Julia Alvarez Open Book/Open Mind ScreeningOpen Book/Open Mind Series 09/03/2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Join us for a screening of our Open Book/Open Mind interview with Julia Alvarez, author of “In the Time of the Butterflies.” Alvarez’s book was a summer reading assignment for some Montclair High School students. This event is a great opportunity to hear from the author about the novel’s background, and the context in which she writes.Click here for more details...
Open Book/ Open Mind: Marcy Dermansky in Conversation with Kate TuttleAdult Events 09/15/2019, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Marcy Dermansky in Conversation with Kate Tuttle
Sunday, September 15th, 4 PM
Marcy Dermansky, author of The Red Car, Twins and Bad Marie, will discuss writing and her latest book, Very Nice, with fellow Montclair writer, Kate Tuttle, a former president of the National Book Critics Circle. Kate writes on books for the Boston Globe. Her reviews, interviews, and essays have also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and National Public Radio.
About the book: Rachel Klein never meant to kiss her creative writing professor, but with his long eyelashes, silky hair and the sad, beautiful life he laid bare on Twitter, she does, and the kiss is very nice.
Zahid Azzam never planned to become a houseguest in his student’s sprawling Connecticut home, but with the sparkling swimming pool, the endless supply of strawberries and Rachel’s beautiful mother, he does, and the home is very nice.
Becca Klein never thought she’d have a love affair so soon after her husband leaves her for a younger woman, but when her daughter’s professor walks into her home, bringing with him a poodle named Princess, she does, and the affair turns out to be… a very bad idea.
An ingenious blend of sex, secrets and betrayal, Very Nice is a sharp, compulsive take on modern life from one of America’s most exciting novelists.
“Five narrators play a game of narrative hot potato with a tale of summer sexcapades … A hell of a lot of stylish fun” – Kirkus
Watchung Booksellers will have copies of Marcy’s’ books on hand for purchase and signing. This event is free thanks to grants from our Series Sponsors The Investors Foundation and The Montclair Foundation. Please register below to ensure a seat at the event.Click here for more details...
Open Book/Open Mind: Dan Barry in Conversation with Matthew Purdy – THIS LANDAdult Events 10/20/2019, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Dan Barry, a New York Times columnist, will be in conversation about his book THIS LAND: America, Lost and Found, with his Times colleague Matthew Purdy, Deputy Managing Editor. The book is a landmark collection, selected from a decade of his distinctive “This Land” columns and presenting a powerful but rarely seen portrait of America.
“Story to story, this collection of reportage from Dan Barry for The New York Times might appear to be what it is – old journalism. And yet, what is actually here, a decade of stories about crumbling traditions, breaks in trust and flickers of grace, is the most comprehensive single-book portrait of the United States (circa 2007-2016) in a long time. The accumulated power of these pieces – angry, corny, inspiring, mournful and insane – takes on the shape of a salute to durable, keenly observed newspaper writing.”—The Chicago Tribune, 10 Best Books of 2018
The event is free thanks to grants from our Series Sponsors, Investors Bank and The Montclair Foundation. Please register below to reserve a seat. Watchung Booksellers will have copies of the book for sale and signing at the end of the event.Click here for more details...
Open Book/ Open Mind: Daniel Okrent and Jonathan Alter- The Guarded GateAdult Events 11/03/2019, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Daniel Okrent, a journalist at The New York Times, will discuss his book THE GUARDED GATE: Patricians, Eugenicists, and the Campaign to Keep Jews, Italians, and Other Immigrants Out of America with Montclair author, reporter, columnist, TV Analyst and lecturer Jonathan Alter.
About the book: by the widely celebrated New York Times bestselling author of Last Call—the powerful, definitive, and timely account of how the rise of eugenics helped America close the immigration door to “inferiors” in the 1920s.
A forgotten, dark chapter of American history with implications for the current day, The Guarded Gate tells the story of the scientists who argued that certain nationalities were inherently inferior, providing the intellectual justification for the harshest immigration law in American history. Brandished by the upper class Bostonians and New Yorkers—many of them progressives—who led the anti-immigration movement, the eugenic arguments helped keep hundreds of thousands of Jews, Italians, and other unwanted groups out of the US for more than 40 years.
Over five years in the writing, The Guarded Gate tells the complete story from its beginning in 1895, when Henry Cabot Lodge and other Boston Brahmins launched their anti-immigrant campaign. In 1921, Vice President Calvin Coolidge declared that “biological laws” had proven the inferiority of southern and eastern Europeans; the restrictive law was enacted three years later. In his characteristic style, both lively and authoritative, Okrent brings to life the rich cast of characters from this time, including Lodge’s closest friend, Theodore Roosevelt; Charles Darwin’s first cousin, Francis Galton, the idiosyncratic polymath who gave life to eugenics; the fabulously wealthy and profoundly bigoted Madison Grant, founder of the Bronx Zoo, and his best friend, H. Fairfield Osborn, director of the American Museum of Natural History; Margaret Sanger, who saw eugenics as a sensible adjunct to her birth control campaign; and Maxwell Perkins, the celebrated editor of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. A work of history relevant for today, The Guarded Gate is an important, insightful tale that painstakingly connects the American eugenicists to the rise of Nazism, and shows how their beliefs found fertile soil in the minds of citizens and leaders both here and abroad.
This event is free thanks to grants from our Series Sponsors, Investors Foundation and The Montclair Foundation. Please register below to reserve a seat. Watchung Booksellers will have copies of the authors’ books on hand for purchase and signing at the end of the event.Click here for more details...
Open Book/ Open Mind: B.A. Shapiro in Conversation with Caroline Leavitt at MAMAdult Events 11/07/2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Montclair Art Museum
The Collector’s Apprentice
Award-winning New York Times bestseller author B. A. Shapiro will debut her latest and eighth novel The Collector’s Apprentice, another unforgettable tale about the lengths to which people will go for their obsession, whether it be art, money, love, or vengeance. Her previous novels include The Muralist, The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless and Shattered Echoes, four screenplays (Blind Spot, The Lost Coven, Borderline and Shattered Echoes) and the non-fiction book, The Big Squeeze.
B. A. will be in conversation with New York Times best-selling fiction writer Caroline Leavitt, author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You, as well as 8 other novels. Caroline is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Award in Fiction, and a Goldenberg Fiction Prize.
Thanks to our community partner, Montclair Art Museum, this event will be held during their “Free First Thursday” programming. Registration to the evening is not required but please register below for this talk so we can provide updates or schedule changes via e-mail. (This event was rescheduled from 2018 so those prior event registrations have been saved.)
Thanks to our Series Sponsors, The Montclair Foundation and Investors Foundation, for their support. Watchung Booksellers will have copies of both authors’ book for sale and signing at the end of the event.Click here for more details...
Open Book/ Open Mind: Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey – Breaking the Sexual Harrassment Story That Helped Ignite a MovementAdult Events 11/22/2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey in Conversation with Matthew Purdy
She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement
This ticketed event will be held at our Series In-Kind Sponsor’s location, Central Presbyterian Church, 46 Park Street, Montclair. A copy of the book is included with the ticket purchase and may be signed at the end of the event.
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