As you probably gathered from our pixelated pages, we at Red Bank oRBit have a thing for words, whether doing it by-the-book or via the noble blurt of the spoken spiel. In today’s edition we run down four worthwhile events going on in and around the greater orbit — all of them linked by nothing less or more than the power of words to compel, cajole, console or confront.

There’s Hungarian-born novelist Joseph Kertes, coming to Red Bank’s Two River Theater on Tuesday to discuss Gratitude, his historical novel of one family’s Holocaust. There are the Dickman Brothers (identical twins Matthew and Michael, above), the enfants terribles of modern American poetry who visit Monmouth University on Wednesday afternoon. There’s E. Benjamin Skinner, the journalist who penetrates the shadowlands of the modern slave trade in A Crime So Monstrous (he’ll be at Brookdale Community College on Wednesday night). And there’s Asbury Park’s homegrown spoken word artist TIGGA, who has some powerful things to say about his city in a special Thursday night program at The Showroom.

We’ve got the deep-dish detail on all these offerings (with way more to come all this week), as we count down to the final rattling breaths of the Naughty Aughties, right here in Red Bank oRBit!