MPL Open Book/Open Mind Conversation Series

Open Book / Open Mind is MPL’s live conversation series of top authors discussing their new books and the important events of our time. Originally founded by Montclair residents Jennifer Dorr and David Jones in 2015, Open Book / Open Mind transitioned to a webcast format in April 2020 because of the pandemic, and remains virtual. It is now co-chaired by David Jones and Kate Tuttle. All books are available for sale by our partner, watchung booksellers in Montclair, and to borrow from MPL. For more information, contact MPL librarian Ariel Zeitlin.

Since Open Book / Open Mind went online in 2019, we’ve hosted Isabel Wilkerson, Ann Patchett, Jhumpa Lahiri, Charles Blow, Alice Hoffman, Christina Baker Kline, Sandra Cisneros, Mary Roach, Ada Calhoun, Elizabeth Kolbert, Michael Schmidt, Jonathan Alter, Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, Jesse Wegman, Lawrence Wright, and more. We’ve drawn as many as 400 or 750 for some events, including attendees from 35 states outside New Jersey as well as Canada, Europe, the UK, the Caribbean, Thailand and New Zealand.