North to Shore Festival’s ‘Readings From Asbury Park’ event will spotlight local authors

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The Stephen Crane House will host a “Readings From Asbury Park” program, June 14.

Asbury Park writers of the present will salute Asbury Park writers of the past in “Readings From Asbury Park,” taking place June 14 at 7 p.m. at the Stephen Crane House in Asbury Park, as part of the North to Shore festival. The Asbury Park Historical Society will present the event, in which eight current writers and other notable figures from the Asbury Park area will share their own words as well as reading or performing works by past Asbury Park-connected authors, journalists, songwriters and poets.

The lineup is:

Historian and poet Daniel Wolff, whose books include “4th of July, Asbury Park: A History of the Promised Land.” Reading from the works of Stephen Crane, who is best known for the classic novel “The Red Badge of Courage.”

Activist and journalist Kerry Butch. Reading from the works of activist and essayist Helen Crane.

The Rev. Kerwin Webb. Reading from the works of the activist, the Rev. J.F. Robinson. (Note: Webb replaces Ty Laws, who was originally scheduled to appear but will be unable to do so.)

Actor and playwright Marjorie Conn. Reading from the works of poet and novelist Margaret Widdemer (a 1919 Pulitzer Prize winner for her poetry collection, “The Old Road to Paradise”).

Fashion and hip-hop journalist Tiasia Newman. Reading from the works of Vogue editor-in-chief Edna Woolman Chase.

Sand Hill Indian Historical Association director Claire Garland. Reading from the works of broadcaster Lowell Thomas.

Singer-songwriter Deirdre Forrest. Performing the music of May Singhi Breen.

Crime/mystery novelist Wallace Stroby. Reading from the works of investigative journalist Fred J. Cook.

The Stephen Crane House, built in 1878, was the writer’s home from 1883 to 1892, and was owned by the Crane family until 1899.

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