May
1
6:00 pm18:00

Talk and Signing with Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherhead

Join middle-grade authors and Broadway stars Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies, Tuck Everlasting) and Kate Wetherhead (Legally Blonde) for a night of musical theater fun at Short Stories! Moderating the event will be Madison's own Kathryn McManus, FDU Freshman, and Founder of the Spotlight Kids Company. 

Andrew and Kate will sign copies of their Jack and Louisa books, a show-stopping series about life in the spotlight. 

Admission is free, but only books purchased at Short Stories will be signed at the event. 

About the Authors: 
Andrew Keenan-Bolger is a musical theater actor and singer originally from Detroit. He has appeared on Broadway in Tuck Everlasting, Newsies, Mary Poppins, and Seussical. Andrew and Kate Wetherhead created the popular web series, Submissions Only, which was hailed as one of Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Things We Love."

Kate Weatherhead originated the role of Chutney in Legally Blonde: The Musical and is a fixture on the New York stage. She has performed extensively Off-Broadway and regionally, and was in the Broadway production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

An official 2017 Children's Book Week Event!

May
2
6:30 pm18:30

Kimberly McCreight, The Scattering

New York Times bestselling author Kimberly McCreight raises the stakes in the second book of the heart-pounding Outliers trilogy, a uniquely speculative story about secrets, betrayal, and a world where one small group of people are blessed—or cursed—with an incredible power.

Wylie may have escaped the camp in Maine, but she is far from safe. The best way for her to protect herself is to understand her ability, fast. But after spending a lifetime trying to ignore her own feelings, giving in to her ability to read other peoples’ emotions is as difficult as it is dangerous.

And Wylie isn’t the only one at risk. Ever since they returned home, Jasper has been spiraling, wracked with guilt over what happened to Cassie. After all they’ve been through together, Wylie and Jasper would do anything for each other, but she doesn’t know if their bond is strong enough to overcome demons from the past.

It is amid this uncertainty and fear that Wylie finds herself confronted with a choice. She was willing to do whatever it took to help Cassie, but is she prepared to go to the same extremes to help complete strangers . . . even if they are just like her?

May
5
6:00 pm18:00

Star Wars Party and Booksigning with Jason Fry

An official Children's Book Week event! 

Try to stump New York Times Bestselling author Jason Fry with your best Star Wars trivia question. Jason will sign his latest books and answer all your fan questions. 

Come dressed up as your favorite Star Wars character, enjoy Star Wars-themed snacks, and get ready for trivia contests, crafts, and more out-of-this universe fun. If you love Star Wars, you won't want to miss this! 

This event is FREE and open to young and old Padawans. 

May
6
4:00 pm16:00

Min Jin Lee in Conversation with Jane Z. Quinn

Short Stories welcomes acclaimed author Min Jin Lee for the first time on May 6th at 4pm. 

Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko (Feb 2017) is a national bestseller, a New York Times Editor’s Choice and an American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next Great Reads. It is a Top Ten Books of the month for Amazon. It has been listed as a top read or a most anticipated book for BBC.com, NBC’s Bill Goldstein’s Weekend Today, Newsweek.com, Stylist UK, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com, LitHub, The Millions, Chicago Review of Books, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, BookPage, Elle.com, Daily Mail UK, BookBub, Nylon, and it is a Book of the Month Club selection. Pachinko received a Starred Review from Kirkus, Library Journal and Booklist. It has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show, Publishers Weekly Radio, and NPR’s Book Reviews. Lee’s debut novel Free Food for Millionaires** (May 2007) was a No. 1 Book Sense Pick, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a Wall Street Journal Juggle Book Club selection, and a national bestseller; it was a Top 10 Novels of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air and USA Today.

Min Jin went to Yale College where she was awarded both the Henry Wright Prize for Nonfiction and the James Ashmun Veech Prize for Fiction. She attended law school at Georgetown University and worked as a lawyer for several years in New York prior to writing full time. She has received the NYFA Fellowship for Fiction, the Peden Prize from The Missouri Review for Best Story, and the Narrative Prize for New and Emerging Writer. Her fiction has been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts and has appeared most recently in One Story. Her writings about books, travel and food have appeared in The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, The Times of London, Vogue (US), Travel + Leisure (SEA), Wall Street Journal and Food & Wine. Her personal essays have been anthologized in To Be Real, Breeder, The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Works, One Big Happy Family, Sugar in My Bowl, and Global and the Intimate: Feminism in Our Time. She served three consecutive seasons as a Morning Forum columnist of the Chosun Ilbo of South Korea. Lee has lectured about writing, politics, film and literature at various institutions including Columbia University, French Institute Alliance Francaise, Tufts, Loyola Marymount University, Stanford, Johns Hopkins (SAIS), University of Connecticut, Boston College, Hamilton College, Hunter College of New York, Harvard Law School, Yale University, Ewha University, Waseda University, the American School in Japan, World Women’s Forum, Korean Community Center (NJ), the Tokyo American Center of the U.S. Embassy and the Asia Society in New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong. In 2017, she won the Literary Death Match (Brooklyn/Episode 8), and she is a proud alumna of Women of Letters (Public Theater).

From 2007 to 2011, Min Jin lived in Tokyo, Japan where she wrote Pachinko (February 2017). She lives in New York City with her family.

May
13
4:00 pm16:00

Jancee Dunn, How Not To Hate Your Husband After Kids

New York Times Bestselling author Jancee Dunn visits Short Stories for the first time to sign and discuss her new book, How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids. 

Dunn, who grew up in Chatham, is the author of five books, including But Enough About Me, a memoir of her rock and roll years, (HarperCollins, 2008) and an essay collection, Why Is My Mother Getting A Tattoo?And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had To Answer, a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor (Ballantine, 2009). In 2012, with Cyndi Lauper, she cowrote Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir. Her first book for children, I’m Afraid Your Teddy Has Been Naughty Today, will be published in 2017 by Candlewick Press.

She was a staff writer at Rolling Stone for over a decade, and a veejay at MTV for five years. She writes for many publications, among them the New York Times, Vogue, Food & Wine, and Parents, and was a columnist for GQ and O, The Oprah Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the author Tom Vanderbilt, and their daughter.

This is a free event but only books purchased at Short Stories will be signed by the author. Thank you for supporting your local independent bookstore!

May
23
7:00 pm19:00

Laura McBride, 'Round Midnight Booksigning

From the author of 'We Are Called to Rise' comes a novel about the interconnected lives of four women in Las Vegas, each of whom experiences a life-changing moment at a classic casino nightclub.

Spanning the six decades when Las Vegas grew from a dusty gambling town into the melting pot metropolis it is today, ‘Round Midnight is the story of four women—one who falls in love, one who gets lucky, one whose heart is broken, and one who chooses happiness—whose lives change at the Midnight Room.

A perfect pick for book clubs!


Apr
29
2:00 pm14:00

Ame Dyckman, You Don't Want a Unicorn! and Scott Campbell, OX OX

Join children's book author Ame Dyckman and illustrator Scott Campbell for a talk and signing. Part of Short Stories Independent Bookstore Day celebration! 

Ame Dyckman is short, loud, mischievous, and often dresses like her book characters. She’s also the award-winning, internationally-translated author of the fantastically illustrated (THANKS, illustrators!) picture books BOY + BOT, TEA PARTY RULES, the New York Times bestselling WOLFIE THE BUNNY, HORRIBLE BEAR!, YOU DON’T WANT A UNICORN! and more picture books and board books in the works! Ame lives in central New Jersey with her family, ridiculously big-eared cat, book collection, closet full of hair dye colors, and of course, the characters from her stories. (For reals! She’s currently building a homemade swimming pool for the protagonist of her upcoming series, MISUNDERSTOOD SHARK—mostly so she can have her bathtub back.)

Scott Campbell (Scott C) is a maker of paintings, illustrations, comics, kid's books and video games. He studied illustration at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, focusing on comic and children’s book illustration. Soon after graduating, he began at Lucas Learning as concept artist on children’s video games. Four years later, he joined Double Fine productions as Art Director on such games as the critically acclaimed Psychonauts and Brutal Legend. Alongside this career in games, he has published numerous comics and created paintings that have appeared in galleries and publications around the world. Some of his most notable projects include the GREAT SHOWDOWNS series, “Igloo Head and Tree Head” series, Double Fine Action Comics, Hickee Comics, the children's book's Zombie In Love and East Dragon, West Dragon, and Psychonauts and Brutal Legend with Double Fine Productions. The book Amazing Everything: The Art of Scott C collects many of his paintings over the past few years. Scott lives in New York City.

Apr
29
12:00 pm12:00

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party with Special Guest, author Ame Dyckman

Part of Short Stories official Independent Bookstore Day Celebration! 

This is a ticketed event. Tickets must be purchased by April 27th, 2017. $25 includes admission for one adult and one child. Additional children, $10 each.  Tickets can be purchased online here. 

Your ticket includes: 
-Scones, sweets, and tea for all (unlimited lumps of sugar!) 
-Alice will read a poem and pose for pictures with everyone! 
-Oh my, we'll also have an un-birthday parade around the store! 
-And we'll make pocket watches and roses to take home! 
--SPECIAL GUEST: Ame Dyckman, author of the picture book
Tea Party Rules. 

Every child will receive a $5 gift certificate to Short Stories that they can use on April 29th to buy themselves an un-birthday gift of their choosing. 

Recommended for ages 4 through 10ish (and their grown up--each child must be accompanied by an adult). 

Everyone is encouraged to wear their tea party best. Plastic necklaces, fancy hats, and other finery accepted!

Apr
29
11:00 am11:00

Independent Bookstore Day

Join us to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day! 
Short Stories will have exclusive Indie Bookstore Day Merchandise for sale--one day only!--including signed copies of a Michael Chabon short story, signed prints from Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess), a free exclusive story from YA author Rainbow Rowell and more fun bookish stuff.

EVENT SCHEDULE
11am-12pm: Clifford the Big Red Dog storytime with Madison Council Member Maureen Byrne. 
12pm-2:00pm: Alice in Wonderland Tea Time (This is a ticketed event-- details available here.)
2pm-3pm: Ilustrator Scott Campell (XO, OX) and Ame Dyckman (You Don't Want a Unicorn!) 
3pm-4:30pm: LEGO-palooza
6pm-8pm: Indie Bookstore Day Party! Come celebrate with us. 

Apr
27
7:00 pm19:00

Increasing Optimism Workshop with Cara Maksimow

In conjunction with the Turning Optimism Into Action Speaker Series:

Join author, therapist & life coach Cara Maksimow for a special workshop, "Increasing Optimism:: Happier, Healthier, More Productive YOU!"

Staying productive and optimistic, specifically in times of transition and change can be difficult for some. Our productivity and performance can be affected by increased
stress during challenging times. Higher levels of optimism have been shown to increase productivity, performance and success.

Contrary to what many people believe, our level of optimism and resilience can be increased with simple everyday steps.In the workshop, Cara will share clinical
study data on how by increasing levels of optimism, people can live happier, healthier, longer and be more productive each day.

You'll be introduced to 5 key elements of Positive Psychology and discuss how those elements can be better integrated into your everyday with cognitive behavioral and positive psychology-based tools.

Learn more about Cara at http://www.maximize-wellness.com/home.html

Apr
22
4:00 pm16:00

Covered Podcast: YA Authors Isabel Bandeira & Nisha Sharma

Join COVERED podcast host, Harry Marks, as he interviews YA authors Isabel Bandeira and Nisha Sharma in a one-hour discussion of Isabel's debut novel, Bookishly Ever After, the forthcoming sequel, Dramatically Ever After, and Nisha's upcoming debut, The Perfect Ending. 

Young Adult readers and writers alike will find the talk informational and inspirational as both authors discuss writing for a YA audience, their journeys from the slush pile to publication, and developing characters that jump off the page.

Whether you're an avid YA reader or an aspiring YA writer, you'll definitely find something to take away from this one-time event.

Click here for more information on the COVERED podcast.

Click here for more information on Isabel Bandeira.

Click here for more information on Nisha Sharma.

Apr
15
1:00 pm13:00

Special Presentation: Where Have All the Fireflies Gone?

"Where Have All the Fireflies Gone?" is an original film production from the Zoological Lighting Institute. Join us for a special presentation of this short film along with the debut of a very special edition of "The Very Lonely Firefly" by Eric Carle.

Have you ever wondered what happened to all the fireflies you used to see during those summer nights of your childhood? 

Fireflies are beautiful creatures that light up the night and bring joy to anyone who witnesses their fascinating language of light. Scientists are finding that light pollution is the major reason for the disappearing flrefly. As fireflies disappear, so does the delicate balance in our environment. 

Join the Zoological Lighting Institute as they present an original film (12 mins) and launch their very special edition of "The Very Lonely Firefly" by acclaimed children's book author and artist Eric Carle.

Learn more about the Zoological Lighting Institute at www.zoolighting.org

Apr
15
11:00 am11:00

Short Stories Storytime

Each week we'll read books that explore a different theme. This week the theme is BUNNIES! 

We'll read Mo Willem's classic Knuffle Bunny and then make an Easter craft to take home. 

All kids 3+ (with their grown-ups) are invited! 

Apr
8
11:00 am11:00

Short Stories Storytime

Each week we'll read books that explore a different theme.  This week we'll read some of our favorite books from author Amy Krouse Rosenthal including Spoon and I Wish You More

All kids 3+ (with their grown-ups) are invited! 

Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

Creating Authentic Happiness with Getchel Lubke

In conjunction with Turn Optimism Into Action series. 

Join us for a workshop with psychotherapist, Getchel Lubke, to discuss the principles to a joyful and fulfilling life. The discussion will look at how core concepts across various disciplines identify strategies to create the life that we desire. You will walk away with ideas about what beliefs may be holding you back and how you are in control of your own well-being.

Getchel is a licensed professional counselor who has been providing psychotherapy and marriage counseling in the Morris County area for over 11 years. She has spent years acquiring and incorporating the most effective therapeutic techniques into her work. She has done post-graduate work at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and with The Gottman Institute. Although techniques are the building blocks to successful therapy, what makes Getchel distinct is her kindness and authenticity. She is devoted to helping individuals explore their emotional lives with curiosity and compassion. This is accomplished by integrating mindfulness, stress reduction and cognitive-behavioral methods into her work with individuals, couples and families.

Apr
4
7:00 pm19:00

Mindfulness: The Brain-Changing Path to Deeper Joy

Turn Optimism Into Action Speaker Series:

Join Certified Mindfulness Educator Mary Lea Crawley to Learn About Mindfulness: The Brain-Changing Path to Deeper Joy

Paint yourself calm with the simple practices mental health experts are using to ease symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety. Small shifts in awareness and acceptance can foster big changes in happiness and optimism. 

Take a breath and mark your calendars!

Learn more about Mary Lea at www.mindfulkidsnj.com

Apr
2
12:30 pm12:30

Mystics of Many Religions: A Twelve-Week Course

Join us on Sundays for a twelve-week course surveying the various forms of mysticism that have evolved in nearly every major religious tradition. taught by Jabez Van Cleef. January 15 – April 2, 2017
For more information contact Jabez at 973-270-3795 or email jabezvancleef@optonline.net

Apr
1
11:00 am11:00

Short Stories Storytime

We're kicking off a brand-new storytime at Short Stories.

Each week we'll read books that explore a different theme. This week the theme is SILLY (after all, it's April Fool's Day!).

All kids 3+ (with their grown-ups) are invited! 

Mar
31
6:00 pm18:00

Songs of Optimism and Happiness

In conjunction with Turn Optimism Into Action series:

Versatile performer, local resident and friend of Short Stories, Deborah (Deb) Fennelly is delighted to share songs of Optimism and Happiness in our Community Space on Friday, March 31, as part of the Optimism Project and Mental Health Awareness Month .

Deb is at home in many venues including musical theater; Rose Alvarez (Bye Bye Birdie), Gladys (The Pajama Game); Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady), and Emily Benson (Of Thee I Sing), Mary Bailey (It’s a Wonderful Life), Operetta, (Peep -bo (The Mikado) and Opera. Princess Ninette (Love for Three Oranges), Cherubino, Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro) Television; (Red Oaks) (The Blacklist) and Film (She Has a Name). She also teaches voice and piano to area children and adults, and paints watercolor landscapes and holiday ornaments.

John Pivarnik, pianist, is organist/choirmaster at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Essex Fells and also works as a freelance instrumental and vocal accompanist, performing solo recitals frequently in the metropolitan area. Mr. Pivarnik did his undergraduate studies in piano and organ at Susquehanna University, and pursued graduate study at Temple University, as well as Vocal Accompanying and piano at Cologne Musik Hochscule in Cologne, Germany. He maintains a piano studio in Madison, also, with students in Short Hills, South Orange, and Essex Fells. He is also adjunct piano teacher at the Pingry School in Martinsville and Caldwell University.

Mar
30
7:00 pm19:00

Feminist Book Club Discussion: "Another Brooklyn"

Short Stories Bookshop & Community Hub is hosting a feminist book discussion group and you are invited to learn more about the relationship between feminism and literature. 

Please join the Feminist Book Discussion Group for a discussion of Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn.

Please take the time to join our Facebook group using this link:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1748484672148920/

Mar
26
12:30 pm12:30

Mystics of Many Religions: A Twelve-Week Course

Join us on Sundays for a twelve-week course surveying the various forms of mysticism that have evolved in nearly every major religious tradition. taught by Jabez Van Cleef. January 15 – April 2, 2017
For more information contact Jabez at 973-270-3795 or email jabezvancleef@optonline.net

Mar
25
3:00 pm15:00

Feminist Book Club Discussion: "Another Brooklyn"

Short Stories Bookshop & Community Hub is hosting a feminist book discussion group and you are invited to learn more about the relationship between feminism and literature. 

Please join the Feminist Book Discussion Group for a discussion of Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn.

Please take the time to join our Facebook group using this link:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1748484672148920/

Mar
21
5:00 pm17:00

Book Launch Networking Event with Author Christine Clifton

In conjunction with Turn Optimism into Action Speaker Series:

Join us to meet author Christine Clifton and celebrate the launch of her new book "You Don't Have to Shout to Stand Out: Networking Conversations that Inspire Interest and Create Connections (Techniques from a quiet entrepreneur)".

5 - 7pm - Open networking/book discounts
6 - 6:15pm - Author Reading/Presentation
6:15pm - Author Book Signing/Networking
7pm - 'Afterparty' at Poor Herbies

Learn more about Christine at http://mindfulbusinessmatters.com/

Mar
19
3:00 pm15:00

Shop for a Cause: Cookies & Bling

Cookie booths will be popping up all over Madison this weekend, and Troop #6272 is offering a fun alternative! Support the troop and think outside the cookie booth this Sunday 3/19, 3-5pm at Short Stories!

Girl Scouts and Stella & Dot are partnering to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1st cookie sale and 20% of proceeds will be donated to the troop. Local mom and Stella & Dot stylist Jamie Cohen will host the event.

You can also visit Jamie's shop at https://www.stelladot.com/ts/7zmq6

Join us for a worthwhile cause ... with cookies & bling!

Mar
19
12:30 pm12:30

Mystics of Many Religions: A Twelve-Week Course

Join us on Sundays for a twelve-week course surveying the various forms of mysticism that have evolved in nearly every major religious tradition. taught by Jabez Van Cleef. January 15 – April 2, 2017
For more information contact Jabez at 973-270-3795 or email jabezvancleef@optonline.net

Mar
18
3:00 pm15:00

ShamROCK & Read with Mike Farragher

Veteran Irish American entertainment writer Mike Farragher joins us for a very special St. Patrick's weekend event!

Mike will share stories from his hilarious collections, THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON SHAMROCKS, A DEVILISH PINT, and 50 SHADES O' GREEN that offer a ribald look at life, faith, an Irish mother's guilt, culture, and family.

Mike visits Short Stories as part of his "rock and read” book tour with some of the musicians he’s covered as a music writer over the last two decades. WHAT'S WHAT, including Madison's own Phil Duffy, will provide the acoustic musical accompaniment!

Join us for an afternoon of laughter and entertainment.

Mar
18
1:00 pm13:00

Read to a Therapy Dog!

For young readers & writers ages 7 & up: Come read a book - or your own short story or poem - to a friendly dog who's all ears!
It's a great way to build confidence in reluctant readers and to inspire young writers to share their work aloud.

Sponsored by Writopia Lab, the tri-state region's top creative writing program for kids and teens, in partnership with Creature Comfort Pet Therapy.

Mar
12
12:30 pm12:30

Mystics of Many Religions: A Twelve-Week Course

Join us on Sundays for a twelve-week course surveying the various forms of mysticism that have evolved in nearly every major religious tradition. taught by Jabez Van Cleef. January 15 – April 2, 2017
For more information contact Jabez at 973-270-3795 or email jabezvancleef@optonline.net

Mar
11
5:00 pm17:00

Optimism Open Mic

In conjunction with International Day of Happiness and the "Turn Optimism Into Action" initiative, Arts by the People presents an Open Mic on the theme of Optimism.

Immediately following the INT-O Yellow Opening Reception:
Sign ups at 5pm
Readings 5:30 - 7pm

5-minute max reading time

For more information, visit artsbythepeople.org

Mar
11
2:30 pm14:30

Art Reception: Optimism in Action

Join us in celebrating an exploration of Optimism. An array of artists have united through their embrace of the color ‘INT-O Yellow’ (International Optimism Yellow) with the shared intention of shining a light on Depression.

Special guest speakers Mayor Robert H. Conley, NJ Gubernatorial Candidate, Phil Murphy and CEO of Madison-Area YMCA, Dianne Mann.

Music, snacks and refreshments provided thanks to the generous contributions of Whole Foods and Gary's Wine & Marketplace!

This exhibition also marks the kickoff of Madison's Paint the Town Yellow initiative: a town-wide celebration of International Day of Happiness (March 20) and recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month (April).

A portion of all art proceeds benefits the Community Mental Health Initiative.

Learn more at www.INTOYellow.com

Mar
5
12:30 pm12:30

Mystics of Many Religions: A Twelve-Week Course

Join us on Sundays for a twelve-week course surveying the various forms of mysticism that have evolved in nearly every major religious tradition. taught by Jabez Van Cleef. January 15 – April 2, 2017
For more information contact Jabez at 973-270-3795 or email jabezvancleef@optonline.net

Mar
1
7:30 pm19:30

The Platform: Literary Open Mic

ARTS BY THE PEOPLE presents THE PLATFORM monthly at Short Stories.

On March 1, the evening will be hosted by Melissa Efrus. Music by Erin Lockett at 7:30pm. Sign ups begin at 7:30, with readings from 8 - 9pm. Maximum time limit for our open mic is 5 minutes. For more information, visit artsbythepeople.org.

Join us for an evening of literary entertainment!

Feb
26
12:30 pm12:30

Mystics of Many Religions: A Twelve-Week Course

Join us on Sundays for a twelve-week course surveying the various forms of mysticism that have evolved in nearly every major religious tradition. taught by Jabez Van Cleef. January 15 – April 2, 2017
For more information contact Jabez at 973-270-3795 or email jabezvancleef@optonline.net

Feb
19
12:30 pm12:30

Mystics of Many Religions: A Twelve-Week Course

Join us on Sundays for a twelve-week course surveying the various forms of mysticism that have evolved in nearly every major religious tradition. taught by Jabez Van Cleef. January 15 – April 2, 2017
For more information contact Jabez at 973-270-3795 or email jabezvancleef@optonline.net