Trevor Noah. Courtesy Montclair State University.

Trevor Noah, Paul Auster and more than 50 other authors will participate in the first Montclair Literary Festival. The Festival, according to its website,, is designed to promote “reading for all, bringing writers and readers together to celebrate our town’s vibrant literary scene and support the work of local non-profit Succeed2gether to close the education achievement gap.” The festival will include book talks, panel discussions, author signings, workshops and children’s activities.

Trevor Noah begins the festival, reading from his memoir “Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood” with his editor, Chris Jackson, at Montclair State University’s Memorial Auditorium. Winners of a Montclair Middle School poetry slam competition perform on March 31, at the Little Theater in Montclair High School. The winners of the Montclair High School short story competition will be announced. For a full schedule of events,  visit

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