Back to the Blog

Event for Book Groups at [words] Bookstore in New Jersey

Reading Group Choices & [words] Bookstore are hosting a literary extravaganza! Come join us for this free event of author speed dating, fun book giveaways & delicious snacks!

Reading Group Choices is happy to partner on an event with [words] during the Maplewood South Orange Book Festival for a literary extravaganza to celebrate our readers. In our fast-paced world, reading groups can offer us the time to slow down, catch up with friends, and talk about wonderful books. We want to celebrate you the readers with a free evening of fun giveaways, delicious snacks, and rounds of author speed-dating with 7 terrific authors: Christina Baker KlineJean Hanff Korelitz, Caroline Leavitt, Sheba Karim, Julia Fierro, Marina Cramer, and Lauren Grodstein! You can read about the authors and their books below.

What’s “author speed-dating”? Readers will be in small groups. The authors will speed “date” with each group, but instead of telling readers about themselves, they’ll be telling readers about their new books! It’s a fun way to hear about new books straight from the authors who wrote them!

All readers are welcome! You do not have to be in a book group to attend! But after attending, you may want to start a group with your friends, or you may even meet a group to join at the event!

The event is FREE. There is not a ticket cost.

Date and Time

Saturday, June 10th
6-6:30pm Reception for groups and authors
6:30-7:30pm Author speed-dating
7:30-8pm Signings and Shopping

Event Location

[words] Bookstore
179 Maplewood Avenue
Maplewood, NJ

Parking and Transit:

Via NJ Transit:
-Get off train at Maplewood Station stop
-Walk southwest on Depot Plaza/Ricalton Sq
-Turn left on Maplewood Ave
– [words] will be on the right

Via I-78:
-Take exit 50B toward Maplewood/Millburn
-Turn right at Vauxhall Rd
-Slight left at Millburn Ave
-Take 1st right onto Ridgewood Rd
-Turn right at Winthrop Pl
-Slight left at Maplewood Ave
– [words] will be on the left

The Featured Authors and Books

Authors will be available to sign their published books which you can purchase, and you can also enter to win copies of their upcoming books! [words] will offer a 10% discount for book group bulk orders.

Christina Baker Kline, Orphan Train, Orphan Train Girl, and A Piece of The World
Jean Hanff Korelitz, The Devil and Webster
Caroline Leavitt, Cruel Beautiful World
Sheba Karim, That Thing We Call A Heart

Marina Cramer, Roads

Julia Fierro, The Gypsy Moth Summer
Lauren Grodstein, Our Short History