Two rising stars of the literary world and Montclair residents, Garth Hallberg and Estep Nagy, will be in conversation about the art of writing fiction, particularly about fictional families. The authors will interview each other and intersperse short readings from their novels during the event.
Garth Hallberg has a newly released, full-color edition of his first book A Field Guide to the North American Family. His last novel, City on Fire, was a New York Times and international best-seller, has been translated into seventeen languages, and was named one of the best books of 2015 by The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Vogue. His short stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Glimmer Train, and Best NewAmerican Voices 2008, and he has written critical essays for The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, The Millions, and Slate. He was a two-time finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.
Estep Nagy released his first novel, We Shall Not All Sleep, to critical acclaim in 2017. His fiction and other writing have appeared in Southwest Review, The Believer, Paper, Box Office, and elsewhere. He wrote and directed the independent feature film The Broken Giant (1998), which is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. His plays have been produced and developed at theaters across the country, including at Actors Theater of Louisville and the Source Festival in Washington, DC.
Watchung Booksellers will have both authors’ books available for purchase and signing at the close of the event.
This event is free thanks to support from our sponsors. Registration is strongly recommended at this LINK or by calling 973-744-0500 x2275. Standby seats will be released at 3:50PM in the cafe area at the event. No wait list will be created.
The OBOM Series is generously supported by grants from The Montclair Foundation and Investors Foundation.
Open Book / Open Mind: Isabel Allende in Conversation with Christina Baker Kline and the book launch for In the Midst of Winter
Internationally beloved author of novels like The House of the Spirits, and Eva Luna, Isabel Allende will discuss her new book, In the Midst of Winter, with Montclair’s own cherished author Christina Baker Kline. Leading up to this event, the Library will host three book clubs based upon Ms. Allende’s work. Please register here: Book Clubs
Please note this event will be held at Buzz Aldrin Middle School. Admission to this event is free with the $28 purchase of the hardcover novel at this LINK or by calling 973-744-0500 x2222. If you purchase a ticket by Monday 10/9, you will receive a signed hardcover. Ticket holders purchasing after that date will receive an unsigned copy. The event is funded in part by Pollack Financial Group.
OBOM Series sponsored by Susan and Thomas Dunn, and grants from The Montclair Foundation, and Investors Foundation. …
Open Book/Open Mind: Katy Tur discusses Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History with Tom Johnson
Called “Disgraceful,” “third-rate,” and “not nice” by Donald Trump, NBC News correspondent Katy Tur reported on—and took flak from—the most captivating and volatile presidential candidate in American history. Unbelievable is her darkly comic, fascinatingly bizarre, and often scary story. It’s also the story of what it was like for Tur to be there as it happened, inside a no-rules world where reporters were spat on, demeaned, and discredited. Tur was a foreign correspondent who came home to her most foreign story of all. Unbelievable is a must-read for anyone who still wakes up and wonders, Is this real life?
Ms. Tur will be in conversation with Montclair’s own Tom Johnson, former executive editor of Bloomberg Politics News and award-winning senior broadcast producer at ABC News.
Ms. Tur’s book will be available for signing and purchase from Watchung Booksellers at the event.
Reserved seats are free and funded in part by Pollack Financial Group. All reserved seats are now taken and there will not be a waitlist. Any unclaimed seats will be made available on a first-come, first served basis in the cafe area 10 minutes before the start of the event.