LIVINGSTON, NJ –  The National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section (NCJW/Essex) will host its 2018 opening event on Tuesday, Oct. 23, featuring best-selling author Jennifer Weiner.

Weiner’s books have spent more than five years on "The New York Times" bestseller list with more than 11 million copies in print in 36 countries. Among her novels is "In Her Shoes," which was turned into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine.

In addition to her many novels, she has also written "The Guy Not Taken," a short story collection; "The Littlest Bigfoot," the first in a trilogy of middle-grade novels; and "Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing," a nonfiction collection.

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With a wide fan base on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, Weiner uses her social media platform to encourage women's voices, self-esteem, and body positivity. She has appeared on "Time" magazine’s list of “140 Best Twitter Feeds,” and "Forbes" magazine put her on their list of “25 Working Moms to Follow on Twitter," writing "tune in for hilarious shards of brilliance."

Weiner also is a contributing opinion writer for "The New York Times" Op-Ed and Sunday Review, and her essays have been reprinted in newspapers and media outlets across the world.

She has appeared on many national television programs, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and CBS Sunday Morning. Her work has been published in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including Seventeen, Redbook, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Allure, Ladies Home Journal, Time and Good Housekeeping. 

“Jennifer Weiner’s writing speaks to women’s lives and the importance of their stories,” said Lesley Greenstein, President, NCJW/Essex. “We are looking forward to kicking off the upcoming year with her frank and funny take on the world.”

Registration is required for the opening event, which is open to the public. The event is free to NCJW/Essex members and $20 for nonmembers.

Boutique shopping, coffee and dessert are available from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. Nonmembers wishing to join NCJW/Essex can apply $20 toward a new yearly membership of $54.

Attendees can register for the event by calling (973) 740-0588 or online at ncjwessex.org.