Montclair Literary Festival at the Montclair Public Library: In the Auditorium
The Montclair Literary Festival is presented by Succeed2gether in conjunction with Montclair Public Library, Watchung Booksellers, and Montclair Art Museum, with the support of Montclair State University and many others. The Festival is a celebration of reading, writing, ideas and all things book-related. Drop in for an hour or stay all day, but be sure to join us to celebrate Montclair and reading for all.
- 11:00 am – 12:00 pm “Letters to Secretary DeVos: What We’d Like To Discuss With You About Education” MSU Professors Dr. Laura Nicosia and Dr. Rebecca Goldstein, are the editors of a collection of letters, poems, and illustrations addressed to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, intended to stimulate conversation about the current educational landscape. History Professor Dr. Leslie Wilson of MSU and Masiel Rodriguez-Vars, executive director of the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence, joins them for a lively and informed discussion of issues including equity and discrimination in schools, assessment and accountability, and the future of public education in an era of privatization of public goods.
- 12:15 – 1:15 pm Engage, Rage or Both? Cartoonists Respond to Trump Cartoonists from The New Yorker and several other publications share and illuminate work inspired by our current president. With R. Sikoryak, Emily Flake and Lauren Weinstein, moderated by local graphic novelist Kevin Pyle.
- 1:30 – 2:30 pm Building the Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson’s White House In his new book, social historian Joshua Zeitz takes us behind the scenes of the legendary Great Society programs to reveal the personalities behind every burst of 1960’s liberal reform – from civil rights and immigration reform, to Medicare and Head Start. Introduced by Dr. Leslie Wilson.
- 2:45 – 3:45 pm Women, Sex, Power and the #MeToo Movement How will the sexual harassment scandal impact the way women navigate ambition and gender roles the workplace? Jaclyn Friedman (Unscrewed: Women, Sex, Power, and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All), Professor of Sociology Yasemin Besen-Cassino, (Cost of Being a Girl: Working Teens and the Origins of the Gender Wage Gap) and New York Times Magazine journalist Susan Dominus consider this and other questions arising from the #MeToo movement with MSU Professor Patricia Matthew.
- 4:00 – 5:00 pm “They Can’t Kill Us All”: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement Washington Post writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Wesley Lowery discusses his account of the Black Lives Matter movement with MSU Professor of Justice Studies Jason Williams.
- 5:15 – 6:15 pm The Book Doctors Pitchapalooza Twenty writers will be selected at random to give a one-minute pitch of their book to an all-star publishing panel. At the end of Pitchapalooza, the judges will pick a winner who receives an introduction to an agent or publisher appropriate for his/her book. Bestselling author David Henry Sterry and agent-to-the-stars Arielle Eckstut will host the party. The panel includes Susan Weinberg, the publisher of Perseus; Victoria Skurnick, agent at Levine Greenberg Rostan; and Erika Turner, editor at Versify (a new imprint at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).