Local independent bookseller [words] Bookstore is excited to announce three back-to-back events featuring prominent Maplewood-based authors. On Thursday, June 19 the store will be hosting Taffy Brodesser-Akner for the launch of her debut novel FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE ( Random House). The following evening, June 20, Jon Gertner will be discussing and signing THE ICE AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Random House) and on Friday, June 21 Tori O’Connell will close out the week with a band performance and reading of her newest book TWISTED FAMILY VALUES (St. Martins Press).
Taffy Brodesser-Akner is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and her first novel is already one of the summer’s most anticipated books. Taffy’s recent profile of Gwyneth Paltrow became a viral sensation and won the Magazine Profile Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Taffy will be in conversation with Leigh Haber, Books Editor for Oprah Magazine.
Jon Gertner is a contributing writer for the The New York Times magazine, where he writes on science, technology and innovation. His New York Times bestselling book THE IDEA FACTORY jumpstarted a national debate on regaining the spirit of progress in America. Jon will be joined by New York Times Science reporter John Schwartz.
Writing as V.C. Chickering, Tori O’Connell has written for MTV, Comedy Central, Lifetime and Oxygen as well as numerous literary outlets including the Washington Post and Cosmopolitan. Tori will be performing with her band Tori Erstwhile and the Montys on the evening of her event.
All three events are free and open to the public with no advance registration or book purchase required to attend. The authors’ books are available for pre-order or purchase at the store, located at 179 Maplewood Avenue in the heart of downtown Maplewood.