Montclair Literary Festival to present Richard Thompson, Elvis Costello in online ‘conversation with music’

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Richard Thompson and Elvis Costello will participate in a live conversation with music, online, April 6.

Succeed2gether’s Montclair Literary Festival will present Richard Thompson and Elvis Costello in what is being described as a “live conversation with music,” April 6 at 8 p.m., online. For information, visit

The event will help launch’s Thompson’s memoir, “Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice, 1967-1975” (Algonquin Books, $27.95, 304 pp.), which is being published on April 6.

$35 tickets include a copy of the book; the first 100 people to register will receive a signed copy. Event-only tickets are $20.

Thompson, one of the architects of the ’60s British folk-rock movement as well as one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters and guitarists of his generation, is currently living in Montclair.

Costello is a longtime admirer of Thompson. He recorded Thompson’s “Withered and Died” in 1984 and also invited Thompson to perform on his television series “Spectacle” in 2009. (see videos below).

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Montclair-based nonprofit organization Succeed2gether, which offers tutoring and enrichment classes designed to close the education and opportunity gaps in Essex County. Visit

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