Montclair Literary Festival: Stevie van Zandt, The Fonz and more
Succeed2gether will be holding its fifth annual Montclair Literary Festival on Saturday October 2 and Sunday October 3.
On Saturday there will be a full day of tent events outside the Montclair Public Library and the First Congregational Church, both on South Fullerton Avenue. Events will continue on Sunday in person and online.
Most events are free, but tickets are on sale for two events: appearances by author, E Street Band member, “The Sopranos” actor and New Jersey son Stevie van Zandt, and author Colm Tóibín.
Van Zandt will close the festival with an in-person event talking about his new memoir, “Unrequited Infatuations,” Sunday at 5 p.m. at the First Congressional Church. The event will take place either in an open tent outside the church or inside the sanctuary. Participants will be required to present an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination card, and social distancing will be required between groups. Masks will also be compulsory. Tickets are on sale now through the Montclair Literary Festival website at success2gether.org/mlfoct21. Tickets cost $ 40 and include a signed copy of the book. VIP tickets cost $ 100 and include VIP seating, VIP entrance, and a signed copy of the book.
Tickets are also on sale for an online-only lecture by author Colm Tóibín on his new book, “The Magician,” at 2pm on Sunday, October 3. Tickets cost $ 30 with a copy of the book, or $ 10 without the book.
Author Joyce Carol Oates will return to the festival to talk about her new novel, “Breathe,” with former Montclair resident and author Christina Baker Kline. The event will take place in the tent of the First Congressional Church on Saturday, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oates will also speak with her friend and fellow novelist Jonatha Santlofer about the mystery and suspense writing genre.
Novelist Paul Auster will return for a talk on his landmark new biography, “Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane”. Auster’s appearance, from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, is online only.
Montclair author and journalist Jonathan Alter will discuss his biography of President Jimmy Carter with Pulitzer Prize winner Kai Bird and presidential expert and historian David Greenberg on Saturday, 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., in the tent of the First Congressional Church.
There are several events for families and children. Kicking off the festival will be Henry Winkler (aka “The Fonz”) in conversation with co-author Lin Oliver, discussing his journey from dyslexic student to Hollywood superstar to children’s author of the series “Hank Zipzer & Alien. Super star”. This event will take place on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Winkler and Oliver will be live onscreen in front of an in-person audience in the auditorium of the Montclair Public Library. The event is free and the first 50 children to walk through the door will receive a copy of Winkler’s most recent children’s book, “Hollywood vs. The Galaxy: Alien Superstar”.
Other children’s programs include storyteller Shirley Johnson sharing ‘Frog and Centipede’ (a story from Tanzania), “Kulu” (from the Bantu Mashsona people of southern Africa), “Brer Opossum” (from the African-American traditional tale) and other animal friends who teach life lessons through history . She will be accompanied by percussionist and drummer Chris White III from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., under the tent of the Montclair Public Library.
Author and illustrator Lori Richmond will be reading her picture book “Bunny’s Staycation”. Then after the reading there will be an interactive live drawing activity with the kids calling out ideas and brainstorming together, while Richmond draws them the picture they are describing. This event is at the Library Tent on Saturday from 11:15 a.m. to noon.
Daniel Kirk, author and illustrator of the beloved Library Mouse series, will read several of his picture books and novels for young readers, including “Chugga Chugga Choo Choo” and “Library Mouse”. He will also do a drawing demonstration so that young children can learn to draw their own bookshelf mouse and lead a song about the joys of writing your own stories. This event is from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays in the library tent.
Author and journalist Hayley Krischer will read from her new young adult book, “The Falling Girls,” a psychological thriller that follows best friends Shade and Jadis, whose relationship is threatened once Shade is dragged into a clique. of mean girls. Krischer will then join poet, author and teacher Nicole Cooley for a conversation about the intricacies of teenage relationships. This event is Saturday at the tent of the First Congregational Church, from 10 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.
There will also be talks by Santlofer, Katie Kitamura, Ly Tran, Rob Reich, Thad Ziolkowski, Gabrielle Glaser, Qian Julie Wang, Anna Qu and Hayley Krischer. A full schedule is at success2gether.org/mlfoct21.
Festival supports Succeed2gether, a nonprofit that tackles inequality
access to educational resources by providing free and academic enrichment
The updated COVID protocols will be posted on the event website.
– Information provided by Succeed2gether