Open Book / Open Mind Series: Charles Blow in Conversation with James Johnson at MPL


Charles Blow

In January, the Montclair Public Library launched the Open Book / Open Mind series, which brings together prominent authors and public figures in conversation. The series has included conversations with Montclair novelists Matthew Thomas and Christina Baker Kline, New York Times Op-Ed columnist and bestselling author Frank Bruni, and this Sunday, May 31, MPL in collaboration with Watchung Booksellers, will welcome author and New York Times columnist Charles Blow.

Charles Blow’s critically acclaimed memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, deals with many of the same themes as his New York Times Op-Ed column, but in a highly personal, lyrical mode that lays the author’s soul bare. Blow will be interviewed by Montclair resident James Johnson, attorney, former prosecutor, and leader of New Jersey’s Advisory Committee on Police Standards. Johnson will use Blow’s memoir as the launching point for a discussion about “community, family and fatherhood as the lenses through which issues of sexuality, racial inheritance and oppression get refracted.”

All reserved seats are full, however the library saves the final 40 seats for walk ups on a first come, first served basis.

Open Book/Open Mind Series: Author & New York Times Columnist Charles Blow
Sunday, May 31 at 4 pm
Montclair Public Lbrary, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montcalir, NJ, 07042
Free, Registration at 973.744.0500 ext. 2235

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