Watchung Booksellers is pleased to welcome acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates and debut author Ben Purkert in conversation on Wednesday, August 9 at 7:00 in The Kids’ Room at 44 Fairfield St.

Oates, the award-winning author of We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde, shares her latest book of stories, Zero-Sum. Provocative and stunning, Zero-Sum reinforces Oates’s standing as a literary treasure and an artist of the mysterious interior life.

Purkert celebrates the release of his debut novel, The Men Can’t Be Saved. Deemed “a phenomenal debut” by bestselling author Clint Smith, Purkert’s novel asks the haunting question: What do our jobs do to our souls?

The event is free, but seating is limited. Priority seating will be given to registered attendees–any remaining seating or standing room will be offered at 6:50 p.m. Register at