A popular, long-running series of live conversations featuring top authors and thinkers on the important issues of our time, Open Book / Open Mind began in 2015, and went online in May 2020. Open Book / Open Mind is open to the public and has presented a host of enormously talented writers and influential thinkers including Isabel Allende, Julia Alvarez, Charles Blow, Maureen Dowd, Tayari Jones, Anna Quindlen, Lawrence O’Donnell, Allan Cumming and so many more.
Open Book / Open Mind events are usually scheduled on Sundays at 4 p.m., and take place online through GoToWebinar (similar to Zoom). Most are free to the public, some include a fee. Registration opens about a month before each event takes place. All books will be available for sale by our partner, watchung booksellers, which offers free curbside pickup in Montclair, and to borrow from the Library.
Date TBD: Isabel Wilkerson; “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents”
A New York Times bestseller by the author of “The Warmth of Other Sons.” A 2020 National Book Award longlist nominee. “An instant American classic about our abiding national sin…how brutal misperceptions about race have disfigured the American experiment”–The New York Times.
Sunday, September 13, 4 p.m. Christina Baker Kline; “The Exiles”
Co-presented by Succeed2gether’s Montclair Literary Festival
A New York Times bestseller. “In the gripping latest from Kline (“Orphan Train”), three women try to carve out lives in mid-19th-century colonial Australia…. Filled with surprising twists, empathetic prose, and revealing historical details…” — Publishers Weekly
Sunday, October 25, 4 p.m. Jonathan Alter; “His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life”
“Journalist Alter continues his study of Democratic presidents…with a sweeping, meticulously-researched biography of Jimmy Carter [whom he calls] ‘perhaps the most misunderstood president in American history.'”–Publishers Weekly
Sunday, November 15, 4.m. Peter Baker and Susan Glasser; “The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III”
“A penetrating portrait of a powerful Washington insider…New York Times chief White House correspondent Baker and New Yorker staff writer Glasser bring political acumen and thorough research to their absorbing biography…”–Kirkus Reviews
Sunday, December 6, 4 p.m. Alice Hoffman; “Magic Lessons”
(Registration will require a fee)
“Hoffman’s striking latest entry in her [New York Times bestselling] “Practical Magic” series (after “The Rules of Magic”) turns to 1664 rural England for the origin story of Maria Owens, matriarch of the series’ clan of witches….Maria’s page-turning adventure is thoroughly enjoyable…[the] redemptive story of a fiercely independent woman…”–Publishers Weekly
Open Book / Open Mind is presented by the Montclair Public Library through the generous financial support of The Montclair Public Library Foundation, The Montclair Foundation, and The Investors Foundation.
The series is made possible by the dedicated support of the Open Book / Open Mind Advisory Board: Jonathan Alter, Neal Caruth, Ivan Held, Jennifer Dorr, David Jones, Marc Lacey, DT Max, Margot Sage-el, Rachel Swarns, Kate Tuttle, Juan Milà, Susan Weinberg, and Abby West.