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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.

Ay me! for aught that I could ever read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth…

The Montclair Shakespeare Series Presents a Free, Outdoor Concert Reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Van Vleck! This free summer event promises to be a magical evening for the whole family.

Following their inaugural reading Twelfth Night last month, the newly founded Montclair Shakespeare Series will perform an outdoor concert staged reading of Shakespeare’s most popular work, on Tuesday June 30th at 7pm at the Van Vleck House & Gardens (21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ) open to the public and free of charge.

Accompanied by live acoustic music, this series is to be an ongoing celebration of Shakespeare’s work for the cultural community of Montclair.

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.

This performance will feature a stellar cast of actors from both NYC and the Montclair area.


Justin Cimino

Tristan Colton

Cameron DelGrosso

Terence MacSweeny

Mary Mallen

Mary McTigue

David Meyers

Dan O’Driscoll

Michael Raver

TJ Sclafani

Shayna Small

Meg Kiley Smith

Monique St. Cyr

Doraine Leigh Swain

Melissa Toomey

William J Ward

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a one-night-only event. Tickets are limited, and available by RSVP to Although a free event, donations are greatly appreciated, as we’d love to keep the series alive. Suggested Donation of $10. Audience members may bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating.

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

National Poetry Month Readings

MEWSIE George Witte will be doing 3 readings in April for National Poetry Month, featuring selections from his new book Does She Have a Name? as well as new work.

Saturday, April 11 @ 2 PM
Louis Bay 2nd Library
345 Lafayette Avenue
Hawthorne, NJ
Contact: Veronica Ditko,
To register:

Sunday, April 12 at 6 PM
The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
Contact: Andrea Lockett,

Thursday, April 16 @ 7:30 PM
The Teaneck General Store
502A Cedar Lane
Teaneck, NJ
$6 Donation
Open reading to follow, along with discussion and book signing.
Contact: Alice Twombly,

Please join us for these exciting upcoming events at Watchung Booksellers!

OCT 5 – Betsy BIRD, “Giant Dance Party” (Author/Illustrator Storytime Series) – 10:30 AM at Watchung Booksellers

Giants can’t dance – or can they? When Lexy takes on the task of teaching a gaggle of giants to dance, well, you can expect one giant dance party. Where there is a will, there is a way, and absolutely anyone can dance! Betsy Bird is an author, librarian, and the popular blogger Fuse #8.

OCT 8 – Seth GOLDMAN, “Mission in a Bottle” – 7:00 PM at Montclair State University

In vivid graphic-novel format, the co-founders of Honest Tea tell the engaging story of how they created and built a mission-driven business. Together they offer a wealth of insights about the challenges of creating a successful business, and advice for prospective enterpreneurs. Seth Goldman is the president and “TeaEO” of Honest Tea, which he co-founded with Barry Nalebuff in 1997. He is an internationally recognized spokesman for mission-driven enterprise and sustainability.

OCT 10 – Farah Jasmine GRIFFIN, “Harlem Nocturne” – 7:00 PM at Watchung Booksellers

In “Harlem Nocturne”, esteemed scholar Farah Jasmine Griffin tells the stories of three black female artists whose creative and political efforts helped lay the groundwork for the post-WWII Civil Rights movement: choreographer and dancer Pearl Primus, composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams, and novelist Ann Petry. A rich biography of three artists and the city that inspired them, “Harlem Nocturne” captures a period of unprecedented vitality and progress for African Americans and women. Farah Jasmine Griffin is a professor of English, Comparative Literature, and African American Studies at Columbia University.

OCT 16 – PANEL DISCUSSION: Getting Published – Which Path Is Best For You? – 7:00 PM at Watchung Booksellers

The world of publishing has changed so much in the last few years that it can be difficult for new writers to decide on a method of publication. Should you take the traditional route, or self-publish? Should you try to find yourself an agent first, or approach publishers directly? Join authors Jon Gibbs (moderator), John Grant, Sharon Trembley, and Nicole Zoltack for a frank discussion of the various paths to publication available to writers today. Sponsored by the New Jersey Authors Network (

OCT 17 – D.T. MAX, “Every Love Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace” (With Ian Frazier) – 7:00 PM at Watchung Booksellers

We mark the paperback release of this New York Times best-selling biography with a repeat visit from author D.T. Max, this time in conversation with acclaimed writer Ian Frazier. In this compulsively readable biography, which the New York Times called an “emotionally detailed portrait of the artist as a young man,” D. T. Max charts Wallace’s tormented battle to succeed as a novelist as he fights off depression and addiction, culminating with his masterpiece, “Infinite Jest”.

OCT 19 – Betsy LEWIN, “Click, Clack, Boo!” (Author/Illustrator Storytime) – 10:30 AM at Watchung Booksellers

Farmer Brown does not like Halloween. So he draws the shades, puts on his footy pajamas, and climbs into bed. But do you think the barnyard animals have any respect for a man in footy pajamas? No they do not! For them, the Halloween party has just begun. And we all know these critters far prefer tricks over treats… Betsy Lewin is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type”, its sequels, and a number of other acclaimed picture books.

OCT 20 – Third Sunday Poets: Linda Cronin, Jim Gwyn, Elizabeth Marchitti, Lori Ruzich, and E.J. Emerson – 4:00 PM at Watchung Booksellers

OCT 22 – Veronica ROLF, “Julian’s Gospel: Illuminating the Life and Revelations of Julian of Norwich” – 7:00 PM at Watchung Booksellers

This fascinating study of the life and work of 14th-century English mystic Julian of Norwich combines an historical reconstruction of Julian’s life with a comprehensive commentary on her seminal “Revelations” in a brand new translation from the Middle English. Rolf’s biography examines the political, cultural, social, and religious milieu that influenced Julian’s spiritual development and shaped her visionary experiences. Educated at Columbia University, Veronica Rolf is an independent scholar of medieval studies and comparative literature.

OCT 24 – David Henry STERRY, “Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent” – 7:00 PM at Watchung Booksellers

David Sterry was a wide-eyed son of 1970s suburbia, but within his first week of looking for off-campus housing on Sunset Boulevard, he was lured into a much darker world — servicing the lonely women of Hollywood by night. “Chicken” (the word is slang for a young male prostitute) revisits this year of living dangerously in a narrative of dazzling inventiveness. The narrative shifts back and forth from tales of Sterry’s youth in the bosom of a disintegrating family to a fascinating account of post-Sixties sexual excess. David Henry Sterry is the author of over ten books and was a finalist for the Henry Miller Award.

OCT 26 – Michael GABRIELE, “The History of Diners in New Jersey” – 1:00 PM at Watchung Booksellers

Diners are New Jersey’s ultimate gathering places – at any moment, high school students, CEOs, construction workers and tourists might be found at a counter chatting with the waitresses and line cooks. Jerseyans yearn for lost favorites like the Excellent Diner and Prout’s Diner, and still gather at beloved haunts like the Bendix and Tick Tock Diners. Although the industry is all but gone today, New Jersey was once the hub of diner manufacturing, making mobile eateries that fed hungry Americans as far away as the West Coast. Author Michael Gabriele honors and expands on the diner’s delicious history in interviews with owners, patrons and historical experts. A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Michael Gabriele is also the author of “The Golden Age of Bicycle Racing in New Jersey.”

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

We hope to see you at the store soon!

Please join us at Watchung Booksellers for these exciting upcoming events!

SEPT 28 – Susan VERDE, “The Museum” (Author/Illustrator Storytime Series) -10:30 AM at Watchung Booksellers

As a little girl tours and twirls through the halls of the art museum, she finds herself on an exciting adventure. Each piece of art brings up something new inside of her: silliness, curiosity, joy, and even inspiration. So, when confronted with an empty white canvas, she is energized to create and express herself! With exuberant illustrations by Peter Reynolds, “The Museum” playfully captures the many emotions experienced through the power of art.

SEPT 29 – Laura THEODORE, “Jazzy Vegetarian Classics” – 1:00 PM at Watchung Booksellers

Classic American meals just became healthier and more delicious with Laura Theodore’s vegan twist on traditional family fare. With more than 150 easy to follow recipes for gourmet-style dishes, “Jazzy Vegetarian Classics” features Laura’s original creations as well as spins on time-honored favorites. Laura Theodore is a popular television and radio host of the popular “Jazzy Vegetarian” Public TV show and is also a radio host, vegan chef, cookbook author, award-winning jazz singer and actor.

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

We hope to see you soon!


Two Writers Circle Authors – Two Great Books

SATURDAY, October 19
3:00-4:30 PM
Sparkhouse Studio, 19 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ

JENNIFER WALKUP launches her Young Adult novel SECOND VERSE: Bad things come in threes. ​In Shady Springs, that includes murder.​

“Deliciously creepy and hauntingly beautiful.” – Debra Driza, author of MILA 2.0

TARA LAZAR celebrates her Children’s picture book THE MONSTORE: a one-stop shop for all your monsterly needs! Enormously funny – full of friendly, kooky creatures.

Humorous writing [and] giggle-worthy lines.” – School Library Journal


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!