The organizing committee for Succeed2gether’s Montclair Literary Festival has announced it will postpone the 2020 festival, including all ticketed events, due to health concerns for COVID-19 and following CDC recommendations.

“At this time it is clear we need to prioritize health and safety and support national and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 by postponing the festival,” said Festival Chair Marcia Marley. 

A pre-festival event with bestselling author Colum McCann planned for March 12 was also postponed, along with the fourth annual festival beginning March 25.

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From the opening event with Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn discussing their timely book Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, over 130 authors and participants were to appear in more than 50 events over the five days of the festival.

“We are in discussion with all ticketed event authors and moderators and we plan to reschedule these events as soon as health officials deem it safe,” said Festival Co-Director, Jacqueline Mroz. 

“In addition, we have rescheduled the Festival Day for September 12, 2020. Most authors we have contacted are available on that date and more than willing to attend the festival as previously planned. We are confident that our supporters will attend a fantastic festival line-up in September this year.”

Non-profit Succeed2gether launched its Montclair Literary Festival in 2017 to promote literacy and reading for all, and to celebrate reading, literature, and Montclair’s vibrant and diverse literary scene. The Montclair Literary Festival raises funds and awareness for the work of Succeed2gether, a non-profit organization that addresses unequal access to educational resources by providing free, high-quality enrichment and academic programs to children in need from Montclair and Essex County, New Jersey.