IN-PERSON: Jenna Blum - "Woodrow on the Bench"

Event date: 
12/05/2021 - 12:00pm

Come meet bestselling author Jenna Blum at the store during Holiday Stroll! You can chat with Jenna about Woodrow on the Bench, her new memoir about her very old black Lab, Woodrow, and what his final chapter taught her about life, loss, and enduring love. You may have met Woodrow—a.k.a. The George Clooney of Dogs—when he came to Wellesley to help sell books on Small Business Saturday. Now we'll celebrate his life during Holiday Stroll with Jenna, her Bacon & Bookmobile, and Jenna's elf for the day, her new black Lab, Henry Higgins. Remember, Wellesley Books is a dog-friendly store, so feel free to bring your dog along, too! 


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• Attendees must wear masks at all times during the event.



"Woodrow on the Bench is a touching tribute as well as a gripping story that will make you laugh and cry. It will also make you understand the majesty and wisdom imparted by the animals we are lucky to keep by our sides for as long as we can.”—New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg

“For anyone who’s ever loved an old dog.”

Since she adopted him as a puppy fifteen years earlier, Jenna Blum and Woodrow have been inseparable. Known to many as “the George Clooney of dogs” for his good looks and charm, Woodrow and his “Mommoo” are fixtures in their Boston neighborhood.

But Woodrow is aging. As he begins to fail, the true nature of his extraordinary relationship with Jenna is revealed. Jenna may be the dog parent, but it is Woodrow, with his amazing personality and trusting nature, who has much to teach her. A divorcée who has experienced her share of sadness and loss, Jenna discovers, over the months she spends caring for her ailing dog, what it is to be present in the moment, and what it truly means to love.

Aided by an amazing group of friends and buoyed by the support of strangers, Jenna and Woodrow navigate these precious final days together with kindness, humor, and grace. Their unforgettable love story will reaffirm your belief in kindness, break your heart, and leave your spirit soaring.



Jenna Blum is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of novels Those Who Save Us, The Stormchasers, and The Lost Family. She was voted one of Oprah’s Top 30 Women Writers, has interviewed Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Foundation, and is CEO of literary social media marketing company A Mighty Blaze. Jenna is based in Boston, where she earned an M.A. and taught creative writing/ journalism at Boston University and has run fiction workshops for Grub Street Writers for more than 20 years. Jenna is a public speaker who travels nationally and internationally and visited over 800 book clubs for her first novel alone.


Woodrow on the Bench: Life Lessons from a Wise Old Dog Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063113183
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Harper - November 9th, 2021

Event address: 
Wellesley Books
82 Central St
Wellesley, MA 02482-5714