“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 andÂ bring to the reading and buying public in a neutral inspiring setting.- Sonia Araujo/ ChairÂ “A Tale of Our City.”
Â On a beautiful Saturday, September 18th the Jersey City’s 3rd Annual Book Festival was Â held in Van Vorst Park. The first author we met wasÂ
Â 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 CountyÂ politics in his weekly column.
Al was at theÂ Book Festival to promote and read from his first book “Â Everyday People: Profiles of the Garden State- published by Rutgers Press, 2001.Â As Mr. Sullivan will tell youÂ about his book “That every life has a story ripe for the telling.”
Mr. SullivanÂ Â 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 kindÂ 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 The 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 AuthorsÂ 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 CenturyÂ -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