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A Conversation: Fact and Fiction, How Novelists Make the Past Come Alive – with Christina Baker Kline, the Montclair author of the #1 New York Times bestseller ORPHAN TRAIN and Kate Manning, the author of MY NOTORIOUS LIFE – both inspired by the 19th-century orphan train movement.

Our favorite novels transport us to another world. When that world encompasses lost events and characters from the actual past, history comes alive for readers, and book clubs have a lot to talk about. (So do authors!)

Kline and Manning will appear at Watchung Books at 7 pm on Wednesday, April 2.  For more on the program, click here.

Three noted Montclair memoir writers — Louise DeSalvo, Benilde Little, and Laurie Lico Albanese — will speak at the Bellevue Avenue Library Thursday night, March 27, at 7 pm.   The event benefits the library and tickets are $20 — buy them here.

Louise DeSalvo is the author of Writing As A Way of Healing and several other notable memoirs; Albanese’s Blue Suburbia is a memoir in verse; and novelist Little’s first memoir, Welcome to My Breakdown, will be published this spring.

Please join Jenny Milchman to celebrate the launch of her new suspense thriller, Ruin Falls, with a night of books, friends, food, and merrymaking!

There’s also a literary program for the evening: Return to Writing Matters: Two Authors, Two Releases, & Life at a Major Publisher in 2014. With author Carla Buckley, author of The Deepest Secret.

Please visit if you would like to RSVP for the event.

At Watchung Booksellers
54 Fairfield Street
Watchung Plaza
Montclair, NJ

Indie Reader Seeks Book Reviewers

IndieReader (, the essential consumer resource for self published books and the people who write them, is looking for book reviewers.

You will be paid $20/book and your byline will appear with the review on the IR site.
Requirements include:
* You must be a professional writer
* You must be able to read and review books in a few week’s time
* You must have access to an ereader

Please contact Amy at with questions.


New Genre Magazine Launched

Northern New Jersey Writer Iulian Ionescu is about to launch a new magazine featuring scifi, fantasy and horror stories. The primer issue for Fantasy Scroll Magazine is early April. Go to to learn more. Meanwhile, Ionescu has organized a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to pay writers for their stories. Details are here:

Spring Big Apple Conference

April 12 – 13
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016
Finding One’s Voice/Finding One’s Passion: A Memoir Workshop with Maureen Murdock
Author panel & book fair, Great (Reader) Expectations: The Key to Publishing’s New Golden Age with Clare Toohey, Pitch Perfect: Perspectives on the Current Publishing Industry, Meet the Agents panel & pitch session
Register at

Mewsie Robert Bugai from The Society of Professional Journalists invites you to participate in annual Rutgers University Meet The Media event.

The Future of Journalism: PRSA NJ’s Meet the Media Event

Tentative Participants: Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Bloomberg, WBGO, NJ BIZ and More!

Newsrooms continue to evolve as the press faces increasing financial pressure, shifting audience needs, and battles for attention in the digital environment. For journalists, that equals less time to get news up, presentation of information across multiple platforms, and changes in what they cover and why.

For public relations pros, that translates into tougher competition to land in the news, changing strategies to reach audiences, and different approaches when working with journalists.

In partnership with the Rutgers University Public Relations Student Society of America, and the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, PRSA NJ presents an engaging panel with top journalists in our region debating their future, relationships with PR pros, and where we go from here.

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Rutgers University
Livingston Student Center
84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Piscataway, N.J. 08854
Free parking at the event, look for signs

Radio Boot Camp, June session

News session of Radio Boot Camp!

Radio Boot Camp is an intensive class for beginners to learn the basics of producing for public radio. Do you love Ira, have a secret crush on Terry Gross, or wanna be Audie Cornish when you grow up? Come to Radio Camp’s March Boot Camp and learn how to produce a radio story from start to finish. This hands on class will cover the basics of writing for the ear, (very different than print) and producing for radio using professional equipment and software. Be prepared to grab your gear and hit the streets. Learn interviewing and mic techniques by doing the real thing. Voicing will also be covered. Students will produce two stories over the course of the weekend. There will be an hour and a half (approx) of homework on Saturday night.

Dates: June 7th & 8th, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Harvestworks, 596 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

More info. and registration, here:

Book Marketing 101 for Authors
at The Fine Grind, 101 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, NJ

This short lecture led by author Hank Quense, introduces authors to the need for marketing their book and how to develop a marketing plan. Participants will learn how to approach this process and will start to develop their own marketing plan at the event. Quense will also show participants how to identify potential customers.

Free event, walk-ins welcome! Please email events@tfgcoffee,com for more information.

JOB POSTING: Summer Program Coordinator for The Writers Circle

The Writers Circle ( is looking for Summer Program Coordinator to help us organize and run our Summer Creative Writing Intensives for teens and gifted younger students. The Coordinator will be responsible for:

-Preparing weekly binders, camp materials, and swag (t-shirts, water bottles, etc.)
-Taking daily attendance and supervising end-of-day pick up
-Supervising interns/counselors
-Shepherding students to/from various off-site locations
-Program photographer (a good eye is necessary, but a lot of experience is not)
-Posting to program’s online journal using WordPress
-Various administrative and other duties, as required

The Writers Circle Summer Creative Writing Intensives run from July 7-July 25 in Summit, NJ with Wednesdays spent at various off-site locations. Regular work hours will be 8 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, all three weeks. Duties will start sporadically before the program begins, in the May/June timeframe, to prepare materials for the program. Must be available on Sundays late afternoons/evenings the day before each week begins to prepare the space.

Strong organizational and people skills are a must. Enthusiasm for the program and the ability to face challenges unfazed are critical. Interest in creative writing a plus.

Compensation is $10/hour plus the option to take a free adult creative writing workshop during our summer session.

This is a terrific opportunity for an energetic, organized individual. Email cover letter and resume to: with “Summer Intensive Program Coordinator” in the Subject line.