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May 18, 2009


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Julie P.

I'm marking this one down. This book has been on my radar for quite awhile and it looks like one I'd absolutely love!

Melissa C

Going to have to find a copy of this book since it sounds like a great one!


I'll try to have my copy read before the show!

Seaside Book Worm

Looking forward to listening to the broadcast. I will have to read asap before the show. Thanks for my copy.

Arlene Sahraie

For those in New Jersey, this is going to be an amazing day!

BCCLS Welcomes Acclaimed Authors and Avid Readers Alike

The Paramus Public Library and the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS) are proud to announce BooksNJ2009, a celebration of books and the readers who love them, on Sunday, June 14 from 1 to 5 pm. A classic rock n’ roll performance by The Retros will wrap up the festival beginning at 5:30 pm.

The festival will showcase writers from the state of New Jersey and invites all lovers of literature. You can expect a parade of popular and critically acclaimed authors born and bred in the Garden State. Modeled after the annual National Book Festival in Washington, DC, there will be outdoor areas devoted to poetry, fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature, and books for young adults.

Participants can attend panel discussions on a variety of topics and meet authors like Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy. Other activities include storytelling, author readings, a poetry slam, book signings, and much more. Thanks to New York Life’s sponsorship, the Children’s ID Bus will also be at the festival, providing free ID cards.

So far over 90 authors have committed to attend, and more are signing on as word spreads and June 14 approaches. We are excited to welcome some of the best and the brightest in the area:
· Sung Woo, first-time novelist who has received terrific reviews for his first novel, Everything Asian, about a Korean family in New Jersey
· Chris Grabenstein, whose mysteries are set at the Jersey shore
· Vince Gargiulo, whose book about Palisades Amusement Park is a perennial favorite
· George Witte, Editor-in-Chief of St. Martin’s Press and published poet
· Susan Beth Pfeffer, winner of a Garden State Book Award and YA One Book NJ 2009 for her novel, Life as We Knew It
· Joshua Henkin, author of Matrimony, which was one of the New York Times Top 100 Books of the Year for 2007
· Mary Jane Clark, best-selling mystery writer

It’s no coincidence that BooksNJ is happening in 2009. BCCLS marks its 30th anniversary this year. What better way to celebrate than to bring together the talent of authors and the passion of readers? After all, that’s the mission of the Paramus Public Library, and BCCLS as a whole.

Many thanks to Berkeley College, NJ State Library, New York Life, and the Town News for sponsoring BooksNJ2009.

Visit for the latest news. For more information on this event, call the Paramus Public Library at (201) 599-1300.

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