Village resident explores history and smooching

Synagogue employee Jodi Rotondo has alter ego who writes best-selling historical romance novels

Village resident explores history and smooching

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — When you meet Jodi Rotondo around town, it can be quite difficult to see what lies underneath the surface. It’s easy to see that she is a devoted wife and mother, and the communications coordinator at Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange. But you may not realize she is the bestselling […]

Speck joins Words family

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Words Bookstore in Maplewood recently announced that Merril Speck has joined its staff as floor manager. Speck has more than 15 years experience working in various aspects of retail. He has worked in the book business for the past seven years, beginning as a volunteer and rising to store manager at Housing […]

Spy thriller comes to Maplewood, but not covertly

Get drawn into international intrigue with ‘The Travelers’

Spy thriller comes to Maplewood, but not covertly

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Chris Pavone first got the idea for his new novel “The Travelers,” while working a summer job at an international advertising agency during the late 1980s, where the future best-selling author was surrounded by employees of various countries who spoke multiple languages, each often jetting off to some foreign locale to handhold […]

‘In a Different Key’ authors to appear at Words Bookstore

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Journalists John Donvan and Caren Zucker will be at Words Bookstore in Maplewood on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss and sign copies of their book, “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism,” a history of autism told by weaving together stories of human ingenuity and perseverance and offering […]

Let’s get cooking with Bittman at Words

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Columnist and cookbook author Mark Bittman will be speaking and signing copies of his newest cookbook, “How To Bake Everything,” at Words Bookstore in Maplewood on Thursday, Oct. 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Bittman will be joined in conversation with food critic and writer Peter Meehan. Bittman is a former New York […]

Budhos to launch new book at Words Bookstore

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Award-winning Maplewood author Marina Budhos will be celebrating the publication launch of her latest young adult novel, “Watched,” at Words Bookstore on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 5 p.m. Budhos will be joined in conversation with Maplewood resident Helen Wan, author of “The Partner Track,” and, following the presentation, Budhos will be signing […]

Get ready for ‘back to school’ at Words

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Words Bookstore is hosting a back-to-school celebration with bestselling author Brad Meltzer and illustrator Chris Eliopoulos on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. to celebrate the release of the newest titles in their children’s book series “Ordinary People Change the World.” The first 100 children to arrive at the store will receive […]