Succeed2Gether's Montclair Literary Festival


Welcome to the sixth annual Succeed2gether's Montclair Literary Festival
from Thursday May 5 to Monday May 9, 2022.

Current confirmed authors include Jennifer Egan, Don Winslow, Elizabeth Alexander, Joyce Carol Oates, Megan Abbott, Cleyvis Natera, Jonathan Santlofer, Marjorie Margolis, Fiona Davis, Judge Victoria Pratt, M. Chris Fabricant, alongside children’s favorites Chris Grabenstein, Zibby Owens, and Victoria Kann




Jennifer Egan

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan will join us, live and in person, on Friday May 6, 2022, at 7pm (EST), to talk about her new book, The Candy House.

Jennifer will be talking about one of the most anticipated books of 2022 and 'a thrilling, endlessly stimulating work that demands to be read and reread' with best-selling author Garth Risk Hallberg.

Tickets cost $35 and include a copy of The Candy House (value $28). Jennifer will be signing books after the event. The event will be held in The Sanctuary of the First Congregational Church in Montclair.   Purchase Tickets Here


Elizabeth Alexander

Join us on Festival Day, Saturday May 7, at 12 p.m. (EST) as we welcome Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times bestselling author and poet Elizabeth Alexander. Elizabeth will be live and in person talking about her new book The Trayvon Generation with feminist activist, author and scholar Salamishah Tillet.

Originally published as an essay in the New Yorker, TheTrayvon Generation expands on Alexander's meditation about the power of art and culture to illuminate America's unresolved problem with race.

Tickets to hear Elizabeth Alexander in person cost $30 and include a copy of the book The Trayvon Generation (value $22). Books will be available to be picked up from Festival partnerwatchung booksellers after the book's publication on Tuesday April 5, 2022. They will also be available for collection at the event.  Purchase Ticket Here.


Don Winslow

'One of America's greatest storytellers', crime writer and political commentator Don Winslow will be live and in person on Sunday May 8, 2022, at 6pm (EST), to talk about the first volume of his new crime saga, City on Fire.

Exploring the classic themes of loyalty, betrayal, honor, and corruption on both sides of the law, City on Fire is being acclaimed as a contemporary Iliad.

Don will be talking with CBS News' senior national correspondent Jim Axelrod.

Tickets cost $35 and include a copy of City on Fire (value $29). The event will be held in The Sanctuary of the First Congregational Church in Montclair and Don will be signing books and meeting fans after the event.   Purchase Tickets Here.



Italian Lifestyle & Cooking: Online  Sophie and Elizabeth Minchelli with Mark Rotella
Poetry Cafe; Chris Adams and John R. Trause, and featuring Sharon Dennis-Wyeth, Frank Rubino, Gretchen Gómez, and more.
Asian & Black Solidarities: Shared Histories and Futures in AmericaDaphne Palasi Andreades, Kavitha Rajagopalan, along with moderator Mia Charlene White
How Heroes and Broadcasters Changed America's Most Popular Sports Kostya Kennedy, Rich Podolsky with moderator Ben Cohen.
Addiction and Accountability Evan Hughes, Madeleine Dean with moderator Jan Hoffman,
New York City Women in Fiction Fiona Davis, Heather Webb, Helen Wan with Laurie Albanese
Transforming Our Broken Criminal Justice System The Honorable Victoria Pratt, M. Chris Fabricant and Kristin Henning, and Dr. Jason Williams
Memoir: Trying to Have it All  Marjorie Margolies
and her son Vu Pham in discussion with Kate Zernike.
Poetry in Turbulent Times  Peter Balakian, Rigoberto González and Jenny Xie
Fiction In Our Own Voice: Latinx Writers  Cleyvis Natera, Elisabet Velazquez, Rio Cortez, Saraciea J. Fennell in conversation with Angela Abreu
Fiction Three Authors and the Books that Made Them Writers  Pamela Erens, Robin Black, Steve Yarbrough with DT Max
We Write in Order to Live  Anna Quindlen with Elisabeth Egan
Fiction Grit and Girls  Leigh Newman, Halimah Marcus with Alice Elliott Dark
Fiction We Do What We Do in the Dark Michelle Hart
The Book Doctors: Pitchapalooza
Altering the Course of History: Hanging Chads and the Power of Social Movements  Andrew Rice, Gal Beckerman with Andy Rosenthal
Trump, Putin and Democracy Under Siege Gideon Rachman,with Tim O'Brien


Voices of Tomorrow: Creative Writing Readings from Montclair High School and Montclair Kimberley Academy
Meet Princess Charming &
Rubylicious: Zibby Owens and Victoria Kann
Storyteller: Tales and Music from East Africa
Shy WIllow
with Cat Min
Chris Grabenstein, Mr. Lemoncello's Very First Game
Barb the Last Berzerker
with Dan and Jason


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Event date: 
Thursday, May 5, 2022 - 7:00pm to Monday, May 9, 2022 - 9:00pm
Event address: 
Various Locations