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|Happenings at the Bookstore and Around Town March 2012|
Here we were thinking we were going into a pokey little month, and wham! We have so many incredible events! There really is something for everyone!
We're starting off with our first ever No-Guilt Book Club Meeting, celebrating the women authors in our midst, and best of all, offering you the opportunity to join in the discussion - with our authors.
Enjoy! Margot, Carolyn, Marina, Nicole, Marisela and Liane
Join us for the first "meeting" of...
The No-Guilt Book Club ... with Liz Egan
Thursday, March 1, 7:30pm
reservations required, $10 a person.
(Wine, champagne, and yummy noshies...
plus 20% off all your book purchases!)
The only thing we take seriously is the no-guilt part! We're just about getting a bunch of ladies together to chat books, sip champagne, and get our reading set for the "season" with the help of Ms. Elisabeth (Liz to us) Egan, our fabulous neighborhood book maven (and, ahem, book editor for SELF magazine.) So, clear your night table and make room in your bag. And, remember, around here all reads are "good reads"- from Ms. Bingley to Ms. Handler, from Ms. Woolf to Ms. Fey, from... well you get the picture.
Talk, Video and Book Signing
Wednesday, March 7, 6-8 PM at Newark Public Library, 5 Washington St, Newark
Donald Bogle is one of the foremost authorities on African Americans in film and the arts. He is the author of the classic Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films, which is published by Continuum. His best-selling Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood received the Hurston/Wright Finalist Legacy Award in Non-fiction. His other books include the critically acclaimed Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography; Blacks in American Films and Television: An Illustrated Encyclopedia; and Primetime Blues: African Americans on Network Television
Book Launch CelebrationPamela Redmond
The Possibility of You
Thursday, March 8, 7-8pm
1916: Bridget, the Irish nanny.
1976: Billie, the free spirit finding her way.
Now: Cait, the adopted journalist.
Three women. Three key moments of the past century. Three stories of independence and motherhood, love and loss, power and family that intertwine in unexpected ways and culminate in an explosive ending that shows how one woman's choices can affect her world forever.Irish American Writers and Artists
Women's History Month for Girls at the Library
Denise Lewis Patrick
Girls Celebrate Math and Science Pioneers
Sunday, March 11 from 2 - 3:30 pm
Third to fifth grade girls will certainly be inspired by learning about the female mathematicians and scientists who have contributed greatly to our society. Select a pioneer, learn all about her, and prepare a poster to share with all the other girls! A Math/Science Extravaganza. Register here:http://mmmmathsciencepioneerbiographyread.eventbrite.com
Evening of Poetry with Celebrated Local Poets
Thursday, March 15, 7pm Madeline Tiger explores the powerlessness and the strength of girlhood with scrupulous attention to detail in From The Viewing Stand. Stone's book, Traveling with the Dead, vigorously supports the thesis that (tragically premature) absence makes the heart obsess-without hope of enduring relief.
Reception and Celebration
Thursday, March 22nd, 7pm People walking into the shop often ask us, "Where do you keep books by local authors?" The answer is, "Everywhere." We are so rich in community talent that books by local residents are shelved in virtually every section of the store - fiction, poetry, history, travel, memoir, kids' books, music, art....
As part of our Women's History month celebration, we invite you to join us at an informal reception in recognition of the women in our midst whose work continues to stimulate, inform, amuse, and move us. No speeches - just a chance to meet the authors, enjoy a glass of wine, chat with fellow book lovers, and buy a signed book, for your own collection or as a special gift.
Writing Matters Panel Discussion
Ten years ago, it was possible to operate a bookstore without internet access, and most libraries still had card catalogs. What are the best and worst aspects of today's integration of the physical and virtual spheres? Join us for a Writing Matters exploration of this and other questions relating to the new partnership of authors, bookstores, libraries and resource centers, with panelists Gioya McRae, Jenny Milchman, Margot Sage-EL and Mercedes Salvador.
Laura SchroffAn Invisible ThreadSunday, March 25th, 2-4pm
An Inspirational Story
at St. John's Episcopal Church, 55 Montclair Ave., Montclair
Laura and Maurice met on 56th street in Manhattan in 1986, when she was a 35-year-old single, successful ad sales executive, and he was an 11-year-old homeless panhandler. He asked me for spare change; she ignored him and kept walking. But something made her stop, and turn around, and go back to him, and that day Laura took Maurice to lunch. They met the Monday after that, and the following Monday, and every Monday for the next four years, and hundreds of times after that. Today, 25 years later, they are still great friends.
Lemonade and Brownies with
Michael Laser The Watermelon Sunday, March 25th, 3-4pm
Michael Laser, author of Cheater and 6-321, introduces his newest young adult novel about an idealist young teenager who goes to South America with a group of American high school volunteers to build a school. Set in an exotic locale, this is a love story and a tense drama about war.
Meet the authorThe Incorrigible Children of Ashton PlaceMarch 27th, 4pm
The Unseen Guest, Book 3 of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place is coming out this month. The series, great for ages 8 and up, is about a plucky young governess named Miss Penelope Lumley who must tame and educate three children who were actually raised by wolves, all while trying to solve the mystery of who they really are. The Mysterious Howling, Book 1 and The Hidden Gallery, Book 2 are available now. Delve into this new series and meet this delightful author!
The Brothers' Lot
Thursday, March 29th, 7-8pm
Combining the spirit of Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim with a bawdy evisceration of hypocrisy in old-school Catholic education, The Brothers' Lot is a comic satire that tells the story of the Brothers of Godly Coercion School for Young Boys of Meager Means, a dilapidated Dickensian institution run by an assemblage of eccentric, insane, and often nasty celibate Brothers. Dublin born Hoolihan delivers a novel "terribly bleak and terribly funny, this skillful debut pays tribute to the irrepressible spirit of all the rebellious young boys who would not give in to authoritarian rule." --BooklistA Benefit for Montclair Township Animal Shelter
Saturday, March 31st, 1-2pm
Meet Hooper and hear his story! Hooper is one plucky, spunky dog whose warm spirit and goofy personality are irresistible. Hooper tells his own dramatic rescue tale after being left homeless in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and taking a daring trip from New Orleans to New York to meet his new family.
| Miss Elaine's Storytime |
Storytime is back in full swing. The ever popular Miss Elaine treats our youngster to stories old and new, and leads us all in wonderful songs. Due to Miss Elaine's huge following, we need to schedule you on alternating weeks. Our space is small and safety is a huge issue for us all. Call us, 974-744-7177 or email
for the schedule. There is no fee. Storytime is our gift to our loyal customers.
March 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 10:30am.Please note: We follow the Montclair Public School schedule. Storytime will be cancelled in the event of a delayed opening or snow day!
| Saturday Storytime Delights!|
In-House Book Groups
All are welcome. 7:00pm
No registration required for the adult book groups If the book appeals to you, and you've read it, come and join
Great Writers with Marina Cramer
Fri, March 2nd, How to Live:A Life of Montaigne, Sarah Bakewell, part 2
Fri, April 6th, The Nun, Simonetta Hornby
Beam Me Up Science Fiction with Eileen Duffy
History Book Club with Joe Paranac.
Mon, March 26, Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation, Unger
Mon, April 23rd, The Ghosts of Cannae, Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic, Robert O'Connell
Salon Espanol with Marisela Santiago Fri, March 30th, Marina, Carlos Ruiz Zafron
Mental Health Book Club with Joel Wechsler
Tues, March 20, Crazy Like Me, Kessler
Tues, April 17th, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Joanne Greenberg
Teen Girls Book Group with Diane Franciose
Sun, March 11th, Oogy, Larry Levin
Middle School Boys with Mary Funari
Sun, March 25th, TBA
The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach
, Tea Obrecht
, Laura Schroff
, Tina Fey
and of course,