MPL Presents Special Anniversary Open Book/Open Mind Series: Christina Baker Kline in Conversation with Caroline Leavitt


Christina Baker Kline

If you loved Orphan Train as much as I did, you’ll be excited about this news. On February 24, Montclair author Christina Baker Kline will launch her much-anticipated new novel, A Piece of the World, at a special Montclair Public Library’s Open Book/ Open Mind series celebrating its two-year anniversary.

This event will kick off the third year of the Open Book/Open Mind live conversation series – an initiative to provide free, world-class spoken-word programming at MPL, and to offer Montclair writers inspiration and community. In 2014, Montclair residents Christina Baker Kline and Matthew Thomas were the inaugural speakers. For the second anniversary celebration, Matthew will introduce Christina and she will discuss storytelling with Caroline Leavitt, the best-selling New Jersey author of 11 fiction novels, most recently Cruel Beautiful World.

The event will celebrate the launch of Christina’s latest novel, A Piece of the World. The story is about Christina Olson, the complex woman and real-life muse Andrew Wyeth portrayed in his 1948 iconic painting Christina’s World. Christina will take the audience through a slideshow related to her historical research and discuss the responsibilities of writing about a real person. Attendees to the event will receive a hardcover copy of A Piece of the World.  Guests will also enjoy a tea and cookies reception following the talk.

“I’m delighted to kick off the third season of Open Book/Open Mind with an event at the library. What a vibrant, vital part of the community this discussion program has become!” says Kline. “Each event is uniquely interesting, timely, provocative, and thoughtfully planned. I feel incredibly lucky to be part of a community with such a dynamic and active library — and especially with a program like Open Book/Open Mind.”

The Open Book/Open Mind free series has tapped into the enormous pool of talented writers and influential thinkers living in or near Montclair. Luminaries like Frank Bruni, Dale Russakoff, Anna Quindlen, Charles Blow, Alan Cumming, and Jonathan Alter have all taken part in inspiring conversations at MPL.

Open Book / Open Mind Series: Christina Baker Kline in Conversation with Caroline Leavitt
Friday, February 24 at 7 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Tickets to this fundraising event are $50 and will help fund Library expenses. Hardcover book included and a tea and cookies reception follows the talk. Purchase tickets in advance online here or call 973-744-0500 ext 2235.

The speakers have generously donated their time and passion for the discussions but the events are time-intensive for staff and not inexpensive to organize, stage and film. Support from Susan and Thomas Dunn, the 2017 series sponsors, is helping to keep “the Open Door” open to the robust panel of speakers and their exchange of ideas. However, contributions from local residents and businesses are needed to keep the series thriving and growing.

Jennifer Dorr, co-founder of the series remarked: “Libraries are places people come to for inspiration and there is nothing comparable to a live, interactive event for motivating people to change their thinking, and sometimes their lives. We have kept the series going for two years on very little but we need funding to grow and make this a fixture of the Library’s offerings.

Please consider donating to the Foundation online here.

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