Every September, the Jersey City Free Public Library organizes an annual book festival in downtown Jersey City. The event showcases local authors and promises something for readers of all ages. This past Sunday marked the 10th Annual Tales of Our Cities.
While researching my book, I relied heavily on the treasures in the New Jersey Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library. Therefore, I was thrilled to be invited to Tales of Our Cities to discuss my book, Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street (Fordham University Press).
The library secured David Cruz, a veteran New Jersey political observer and current journalist at NJTV News, to serve as my moderator for the morning. Mr. Cruz and I shared an engaging and fun conversation about artists, gentrification, and Jersey City.
Since the festival was outdoors, people would come and go. My wife noticed that when David or I dropped the word “gentrification,” passers-by would stop and listen for a moment. Interesting.
After the event, I signed copies of my book and talked with readers. Always a privilege.
The Jersey City Free Public Library’s Tales of Our Cities highlights just a sampling of the cultural riches of Jersey City. I look forward to enjoying next year’s book festival as a reader.