Maplewood--South Orange Book Festival, coming June 9 and 10

We are happy to announce that the first-ever MAPSO Book Festival will be happening on June 9 and 10. The festival will open on Friday night, June 9, at SOPAC, with a keynote event featuring best-selling popular science author Mary Roach. Mary's event will be preceded by the opening night party (with open bar!) which will feature a meet, greet and mingle with Mary and other festival authors. To purchase tickets to Mary's event (a ticket includes a copy of her latest bestseller, Grunt) and the party, please click here. As Mary's event and the party will be the only "fundraiser" for the book festival, we hope you can join us to lend your support and help make the book festival the annual event we hope it will become.

The rest of the festival will be held the following day at the Woodland and Burgdorff Center in Maplewood, and feature authors "in conversation," panels, and a dedicated, all-day children's area. Words Bookstore is the official bookseller for the festival. We are still looking for additional sponsorships from local businesses large and small, as well as volunteers to assist with the festival. If you can help, or have any questions or comments, please contact Robert Lasner,

The author line-up so far (we are still booking authors) includes:


  • Christina Baker Kline
  • Jean Hanff Korelitz
  • Nicole Dennis-Benn
  • Marcy Dermansky
  • Julia Fiero
  • Pamela Erens
  • Helen Wan
  • Julie Buntin
  • Yoojin Grace Wuertz
  • Caroline Leavitt
  • Lauren Grodstein
  • Kathleen Flynn


  • Mary Roach
  • Dale Russakoff
  • Derek Thompson
  • Laura Erikson
  • Laura Jacobs
  • Zoe Fraade-Blanar
  • Jean Trounstine
  • Ada Calhoun
  • Karen Abbott
  • Peter Moskowitz
  • Jacqueline Mroz
  • Peter Moskowitz
  • DT Max
  • Mindy Fulilove
  • Jacqueline Mroz


  • Nick Bruel
  • Barry Lyga
  • Wendy Mass
  • Tracey West
  • Loryn Brantz
  • Marina Budhos
  • Artie Berman
  • Eric Morse
  • Tracey Baptiste
  • Ame Dykman
  • Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
  • Kimberly McCreight
  • Marc Aronson
  • Laurie Wallmark
  • Maria Andreu
  • Lisa Colozza Cocca
  • Sheba Karim

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