4th Annual A Tale of Our City, Jersey City’s Book Festival, Presents 21 Authors –
The Most Ever!
A Mix of Established & New Writers, plus Entertainment Featured on Saturday, 9/10
“Nor rain… Nor rain… Nor rain…” There isn’t any reason to continue with that age-old statement on postal carriers’ perseverance, because not one…not two…but three torrential downpours interrupted this year’s book festival. Postal carriers would be proud of Jersey City’s tenacity!!!
In spite of all that rain, Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and the Municipal Council, the Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Jersey City Free Public Library did proudly present A Tale of Our City, Jersey City’s 4th annual book festival, on Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., which was held at the beautifully Victorian and historic Van Vorst Park, across the street from the Main Library, 472 Jersey Avenue (at Montgomery Street).
Singer/songwriter Chrissy Roberts saved the day, in her impromptu (and brilliant!) idea to gather festival-goers under the safety of the gazebo, where she entertained them with several songs. The fun was palpable, with children – and adults! – joining in the audience participation. (Check out the videos of her performances!)
A Tale of Our City 2011 burst forth with 21 authors, the most to participate in the book festival’s four-year existence. Six authors, a mix of self-published and established writers, stood out for their accomplishments and subject matter:
Eunie Guyre – Happy Victory: Celebrating a Jersey City Childhood (memoir)
Sandra Guzmán – The New Latina’s Bible (health)
Alina Oswald – Vampire Fantasies (photographs) (established writer, yet self-published)
Alyssa Pierce – Caroline & Rebecca’s Day at the Beach (children’s)
Jim Waltzer – The Battle of the Century: Dempsey, Carpentier, and the Birth of the Modern Promotion (Jersey City history) (ABC-CLIO – Praeger)
Maureen Wlodarczyk – Young & Wicked: The Death of a Wayward Girl (Jersey City history)
“I invite you join us in Jersey City’s 4th annual book festival, A Tale of Our City,” said Mayor Healy. “Every year, the festival grows and promises to be a celebration of our city’s rich literary
culture which showcases many accomplished authors. A Tale of Our City encourages us to celebrate the immense rewards of reading. I also thank the Jersey City Free Public Library for continuing to create a culture of reading and lifelong learning throughout our city, and for organizing this wonderful event.”
“Each year, we work on developing new talent and featuring established and well-known writers to demonstrate the power of the word, and how Jersey City remains a powerful epicenter for authors’ works,” said Assistant Library Director Sonia Araujo, who also has been chair of the book festival, A Tale of Our City, for the last four years. “We welcome the public to hear the authors’ readings, and entertainment provided.”
Chrissy Roberts, who donated six performances this July for the children participating in the Library’s Summer Reading Program, will be offering her acoustic guitar and originally written songs, again leading the audience-participation performances that galvanize both children and adults. Ms. Roberts is a singer/performer from Jersey City and her program, incorporating music and movement together, is targeted toward younger children.
“Kids love music! As an occupational therapist, I enjoy using music as a tool to encourage kids to learn, move and grow,” said Chrissy Roberts.
While several authors chose to leave once the deluge began, and did not have the opportunity of reading at the gazebo, one self-published author, Eunie Guyre, did. Her choice to withstand the rain was rewarded with meeting Jersey City Mayor Healy and in being interviewed by The Jersey Journal. This Jersey City native-turned-New Hampshire resident radiated happiness, not unlike her book title, Happy Victory: Celebrating a Jersey City Childhood.
No festival could be staged without the help of many, including these participating agencies: Opus Jr./Paul Valleau; NJ Department of Children & Families/Jacqueline Wooten-Rose; DYFS (NJ Division of Youth & Family Services)/Ms. Canales, 201-795-0423; Grace Church Van Vorst/Bob Braiterman, 201-795-9071; PACO – Weatherization/Heating Program/Sarina; Hudson Perinatal Consortium-NJ Family Care/Zulma; and European Wax.