MONTCLAIR, NJ – The Montclair Public Library Foundation has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Investors Foundation, officials announced.

The grant will be used to support thr Open Book/Open Mind conversation series. Now in its fourth year, the series hosts conversations on a variety of topics and genres, from fiction to journalism, through discussions and presentations by thought leaders and authors who are leading writers in their fields, officials say. Since the series’ inception in January 2015, 30 conversations have taken place.

Investors Bank representatives, Lisa Van Dine and Alicia Robinson presented Peter Coyl, Montclair Public Library Director, and Anita Peterson, MPL Foundation Manager, with a check for $5,000.

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According to the release, Open Book/Open Mind aims to expand Montclair's intellectual horizons by bringing speakers who can explore in-depth timely topics. Past speakers have included Maureen Dowd, Isabel Allende, Lawrence O’Donnell, Christina Baker Kline, Anna Quindlen, Charles Blow, Alan Cumming, Jonathan Alter,
Bobbi Brown and Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal.

This fall the Open Book/Open Mind series organizers state that they will present five dynamic and timely conversations to the Montclair community. Nathan Englander will speak on his novel “Dinner at the Center of the Earth.” Nathan is a Pulitzer finalist and best-selling author of “For the Relief of Unbearable Urges.” His new novel is a political thriller that unfolds in the highly charged territory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pivots on the complex relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard. Tayari Jones will speak on her best-selling novel An American Marriage, Oprah’s 2018 Book Pick! Next is BA Shapiro, author of The Muralist, who will discuss her new fiction novel The Collector’s Apprentice, with best-selling author Caroline Leavitt. Chip McGrath, writer at large at The New York Times, and former editor of The New York Times Book Review will moderate a discussion on how the NYT Book Review works; how as an editor you choose which books are to be reviewed, and not; how you choose book critics, and the issues
surrounding the job.

Dwight Garner, critic from the NY Times and Joan Acocella of The New Yorker will be panelists. The fall series will conclude with Alex Wagner of Showtimes, "The Circus.” She will be speaking about her book, FutureFace. In this memoir, Alex travels the globe to solve the mystery of her ancestry, confronting the question at the heart of the American experience of immigration, race, and identity. All the events include a reading, conversation and
Q & A followed by a book signing. Registration is available at

For more information or to make a donation to the Montclair Public Library Foundation, please
visit For questions, please contact Anita Peterson, Foundation Manager
at or 973-744-0500.