Open Book/Open Mind Series:
Author & New York Times Columnist Charles Blow
Sunday, May 31st, 4pm, Free
Charles Blow, Interviewed by James Johnson
Charles Blow’s critically acclaimed memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, deals with many of the same themes as his New York Times Op-Ed column, but in a highly personal, lyrical mode that lays the author’s soul bare. Says Alice Walker, “[This memoir] digs deep into territory I’ve longed to read about in black men’s writing.” Interviewer James Johnson, attorney, partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, and former prosecutor and leader of New Jersey’s Advisory Committee on Police Standards, uses the memoir as the launching point for a discussion about “community, family and fatherhood as the lenses through which issues of sexuality, racial inheritance and oppression get refracted.”
The Montclair Public Library Foundation’s “Under the Covers” would not have been a success without the enthusiastic support of the Montclair community. Together we raised over $75,000 for the library.
We want to thank our sponsors whose financial support made this a fruitful evening for our beloved library: Baristanet, Alison & Doug Bauer, Ofira & Sandor Bondorowsky, Jen Bonnell & Jonathan Bellack, Cathy Brown & Dapo Atilade, Rose Cali, Susan & Tom Dunn, Jessica & Michael Freeman, Rosemary & Al Iversen, Christine James, Keller Williams Realty, Leslie Larson & Don Katz, PNC Wealth Management and Claire Walls & Banks Tarver.
We also thank the guests who joined us on the evening of May 15 to show their support for the Montclair Public Library, the only public institution in town that serves every resident.
To our friends at Amanti Vino, who provided an amazing array of wines, and to the generous restaurants whose delicious cuisine kept us coming back for more: Tia’s Food of Love, Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, Toro Sushi Bar, Vital Restaurant & Juice Bar, Chocolate Works, Terra Café and Miss Nicky’s. Special thanks also goes to Kings, Upper Montclair, ShopRite, Brookdale, Whole Foods, Montclair, Fairway Markets, Woodland Park and Costco, Wayne.
Our beautiful Under the Covers flower beds couldn’t have been made without the tremendous generosity of Hillcrest Farms, Bartlett’s Greenhouses & Flowers and Anderson’s Flowers Inc.
A central feature in the center of the library during Under the Covers was our interactive balloon display with Giving Opportunities for guests to support lifelong learning. It is our hope that the community will continue to support these Giving Opportunities and fulfill the library’s vision of being the place where community happens-the center of the Montclair community.
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