Trevor Noah, Paul Auster and many more at first Montclair Literary Festival

TREVOR NOAH

“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah and novelist Paul Auster will be among dozens of writers and publishing professionals participating in the first Montclair Literary Festival, taking place March 31 and April 1. The event is organized by, and will benefit, Succeed2gether, a Montclair-based nonprofit thatprovides educational opportunities to low-income students.

Noah will speak about his memoir, “Born a Crime:Stories From a South African Childhood,” and Auster will talk about his new, Jersey-set novel “4 3 2 1.”

Here is the schedule. All events are free, except for the talks by Noah and Auster.

Forinformation and tickets, visit succeed2gether.org.

MARCH 31

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Trevor Noah discusses “Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood” with his editor, Chris Jackson, at the Montclair State University’s Memorial Auditorium.$40 (including a copy of “Born a Crime”).

2:45 to 4p.m.: “Poetry and Politics Panel” with poets Jonterri Gadson, Vincent Toro, Vi Khi Nao and Teka Lark, moderated by Claudia Cortese. At Montclair State University’s Segal Gallery.

6:30 to 9 p.m.: “Young Writers Showcase,” middle and high school poetryslam and high school short story competition prize-giving. Succeed2gether students and tutorsshowcase their poetry, with slam poet Vincent Toro as MC. At Montclair High School Auditorium.

APRIL 1

10 to 11 a.m.:
“How to Get Published” panel with publisher Reagan Arthur, agents Tina Bennett and Richard Abate and authors Nancy Star andDeborah Davis. At Montclair Public Library Auditorium.

10 to 11 a.m.: “The Story of My Life.” Memoir writers Meredith Maran,Ylonda Gault Caviness and Lee Siegel inconversation with literary agent, editor and writer David Henry Sterry. At The Guild Room at First Congregational Church.

10 to 11 a.m.: “Facing History and Ourselves.” Authors Stephan Talty andEllery Washington in conversation with AnneBurt. At The Sanctuary at First Congregational Church.

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.:“Children’s Program,” story time with local children’s writersJorge Aguirre,Jason Kirschner,Adriana Brad Schanen andGeoff Rodkey,plus writing games. At Montclair Public Library.

11:15a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Laurie Lico Albanese, author of “Stolen Beauty.” AtMontclair Public Library Auditorium.

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Music writers Warren Zanes, AlanLight, Michael Azzerad and Bob Mehr. AtThe Guild Room at First Congregational Church.

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Alice Elliot Dark talksabout the interplay between fiction and life withauthorsJayne Anne Phillips,Benilde Little,Elisabeth Egan and Dagmara Dominczyk. AtThe Sanctuary at First Congregational Church.

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Emerging local writers. At Montclair Public Library Auditorium.

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: “Creating Compelling Characters” discussion with Young Adult authors E.R. Frank, Sharon Dennis Wyeth, Valerie Wilson Wesley and Adriana Brad Schanen. AtMontclair Public Library YA Room

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: “Nature Writing in the Current Climate.” Writers Robert Sullivan, Elizabeth Royte and David Biello in conversation with editor Scott Dodd. At The Guild Room at First Congregational Church.

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: “Nasty Women in Fiction” talk with Matthew Thomas, Marcy Dermanskyand Jillian Medoff, moderated by Thad Ziolkowski. At TheSanctuary at First Congregational Church

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Art and Literature workshops for ages 7 and up. At MontclairArt Museum.

2 to 3 p.m.: Flash Fiction workshop withDavid Galef, creative writing program director at Montclair State University and author of over a dozen books. AtMontclair Public Library YA Room

2 to 3 p.m.: Marina Budhos and Marc Aronson, authors of a new book on RobertCapa, Gerda Taro and the invention of modern photojournalism, with moderator Tom Franklin. AtMontclair Public Library Auditorium.

2 to 3 p.m.:MichaelTwitty, author of the upcoming book “The Cooking Gene,” in conversation with food writer Marissa Rothkopf Bates. AtThe Guild Room at First Congregational Church.

2 to 3 p.m.: “Why We Write.” Nicolas Delbanco in conversation withSam Lipsyte, John Keene, Garth Risk Hallberg and Elena Delbanco. AtThe Sanctuary at First Congregational Church.

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.: Sports writers Filip Bondy, Mike Freeman and Jerry Barca in conversation with Jay Schreiber. AtMontclair Public Library Auditorium

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.: “Race and Social Justice in the Age of Trump” discussion with David Troutt,Mychal Denzel Smith and Jason Williams. AtThe Guild Room at First Congregational Church.

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.: Discussion on the link between narrative and mental health with Larry Dark, Siri Hustvedt,Daphne Merkinand D.T. Max. AtThe Sanctuary at First Congregational Church.

4:30 to5:30p.m.:Pitch your book idea and get advice from “book doctors” Arielle Ekstut and David Henry Sterry. AtMontclair Public Library Auditorium.

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.:Nicole Dennis-Benn discusses her novel “Here Comes the Sun” with her editor, Katie Adams. AtThe Guild Room at First Congregational Church.

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: “Alternative Facts: Trump and the New World Order” with Tim O’Brien, Steven Engleberg, Kate Zernikeand moderatorTom Johnson. AtThe Sanctuary at First Congregational Church

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Paul Auster discusses his novel “4 3 2 1.” At The Sanctuary at First Congregational Church. ($50, including copy of “4 3 2 1.”

7:30 to 9 p.m.: Drinks and hors d’oeuvres with Paul Auster and other festival writers and supporters. At The Guild Room at First Congregational Church. ($100, including admission to Auster’s talk and a copy of “4 3 2 1.”)

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