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Celebrate National Pie Month at “Pies In Literature,” a Community Pie Contest with The Book House, Farm & Fork Society, and Best Selling Author Eva Lesko Natiello — Submit your Best Pie to be Judged by Local Dignitaries and Business Owners — Join The Book House, Farm & Fork Society, and Eva Lesko Natiello author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller, “The Memory Box” to celebrate National Pie Month on Sunday, February, 24, 3 PM – 5 PM at The Book House located at 281 Millburn Ave, Millburn. All amateur bakers are encouraged to submit their best pie to be judged by local dignitaries, business owners and residents. The panel includes Deputy Mayor Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg, professional pastry chef Michelle Retik from Squirrel and the Bee, real estate agent Joanna Parker-Lentz of The Jodi & Joanna Group and Eva Lesko Natiello, author of “The Memory Box.” Pies will be judged on three categories: crust, filling, and appearance. Extra consideration will be given to pies inspired by a literary work. Prior to judging, Eva Lesko Natiello will read from her novel, talk about the symbolism of pies in literature, and sign copies of her best selling book. To […]

From Indigo: Please join the iconic Isaac Mizrahi – designer, cabaret performer, talk-show host, and TV celebrity, as he signs copies of his latest book, I.M.: A Memoir on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at Indigo Short Hills – Line-up will be available on a first-come, first-served basis – Individuals must have a purchased copy of one of the books to be in line – Proof of purchase required from Indigo – online or in-store.

From Hopewell Theater: Join us for our ongoing series This Really Happened… featuring some of the most hilarious and moving storytellers on stage. With a rotating cast of storytellers, the show is always fresh. Audience members can also claim a spot in the show and share a “two-minute tale” at the open-mic at the end of each show, for up to six audience members. Hosted by Joey Novick, each show will be one hour long with no intermission, followed by the open mic segment of “two-minute tales.” March 8, April 5, May 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $15

From the Montclair Literary Festival: Montclair Literary Festival will be held March 21 – 24 2019. 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. Past Festivals have featured celebrated authors such as Patti Smith, Trevor Noah, Paul Auster, Anna Quindlen, Thomas Friedman, Tom Perrotta, Meg Wolitzer, Wesley Lowery, Jonathan Alter, Min Jin Lee, and many more. There is a full program of FREE book talks, panel discussions, author signings, workshops and children’s activities. Our 2019 program includes Jennifer Egan, Joyce Carol Oates, Nathan Englander, Dani Shapiro, Christina Baker Kline, Wayétu Moore, Megan Abbott, David Ebershoff, Sergio De La Pava and Tressie McMillan Cottom, as well as YA/Childrens’ authors Gayle Forman, Esther Friesner, Gae Polisner, Arvin Ahmadi and Marc Aronson. We are revealing some authors as part of our 24 days of the Montclair Literary Festival. If you want to see who we have revealed you can follow us on social media or see our Authors page. For more information on what Succeed2gether does, see here.

Frida Kahlo: Dreams, Demons and Devotion March 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Frida Kahlo’s paintings illustrate the anguish and passion of a fascinating and complicated life. The astonishing works of this Mexican and feminist icon will be looked at through the lens of her ethnicity, disabilities and political activism. In addition, this talk will prepare you well for the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s exhibition Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving, on view from February 8 until May 12. JANET MANDEL is an award-winning art history educator. Black Box Theatre CHS $20

Harlan Coben Visits Words Bookstore in Maplewood April 3 Wednesday, April 3 — 7:00 pm [words] Bookstore and Harlan Coben reunite for a new event on April 3. Full details to be announced soon. Inquire at info@wordsbookstore.com

David Sedaris appears April 6 at 8 p.m. at Count Basie in Red Bank. From Count Basie: With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition, especially apparent in his latest book, a collection of his diaries entitled Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) (May 2017). Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002). He is the author of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a collection of fables with illustrations by Ian Falconer. Each of these books was an immediate bestseller. He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. His pieces regularly appear in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” There are over ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into […]

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