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.

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."

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.

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.

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.
Montclair Tall Tale

A Montclair Tall Tale: “Howdy, Neighbor,” Part 4

Here is Chapter Four of our Montclair Tall Tale, “Howdy, Neighbor.” We’re looking for entries for Chapter Five right now!Each entry should be 500-700 words, and sent to with the subject “Montclair Tall...
open book

Culture in brief: Okrent, Alter in Open Book/Open Mind Sunday

Daniel Okrent will discuss his book “The Guarded Gate” at Open Book/ Open Mind with Jonathan Alter, Sunday, Nov 3, at 4 p.m.

Marcy Dermansky finds commas in coffee shops

Montclair author Marcy Dermansky loves to work in cafes. She'll be reading in one on Oct. 28, as part of the Halfway There reading series.
Little Read

First Person: Back in the big chair for Montclair’s Little Read

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsOnce more into the big chair!Last year, your faithful correspondent signed up as a reader for the Little Read at the Montclair Public Library, my first year doing so.I discovered that not...