Literary Festival Sponsored by Montclair State University and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Montclair State University and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are sponsors of the inaugural Montclair Literary Festival on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2017

Organized by the nonprofit Succeed2gether, the Montclair Literary Festival promotes reading for all, bringing writers and readers together for two days of events including book talks, panel discussions, author signings, workshops, and children's activities.

Please note that tickets are sold out for the Trevor Noah event.

"Our congratulations to all the volunteers and participants supporting Succeed2gether and the first Montclair Literary Festival. We look forward to celebrating the power and influence of the written word in all its forms and forums" said Robert S. Friedman, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. "Creative writing, reflective thinking, and sharing ideas through thoughtful conversation are essential to the educational mission of the humanities, and we're happy to join the effort."

The Festival kicks off on the campus of Montclair State University with a talk by Trevor Noah, author of Born a Crime and host of The Daily Show.

Faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will also participate on panels and give lectures including Claudia Cortese, David Galef, Patricia A. Matthew, and Jason M. Williams. Part-time faculty member Joseph Rathgeber is also reading for the Halfway There Reading Series. Our faculty members are participating on panels that are free and open to the public.

Key events

List of events on our campus or featuring our faculty. Visit the Succeed2gether website for a list of all Festival events.

Trevor Noah

Tickets are required for this event and tickets are  sold out.

Friday, March 31, 2017
Memorial Auditorium

The Daily Show host Trevor Noah will be discussing his new critically acclaimed memoir Born a Crime, with his editor Chris Jackson. The book discusses his life growing up in South Africa.

  • 12:30 p.m. - Doors open
  • 1:15 p.m. - Introduction
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. - Trevor Noah and Chris Jackson

Special instructions
Tickets required for entrance.

Please arrive early to allow time for parking at the Red Hawk Deck and to walk 10 minutes to the Auditorium. Disabled parking spaces are available.

Claudia Cortese

Friday, March 31, 2017
2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m., Segal Gallery

Claudia Cortese, instructional specialist in the Department of Writing Studies, will be moderating the Live Lit Poetry and Politics panel. The panel will feature Jonterri Gadson, Vi Khi Nao, Vincent Toro, and Tika Lark.


David Galef

Saturday, April 1, 2017
2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Montclair Public Library YA Room

David Galef, professor in the Department of English and director of the Creative Writing program, will be running a flash-fiction workshop. (Photo by Dena Schutzer.)

Patricia Matthew

Saturday, April 1, 2017
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., First Congregational Church

Patricia Matthew, associate professor in the Department of English, will be moderating a panel titled "Race and Social Justice in the Long Age of Trump." 


Jason Williams

Saturday, April 1, 2017
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., First Congregational Church

Jason Williams, assistant professor in the Department of Justice Studies, will be a panelist for the discussion: "Race and Social Justice in the Long Age of Trump." 

About Montclair State University
Montclair State University is a research doctoral institution ranked in the top tier of national universities. Building on a distinguished history dating back to 1908, the University today has 10 colleges and schools that serve 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students with more than 300 doctoral, master's and baccalaureate programs. Situated on a beautiful, 252-acre suburban campus just 12 miles from New York City, Montclair State delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive, sophisticated and diverse academic environment.

About the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences combines a traditional liberal arts education with focused preparation in a wide range of disciplines and professional areas. With 21 majors, more than 40 minors and numerous areas of graduate study and professional certificate programs, the College offers students the opportunity to begin a lifetime of learning in the humanities and social sciences while preparing for a successful career.

About Succeed2gether
Succeed2gether aims to close the achievement gap for Essex County students from low-income families with free tutoring and enrichment programs. Succeed2gether currently provides educational programs that include an After-School Tutoring Program, an After-School Enrichment Program, and a Summer Enrichment Program.