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Former Senator and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Al Franken will make an appearance at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, June 3.

For a list of the state’s independent bookstores, click here.

May 26: Gregory Jon Geehern, “Operatic Explorations” talk at Lawrence Headquarters Branch of Mercer County Public Library.

June 1: Colton Haynes at Bookends, Ridgewood. Author of “Miss Memory Lane: A Memoir.”

June 3: Al Franken at Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank.

June 3-4: Joe Rogan at Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City.

June 4: Cat & Nat at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City.

June 5: James Patterson at Books & Greetings, Northvale. Author of “James Patterson: The Stories of My Life.”

June 6: Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos at Bookends, Ridgewood. Author and illustrator, respectively, of “I Am I.M. Pei” and “I Am Dolly Parton.”

June 7: Grant Hill at Bookends, Ridgewood. Author of “Game: An Autobiography.”

June 14: Erin Hilderbrand at Books & Greetings, Northvale. Author of “The Hotel Nantucket.”

June 24: “Welcome to Night Vale: The Haunting of Night Vale” at Victoria Theater at NJPAC, Newark.

June 25: “It’s Happening With Snooki and Joey” at Music Box at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Atlantic City.

June 28: Jenny Mollen at Bookends, Ridgewood. Author of “City of Likes.”

July 14: Jen Maxfield at Bookends, Ridgewood. Author of “More After the Break.”
July 14: “Bananas” podcast featuring Kurt Braunohler and Scotty Landes at House of Independents, Asbury Park.

July 16: Potterless Podcast at House of Independents, Asbury Park.

Sept. 29 and Oct. 2: Maplewood South Orange Book Festival.

Oct. 2: “Captain Lee and Friends,” featuring Eddie Lucas and Colin Macy-O’Toole at BergenPAC, Englewood.

Oct. 14: Amy Bruni at The Vogel at Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank.

Oct. 20-23: Dodge Poetry Festival, Newark.

Oct. 27: “In Conversation With the Sopranos” featuring Steve Schirripa, Vincent Pastore and Michael Imperioli at Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank.

Oct. 30: “Poe by Candelight,” presented by East Lynne Theater Company at Cape May Presbyterian Church.

Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 4 and 8-10: “Christmas Presents From the Past” featuring Gayle Stahlhuth, presented by East Lynne Theater Company at Cape May Presbyterian Church.

Dec. 11: “A Conversation With Fran Lebowitz” at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. 

Dec. 12: Rupi Kaur at Count Basie Center or the Arts, Red Bank.

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