SHREWSBURY, NJ – With 16 different authors signed up, and a schedule for hearing each of them respond to questions or talk about their books, throughout the day. Ye Olde Monmouth County Authors Book Faire slated for April 9 promises to bring a crowd to the Monmouth County Library’s Eastern Branch, Route 35.

The event, the first of its kind in Monmouth County, possibly the state, is sponsored by the Monmouth County Genealogy Society and the Shrewsbury Historical Society to keep residents and visitors aware of the number of books available about the history, people, and varied interest of Monmouth County, as expressed in both fiction and non-fictions.

   “We are looking forward to April 9 and seeing such a diverse group of authors all in one place,” said Linda Wilson, president of the genealogy society, “we partnered with the Shrewsbury Historical Society and the Monmouth County Library system to give authors this opportunity to become known as well as to give all our residents a chance to see what’s available to them that they might not even realize. But the response has been overwhelming and we already know we are going to plan a second Faire next year.”

     The event, slated to take place from 10. a.m. to 2 p.m., has been capped at 19 authors because of space limitations, said Mayor Don Barden, president of the Shrewsbury Historical Society. The public is invited to stop in to meet authors of books associated with Monmouth County. Visitors will have an opportunity to purchase any books they desire, and authors will be present to sign copies as requested.

   In addition to individual tables set up for each author, the Faire has booklets available for every attendee, with photos and brief biographical sketches of each author. A schedule within the booklet also gives the time throughout the day when each author will be highlighted at the podium to speak about his work.


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     Among the authors at the Event are Monmouth County Historian Randall Gabrielan, author of more than 40 publications, and Joseph A. Grabas, educator, lecturer, educator, forensic expert, land title researcher and a certified state and national Title Professional. Local favorites including Eileen Moon, whose book highlights Red Bank’s legendary local personalities, Roberta Van Anda, whose book focuses on Rumson’s history,. Burden and Rick Geffken, who teamed up to write Shrewsbury borough’s history, Lisa Lamb, who has written about Asbury Park, and Rik van Hemmen,, vice president of Navesink Maritime Heritage Association whose book give s a chronology of boating on the Navesink River

   Also featured are Civil War historians Tom Burke, president of the NJ Civil War Heritage Association, Paul E. Bretzger, who focuses on General Hancock at Gettysburg, and Joseph Bilby, assistant curator of the NJ National Guard and Militia Museum, Sea Gift, who has written on New Jersey’s place in 350 years of history.

   Other featured authors are Linda Whitefield-Spinner, who work accents African American roots and their place in history, Gayle Aanensen, who writes poetry and short stories as well as books, George Joynson, who has written about Holmdel, Pleasant Valley and their history, as well as Monmouth County murders, Karen Schnitzspahn, a NJ native who has written numerous books on everything from New Jersey women, the Roaring 20s to Jersey Shore food and animal companions, Rosemary Calabrettta, who wrote a memoir about the bartender to the Mafia in Long Branch, and Barry Caulfield whose three books include “Mythical Meanderings” and “Lessons from My Creature Teachers.”

   The Book Faire will be in the centrally-located Meeting Room on the first floor of the library. The public is invited to attend, and autographic copies of the books will be available.

   “The fact the Monmouth County Library Commission is co-sponsoring this event is one more indication 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, not only at Eastern Branch and the headquarters on Symmes Drive in Manalapan, but at all the library’s branches throughout Monmouth County,” said Ms Wilson.


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Muriel J. Smith

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