Montclair, NJ – Stevie van Zandt, of The Sopranos and Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, will headline the fifth annual Succeed2gether’s Montclair Literary Festival on October 2 and 3, 2021.
Authors include Henry Winkler, Colm Tóibín, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Auster, Kai Bird, Katie Kitamura, Ly Tran, Rob Reich, Jonathan Santlofer, Thad Ziolkowski, Gabrielle Glaser, Qian Julie Wang, Anna Qu, Lori Richmond, and Hayley Krischer.
There will be a full day of events in tents outside the Montclair Public Library and the First Congregational Church on Saturday, with additional events online and in-person on Sunday. All in-person events will follow CDC and state Covid-safety guidelines.
Kicking off the day will be family favorite Henry Winkler ‘The Fonz’ in conversation with Lin Oliver in an online event live from Hollywood! Henry will talk about his journey as a dyslexic student to Hollywood superstar to children’s author of the “Hank Zipzer” & “Alien Nation” series. This will be a great event for the entire family. Plus the first 50 families through the door will receive a copy of Henry Winkler’s most recent children’s book “Hollywood vs. The Galaxy: Alien Superstar”, thanks to Stanton Realtors.
Iconic author Joyce Carol Oates will return to the festival to speak about her new novel, Breathe, with former Montclair resident and author Christina Baker Kline. Oates will also speak with her friend and fellow novelist Jonatha Santlofer about the mystery and suspense writing genre. Celebrated novelist Paul Auster will also return online to talk about his new landmark biography, Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane. Also appearing will be Montclair author and journalist Jonathan Alter, who will speak about his biography of President Jimmy Carter with Pulitzer Prize winner Kai Bird and presidential expert and historian David Greenberg.
Renowned author of The Master and Brooklyn, Colm Tóibín, will talk about his new book The Magician at 2 pm on Sunday October 3. This will be an online only event. Stevie van Zandt will close the festival at an in-person event talking about his new memoir Unrequited Infatuations on Sunday October 3 at 5 pm. Tickets for both of these book/talk events are on sale now.
As well as book talks and discussion panels for adults, there will be several events for children and teens on the Saturday morning. All but two events, Colm Tóibín and Stevie van Zandt, are free to the public. More details here at www.succeed2gether.org/mlfoct21/.