5 Upcoming WORD Bookstore Events

by Lauren Scrudato

It’s Print Week here at the Digest, and as we put together our 84-page magazine, we can’t help but give major props to writers who endure the continuous stress of editing and re-editing hundreds of pages to create their novel, along with the few remaining bookstore owners who maintain the passion for printed material. To celebrate, we’re sharing five upcoming events at the newly opened WORD Bookstore in Jersey City:


Jan. 11: Storytime with Thyra Heder and Fraidyzoo
Take your kiddos to WORD tomorrow at 11am to meet author and illustrator Thyra Heder for story and craft time. Heder will also feature Fraidyzoo, her picture book about a young girl named Little T who is afraid to visit the zoo. To help her get over her fear, her family dresses up and pretends to be different animals seen at the zoo. The event is recommended for children ages 4 to 10 but anyone is welcome.


Jan. 14: Springsteen Night with Caryn Rose and Marc Dolan
Bruce Springsteen recently released another new hit album, “High Hopes”, so to celebrate the New Jersey native’s accomplishment, two authors who have written about Springsteen will spend the evening debating about the living legend’s life, from his start to their predictions for his future. The event begins at 7:30pm and the authors include Marc Dolan, who wrote Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock and Roll and Caryn Rose, author of Raise Your Hand: Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan.


Jan. 15: Poetry Series: John Keene and Vincent Czyz

A couple successful poets will present the first reading of WORD’s Poetry Series, beginning at 7:30pm. In addition to being a poet, Vincent Czyz is a short story writer, essayist and the recipient of a numerous fellowships. His work has been published in AGNI, Tin House Online and the Southern Indiana Review. The second poet, John Keene, is a writer and translator, as well as a member of the Dark Room Collective and the recipient of the 2005 Whiting Writers’ Award for fiction/poetry.


Jan. 16: Literacy Exchange: Redefining Success

The Literacy Exchange will lead a discussion at 7:30pm regarding ways to measure success beyond focusing on money and power. This discussion of redefining success will be part of an ongoing monthly event at WORD. The Literacy Exchange promotes the sharing of information and raising awareness with the goal of creating a more literate world.


Jan. 28: Going Vegetarian with Sarah Copeland and Rachel Meltzer Warren

If making the switch to a vegetarian lifestyle is on your bucket list, find out all the secrets of making the transition as smooth as possible with authors Sarah Copeland, writer of Feast and Rachel Meltzer Warren, author of The Smart Girl’s Guide To Going Vegetarian. These two ladies will provide you with cooking tips and recipes, beginning at 7:30pm.

WORD Bookstore, 123 Newark Ave., Jersey City

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Lauren is a writer and blogger for The Digest. A lifelong Sussex County resident, Lauren has adventured out of the sticks of northwest New Jersey to join The Digest team. When she is not commuting in rush hour traffic, she is typically frolicking outdoors or cheering on the Yankees.

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