04/09/2019 - 7:30pm


Join us for an evening at WORD Jersey City with Ross Gay, author of The Book of Delights. Ross will read from his new book then sign books and take questions from the audience. 

Please note that admission to this event requires either a purchase of The Book of Delights OR a $5 admission voucher. Books and vouchers can be purchased online in advance or at the door on the day of the event; advance orders will be available for pickup at the store on the day of the event. The admission voucher functions like a gift card and is good toward $5 off anything in store at WORD on the day of the event only. 


Winner of the National Book Critics Award and a National Book Award finalist for Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, Gay is “a writer perfectly suited to find delight. His eye is so brilliant, it seems to glow from within,” says Luis Alberto Urrea. The Book of Delights, Gay’s first prose work, is a collection of short lyric essays, written over the course of a year, that celebrates both the simple and profound joys of daily living. Though grounded in positivity, Gay never brushes over life’s complexities; these musings are written to identify delight despite the challenging times and troubled world in which we live. 

Gay wrote his delights starting on his forty-second birthday and ended on his forty-third. The result comprises 102 “essayettes,” ranging in length from a single paragraph to five pages. With his generous embrace, Gay observes and records without prejudice—from the habits and rituals of birds and fireflies; flowers and vegetables; the intensity or mundanity of human interactions and emotional impulses—he zeroes in on the unexpected and exposes the beating, gleaming heart at its center. While inspiring, The Book of Delights is not a how-to book or motivational journal. It is a one-of-a-kind evocation of Gay’s singular voice—funny, poetic, philosophical, and inclusive—where much of the delight is found in the very language with which delight is explored.


Ross Gay is the author of three books of poetry, including Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, Against Which, and Bringing the Shovel Down. He is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a nonprofit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. He teaches at Indiana University.

The Book of Delights: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616207922
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Algonquin Books - February 12th, 2019


As Heard on NPR's This American Life

“Ross Gay’s eye lands upon wonder at every turn, bolstering my belief in the countless small miracles that surround us.” —Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S.

$5 admission to this event at our Jersey City store. Your $5 admission voucher functions like a gift card and can be used toward anything in store on the night of the event only.