MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morristown Festival of Books is thrilled to welcome many of New Jersey’s hottest authors, including Pulitzer Prize-winners Bill Dedman and Amy Ellis Nutt, New York Times best-selling debut author Matthew Thomas, and the “Queen of Suspense” herself, author Mary Higgins Clark.

The Festival is also excited to announce its most recent addition to an already outstanding author lineup—Dan Gutman. A native of Newark and a Rutgers alumnus who currently resides in New York, Gutman has written extensively on topics ranging from computers to baseball. He is best known for his Baseball Card Adventures series for children, the New York Times best-selling series, the Genius Files, and most recently, the best-selling My Weird School series.

The New Jersey author lineup is certain to attract and delight readers of diverse tastes— from suspense lovers and history buffs to social activists and those striving to grasp the perplexing and often misunderstood world of the autism spectrum. These authors tell tales of immigration and the American Dream; they explore what it means to be transgender or a woman living in Afghanistan; they also delight and inform children about nature, ninja chicks, and what it means to grow up. Come out and support the amazing writers who hail from the Garden State:

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David Lubar’s new young adult novel, Character, Driven is set in a town based on Morristown, New Jersey, where Lubar was born and raised.

Montclair resident Matthew Thomas is the New York Times best-selling author of We Are Not Ourselves. His debut novel was short-listed for the James Tait Black Prize, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the John Gardner Fiction Book Award; long-listed for the Dublin International Literary Prize, the Guardian First Book Award, and the Folio Prize; named a New York Times

Notable Book of 2014; and singled out as one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, Esquire, and Entertainment Weekly, among others.

A Cherry Hill resident, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Bill Dedman examines the reclusive world of copper heiress Huguette Clark in Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.

Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times best-selling author from Saddle River, promises to bring readers to the edge of their seats discussing her exciting new thriller, As Time Goes By.

Nadia Hashimi lives in Maryland but grew up in Ramsey. She is the daughter of Afghan immigrants who lived out their American dream by establishing roots on the East Coast of the United States. Hashimi’s moving and haunting tale, A House Without Windows, portrays the complex and often horrifying lives of several modern Afghan women who meet in a prison cell.

Amanda Freitag, one of New York City’s most celebrated chefs, was raised in Cedar Grove. She is the author of The Chef Next Door: A Pro Chef's Recipes for Fun, Fearless Home Cooking and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Freitag has battled Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America, has a recurring role as a judge on the Food Network series Chopped, and stars with Ty Pennington on Food Network’s American Diner Revival.

Caren Zucker, co-author of In A Different Key: The Story of Autism, lives in Tenafly with her husband and three children. In an extraordinary narrative history of autism, Zucker and co-author John Donvan tell the riveting and moving stories of parents fighting for their children’s civil rights; of doctors struggling to define autism; of ingenuity, self-advocacy, and profound social change.

Amy Ellis Nutt, author of Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, grew up in Scotch Plains and won the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing while working at the Star Ledger in Newark. She holds degrees from Smith College, MIT and Columbia, and has taught at Columbia and Princeton.

Originally from Cameroon, Imbolo Mbue moved to the US in 1998 and received a B.S. from Rutgers University and a M.A. from Columbia University. Her debut novel, Behold the Dreamers, imagines a young Cameroonian couple as they attempt to start a new life in New York just as the Great Recession wreaks havoc on their dreams.

Corey Rosen Schwartz, author of numerous rhyming picture books and fractured fairy tales including The Three Ninja Pigs, Ninja Red Riding Hood, and now Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks, lives with her husband and two children in Warren.

Heather Alexander hails from North Caldwell and currently lives in Basking Ridge. In A Child's Introduction to Natural History: The Story of Our Living Earth–From Amazing Animals and Plants to Fascinating Fossils and Gems, Alexander regales young readers 6 to 12 with the wonders of our natural world.

On Saturday, October 1, the Festival will once again serve up a full day’s program of free author talks. Forty award-winning and best-selling authors will speak and answer questions in one-hour sessions at five locales, all within easy walking distance of one another along South Street in historic Morristown. The venues include St. Peter’s Church Sanctuary and Parish House, Morristown Presbyterian Church Parish House, The Church of the Redeemer, and the Morristown/Morris Township Library. Book sales and signings will occur under a tent on the grounds of the historic Vail Mansion. Saturday’s all-day program of free author talks is made possible through the generous support of the official 2016 sponsor of Morristown Festival of Books, Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.

Morristown Festival of Books is a not-for-profit organization.

For more information, go to http://morristownbooks.org.