NUTLEY, NJ - Local author Michael C. Gabriele will do a Zoom presentation on Tuesday, June 23, 2 p.m. for the Nutley Public Library to discuss his newest book, “Stories from New Jersey Diners – Monuments to Community.”
The live program can be viewed by registering online at nutleypubliclibrary.org/michaelgabriele. You will then receive a registration confirmation, and then the library will email you a link to the Zoom event, one day before the event.
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 memories they inspire—reflect the state’s spirit, culture and mythology.
The book (190 pages and over 80 photos, including a 16-page color insert) documents stories gathered throughout the “Diner Capital of the World.” These are heartfelt remembrances that have shaped lives, families, careers, businesses, and communities—the “untold” stories of New Jersey’s history. Many tales are snapshots of the immigrant experience—people who have traveled to New Jersey from far-away countries to gain a foothold as American citizens.
Chapters in the book include memories of late-night eats during Wildwood’s wild rock-and-roll days of the 1950s; an entrepreneur who traveled eight-thousand miles from India and opened a diner in the Pine Barrens; first-person remembrances from Newark’s famous, long-gone Weequahic Diner; and a frantic, impromptu midnight wedding ceremony held in an Elizabeth lunch wagon in 1906.
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 (website: www.arcadiapublishing.com/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.”
Gabriele served as the editor of The Nutley Sun during the mid-1980s. A lifelong Garden State resident, Gabriele is a 1975 graduate of Montclair State University and 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, the Theater League of Clifton, and serves on the advisory board of the Clifton Arts Center.
The live program can be viewed by registering online at nutleypubliclibrary.org/michaelgabriele.
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