Please join us for these exciting upcoming events at Watchung Booksellers!

OCT 5 – Betsy BIRD, “Giant Dance Party” (Author/Illustrator Storytime Series) – 10:30 AM at Watchung Booksellers

Giants can’t dance – or can they? When Lexy takes on the task of teaching a gaggle of giants to dance, well, you can expect one giant dance party. Where there is a will, there is a way, and absolutely anyone can dance! Betsy Bird is an author, librarian, and the popular blogger Fuse #8.

OCT 8 – Seth GOLDMAN, “Mission in a Bottle” – 7:00 PM at Montclair State University

In vivid graphic-novel format, the co-founders of Honest Tea tell the engaging story of how they created and built a mission-driven business. Together they offer a wealth of insights about the challenges of creating a successful business, and advice for prospective enterpreneurs. Seth Goldman is the president and “TeaEO” of Honest Tea, which he co-founded with Barry Nalebuff in 1997. He is an internationally recognized spokesman for mission-driven enterprise and sustainability.

OCT 10 – Farah Jasmine GRIFFIN, “Harlem Nocturne” – 7:00 PM at Watchung Booksellers

In “Harlem Nocturne”, esteemed scholar Farah Jasmine Griffin tells the stories of three black female artists whose creative and political efforts helped lay the groundwork for the post-WWII Civil Rights movement: choreographer and dancer Pearl Primus, composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams, and novelist Ann Petry. A rich biography of three artists and the city that inspired them, “Harlem Nocturne” captures a period of unprecedented vitality and progress for African Americans and women. Farah Jasmine Griffin is a professor of English, Comparative Literature, and African American Studies at Columbia University.

OCT 16 – PANEL DISCUSSION: Getting Published – Which Path Is Best For You? – 7:00 PM at Watchung Booksellers

The world of publishing has changed so much in the last few years that it can be difficult for new writers to decide on a method of publication. Should you take the traditional route, or self-publish? Should you try to find yourself an agent first, or approach publishers directly? Join authors Jon Gibbs (moderator), John Grant, Sharon Trembley, and Nicole Zoltack for a frank discussion of the various paths to publication available to writers today. Sponsored by the New Jersey Authors Network (

OCT 17 – D.T. MAX, “Every Love Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace” (With Ian Frazier) – 7:00 PM at Watchung Booksellers

We mark the paperback release of this New York Times best-selling biography with a repeat visit from author D.T. Max, this time in conversation with acclaimed writer Ian Frazier. In this compulsively readable biography, which the New York Times called an “emotionally detailed portrait of the artist as a young man,” D. T. Max charts Wallace’s tormented battle to succeed as a novelist as he fights off depression and addiction, culminating with his masterpiece, “Infinite Jest”.

OCT 19 – Betsy LEWIN, “Click, Clack, Boo!” (Author/Illustrator Storytime) – 10:30 AM at Watchung Booksellers

Farmer Brown does not like Halloween. So he draws the shades, puts on his footy pajamas, and climbs into bed. But do you think the barnyard animals have any respect for a man in footy pajamas? No they do not! For them, the Halloween party has just begun. And we all know these critters far prefer tricks over treats… Betsy Lewin is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type”, its sequels, and a number of other acclaimed picture books.

OCT 20 – Third Sunday Poets: Linda Cronin, Jim Gwyn, Elizabeth Marchitti, Lori Ruzich, and E.J. Emerson – 4:00 PM at Watchung Booksellers

OCT 22 – Veronica ROLF, “Julian’s Gospel: Illuminating the Life and Revelations of Julian of Norwich” – 7:00 PM at Watchung Booksellers

This fascinating study of the life and work of 14th-century English mystic Julian of Norwich combines an historical reconstruction of Julian’s life with a comprehensive commentary on her seminal “Revelations” in a brand new translation from the Middle English. Rolf’s biography examines the political, cultural, social, and religious milieu that influenced Julian’s spiritual development and shaped her visionary experiences. Educated at Columbia University, Veronica Rolf is an independent scholar of medieval studies and comparative literature.

OCT 24 – David Henry STERRY, “Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent” – 7:00 PM at Watchung Booksellers

David Sterry was a wide-eyed son of 1970s suburbia, but within his first week of looking for off-campus housing on Sunset Boulevard, he was lured into a much darker world — servicing the lonely women of Hollywood by night. “Chicken” (the word is slang for a young male prostitute) revisits this year of living dangerously in a narrative of dazzling inventiveness. The narrative shifts back and forth from tales of Sterry’s youth in the bosom of a disintegrating family to a fascinating account of post-Sixties sexual excess. David Henry Sterry is the author of over ten books and was a finalist for the Henry Miller Award.

OCT 26 – Michael GABRIELE, “The History of Diners in New Jersey” – 1:00 PM at Watchung Booksellers

Diners are New Jersey’s ultimate gathering places – at any moment, high school students, CEOs, construction workers and tourists might be found at a counter chatting with the waitresses and line cooks. Jerseyans yearn for lost favorites like the Excellent Diner and Prout’s Diner, and still gather at beloved haunts like the Bendix and Tick Tock Diners. Although the industry is all but gone today, New Jersey was once the hub of diner manufacturing, making mobile eateries that fed hungry Americans as far away as the West Coast. Author Michael Gabriele honors and expands on the diner’s delicious history in interviews with owners, patrons and historical experts. A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Michael Gabriele is also the author of “The Golden Age of Bicycle Racing in New Jersey.”

All events will be held at Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield St, Montclair, NJ) unless otherwise noted. For more information, please call us at 973-744-7177 or send us an email at

We hope to see you at the store soon!