More Than 70 Authors To Attend 2022 Montclair Literary Festival – May 5-9

Montclair, NJ – More than 70 local, national, and international authors will take part in the sixth annual Succeed2gether’s in-person Montclair Literary Festival to be held from Thursday, May 5 to Monday, May 9, with Festival Day on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

“We’re excited to share our complete line-up with over 30 book talks, panel discussions, children’s events, and workshops, capped by a Meet the Authors celebration on May 7. There is really something of interest for everyone!” said Marcia Marley, Festival Chair.

All details can be found on the festival website https://succeed2gether.org/mlfmay22/. The majority of events are free and will be held in person either outside in tents or in the Montclair Public Library and the First Congregational Church, or in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Montclair.

Previously announced authors include Jennifer Egan, Elizabeth Alexander, and Don Winslow who will headline Friday May 6, Saturday May 7, and Sunday May 8, respectively. Tickets for these three events range from $30 to $35 and include signed copies of the authors’ books.

Panel discussions of note include Joyce Carol Oates revealing the craft of murder/suspense writing with crime writing author Megan Abbott; local debut author Cleyvis Natera discussing the Latinx perspective; Judge Victoria Pratt alongside M. Chris Fabricant and Kristin Henning dissecting America’s broken criminal justice system; Anna Quindlen and why we all need to write; UK author Gideon Rachman talking about the new Strongmen in global politics with political analyst and MSNBC commentator Tim O’Brien, and the return of Pitchapalooza, the American Idol for wannabe authors.

Other confirmed authors include Leigh Newman, Daphne Palasi Andreades, Kostya Kennedy, Jonathan Santlofer, Marjorie Margolies, Fiona Davis, Evan Hughes, Peter Balakian, Rio Cortez, Saraciea J. Fennell, Pamela Erens, Rigoberto Gónzalez, Gal Beckerman, along with children’s favorites Chris Grabenstein, Zibby Owens, and Victoria Kann.

Marcia Marley said, “We are proud to be working closely with Montclair State University this year. Two of the three co-sponsored events will be held at the University including Voices of Tomorrow: Creative Writing Readings from Montclair High School and Montclair Kimberley Academy students on Friday afternoon.”

Since its inception six years ago, the festival has seen its in-person and online audiences increase to 7500 in 2021. Previous attendees have included Trevor Noah, Patti Smith, Malcolm Gladwell, Isabel Allende, Henry Winkler, Douglas Stuart, Don Lemon, Jane Fonda, Paul Krugman, Erik Larson, Colm Tóibín, Alan Cumming, Min Jin Lee, Chelsea Clinton, Salman Rushdie, and Paul Auster.

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