Authors & Books

Local Authors

Patrick Rosal, an Edison native, recently won the 2017 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for his latest book, "Brooklyn Antediluvian."
Judy Blume, Junot Diaz, Akhil Sharma and more tell tales about how New Jersey shaped them as writers, and as people.

Memoirs

In a new book, Jersey-born astronaut Scott Kelly shares memories of his time in space and his sometimes painful return to terra firma.
His intimate memoir, "Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies," manages to be simultaneously heartbreaking, cheeky and comical.

NJM Q&A

The creator of the HBO series "The Leftovers" talks about the true, down-to-earth Jersey attitude, and how the state influenced his work.
Azzan Yadin-Israel, a professor in the Classics and Jewish Studies department at Rutgers, is the author of "The Grace of God and the Grace of Man: The Theologies of Bruce Springsteen."

Fiction

Reading We Will Listen For You is an invitation to look beyond the stone walls of churches and gape in wonder at the world and the unknowable vistas beyond.
In her new novel "Quiet Dell," Jayne Anne Phillips explores the brutal murder of a West Virginia family.

Shore Settings

Curl up with a good book while you bask in the sun this summer.
A Lambertville historian and art dealer writes about a largely unknown group of impressionist artists who painted Jersey Shorescapes in the late 19th Century.

Non-Fiction

Scott Deitche's book "Garden State Gangland: The Rise of The Mob in New Jersey" details the state's sordid history of mafioso.
A former rocker himself, Warren Zanes' new book chronicles the life and career of Tom Petty.

Crime & Mystery

Crime reporter turned novelist Brad Parks tackles real-world issues.
Prolific author Joyce Carol Oates latest novel, "Carthage," is a murder mystery that relies on small town gossip, capricious witnesses and family politics.

History

A new book explains why the 15th commander-in-chief was our worst. President. Ever.
The Princeton history professor talks about his new book, how we expect too much out of our presidents, and why Congressional gridlock isn't anything new.

Reading is Fun-damental

Journalist turned captain of industry Don Katz, the founder of audiobook company Audible, is a word guy.
Resilient and resourceful, indie bookstores find ways to survive (and sometimes thrive) in the Amazon age.