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Poetry and Music at the ANT
Featuring George Witte and Tina Kelley
Saturday, September 19, 2015
7:00 PM
ANT Bookstore and Cafe, 345 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, NJ

New Jersey poets George Witte and Tina Kelley read from new work and published books for Poetry and Music at the ANT. Witte is the author of three books of poems, most recently Does She Have a Name? (NYQ Books, 2014); Kelley is the author of two books, her new one being Precise (Word Tech, 2013). Open reading to follow. Free.

Seven local writers, Karen Abarbanel, Donna Brennan, Marne Benson, David Holmberg, Priscilla Mainardi, David Popiel and Nancy Burke (Toomey) will share their recent work in fiction and memoir at Watchung Booksellers on Wednesday, June 10th at 7 PM.
This group has critiqued each other’s work for 12 years. The results are several novels, memoirs, non-fiction works, short stories and essays published in a variety of forms. These include mysteries, literary, young adult, middle-grade, historical non-fiction, personal memoir, flash and short fiction.
The public is invited to get acquainted with this eclectic mix of voices at this third reading hosted by Margo Sage El at Watchung Booksellers.
Join their friends, families, fans and fellow writers for this evening of fun, food and fiction…

The Montclair Shakespeare Series Presents a Free Concert Staged Reading of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Beginning with Twelfth Night, at 8 PM on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at the downtown Montclair Women’s Club (82 Union Street), the newly founded Montclair Shakespeare Series will perform concert readings of Shakespeare’s work, open to the public and free of charge. The Series will feature a different play each month, accompanied by live acoustic music and performed at various historic venues across Montclair. This is to be an ongoing celebration of Shakespeare’s work for the community of Montclair, which has always had an appreciation for the arts but currently has little professional theatre available. In this “no-frills” concert reading style, plays are read by the actors with the script in hand with very limited staging. The emphasis is on the classical language and on the actors’ ability to bring the characters to life without costumes, sets, or movement. Performances will feature a stellar group of professional actors from both NYC and the Montclair area.

Twelfth Night is a one-night-only event. Tickets are limited, and available at or by RSVP to Although a free event, donations are appreciated!

Montclair State University and PEN Present
“Guantánamo Diary: A Reading and Conversation” on April 27

Actor/playwright Wallace Shawn, Joshua Ferris and other acclaimed writers will read the first and only diary by a still-imprisoned Guantánamo detainee, Mohamedou Ould Slahi.

WNYC’s Leonard Lopate will moderate the discussion amongst panelists including criminal defense attorney Nancy Hollander, and former PEN Freedom to Write director and Guantánamo Diary editor, Larry Siems.

“Guantánamo Diary: A Reading and Conversation” on April 27 is a free event from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Montclair State’s Alexander Kasser Theater, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, N.J.

To reserve a ticket to this free event, please RSVP to

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!

The Montclair Media Alliance will meet on September 12 at Fitzgerald’s 1928 Side Bar Private Room in Glen Ridge, NJ. The goal of the group is to bring together Montclair area residents involved in any aspect of the media profession to network, learn and create opportunities for successful collaboration and business.

Media creatives or those who work on the business side are encouraged to attend. Media can include, but is not limited to: TV, Film, Video, Photography, Writers, Journalism, Editors, New Media, Transmedia, Digital Content Producers, Social Media, Music, Multimedia, Animation, and Media Finance, Management, Marketing, Publicity/pr, Law.

Any ideas are welcome and so are speaker suggestions especially regarding new trends in media and how to keep up with them.

For more information and updates, please visit the FB page

Light food will be served and a cash bar is available. Suggested donation $15. RSVP required to ensure a seat to

Become a Volunteer Literacy Tutor!

Literacy Volunteers of America is offering a free 18 hour tutor training workshop at the Montclair Public Library. Complete the six Wednesday sessions starting Feb. 13 from 10:30am-1:30pm and become a volunteer tutor. You could help one of our many adult students awaiting basic literacy or ESOL instruction. Contact or 973-566-6200 ext. 217 to register.

MHS Seeks Mentors for Big Picture Program

Jeff Heike from Montclair High School writes:

Montclair High School has initiated a Big Picture small learning community at the school this fall. BP educates students through their interests and incorporates internships at sites where students can learn first hand about interests they are passionate about from mentors who are willing to share their experiences and knowledge. Currently, we have students interested in pursuing writing and illustrating and we are seeking adults who are interested in working with students in a mentoring capacity. I am working with the program as an internship coordinator. I’d love to hear from anyone interested in hearing more about this opportunity or from those who can give me leads to others who may be able to assist our program. You can email me at or call me at the high school (973-509-4100×2664). For more information about Big Picture please visit

Networking and Social Media Strategy, 9/19

PIM (Professionals In Media), a LinkedIn group, is have a networking meeting and an opportunity to learn about Social Media strategy on Wed., September 19 with networking at 7 and the speaker, Danielle Tropea at 7:30. Tropea, creator of Celebrity Baby blog which she sold to People will tell us about developing a strategy, etiquette tips for social mediadn tricks fo the trade.

Network, meet new people and bring plenty of business cards. Ethical Culture Society, 516 Prospect St., Maplewood, NJ 07040. Donation $10. For more info contact or 973-763-7555.

Creative Writing Workshops in South Orange, Maplewood and Summit!

SUMMER SESSIONS: July 9-August 19

For Children: Our innovative approach uses movement, music, role-playing, tactile observation and group dynamics to actively engage children in the creative experience of writing.

– Storytellers Circle (K-2nd grade)
– POP-UP BOOKS! (1st-3rd grade) NEW!
– Story Magic (3rd-5th grade)
– A Picture’s Worth 1,000 Words! (3rd-6th grade) (story-making through images and words) NEW!
– Story Magic II (5th-7th grade)
– For Boys Only! (3rd-6th grade)
– Out of this World! (4th-6th grade) (Sci-fi, Fantasy and more!)
– Teen Writers Circles
– The Young Storymakers (by invitation or submission only – for kids who can’t stop writing!)

For Adults: Morning & evening classes, mixed genre and specialized workshops. Ongoing critique, companionship and inspiration move each writer toward their own best work.

– Adult Writers Circles
– Mastering the Children’s Picture Book – NEW!
– Screenwriting: From “Fade In” to “Fade Out” – NEW!
– Race to the Finish: Completing Your Novel – NEW!
– Writing for Young Adults – NEW!
– Writing Your Life (Memoir)

Classes held at:
– Sparkhouse Studio, 19 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ
– St. George’s Church, 550 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood, NJ
– MONDO, 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ