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ahac richard goffmanphoto: Richard Goffman

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – On Friday, October 2nd at 7:30 pm, the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council will feature Richard Goffman as the next speaker in its “Artists and Authors” series at the Arts Corner, 135 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands. Richard, the author of the highly acclaimed Jersey Shore thrillers Heartless Cruelty and Laid So Low, will read from his books, speak about the writing process, answer questions and sign copies. The evening is open to the public.

Tickets are $10 and available at the door or online at aharts.org.


About the Author

Richard W. Goffman is the author of Heartless Cruelty (2012) and Laid So Low (2015), both published by 99%BOOKS. These thrillers set at the Jersey Shore center on a character who, despite every intention to the contrary, finds himself embroiled in murderous situations. As a high school teacher, William Bachman’s focus is the education of his students, but his idealistic devotion to their development and their safety compel him to step up in ways that he is in no way prepared for. Many teachers “go above and beyond;” Mr. Bachman – beloved and respected by his legion of current and former kids – goes further.

Heartless Cruelty introduces Mr. Bachman in 1983. His concern for a student who may be an abuse victim brings him into conflict with a violent criminal element as well as corrupt politicians and a justice system too willing to find solutions at any cost. In Laid So Low, a prequel set four years earlier, Bachman, still untested by the real world, optimistically begins a new semester. The tragic events that begin just moments before the first day of school involve international sex trafficking, drug abuse and sexual betrayal, reaching even into Bachman’s own home.

Set in the not-so-mythical Jersey Shore town of Atlantis, these are stories of a flawed, believable hero who doesn’t believe in heroes. He finds himself at the crossroads of a town that is at once familiar and magically strange, marked by beauty and ugliness, romance and violence, and enough racial, ethnic and economic diversity to yield no end of characters.

Goffman will discuss his process of character development, and how he allows his characters to tell him where the story goes next. Among other things he uses the techniques of improvisational theater to bring those characters to life.

Goffman taught high school English in Long Branch and Dover, NJ, then later in Paterson. He also spent decades in marketing in the home entertainment industry. Today he is an adjunct professor of English at Montclair State University.  His next novel is due in 2016.

Thank you to our sponsor MedExpress Urgent Care for its generous support.

The AHAC is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  The mission of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is to strengthen community through the arts.  For further information on the Arts Council, visit aharts.org.

This program is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  

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