A Tale 2010

Prof. John B. Wefing… Adeyinka Makinde… Hudson Reporter Writer Al Sullivan… Local Historians Bob Leach & Cynthia Harris… & Shobhan Bantwal Headline…

A Tale of Our City

Jersey City’s 3rd Annual Book Festival on Saturday, September 18

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On Saturday, September 18th, 18 authors will converge within the lush Victorian design of Van Vorst Park, in the downtown historic district of Jersey City, for the 3rd annual book festival, A Tale of Our City, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A Tale of Our City is presented by Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and the Municipal Council, the Jersey City Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Jersey City Free Public Library.

The book festival features author readings from the park gazebo, and the chance for the public to mingle with all 18 authors in the informal park setting, purchasing books and getting them signed, and having real discussions with the authors of your choice.

For children, there will be face painting, storytelling and other fun activities. For everyone, there will be free library card sign up and information on library services, publishers, books and information giveaways, as well as community organizations represented. Music and entertainment intersperse the author readings.

“A Tale of Our City is getting well-known throughout the state, and our author roster reflects this,” said Assistant Library Director Sonia Araujo, who chairs the book festival committee. “We’ve opened up from just considering Jersey City-based authors because of the talent that’s out there, though Jersey City is certainly well represented!”

For starters, there is Al Sullivan, well known for being Senior Staff Writer from The Hudson Reporter, will be presenting his book of selected stories, compiled from his years of working at the newspaper chain, Everyday People, Profiles from the Garden State, and who is known for his sensitive portrayal of the goodness of humanity. Author Adeyinka Makinde, a Nigerian whose fascination with one boxer from Jersey City produced the book, JERSEY BOY: The Life and Mob Slaying of Frankie DePalma, depicts the seamier side of human nature.

The Jersey City Free Public Library presents two authors who need little introduction – Jersey City Historical Project Director Bob Leach (Young Frank Hague and the Lucky Horseshoe) and New Jersey Room Manager Cynthia Harris (Changing Jersey City: A History in Photographs), both ‘bNr’s’ – born and raised – in Jersey City. Leach, a storyteller by nature and trade, has written and videotaped many of his stories of Jersey City chronicling Frank Hague’s times. Harris, along with local documentary photographer Leon Yost, created Changing Jersey City, her first book, by using many of her own vintage postcards.

Seton Hall law professor John B. Wefing wrote a scholarly and definitive portrait of one of New Jersey’s beloved governors, The Life and Times of Richard J. Hughes, The Politics of Civility, as only someone intimately involved within the legal profession can do.

Shobhan Bantwal writes with luscious descriptiveness as she weaves her stories of human frailty and redemption, always with the backdrop of her native India. The book, her latest and the one she will be featuring at A Tale of Our City 2010, is entitled, The Unexpected Son.

The highlighting of these six authors only paves the way for the other 12 participating authors, who are equally as knowledgeable, informative and deeply interested in their respective topics. Check out the full list of participating authors in A Tale of Our City 2010!!!

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