November 22: Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey in Conversation with Matt Purdy: “She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement“
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalists Kantor and Twohey discussed their longtime bestselling investigation of serial sexual predator Harvey Weinstein and its consequences for the #MeToo movement with Purdy, the deputy managing editor for investigations, also of the Times. An event held at the Central Presbyterian Church.
November 7: B. A. Shapiro in Conversation with Caroline Leavitt; “The Collector’s Apprentice” Two bestselling novelists spoke about what it takes to create fiction. The discussion centered on Shapiro’s latest acclaimed art history thriller, “The Collector’s Apprentice,” as well as the topic of obsessions, be it be art, money, love, or vengeance. The event was held during in Montclair Art Museum’s Leir Hall during a “Free First Thursday” evening at the museum.
November 3: Daniel Okrent in Conversation with Jonathan Alter. “The Guarded Gate: Patricians, Eugenicists, and the Campaign to Keep Jews, Italians, and Other Immigrants Out of America.” Okrent, a veteran journalist who served as the first public editor of The New York Times, talked to author, MSNBC contributor and documentary filmmaker Alter, about the present and historical implications of 1920s anti-immigration activism. An event held at Central Presbyterian Church.
October 20: Dan Barry in conversation with Matt Purdy. “This Land: America, Lost and Found.” Longtime reporter and columnist Barry and deputy editor Purdy, both of The New York Times, highlighted the rich photos and essays collected in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and published in the book. An event held at Central Presbyterian Church.
September 15: Marcy Dermansky in conversation with Kate Tuttle. “Very Nice.” Award-winning author Dermansky discussed her latest novel, about a mother-daughter love triangle, with fellow Montclair writer Tuttle, who is a widely read book critic and former president of the National Book Critics Circle.
June 2: David Itzkoff in conversation with Alan Sepinwall. “Robin.” New York Times culture editor and writer Itzkoff spoke to Sepinwall, the chief television critic of Rolling Stone magazine, about Itzkoff’s bestselling and critically acclaimed biography of Robin Williams, especially addressing the impact of mental illness on the life of this comedic superstar. The event was part of Montclair’s week-long mental health and wellness program, “BOUNCE: A Festival of Optimism and Resilience.”
May 3: Edward Tenner in conversation with Steve Lohr. “The Efficiency Paradox.” Tenner, a scholar from the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and frequent contributor to The Atlantic magazine, spoke to Lohr, a Pulitzer Prize-winning technology, business and economics writer for The New York Times, about the pitfalls of our modern efforts to become ever faster and more narrowly productive.
April 10: Julia Alvarez in conversation with Yvonne Latty. “In the Time of the Butterflies” and more. International bestselling and beloved author Alvarez explored a variety of her many acclaimed novels with Latty, director of the graduate program in national multimedia at NYU’s school of journalism. An event held at Central Presbyterian Church. Please note: there is no YouTube video available for this program.
March 21: Lidia Bastianich in conversation with Marissa Rothkopf Bates. “My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family and Food.” Bastianich, the beloved host of the PBS cooking series, talked to Montclair-based food writer and trained chef Bates about her personal journey as a child refugee, immigrant, new American citizen, and rise to success as a major culinary star. A free event at St. Luke’s Church incorporating food donations to Toni’s Kitchen, our local food pantry.
February 10: Benilde Little, Veronica Chambers, and Ylonda Gault Caviness in conversation; “The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own.” Three Montclair-based writers who contributed to this book of essays about the 44th First Lady explored Mrs. Obama’s role in America, her meaning to their own lives, and her cultural legacy.
February 6: Chris Wilson in conversation with Charles Rosen. “The Master Plan: The Road Map to Life Outside of Prison.” Offering a fresh perspective on our criminal justice system, mass incarceration, and second chances for returning citizens, Wilson shared his personal experiences of prison and his choices on the path to freedom while speaking with Rosen, the founder of New Ark Farms in Newark, which employs formerly incarcerated workers.