New Jersey author Michael C. Gabriele will present a program on his newest book, “Stories from New Jersey Diners – Monuments to Community.” The program is free and open to the public.
The book documents stories gathered from throughout the Garden State, “the Diner Capital of the World”—sentimental recollections from diner owners, diner employees and loyal diner customers. The program will trace the history of New Jersey’s diners business, and provide details on the era of lunch wagons from the 1890s and early 1900s. Lunch wagons were the precursors to today’s modern diners and food trucks.
For more than 100 years diners have played an important role in New Jersey’s history as gathering places for a community. Diner experiences—good food, slice-of-life encounters with friends and strangers, and the heartfelt memories they inspire—reflect the state’s spirit, culture and mythology.
About the author:
This is Gabriele’s fourth book on New Jersey history, and second book about the Garden State’s diner business, all published by Arcadia Publishing/The History Press. His previous books are (in chronological order): “The Golden Age of Bicycle Racing in New Jersey;” “The History of Diners in New Jersey;” and New Jersey Folk Revival Music—History and Tradition.”
A 1975 graduate of Montclair State University, Gabriele has worked as a journalist, freelance writer and author for more than forty years. He’s a member of the board of trustees for the annual New Jersey Folk Festival at Rutgers University, a member of the executive board for the Nutley Historical Society, and serves on the advisory board of the Clifton Arts Center.
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