Visiting Jersey City’s 3rd Annual Book Festival

Author’s Come Out to Talk About Their Books, Share Their Intelligence And Creativity

A Tale of Our City” book festival offers authors, new and established, of all genres and ages, a venue where they can showcase their works and  bring to the reading and buying public in a neutral inspiring setting.- Sonia Araujo/ Chair  “A Tale of Our City.”

 On a beautiful Saturday, September 18th the Jersey City’s 3rd Annual Book Festival was  held in Van Vorst Park. The first author we met was 

Al Sullivan with his book Everyday People: Profiles of the Garden State
Al Sullivan with his book Everyday People: Profiles of the Garden State

 Al Sullivan who works for the Hudson County Reporter papers-Bayonne CommunityNews. Al is a Senior Saff Writer, who reports the news and exhorts about Hudson County  politics in his weekly column.

Al was at the Book Festival to promote and read from his first book “ Everyday People: Profiles of the Garden State- published by Rutgers Press, 2001.  As Mr. Sullivan will tell you about his book “That every life has a story ripe for the telling.”

Tell a Friend

Mr. Sullivan  book features profiles about librarians, tax assessors, hot dog vendors, poets, politicians and everyday people who make not just New Jersey, but anytown, America special. Like his profile on Felix Addeo, who takes time out of his busy schedule to teach middle school kids what its like to be an accountant. Or Biomedical Engineer Lis Ross, who twice a year leads a group of volunteers to clean up a local pond. Through richly detailed stories- a kind  of writing that has all but disappeard form our local newspapers- about small -town people in extrordinary situations, Sullivan depicts the characters that enliven life in the Garden State.”- Rutgers University Press

Priscilla Gardner Library Director at the 3rd Annual Book Festival book-festival-21The Book Festival presented many different Authors with various styles of writing from Biographies like the one on Former Govenor Huges by John B. Wefing who wrote The Life and Times of Richard J. Huges-The Politics of Civility Published by Rutgers University Press, 2009 to poetry which featured Jacqueline Hallenbeck in her book Poem-atic which she self -published in 2009.

The Authors  featured at the Book Festival were:

Jemmine Adams– Running with Fred -self published, 2010

Shobhan Bantwal – The Unexpected Son- Kenisngton Publishing Corp, 2010

Morning Dew– The Sea Flower, During the age of the Winged Warrior-self published by Seaburn Publishing Group, 2009

Hisani DuBose– Do I have to be a Starving Artist in the 21st Century -self published by Createspace, 2010

Cynthia Fabin– Second Hand Art- self published by Strategic Publishing Group, 2010

Kenny Hall-Billy & Me Kenny’s gonna ruin my redneck image- self published by AuthorHouse, 2008

Cythia T. Harris, MLS-Co-Authored with documentary photographer Leon Yost Changing Jersey City : A history in Photographs -published by Schiffer Publishing, 2009/ Available online.

Bob Leach-Young Frank Hague and the Lucky Horeshoe-Published by the Jersey City Free Public Library, Ltd Ed, 2009 Available through, JC Historical Project and online.

Gioya Mc Rae-Life Sentence: 356 Prompts, Challenges & Wild Persuassions for Write -brained People- Self published by Mocha Mind Communications, 2010

Adeyinka Makinde– Jersey Boy: The Life and Mob Slaying of Frankie DePaula -Self Published by iUniverse, 2010 (side note I knew Frankie DePaula-this book names, names and you can’t put it down, once you begin reading it).

also featured: Jane Pedler, Derek and Gina Roce, Sonia Roman,Keith Smith, Patricia Squires and Michael Walters.

For any authors interested in showcasing their work next year, the book festival will be held on September 10, 2010 please call 201-547-4549

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.