Sunday, September 07, 2008

JCPL Book Fair in Jersey City 9/13/08

Here's another activity for September!

Bibliophiles, bookworms, book peddlers, and those who love writing and hearing the written word will have an opportunity to indulge themselves with a day of literary delights when Jersey City holds its first annual book festival on Saturday, Sept. 13."

A Tale of Our City" will be held in Van Vorst Park on Montgomery Street, right across the street from the Main Branch of the Jersey City Free Public Library. The library is organizing the event and hopes to make it annual.The festival will be part of a daylong nationwide celebration known as "the Big Read," an initiative of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) that puts a spotlight on encouraging reading and literacy.

The festival is funded by a grant from the NEA.As part of the initiative, free copies of Ray Bradbury's classic sci-fi novel Fahrenheit 451 will be handed out to festival attendees who have a valid library card, or who apply for a card during the festival. Members of the Jersey City Theater Company will conduct a public reading of the book.

Sonia Araujo, the assistant library director for the Jersey City Public Library, said last week that so far 12 authors have committed to an appearance at the festival. They will sign and sell their books, as well as read excerpts.Among them are city native and noted historian Thomas Fleming, and Helene Stapinski, an author of several books including the memoir of life in Jersey City, Five Finger Discount.

Source: Hudson Reporter, Ricardo Kaulessar

1 comment:

  1. Kristina Andrews12:40 PM

    Along with this event, Come check out the Literature to Life festival happening this weekend! Here's the Info:
    The Literature to Life Festival will take place September 20-21, 2008 at the Scholastic Auditorium in their Landmark Soho Building. The Festival is a chance to discover how theatre can be a catalyst for civic action. Engaging and provoking works of literature and theatre are presented along-side inspiring presentations by leaders of activist organizations, encouraging the audience to “raise their civic voices.” Performances are at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, and 7pm each day, with a reception following the 7pm premier performances. Single-Performance tickets are $20; Single-Day tickets are $55; Full-Festival Passes are $100. Educators attend for free (limited availability). Tickets may be reserved by calling The American Place Theatre at 212-594-4482 x10. For more information, logon to