natelli McLaughlin is an author/illustrator whose work crosses over many genres. Her novel, This Moment, appeared on the Amazon bestseller list. Her children’s classic, Poems on Fruits and Odes to Veggies – Where Healthy Eating Starts with a Poem, is a staple in the world of healthy eating, making good food choices fun. She lives in the Garden State with her husband, Brian, three daughters, Katie, Lindsay, and Maggie, and a Westie named Duke. She is proud to call herself a New Jersey native.


RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For dark humor fans:
Marcy Dermansky presents The Red Car in conversation with Lizzie Skurnick
Tuesday, October 25, 7:30pm

Join us to celebrate Marcy Dermansky's new novel The Red Car. She will be in discussion with author and Jezebel columnist Lizzie Skurnick. Following her "irresistible" (Time) and "wicked" (Slate) novel Bad Marie, Dermansky evokes yet another edgy, capricious, and beautifully haunting heroine—one whose search for realization is as wonderfully unpredictable and hypnotic as the twists and turns of the Pacific Coast Highway. Tautly wound, transgressive, and mordantly funny, The Red Car is an incisive exploration of one woman’s unusual route to self-discovery.

Marcy Dermansky is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Bad Marie and Twins. Her first novel Twins was a New York Times Editor's Choice Pick. Marcy's short fiction has been widely published and anthologized, appearing in McSweeney's, Five Chapters, The Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She received her Bachelor of Arts at Haverford College and her Master of Arts at the Center for Writers at the University of Southern, Mississippi. She lives in New Jersey with her daughter Nina.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. If you can't make it to the event we are also offering a pre-order option for Marcy's newest book. Visit our page here to order your signed and personalized copy today!
For serious speculative fiction fans:
BISR Jersey City: Becoming Cyborg: Science and Science Fiction
Held: Mondays, 6:30 - 9pm
Starts: October 17, 2016 
Lasts: 4 sessions over 5 weeks (Classes do not meet Oct. 31)
Costs: $315

Feminist science studies scholar Donna Haraway writes: “By the late twentieth century, our time, a mythic time, we are all chimeras, theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism; in short, we are all cyborgs.” Haraway goes on to argue in her canonical essay, “A Manifesto For Cyborgs,” that to be a cyborg means to live in a world without tidy origin stories or innocent wholeness. Instead, it is about partial connections, complex kinship with humans, non-humans, and machines, and an acceptance of the messiness that it takes to get along better together. Using this formulation of cyborg theory as a jumping off point, this seminar will explore what it means to live in our modern world where myths of human-machine synthesis prefigure our attitudes toward technology and the future, the responsibility of humans toward non-humans and the environment, capitalist accumulation, and oppression based on gender, race, and class.

Readings in this course will include key historical texts on cybernetics by Norbert Wiener, feminist science studies texts by Donna Haraway, Marxian futurist theory from Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, and William Gibson’s cyberpunk science fiction classic, Neuromancer. Through course readings and discussions, we will confront the ways that utopian futures – both in science and science fiction – tend to remain tainted by the same race-, gender-, and class-linked systems of oppression that they are designed to deliver us from and imagine together new ways of addressing these questions.

Students will receive a free copy of William Gibson’s seminal 1984 novel, Neuromancer. More information can be found at the Brooklyn Institue For Social Research website here.
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.

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Next Month's Picks

September 2016 Top Ten:

  1. All These Things That I've Done by Matt Pinfield (ebook)
  2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (ebook)
  3. Star Trek Book by Paul Ruditis
  4. Welcome to the Club by Raquel D'Apice (ebook
  5. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child- Parts I & II by JK Rowling (ebook)
  6. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer (ebook)
  7. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (ebook)
  8. Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty (ebook)
  9. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen (ebook)
  10. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (ebook)
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