Jun
23
7:00 pm19:00

Val Emmich, The Reminders (Booksigning and Musical Performance)

Debut novelist Val Emmich will read from his novel, The Reminders, a story of an unlikely friendship between Gavin, a grief-stricken actor who’s just lost his partner, and Joan, a ten-year-old girl born with the uncanny ability to recall every day of her life in cinematic detail. He'll also play a few songs from The Reminders EP--so it's going to be an extra-amazing and entertaining night at Short Stories. 

Dubbed a "Renaissance Man" by the New York Post, Val Emmich is a writer, singer-songwriter, and actor. He has had recurring roles on Vinyl and Ugly Betty as well as a memorable guest role as Liz Lemon's coffee-boy fling, Jamie, on 30 Rock. Emmich lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his wife and their two children. The Reminders is his first novel.

The Reminders is out on May 30th. 
Note: This is a free event, but Val will ony sign copies of the book purchased at Short Stories. Thank you for always supporting your local independent bookstore!

Jun
27
5:00 pm17:00

Summer Family Night

Short Stories Bookshop and Satellite Games are excited to offer Family Nights running through the Summer! These evenings will offer families a chance to game together, craft together, visit with surprise guests, and more!

COST: $10/family

-Play Games
-Do Crafts
-10% Off Storewide
-Surprise Guests
-PIZZA

Jun
29
7:00 pm19:00

Randy Schmidt, Dolly on Dolly: Talk and Booksigning 

NEW Thursday, June 29th, 7pm-8:30pm
Randy Schmidt, Dolly on Dolly  Talk and Booksigning
Join us for a discussion and signing with Randy Schmidt, author of Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton. Schmidt is author of the best-selling Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter (2010), a New York Times Editor's Choice and Wall Street Journal Best Seller, and editor of Judy Garland on Judy Garland: Interviews and Encounters (2014) in the Musicians in Their Own Words series from Chicago Review Press. Dolly on Dolly is already receiving critical raves. 

Jul
4
5:00 pm17:00

Summer Family Night

Short Stories Bookshop and Satellite Games are excited to offer Family Nights running through the Summer! These evenings will offer families a chance to game together, craft together, visit with surprise guests, and more!

COST: $10/family

-Play Games
-Do Crafts
-10% Off Storewide
-Surprise Guests
-PIZZA

Jul
11
5:00 pm17:00

Summer Family Night

Short Stories Bookshop and Satellite Games are excited to offer Family Nights running through the Summer! These evenings will offer families a chance to game together, craft together, visit with surprise guests, and more!

COST: $10/family

-Play Games
-Do Crafts
-10% Off Storewide
-Surprise Guests
-PIZZA

Jul
18
5:00 pm17:00

Summer Family Fun Night

Short Stories Bookshop and Satellite Games are excited to offer Family Nights running through the Summer! These evenings will offer families a chance to game together, craft together, visit with surprise guests, and more!

COST: $10/family

-Play Games
-Do Crafts
-10% Off Storewide
-Surprise Guests
-PIZZA

Jul
25
5:00 pm17:00

Summer Family Night

Short Stories Bookshop and Satellite Games are excited to offer Family Nights running through the Summer! These evenings will offer families a chance to game together, craft together, visit with surprise guests, and more!

COST: $10/family

-Play Games
-Do Crafts
-10% Off Storewide
-Surprise Guests
-PIZZA

Aug
1
5:00 pm17:00

Summer Family Night

Short Stories Bookshop and Satellite Games are excited to offer Family Nights running through the Summer! These evenings will offer families a chance to game together, craft together, visit with surprise guests, and more!

COST: $10/family

-Play Games
-Do Crafts
-10% Off Storewide
-Surprise Guests
-PIZZA

Aug
8
5:00 pm17:00

Summer Family Night

Short Stories Bookshop and Satellite Games are excited to offer Family Nights running through the Summer! These evenings will offer families a chance to game together, craft together, visit with surprise guests, and more!

COST: $10/family

-Play Games
-Do Crafts
-10% Off Storewide
-Surprise Guests
-PIZZA

Aug
15
5:00 pm17:00

Short Stories Bookshop and Satellite Games are excited to offer Family Nights running through the Summer! These evenings will offer families a chance to game together, craft together, visit with surprise guests, and more!

COST: $10/family

-Play Games
-Do Crafts
-10% Off Storewide
-Surprise Guests
-PIZZA

Aug
29
5:00 pm17:00

Summer Family Night

Short Stories Bookshop and Satellite Games are excited to offer Family Nights running through the Summer! These evenings will offer families a chance to game together, craft together, visit with surprise guests, and more!

COST: $10/family

-Play Games
-Do Crafts
-10% Off Storewide
-Surprise Guests
-PIZZA


Jun
20
5:00 pm17:00

Summer Family Night

Short Stories Bookshop and Satellite Games are excited to offer Family Nights running through the Summer! These evenings will offer families a chance to game together, craft together, visit with surprise guests, and more!


COST: $10/family

-Play Games
-Do Crafts
-10% Off Storewide
-Suprise Guests
-PIZZA

Jun
13
5:00 pm17:00

Summer Family Night

Short Stories Bookshop and Satellite Games are excited to offer Family Nights running through the Summer! These evenings will offer families a chance to game together, craft together, visit with surprise guests, and more!

COST: $10/family
-Play Games
-Do Crafts
-10% Off Storewide
-Surprise Guests
-PIZZA

Jun
10
7:30 pm19:30

Dave Murphy LIVE! at Short Stories

Dave has traveled the honest career path of the troubadour, from the open-mics and showcases in Greenwich Village to earning opening spots for artists including Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Ray Wylie Hubbard and even author/punk rocker Jim Carroll. He eventually found himself on stages with Suzanne Vega, Alejandro Escovedo, Slaid Cleaves and Steve Forbert (Steve Forbert makes a guest appearance on Dave’s third album, ‘Chasing Ghosts’) at venues & festivals including the Living Room - NYC, Joe’s Pub - NYC, The Knitting Factory - NYC, Speakeasy - NYC, Southpaw - Brooklyn, NY, Union Hall - Brooklyn, NY, Tin Angel - Philadelphia, PA, Maxwell’s - Hoboken, NJ, Outpost in the Burbs - Montclair, NJ, New Jersey Folk Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Wildflower Music Festival to name a few. Dave has also had success with music placements in Film and Television as well as AAA and Americana Radio.

Jun
3
5:00 pm17:00

Game Night 

Join Satellite Games the first Saturday of every month for Game Night in the Short Stories community space.

Stop by, play a game from our library, or share one of your favorite games with us.

Note: This event is geared toward adults. 

May
29
11:00 am11:00

Memorial Day Talk and Book Signing with David Hanna

Historian and Madison resident, David Hanna, will discuss his book, Rendezvous with Death. 

Before America joined World War I, a small group of Americans volunteered for the French Foreign Legion to help defeat the Central Powers. Historian David Hanna profiles seven of these volunteers in his book: a poet, an artist, a boxer, a stunt pilot, a college student, a veteran of the Spanish-American War, and an advertising executive. All seven men were united in courage; and some, like poet Alan Seeger, paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"This is the most mesmerizing book about World War I that I have read in a long time. . . . It is a story that has never been told, much less understood. David Hanna has written a book to be read and
remembered when we try to understand America’s role in a chaotic world.” -- Thomas Fleming, author of The Illusion of Victory: America in World War I

May
27
11:00 am11:00

Short Stories Story Time!

This week we're reading Dragons Love Tacos and Dragons Love Tacos 2, and then we're going to work together to draw our own taco-loving dragons! 

Ages 3+ and their grown-ups are invited.

May
26
7:00 pm19:00

Short Stories Feminist Book Club: The Edible Woman

Join the Feminist Book Discussion Group for a discussion of Margaret Atwood's The Edible Woman

Ever since her engagement, the strangest thing has been happening to Marian McAlpin: she can't eat. First meat. Then eggs, vegetables, cake, pumpkin seeds—everything! Worse yet, while Marian ought to feel consumed with passion, she really just feels … consumed. A brilliant and powerful work, rich in irony and metaphor, The Edible Woman is an unforgettable masterpiece by a true master of contemporary literature.

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!

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
11
10:00 am10:00

Lose That Mommy Guilt Workshop with Cara Maksimow, LCSW, CPC

In celebration of Mother’s Day, this free workshop is for moms who find themselves feeling the stress or guilt that comes from high demands of parenting. In this hour we will discuss the fallacy of “perfect” and explore the differences between expectations and reality, and how those differences affect emotions and resiliency. You will learn self-care practices based in mindfulness-based stress reduction, cognitive behavioral therapy and positive psychology to help you lose the guilt and feel more confident today.

About the Expert:
Cara Maksimow, LCSW, CPC is a NJ Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Coach, Speaker and Author of the book, “Lose That Mommy Guilt.” She is dedicated to helping others successfully navigate through times of stress and challenge as the founder of Maximize Wellness Counseling and Coaching LLC located in Chatham and Summit NJ. She has a collaborative, supportive and strengths-based approach to therapy, using an eclectic mix of positive psychology, mindfulness-based stress reduction CBT, and DBT to help others feel confident, more optimistic and resilient. More information can be found at www.maximize-wellness.com

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
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
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
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!

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
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.