A Tale of Our City 2012

A Tale of Our City 2012

Blue skies… Sunshine… Talented Authors and Performers… and YOU!!!

A Tale of Our City 2012 had the best of all possibilities, and the day did not disappoint.

From the first author who performed, Nickole Williams, who pleasantly surprised us all with her singing, belting out a refrain that pierced the morning air, interspersing her spoken healing-poetry…to the last – Dujuana Sharese, whose inspired spoken word performance managed to initiate audience participation by repeating her lyrics, even though she was feeling under the weather…

All 24 participants gave a wonderful performance, offering their best readings, reciting their poetry, saying their monologues…in short, they gave us their all, and entertained a steady crowd of festival-goers.

The singer-songwriters truly gave A Tale of Our City 2012 a festive ‘feel’. Starting off with Javier Orellana, whose sound was reminiscent of Elvis Costello…with an afternoon pick-me-up from Tom’s Dream – comprised of Thomas J. Thiel and his cousin, Carol Hoernlein – whose Americana sound was at once comfortable and familiar (Harry Chapin, anyone?), yet the songs’ lyrics and music were Tom’s own.  A Tale of Our City’s next-to-the-last performer literally rocked out the festival – Debra Devi, whose blues-infused rock was preceded by her reading a definition of cool from her award-winning book, The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu. Cool.

Bonnie the Magic Lady performed – twice! – for festival children of all ages – for free! – which was very much appreciated.

There was a serious side to the writers, memoirs – A City Set on a Hill by Shamina Allen; I Am Myself: A Woman Growing Up with Tourette Syndrome by Theresa Borrelli; Fragments, AKA Incomplete Thoughts by Zakee Howze; and Save Me a Seat by the Drummer by Carmine J. Scarpa – and introspective thoughts from novelist Santiago Marte, La Conspiración Sagrada; and from poet Michael T. Young.

And then, there was a humorous take on life (Yvonne Hernandez’s monologues, Nancy Méndez-Booth’s short story, and J.J. Tomkin’s outrageous novel, The Wicked Education of Henry Holliday).

These extremely talented writers entertained us all… poet Beth Bird, book, Hymns for a New Habitat; children’s story writer Dr. Andrea Blake-Garrett, The Adventures of Izzy & JuJu: Twin Detective Investigators (T.D.I.); romantic novelist Debra A. Daly, Dream Come True; poet Jacqueline Hallenbeck, book, Prompted; novelist Peter Healy, Vengeance is Sacred; Young Adults novelists Clarence Matthews, The Man Jacob; Alfred C. Martino, Perfected by Girls; and Jane Pedler, Doby’s Creek; and novel entertainment for adults by writers Maureen Wlodarczyk, Canary in a Cage: The Smith-Bennett Murder Case; and Robert J. Woolsey, Husband in Waiting.

What a wonderful array of talent we had with us and for that, we are so thankful. Everyone expressed different forms of writing, of reading, of hearing the written and spoken word… all representing the brilliance of “writing.”

The Jersey City Free Public Library buys multiple copies of each author’s book, for lending to the public. We encourage you to take out their books, and see what type of writing talent we have in our midst!


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