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Authors Appearing at the Passaic County Book Festival

Adler, Yael Photo      Allenson, Miriam Photo      Auteri, Steph Photo






Yael Adler                        Miriam Allenson                    Steph Auteri


Battaglia, Mary B. Photo      Untitlednovo Boje      Brookover, Sophie Photo

    Mary B. Battaglia                      Jeff Beck                                  Sophie Brookover

Brown, Reilly Photo      Chu, Amy Photo      Conlon, Sawyer Photo

                Reilly Brown                                       Amy Chu                   Sawyer Conlon

Ditko, Veronica Photo      Fabor Muhammad, Christopher Photo      Farber, Felicia Photo

Veronica Ditko                   Christopher Fabor Muhammad                 Felicia Farber

Fawcett, K.m. Photo      Freeman, Arlene Photo      Gabriele, Michael Photo

K.M. Fawcett                                             Arlene Freeman                Michael Gabriele

Gomera Tavarez Photo      Herbst, Walter Photo      Herkness, Nancy Photo

Camille Gomera-Tavarez              Walter Herbst                     Nancy Herkness

Herrmann, Joan Photo      Hioki, Mel Photo      Hodorovych, Lisa Photo

              Joan Herrmann                                       Mel Hioki                             Lisa Hodorovych

Ishihara, Tina Photo      Maroney, Dolores Photo      Moss, N. West Photo

Tina Ishihara                                         Dolores Maroney                       N. West Moss

Nadler, Joel Photo      Ober, Marci Photo      Pagano, Catherine Photo

Joel Nadler                                                        Marci Ober                                        Catherine Pagano

Parkenton, Michelle Photo      Picone, Louis Photo      Raney, Tom Photo

Michelle Parkerton                                          Louis Picone                                 Tom Raney

Ranu, Jennifer Photo      Rohloff, Andrew Photo      Romeo, Lisa Photo

Jennifer Ranu                                                        Andrew Rohloff                                          Lisa Romeo

Russell, Paul Photo      Sall, Rita Janice Photo      Sanchez, Natalie Photo

Paul Russell                                                                            Rita Janice Sall                                                              Natalie Sanchez

Sawyer, Marcia Photo      Sime, Jean Photo      Skead, Robert Photo

Marcia Sawyer                                                                 Jean Sime                                                                     Robert Skead

Trauth20140627      Van Den Hende, Carol Photo      Van Vliet, John Photo

Suzanne Trauth                                                Carol Van Den Hende                                John Van Vliet

Vigoda Fuchs, Carol Photo      Visone, Emanuela Photo      Weisfeld, Vicki Photo

Carol Vigoda-Fuchs                           Emanuela Visone              Vicki Weisfeld

Dv Stone       Pellegrino, Christine Photo (with Buster)     David White

D.V. Stone                                         Christina Pellegrino                    David White

Morris, Suzanne Photo

Suzanne Morris

Program Tent 1

11:00 AM Beyond the Book: Writing for Other Mediums (Moderated by Karin Kweselwait with Panelists Steph Auteri, Sophie Brookover, Joan Herrmann, and Michelle Parkerton.)

12:00 PM Get to Know Carol Van Den Hende (A conversation with Carol Den Hende, author of Goodbye, Orchid, moderated by Eleana Cordova.)

12:45 PM Everyone Has a Story: Telling It In a Memoir (Moderated by Sophie Brookover with Panelists Yael Adler, Steph Auteri, N. West Moss, and Lisa Romeo.)

1:45 PM Writing that Heals (Moderated by Joan Herrmann with Panelists Catherine Pagano, Jean Sime, Carol Vigoda-Fuchs, and Emanuela Visone.)

2:45 PM We’ve Got Issues: A Comic Creators Panel (Moderated by Jeff Beck with Panelists Reilly Brown, Amy Chu, and Tom Raney.)

Program Tent 2

11:00 AM Novel Thoughts Fiction Writers Talk about Their Inspiration  (Moderated by Aleksandra Brittain with Panelists Camille Gomera-Tavarez, Suzanne Trauth, and Carol Van Den Hende.) 

12:00 PM Get to Know Felicia Farber (A conversation with Felicia Farber, author of Ice Queen moderated by Janette Pardo.)

12:45 PM Between the Sheets… of Paper: Romance Novels (Moderated by Janette Pardo with panelists Miriam Allenson, K.M. Fawcett, Nancy Herkness, Dolores Maroney, Michelle, Parketon, and D.V. Stone.)

1:45 PM Don’t Turn Off the Lights: Mysteries and Thrillers (Moderated by Patricia Perguino with panelists D.V. Stone, Suzanne Trauth, and Dave White.)

2:45 PM Preserving New Jersey’s History in Words and Pictures (Moderated by Nicole Colosimo with panelists Michael Gabriele, Joel Nadler, Jennifer Ranu, Thomas Riley, and Veronica Ditko. )

Program Tent 3

11:00 AM Pictures and Words, Perfect Together: Picture Books to Grow Future Readers (Moderated by Gloria Abero with panelists Christopher Fabor Muhammed, Arlene Freeman, Mel Hioki, Suzanne Morris, and Natalie Sanchez.)

12:00 PM Get to Know Robert Skead (A conversation with Robert Skead, author of Patriots, Redcoats, and Spies and more moderated by Bernadette Titterington.)

12:45 PM Live Your Best Life: Wellness Through Self-Help Books (Moderated by Joan Herrmann with panelists Mary B. Battaglia, Marci Ober, Catherine Pagano, and Emanuela Visone.)

1:45 PM Get to Know Louis Picone (A conversation with Louis Picone, author of Grant’s Tomb: The Epic Death of Ulysses S. Grant and the Making of an American Pantheon and more moderated by Patrick Byrnes.)

2:45 PM Get to Know Camille Gomera-Tavarez (A conversation with Camille Gomera-Tavarez, author of High Spirits moderated by Janette Pardo.)


  • Reading to Dogs
  • Poetry
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Children’s Story Time
  • Olmsted Walking Tours of Weasel Brook Park
  • Author Meet & Greets
  • Food & Music


The Poetry area at this year’s Book Festival is brought to us by John Trause and his colleagues. Join us in a day filled with readings and discussions alongside local poets.

John J. Trause Headstand

JOHN J. TRAUSE, the Director of Oradell Public Library, is the author of Why Sing? (Sensitive Skin Press, 2017), a book of traditional and experimental poems; Picture ThisFor Your Eyes and Ears (Dos Madres Press, 2016), a book of poems on art, film, and photography; Exercises in High Treason (great weather for MEDIA, 2016), a book of fictive translations, found poems, and manipulated texts; Eye Candy for Andy (13 Most Beautiful… Poems for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, Finishing Line Press, 2013); Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round and Round (Nirala Publications, 2012); Seriously Serial (Poets Wear Prada, 2007; rev. ed. 2014); and Latter-Day Litany (Éditions élastiques, 1996), the latter staged Off Broadway.  His translations, poetry, and visual work appear internationally in many journals and anthologies, including The Antioch Review; the artists’ periodical Crossings; the Dada journal Maintenant; the journal Offerta Speciale; the Great Weather for Media anthologies It’s Animal but Merciful (2012), I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand (2014), Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea (2019), and Paper Teller Diorama (2021); and Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015).  Marymark Press has published his visual poetry and art as broadsides and sheets.  He is the subject of a 30-on-30-in-30 essay on The Operating System, written by Don Zirilli, and an author of an essay on Baroness Elsa at the same site, both in April 2016.  He has shared the stage with Steven Van Zandt, Anne Waldman, Karen Finley, Andrei Codrescu, and Jerome Rothenberg; the page with Billy Collins, Lita Hornick, William Carlos Williams, Woody Allen, Ted Kooser, Victor Buono, and Pope John Paul II; and the cage with the Cumaean Sibyl, Ezra Pound, Hannibal Lecter, Andrei Chikatilo, and George “The Animal” Steele.  He is a founder of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, N. J., and the former host and curator of its monthly reading series.

Poetry Tent Schedule of Activities

11:00 AM  Introduction with John J. Trause and Luca Manna

11:10AM Introduction of WCW’s Paterson Book One with Don Zirilli

11:20AM Reading of WCW’s Paterson Book One with Red Wheelbarrow Poets (Patrick Hammer, Moira O’Brien, Arthur Russell, Anton Yakovlev, and Don Zirilli)

12:05PM Paterson Poetry Festival Reading with Talena Rachelle Queen, et al. 

1:05PM Red Wheelbarrow Poets panel Discussion with Red Wheelbarrow Poets Della Rowland, John J. Trause, and Don Zirilli.

1:25PM Red Wheelbarrow Poets Reading with Patrick Hammer, Moira O’Brien, Arthur Russell, John J. Trause, Anton Yakovlev, and Don Zirilli.

3:00PM Paterson Area Poets Reading  with Luis Cartagena, Christine Redman-Waldeyer, Samuel Rubinstein, and Rita Janice Sall.

3:40PM Open Reading hosted by Samuel Rubinstein

Reading to Dogs

Visit the Readings to Dogs tent and schedule your time with:

Doozy from 11AM – 12 PM

Minnie from 12 PM – 1 PM

Roger from 3 PM – 4 PM

Pellegrino, Christine Photo 2 (with Buster)

Story Time

Story times starting at 11:15 AM with Mayor Anzaldi of Clifton and continuing throughout the day read by authors appearing at the festival and librarians.  Join us in the Story Time Tent!

11:15am – Clifton Mayor James Anzaldi reading My Home Town

11:45am – Lisa Brown

12:45pm – Arlene Freeman reading Cool Kids

1:15pm – Andrew Rohloff reading See it Through

1:45pm – Mel Hioki reading The Bully, Bobeetle, & the Magical Turning Table

2:15pm – Marcia Sawyer reading Betsy’s Philadelphia Adventure.

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