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2023 Passaic County Book Festival to Take Place June 10th

originally published: 05/23/2023

2023 Passaic County Book Festival to Take Place June 10th

(CLIFTON, NJ) -- The County of Passaic, in conjunction with the PALS Plus Library Consortium, presents the 2023 Passaic County Book Festival at Weasel Brook Park in Clifton on Saturday, June 10th from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Activities include Reading to Dogs; Poetry; Arts & Crafts; Children’s Yoga Storytime; Children’s Storytime; Olmsted Walking Tour of Weasel Brook Park; Author Meet & Greets; Food & Drink; Rummage Sale; Paterson Bookmobile; New Jersey Library Association Store; and a Bounce House.

The Poetry area at this year’s Book Festival is brought to us by John Trause and his colleagues. Join us in a day filled with readings and discussions alongside local poets.

John Trause, the Director of Oradell Public Library, is the author of Why Sing? (Sensitive Skin Press, 2017), a book of traditional and experimental poems; Picture ThisFor Your Eyes and Ears (Dos Madres Press, 2016), a book of poems on art, film, and photography; Exercises in High Treason (great weather for MEDIA, 2016), a book of fictive translations, found poems, and manipulated texts; Eye Candy for Andy (13 Most Beautiful… Poems for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, Finishing Line Press, 2013); Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round and Round (Nirala Publications, 2012); Seriously Serial (Poets Wear Prada, 2007; rev. ed. 2014); and Latter-Day Litany (Éditions élastiques, 1996), the latter staged Off Broadway.  His translations, poetry, and visual work appear internationally in many journals and anthologies, including The Antioch Review; the artists’ periodical Crossings; the Dada journal Maintenant; the journal Offerta Speciale; the Great Weather for Media anthologies It’s Animal but Merciful (2012), I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand (2014), Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea (2019), and Paper Teller Diorama (2021); and Rabbit EarsTV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015).  Marymark Press has published his visual poetry and art as broadsides and sheets.  He is the subject of a 30-on-30-in-30 essay on The Operating System, written by Don Zirilli, and an author of an essay on Baroness Elsa at the same site, both in April 2016.  He has shared the stage with Steven Van Zandt, Anne Waldman, Karen Finley, Andrei Codrescu, and Jerome Rothenberg; the page with Billy Collins, Lita Hornick, William Carlos Williams, Woody Allen, Ted Kooser, Victor Buono, and Pope John Paul II; and the cage with the Cumaean Sibyl, Ezra Pound, Hannibal Lecter, Andrei Chikatilo, and George “The Animal” Steele.  He is a founder of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, N. J., and the former host and curator of its monthly reading series.

Weasel Brook Park is located at 1 Westervelt Place in Clifton, New Jersey.



Program Tent 1

11:00am Unearthing the Past: Stories from our Hometowns (with Panelists Vincent DeRosa, Michael Gabriele, Kathryn Conti Salamone, Kerri Sullivan, Skip Van Rensalier, Daniel Willever)

12:45pm Get to Know Selene Castrovilla 

1:30pm Imagination Unleashed: Authors illuminating Young Minds (with Panelists Jenna Beatrice, Virtuous Cornwall, Martha Jackman-Bivas, Marcia Sawyer)

2:30pm Get to Know Steph Auteri (with interviewer Janette Pardo)

3:15pm Immersive Worlds, Lasting Impact: The Magic of Young Adult Fiction (with Panelists Sathya Achia, Debbie Cocchio, Felicia Farber, Dania Ramos, Paul Russell)

Program Tent 2

11:00am The Power of Personal Stories: Authors Reflect on Memoir Writing (with Panelists Yael Adler, Pat “Packman” Buttitta, Jhiree Davis Jones, Juana Ortiz, Nasheem Rochette) 

12:45pm Get to Know Priyanka Taslim

1:30pm Beyond Clues and Suspects: The Art of Mystery Writing (with Panelists Kellye Garrett, Elle Hartford, Kristen Houghton, Vincent Marano, Izolda Trakhtenberg, Theresa Varela, Victoria Weisfeld)

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2:30pm Get to Know Kerri Sullivan & Michael Gabriele

3:15pm Unveiling Lives: Crafting Compelling Biographies for All Ages (with Panelists Suzaan Boettger, Donna Cangelosi, Selene Castrovilla, Lucia McMahon, Louis Picone, Paul Semendinger)

Program Tent 3

11:00am The Book of Love: Capturing the Essence of Romance in Novels – Part I (Moderated by Janette Pardo)

12:45pm Get to Know Brooke Beyfuss (Interviewer Janette Pardo)

1:30pm From Manuscript to Bookshelf: Navigating the Publishing Journey (with Marina Cramer, Felicia Farber, Lucia McMahon, Suzanne Trauth, Carol Van Den Hende, Tazio Ruffilo)

2:30 TBD

3:15 The Book of Love: Capturing the Essence of Romance in Novels – Part II (with moderator Janette Pardo)

Reading to DogsShy about reading? Join our Reading to Dogs program where our canine friends will be ready to lend a furry ear.

12:30pm – 1:30pm Minnie the Basset Hound

2:00pm – 3:00pm Chi the Chihuahua

Children's Story TimePassaic County’s Book Festival is bringing back the Story Time Tent! Starting at 11:00am and continuing throughout the day, our authors and librarians will be on hand to tell you a tale.

11:00am Mommy’s Hair is Everywhere! with reader Rawa Ali

11:30am Counting on Friends with reader Diane Belifanti

1:00pm A Trapezoid Is Not a Dinosaur with reader Suzanne Morris

1:30pm book TBD with reader Melainie Bieber

2:00pm book TBD with reader Melissa Finkelstein

2:30pm Zoey Wonders Why with reader Nadia Kahn

3:00pm Timmy’s Great Plan with reader Natalie Sanchez

3:30pm 30 Days Till Birthday with reader Melissa Reyes

Children's Yoga StorytimeThe 2nd Annual Book Fest is excited to offer Children’s Yoga Storytime! We will read Yoga Bunny by Brian Russo. Afterwards, the class will use the poses learned from the story to go on an adventure mimicking our favorite forest animals! This class is appropriate for ages 3 -12.

11:30am – Located within the Vanderhoef-Westervelt House

City Green Garden and Reading ActivitiesJoin City Green for Storytime in the Garden!  Children ages 5 to 9 will enjoy a story and a short activity in City Green’s Community Garden in Weasel Brook Park

1:00pm & 2:00pm

Olmsted Walking Tour - Did you know that Weasel Brook Park was designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm? Join us on a walking tour to learn about Frederick Law Olmsted and how his vision for landscape architecture contributed to the creation of our very own Weasel Brook Park!

2:00pm – Tour begins at the Vanderhoef-Westervelt House

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Corinne Bailey Rae

Tuesday, June 06, 2023 @ 7:30pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Matthews Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
category: music

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"The Rose Tattoo" By Tennessee Williams

Tuesday, June 06, 2023 @ 7:30pm
Shakespeare Theatre Of NJ - F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre
36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
category: theatre

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Laughs In the Loft

Wednesday, June 07, 2023 @ 7:30pm
The Loft @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
category: comedy

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Happy Together Tour 2023

Wednesday, June 07, 2023 @ 8:00pm
Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)
30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631
category: music

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Dave Mason

Wednesday, June 07, 2023 @ 7:30pm
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: music

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"The Rose Tattoo" By Tennessee Williams

Wednesday, June 07, 2023 @ 7:30pm
Shakespeare Theatre Of NJ - F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre
36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
category: theatre

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Meshell Ndegeocello

Wednesday, June 07, 2023 @ 8:00pm
The Vogel
99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
category: music

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Algonquin Arts Theatre's Annual Benefit: Beatlemania Bash featuring Beatlemania Now

Thursday, June 08, 2023 @ 8:00pm
Algonquin Arts Theatre
60 Abe Voorhees, Manasquan, NJ 08736
category: music

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