SHREWSBURY, NJ – Only two spaces are left for Monmouth County authors to sign up for the unique Ye Olde Monmouth County Authors Book Faireslated for Saturday, April 9, at the Monmouth County Library’s Eastern Branch, Route 35.

The Monmouth County Genealogy Society and the Shrewsbury Historical Society are sponsoring the event to alert residents and visitors to the surprisingly-large number of contemporary books written about the history, people, and topography of Monmouth County, both in fictional and non-fictional forms. The public will enjoy meeting and talking with writers who have created stories of interest, mystery, education, travel, and simple enjoyment.


“We are delighted to have such an exciting response to the first-ever Book Faire,” said Linda Wilson, President of the Genealogy Society, “We partnered with the Shrewsbury Historical Society and the Monmouth County Library system to give local authors an opportunity to become better known and to give all our residents a chance to see what’s available to them they might not realize. The response has been so positive we’re going to make this an annual event!”

The number of authors appearing at the April 9th event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is limited to 16. Shrewsbury Mayor Don Burden, also President of the Shrewsbury Historical Society, noted:  “We are keeping the number small to give the public enough time to converse with each author.” Visitors will have an opportunity to purchase books which their authors will sign as requested. Entry to the event is free to everyone.

Among the writers who will appear at the Book Faire event at the Library are Monmouth County Historian Randall Gabrielan, the prolific author of 41 books and counting; Roberta Van Anda, whose most recent work is Legendary Locals of Rumson; and Joseph Grabas, whose best-selling Owning New Jersey, includes many vignettes about people and property histories in Monmouth County.

The Book Faire will be in the centrally-located Meeting Room on the first floor of the library. There is no charge for interested authors to register and participate in the event. All attendees will receive a free Book Faire Program, complete with photos of the authors, their biographies, e-mail addresses and websites. “Besides this invaluable information, the Book Faire Program will be a souvenir for this first-of-its-kind event in the library,” according to event coordinator Rick Geffken, himself a published author.

Ms. Wilson concluded:  “The fact the Monmouth County Library Commission is co-sponsoring this event is one more indication of the importance the Commission places on providing opportunities for the public to not only appreciate literature, new authors, and American history, but also to take advantage of what the Monmouth County library offers at no cost to all who use the facilities. This is happening at the Eastern Branch, but all the library’s branches throughout Monmouth County provide the public with these terrific events.”