MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Local author V.C. Pickering will be at Words Bookstore (179 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood) on Saturday, February 27,  for the book launch of her new novel, Nookietown, which was released on February 23 (St. Martin's Griffin; $15.99).

Chickering will also have a book reading at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair on Thursday, March 10, at 7 p.m. 

According to a release from the publisher,

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"'Nookietown' is the story of two friends—Lucy, divorced, and Nancy, long-time married, and what happens when Nancy asks Lucy to sleep with her husband to save the marriage. Together, they discover that most of the wives in town are bored of having sex with their husbands. It seems they wish someone else would jump in once and a while to pick up the slack: someone they could trust to not break up their marriage but occasionally satisfy the imbalance of desire... It's a win-win-win.  For a little while. Then it all goes to hell in a hand-basket…"

The publisher's release continues, "Nookietown is a racy romp that pushes buttons. It's about married sex, divorced sex, monogamy, infidelity, truth, desire and shifting allegiances between friends. But most importantly, it's funny."

In addition to writing for a variety of outlets, including MTV and Comedy Central, Chickering also writes and performs original songs for the alt-bluegrass/indi-jazz band, Tori Erstwhile & The Montys.

In addition to readings from Nookietown by Chickering, Tori Erstwhile & The Montys will also be performing at Words Bookstore on Saturday night. The event is free, and all attendees must be 21 or older.

Nookietown is Chickering's first novel.

The full book tour can be found here.