2021 Festival Deemed a Success


The 2021 New Providence Book Festival is over. The canopies have been struck. Newly acquired books have been taken home, soon to be explored soon. Thank you all for making this the best festival yet.

Attendee Reviews

“We had a wonderful time at the New Providence Book Festival. My husband and I bought five books. The authors were accessible and enthusiastic about their books. We will attend again next year.”

— Kathie Veloric 

“I enjoyed listening to writers discuss their work and their writing process.  The conversation was informative and relevant to any form of creative work.”

— Katie Weiss

“It was amazing! I just started to read “My Pilot: A Story of War, Love, and ALS” by Sarajane Giere. So far it offers a glimpse into the life of a military wife and her struggles with her husband who is suffering from ALS. I cannot wait to finish the book and start the other books I have purchased.”

— Victoria Pepper

“The New Providence Book Festival offered a charming tented venue beside the Salt Box museum and a series of author talks and book signings. The community came out in a stream of friendly folk and curious readers! Chatting under a canopy with authors and readers–about books, ah! What a grand day!”

— Nev March, author

“An honor to meet actual authors and see their works!”

— Nancy Wick

See you all in 2022!    

 

Full Festival Program Schedule Announced

The final schedule for September 18th at the
New Providence Book Festival at the Salt Box Museum has been finalized:

10:00 AM – Children Story Hour
● Angela LaCarrubba, Dancing with the Truth
● Nadja Springer, The Big Adventures of a Little Tree
● JoAnn Jackovino, The Tale of Benjamin Bulldog: Be a Buddy, Not a Bully

11:00 AM – Nev March, Murder in Old Bombay
“Solving a Real-World Mystery: Our memories contain more than we know.”
Nev March will share how she took her fascination with an 1890s murder and turned
it into a mystery novel, Murder in Old Bombay. This made her the first Indian-born
writer to win the Mystery Writers of America Award for First Crime Novel.

12:00 Noon – Sarajane Giere, My Pilot
Sarajane Giere offers an intimate glimpse into the life of a military wife as she tells
how she brought the story of her fighter pilot husband, Bernie, to life in her memoir,
My Pilot.

1:00 PM – The Road to Becoming an Author
Authors D.M. Barr, Ann Frommer & Charles Levin with share their journeys to authorship in a panel discussion.

All programs will take place on the grounds of the Salt Box Museum at 1350 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974 on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Other authors will be on site, signing their books for avid readers.

The full list of signing authors includes J.R. Bale, D.M. Barr, Linda Barth, Michael Daigle, Ann Frommer, Sarajane Giere, Renny Hodgskin, JoAnn Jackovino, Angela La Carrubba, Charles Levin, Neil MacNeill, Nev March, Elissa Matthews, Bob Mayers, Linda Raedisch and Nadja Springer.

Children’s Reading Hour, 10 AM

Authors Angela LaCarruba, Nadja Springer and JoAnn Jackvino will be reading their books during the Children’s Reading Hour at the New Providence Book Festival on Saturday, September 18th at 10 AM.

Angela LaCarruba will read from Dancing with the Truth. Jake LoSanto is making his professional ballet debut with the Imperial Dance Company in New York City. This is an exceptional accomplishment for a ten-year-old boy, but he tells no one outside his family as he fears that he will be bullied for his ballet dancing. Jake finds that hiding the truth leads him to other lies that turn him into a person he doesn’t like. In protecting himself from the possibility of bullying, he loses who he really is and finds he has the ability to hurt others.

Nadja Springer will read from The Big Adventures of a Little Tree. If no tree has ever tried to set out and explore – is it even possible at all? In a world, where everyone dreams about possibilities, Tree gets up and lives them. Tree’s curiosity about the unknown, the power of friendship and love, and an open heart come together to make the impossible possible! An adventure awaits in this story of a little tree who changes its mindset and shows how kindness, inclusion and an open heart will make all the difference. 

JoAnn Jackovino will The Tale of Benjamin Bulldog: Be a Buddy, Not a BullyThis is a charming tale about a small, friendly bulldog named Benjamin, who is secretly bullied by his next-door-neighbor, Duke Bulldog. With the help of his friends, Prince Bulldog, and Humphrey the Magic Frog, Benjamin learns how to end the bullying, and Duke learns the importance of being kind to others.

In addition to our Children’s Reading Hour, we will have other speakers, 15  authors signing their books, a bake sale and free tours of the Salt Box Museum.

The 2021 Book Festival is ON!

After having to cancel last year’s festival because of Covid-19, we are pleased to announce the 2021 New Providence Book Festival will take place on Saturday, September 18, 2021, 9am – 3pm. We expect to make this our best festival yet!The festival will once again take place on the grounds of the Salt Box Museum, located at 1350 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ. The rain date is Saturday, September 25th. Announcements of participating authors and speakers will be forthcoming.

Special Notice: Due to the economic difficulties experienced because of the pandemic, the festival has lost it sponsorship support. If anyone would like to make a small donation via PayPal to help alleviate the shortfall, those donations will be greatly appreciated. Click here to make a donation. Also, purchases of t-shirts, mugs or pins from Zazzle also contribute to the support of the festival.

Book Festival Cancelled for 2020

Due to the uncertainty of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the New Providence Book Festival is cancelled for 2020.  We hope to return  stronger and better than ever in 2021.

There has been some discussion of having a virtual book festival, but no definite plans have been set. Check back and keep reading!

New Providence Book Festival Set for 9/19/2020

Once again we will be having the New Providence Book Festival for book lovers of all types. The festival will be on Saturday, September 19, 2020, 9 AM – 3 PM, on the grounds of the Salt Box Museum.

This will be the fourth year the festival will be held. This event will include speakers, author signings and refreshments. More details will appear on this website in the coming months.

We are looking for authors, sponsors and other supporters.

Author Talks Set for Book Festival on 9/22/2019

Our roster of exciting author talks for Sunday, September 22nd have been locked in.



12:00 Noon – Lisa Romeo

Lisa will read from her book, Starting With Goodbye: A Daughter’s Memoir of Love after Loss, and give tips and advice for writing memoir.

 



1:00 PM – Elissa Matthews
Where do Writers Get Their Ideas?
Our favorite writers are always coming up with new and intriguing ideas, whether it’s an intriguing mystery that just doesn’t turn out the way you expected, to a wonderful new twist on an old fairy tale. In this talk I will review some of the responses that different authors have given to this question (“a post office box in Schenectady”), and what those answers all have in common.



2:00 PM – David Watts

From ‘Just the Facts, Ma’am’ to Author
Real-life private investigator David Watts will chronicle his journey from being a Plainfield policeman and detective to writing a memoir, and then two novels.


In addition to our three speakers, 13 other authors will be available to sign their books and speak with readers, including Bert Abbazia, J.R. Bale, Linda Barth, Robert Ciampi, Michael Stephen Daigle, Reyna Favis, Vivian Fransen, Kerry Gans, Kristina Garlick, Laura Kaighn,  Bob Mayers and Jenn Stroud Rossmann.

Preliminary Roster of Authors for 2019 Festival

UPDATE: This year’s author lineup includes a range of authors and genres, fiction and non-fiction: Bert Abbazia, J.R. Bale, Linda Barth, Michael Stephen Daigle, Reyna Favis, Vivian Fransen, Kerry Gans, Kristina Garlick, Laura Kaighn, Elissa Matthews, Bob Mayers, Lisa Romeo, Jenn Stroud Rossmann and David Watts. We expect a few more authors to be added to the list, so please check back here for addition announcements.

We are also pleased to announce Lantern Hill has agreed to be our Platinum Level Sponsor. And we so appreciate their support of the community. Two Gold Level sponsorships remain available.

Festival Speaker Schedule Set

The author/speakers for the New Providence Book Festival on September 22, 2018 has been finalized and can be viewed below:

10:00 – Ginger Pate, reading from her book, Would You Invite a Skunk to Your Wedding?

10:30 Laura Kaighn, reading from her book, Rabbit’s Tale and Other Rites of Passage

11:00Reyna Favis “Search & Rescue Dogs and How It Lead to a Supernatural Thriller” (A search & rescue demonstration will be included.)

12:00Amy M. Reade “Location, Location, Location: Setting the Stage for an Exciting Novel”

1:00Bob Mayers on his recent book, Revolutionary New Jersey: Forgotten: Towns and Crossroads of the American Revolution

2:00 Authors Roundtable: “We Love Books!”
with Vivian Fransen, Michael Stephen Daigle, and Linda Raedisch

Participating Authors