Montclair State Faculty to Participate in Montclair Literary Festival

Montclair State University will once again serve as a
co-host of the second annual Montclair Literary Festival, which will take place
March 15-18 at locations including the University, the Montclair Public
Library, Montclair’s First Congregational Church and the Montclair Art Museum.

Supported by
Succeed2gether, Montclair State University, Montclair Public Library, Watchung
Booksellers, Montclair Art Museum and many other local sponsors, the four-day
series of events will feature more than 100 authors and 50 events. Best-selling
authors including The New York Times best-selling
author of the The Wife, Meg Wolitzer,
best-selling author of One True Thing,
Anna Quindlen, and National Book Award Finalist Min Jin Lee (author of the
popular best seller Pachinko) will be
participating in discussions as part of the festival.

Montclair State University faculty will also serve as panel
hosts and participants throughout the four days of programming.

On Friday, March 16 at 3:30 p.m., Assistant Professor of
English Michael Robbins will discuss how art can help people make sense – or
nonsense – of the world in “Equipment for Living: on Poetry and Pop Music” at
the School of Communication and Media’s Presentation Hall on the Montclair
State University campus.

On Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m., Professor of English Lucy
McDiarmid will join a St. Patrick’s Day panel discussion titled “Irish Women: Revolution, Romance, and ‘The
Troubles’” at The Guild Room at the First Congregational Church in
Montclair. Also at 11 a.m., Associate Professor of English Laura Nicosia will
participate in a panel discussion titled “Letters toSecretary DeVos: What We’d Like to Discuss With You About
Education”alongside Professor of
History Leslie Wilson at the Montclair Public Library Auditorium. She will also
participate in a panel discussing the reinventing of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Genre
at 2:45 p.m. in The Guild Room at Montclair’s First Congregational Church.
Wilson will also present a discussion titled “Building the Great Society: Inside
Lyndon Johnson’s White House”at the
Montclair Public Library Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

At 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, Professor of Sociology Yasemin Besen-Cassino
and Associate Professor of English Patricia Matthew will participate in a panel
discussion titled “Women, Sex, Power, and the #MeToo Movement”at the Montclair Public Library
Auditorium. At 4 p.m., Assistant Professor of Justice Studies Jason Williams
will present a panel discussion titled “‘They Can’t Kill Us All’: Ferguson,
Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement” at the Montclair
Public Library Auditorium.

Professor of English and author David Galef will help close the
festival on Sunday, March 18 at 10 a.m., with a workshop titled “Flash Fiction,”
in which he will lead the audience through the possibilities of creating
fiction stories in 1,000 words or less.

For more information on the Montclair Literary
Festival, visit

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