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In brief: Montclair Story Salon presents love stories

"Love stories" is the theme of the Montclair Story Salon this week, which will be at Verdigreen on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Refreshments served.

In brief: ‘Miserable Love Stories’ for Valentine’s Day

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. ,Alex Bernstein, author of “Miserable LoveStories" will appear and read at Watchung Booksellers.
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Brodesser-Akner to discuss ‘Fleishman’

Taffy Brodesser-Akner will discuss her bestselling debut novel, "Fleishman Is in Trouble," at the first Open Book/Open Mind of 2020, on Jan. 12.
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In brief: Halfway There series kicks off tonight

NYT "10 Best of Year" author Julia Phillips, along with Ysabel Y. Gonzalez, Randon Billings Noble, and Marco Rafalà, kick off Halfway There series tonight.
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In brief: Friends of Anderson Park story contest

The second annual Friends of Anderson Park short story contest for Middle School students (500 to 2,500 words) is open now through Feb. 15.
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Culture in brief: Montclair’s Julia Phillips on NYT’s 10 best in 2019

"Disappearing Earth" by Julia Phillips, MHS graduate 2006, is listed first in the New York Times' Ten Best Books of the Year.
Writers' conference

All Write Now: a writers’ conference is a must

Writing is solitary. A writers' conference provides visibility, education, and community, writes Steph Auteri in "All write Now."
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A diner offers the comfort of a sure place

Michael C. Gabriele's new book “Stories from New Jersey Diners” follows his “The History of Diners in New Jersey." Speaking at Watchung Booksellers Nov. 30.
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All Write Now: The art of shameless self-promotion

Self-promotion can be the hardest part of our job as an artist, writes Melissa Sullivan in "All Write Now." But it's an essential part of a writer's life.
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Local Writing: ‘1%’ by Jacob Schapiro

“1%” by then-junior Jacob Schapiro co-won third place in last spring’s high school section of the poetry slam in the 2019 Montclair Literary Festival.