Montclair Literary Festival

Succeed2Gether Presents the 2018

Succeed2gether launched the Montclair Literary Festival in 2017 to engage the entire community in a celebration of reading, books, and Montclair’s vibrant and diverse literary scene.

Festival Day is Saturday March 17, 2018, a full day of free events including book talks, panel discussions, author signings, workshops and children’s activities.

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We are excited to present these featured authors in 2018 – with many more to come! 

Tom Perrotta: novelist and screenwriter, author of Mrs Fletcher, Election, Little Children, The Leftovers

Anna Quindlen: Pulitzer prizewinning journalist and author of the novels Miller’s Valley, Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, and three non-fiction books, Living Out Loud, Thinking Out Loud and A Short Guide to a Happy Life. 

Christina Baker Kline: author of A Piece of the World, Orphan Train, The Way Life Should Be, Sweet Water, Bird in Hand, and Desire Lines and author of editor of five works of nonfiction.

Jillian Medoff: author of This Could Hurt, Hunger Point, I Couldn’t Love You More and Good Girls Gone Bad. 

Marcy Dermansky: author of The Red Car, Bad Marie and Twins. 

Michael Robbins: poet, critic and MSU professor, author of Equipment for Living: on Poetry and Pop Music, and the poetry collections Alien vs Predator and The Second Sex. 

Min Jin Lee: author of National Book Award Finalist Pachinko and Free Food for Millionaires

Jaclyn FriedmanUnscrewed: Women, Sex, Power, and how to Stop Letting the System Screw us All

Joshua Zeitz: Building the Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson’s White House and other books of political history.

Montclair local Kevin Pyle will moderate a panel looking at how Cartoon Artists are responding to Trump, featuring R. Sikorak, Emily Flake and Lauren Weinstein.

Children’s and Family Events

Art and Literature at MAM: Workshops on illustration, book-making and graphic art, run in cooperation with the Montclair Art Museum’s Education Program

School Events: including a poetry slam competition, short story competition, and other outreach activities.

Children’s Program: story-telling for young readers, book talks by YA authors and graphic novelists, a literary scavenger hunt and much more.  

Montclair Literary Festival is a community-wide event that aims to exchange ideas, inspire future literary works and engage with different points of view. Working closely with the Montclair Public Library, Montclair Art Museum, Watchung Booksellers and a team of local volunteers, the festival will also generate lasting connections between arts institutions, the schools and the community, benefiting a broad cross-section of participants and attendees. We welcome Montclair residents to get involved by sponsoring, volunteering or joining a committee.

Educational Equality and Social Justice were the themes of the inaugural festival in 2017.  Ideas, opinions, and questions flowed freely as writers and readers came together for two days to celebrate the written word. More than 1500 people enjoyed fascinating talks by 93 authors including Trevor Noah, Paul Auster, Daphne Merkin, Siri Hustvedt, Jayne Anne Phillips, John Keene, D.T. Max, Sam Lipsyte, Marcy Dermansky, Laurie Albanese, Benilde Little, Nancy Star, Alice Elliott Dark, Nicholas Delbanco, Nicole Dennis Benn, Michael Twitty and Garth Risk Hallberg.

For more information please contact Festival Directors:

Jacqueline Mroz

Catherine Platt

Countdown to 2018 Festival


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