Dot’s Desk: Life in late autumn in Montclair

In late autumn, Dorothea Benton Frank recalls years gone by, and shakes off seasonal melancholy by embracing the holidays.
Girl Talk

Talking female heads: ‘Girl Talk’ explores friendship

Female friendships are intimate, special and hard. Jacqueline Mroz explores how these friendships work in her new book, "Girl Talk."

How to shop for your writer

Hanukkah is here, and Christmas is coming. Socks, coffeee, citronella candles, glitter notebooks: author Steph Auteri knows the gifts that will make any writer smile. Coffee too!

Dot’s Desk: Hallmark movies are making me fat

Dorothea Benton Frank laments the way corny holiday movies layer on the pounds: "If they’re drinking hot cocoa, so am I," she writes.
writing groups

All Write Now: On finding the write one, or playing the field with writing...

It's ok to play the field to find Mr. or Ms. "Write."

Montclair Local First Person: Not easy being green in the big red chair at...

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsIn “First Person” we report on events in, well, the first person. Reporters draw on their own experience at the event to describe it.I had Mark Teague’s “Frog Medicine” in my lap,...

Dot’s Desk: on being dead right

Author Dorothea Benton Frank tells pedestrians that the solution to "not getting squashed like a bug underfoot is to employ a little common sense."
The Little Read

Transforming in the Chair: The Little Read turns 10

Something happens when adults climb in to the Big Red Chair for The Little Read. The Little Read turns 10 this year, and takes place Oct. 16-20.
Little Read

Culture in brief: The Little Read celebrates 10 years

The Montclair Public Library will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Little Read in October in a five-day celebration.

Trespassing through the memories of madness at Overbrook Asylum

Wheeler Antabanez of Montclair's "Words of Overbrook" is a book of free-verse inspired by the demolition of the Essex County Mental Hospital in Cedar Grove and the complex of tunnels connecting the asylum’s many structures.