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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

Professionals In Media (PIM) a LinkedIn group is having their annual summer party and you’re invited.  It’s Friday, July 22nd from 7 pm to 9 pm at Les Saisons, 304 Elmwood Avenue, Maplewood 07040.

The party will include a panel on blogging, featuring Montclair’s own Janice Harayda of “One-Minute Book Reviews,” recently named one of the best bloggers in the state by N J Monthly, Karen Faxio a blogger for and a contributing writer for the Star-Ledger.  The panel will be moderated by Michelle C. Hollow, of “Pet News and Views.”

You’ll learn what makes a blog popular, how to grow it and how to make it profitable.  And you’ll get to eat, drink, network and have a good time in a beautiful Queen Anne bed and breakfast.

Cost $10,  Bring a food item or beverage to share.  RSVP to Jacqueline Herships at 973-763-7555, or Michelle Hollow at

2nd Thursday of the Month rolls around again –
Thursday May 12, 7 to 10 pm. potluck.
Speaker: Julia Roberts on The Story in Your Head – how life coaching tools can help you do your best writing.

If you’re on the Supper Club list – I’ll be in touch. If you’re not yet on the list but you want to be – send me an email at julia[at]

We had a great dinner gathering in April – about 25 people – and a great presentation on epublishing by Phil Simon (The New Thanks again to Phil.

If you’d like to make a presentation that you think will serve the group, let me know.

The Fine Grind Coffee Shop in Little Falls will be hosting the book launch party for Lisa Dale’s newest novel, SLOW DANCING ON PRICE’S PIER (Berkley/Penguin).
WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 4-6 pm. All are welcome. Limited free books will be given to first arrivals. Lisa will be giving a short talk, signing books, and offering some fun party favors. Come celebrate! Questions:

Announcing MEWS Monthly Supper Club

Starting Thursday, April 14th – MEWS members are invited to a MEWS Monthly potluck supper on the second Thursday of the month from 7 to 10 pm. To RSVP or ask to be included as a presenter or reader, email Julia Roberts at Each guest will be asked to bring a a dinner contribution: main dish, side dish, salad, beverage or dessert. BYOB for alcohol.

This is an opportunity to create a more face to face writers’ community, allow for conversations, readings, and even presentations by local writers. I’ll host, and/or hosting can rotate. don’t miss the first, as we decide what we would like this MEWS Monthly club to become.

Professionals In Media Holiday Party, 1/14

All are welcome to attend the Professsionals In Media annual holiday party on Friday, January 14, at 7 p.m. at Les Saisons, 304 Elmwood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040.

We won’t have a speaker for this event because we want to spend the evening networking and spending more time getting to know one another.

There is a $10 fee, which covers expenses, and we ask each of you to bring a snack, appetizer, dessert, or bottle of wine to share. (We like to eat.)

On-street parking is highly regulated. There are spots at the Maplewood Pool, 187 Boyden Ave., Maplewood.

Professionals In Media (PIM) is open to writers, editors, publicists, and people in the media.

RSVP to Jackie Herships 973-763-7555 or Michele Hollow
Hope to see you there!

Come one, come all and raise a cup of cappuccino to celebrate the publication of Debra Galant’s third novel, “Cars from a Marriage.”

The party is Thursday, May 6 from 7 to 9 pm at Cafe Eclectic, 444 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. Watchung Booksellers is providing books for sale.

The Last Leaf oral history release party

The book release party for STUART LUTZ’s oral history book, “The Last Leaf: Voices of History’s Last-Known Survivors,” will occur Friday, March 26th at 7:30 PM at Words Book Store in Maplewood. The Last Leaf contains nearly forty interviews with the final survivors or last eyewitnesses to historically important events. Chapters include the last Civil War widows, the final American World War I soldier, the last Iwo Jima flag raiser, the final living person to have flown with Amelia Earhart, the last pitcher to surrender a home run to Babe Ruth, the final Medal of Honor winner for heroic actions on Pearl Harbor Day, the last Houdini stagehand, the final employees of Thomas Edison and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and many, many more. For more information, including excerpts, book photographs and a trailer, please visit

MEWS Party Report & Pictures

The MEWS Party last Saturday night at the Diva Lounge was wonderful — at least it was for me.  About 100 Mewsies showed up, familiar faces as well as new people.  There was drinking, talking, eating, and even dancing, plus our scholarship fund now has $500 in it!  Some party pictures:

Front: Literary agent Liza Dawson, novelist Christina Baker Kline, Money Magazine editor Diane Harris

Front: Literary agent Liza Dawson, novelist Christina Baker Kline, Money Magazine editor Diane Harris; Back: Literary agent Havis Dawson; Dave Kline of Showtime; Frank Albanese, Harper Collins

John Mutter, Cyd Clark

John Mutter of Shelf Awareness and Cynthia Clark of the Metropolitan Museum

Book and magazine writer and editor Gail Belsky

Book and magazine writer and editor Gail Belsky

Frank Albanese; Larry Dark of The Story Prize; Magazine writer and editor and anthologist Maureen Connolly

Frank Albanese; Larry Dark of The Story Prize; Magazine writer and editor and anthologist Maureen Connolly

Leslie Brody of The Record

Leslie Brody of The Record

Novelist Benilde Little

Novelist Benilde Little

Fiction writers Nancy Williams, Dionne Kurrti, and Pat Berry

Fiction writers Nancy Williams, Dionne Kurrti, and Pat Berry

Publishers Susan Weinberg and Frank Albanese

Publishers Susan Weinberg and Frank Albanese

Pam Satran and dessert

Pam Satran and dessert

Yes, they are dancing!

Yes, they are dancing!

Party News & Spam Attack

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night at the Diva party.  Since my own husband asked me to repeat these details last night, here it is one more time: Diva Lounge on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, 6:30 till 9:30, $39 per person CASH at the door includes food, unlimited soft drinks, two other drinks of your choice, and the chance to commune the all your fellow mewsies.

We’ll also be collecting for the first MEWS Scholarship, so if you’d like to donate by check, bring your checkbooks or a check made out to Montclair High School, with MEWS Scholarship in the memo line.  You can also mail donations to me at Pam Satran, 64 Myrtle Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042.

Meanwhile, I received reports this morning of a spam attack over on the mewsie ning site.  Apparently someone named Lucy David was offering to show everyone her pictures, and we’re not talking head shots.  “Lucy” has been banned from the site and I hope will not be attempting to lure us into sin again.