It’s going to be an exciting September at Watchung Booksellers! From fiction to non-fiction, picture books to how-to’s, we’ve got a phenomenal line-up of author events over the coming weeks. Don’t miss out!

SEPT 11 – Susan Gregg GILMORE, “The Funeral Dress” – 7 PM

Single mother Emmalee Bullard is left grief-stricken and alone with her baby when Leona, the older seamstress who took them in, dies suddenly. Against the objects of all those around her, Emmalee decides she will make Leona’s burying dress. A moving tale emerges as, with every stitch, Emmalee struggles for her daughter and to honor Leona the best way she can, finding unlikely support among a group of extraordinary women and, ultimately, her community. Susan Gregg Gilmore is the author of two novels and has written for the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor.

SEPT 12 – Lisa GORNICK, “Tinderbox” – 7 PM

Myra is a Manhattan psychotherapist. Her phobia-addled son has just moved back in with his wife and child, and the new nanny, Eva, seems like a perfect addition. But as Eva, a Peruvian immigrant, reveals more of herself, what seemed a felicitous arrangement turns ominous. Lisa Gornick is a psychoanalyst, Columbia University professor and the author of a previous novel, “A Private Sorcery”.

SEPT 15 – Third Sunday Poets ft Basil ROUSKAS and Adele KENNEY – 4 PM 

The Third Sunday Poets series continues presenting new work by local poets, while offering a forum for discussion and information exchange in a friendly, social environment.

SEPT 18 – Gabrielle GLASER, “Her Best-Kept Secret” – 7 PM 

In “Her Best-Kept Secret”, journalist Gabrielle Glaser documents a hidden-in-plain-sight drinking epidemic among American women. In a funny and tender voice, Glaser explores the history of women and alcohol in America and drills into the emerging and counterintuitive science about that relationship. Gabrielle Glaser is a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Mademoiselle, The Economist, Glamour, and The Washington Post, among others.

SEPT 19 – Alan GELB, “Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps” – 4 PM 

College essay coach and New York Times contributor Alan Gelb’s accessible and encouraging ten-step guide helps students write honest, one-of-a-kind essays that really shine. This to-the-point handbook shows you how to identify an engaging essay topic, and how to use creative writing techniques to craft a narrative that expresses your unique personality, strengths, and goals. Mr. Gelb ( is a college essay coach and professional writer whose clients include colleges and universities across the country.

SEPT 21 – Author/Illustrator Storytime Series: Jason Carter EATON, “How to Train a Train”, and Brianne FARLEY, “Ike’s Incredible Ink” – 10:30 AM 

“How to Train a Train” – What if somebody’s taste in pets runs to the more mechanical kind? In “How to Train a Train”, kids who love locomotives (and what kid doesn’t?) will discover where trains live, what they like to eat, and the best train tricks around—everything it takes to lay the tracks for a long and happy friendship.

“Ike’s Incredible Ink” – Ike wants to write a story, an incredible story, but he somehow can’t seem to get started. And then Ike realizes what’s missing — he needs his very own ink, made from just the right ingredients. Follow Ike’s adventurous quest to find the perfect ink in this whimsical picture book.

SEPT 21 – Richard KENNEDY, “Images of America: Essex Mountain Sanatorium” – 1 PM

The Essex Mountain Sanatorium was established in 1907 as a tuberculosis treatment center, and ultimately grew to become one of the finest treatment centers in the nation. After it was eventually abandoned in the early 1980s following a nationwide decline in TB cases, the hospital quickly became a haven for urban explorers and vandals. The main complex would finally fall to wreckers in 1993, ending an important era in county, state, and national history. Richard A Kennedy, an amateur historian and past explorer of the Sanatorium, has amassed a collection of photographs to pay a final, lasting tribute to this once grand institution.

SEP 22 – Courtney SHEINMEL, “Stella Batts” – 2:30 PM 

Eight year old Stella Batts has a problem… her name! A boy from her class keeps calling her ‘Smella’! So Stella decides there’s really only one thing to do – she has to change her name. After all, how hard can it be to pick a new name? This charming chapter book series is very popular among our early readers, and it’s not hard to see why!

SEPT 24 – Hillary FRANK, “The Do’s and Don’ts of College Essay Writing” – 7 PM

Perhaps the one element of the college admissions process that is fully in the applicant’s control is the personal essay. Join college essay consultant Hillary Frank for some basic do’s and don’ts of college essay writing. Hillary will walk you through her process of guiding a student to write compellingly in his or her unique voice, helping to you can craft your essay in a way that will make your application stand out among the rest. Ms. Frank is a freelance writer, radio producer, and educator, who offers private writing instruction through her essay consulting business Dog Star Tutoring.

SEPT 25 – Katy BUTLER, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” – 7 PM 

When Katy Butler’s father suffered a devastating stroke, it put Katy and her mother into the role of full-time caregivers, facing a series of wrenching moral questions: When does death cease being a curse and become a blessing? With a reporter’s skill, a poet’s eye, and a daughter’s love, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” explores what happens when our terror of death collides with the technological imperatives of modern medicine. Katy Butler, a National Magazine Award finalist, has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and other publications.

SEPT 26 – Susan TEPPER, “The Merrill Diaries” – 7 PM 

Raymond Carver meets Jennifer Egan in Susan Tepper’s fifth and newest book, “The Merrill Diaries”, in which a restless young woman finds love and lust. Merrill is never long without a man and her patter about her adventures from London to a Pennsylvania nunnery is fast-paced entertainment. Ms. Tepper has received nine Pushcart Prize Nominations, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her novel “What May Have Been” (co-authored with Gary Percesepe).

All events will be held at Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield St, Montclair, NJ) unless otherwise noted. For more information, please visit us at our website at or call us at 973 744 7177.

We hope to see you in the store soon!