PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Public Library will present a Local Author Showcase to promote local authors, and to engage the community and support literacy.

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Plainfield Public Library is pleased to present a Local Author Showcase featuring poet Hubert Reeder and author Richard Jules Valvano.  The Showcase is a new program that we hope will help support and promote Plainfield authors as well as encourage community support and literacy.

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Acclaimed poet Hubert Reeder will present his latest book, Gates Found Four, a collection of poems containing art designs.  Mr. Reeder is a resident of Plainfield by way of Scotch Plains. He is a graduate of Rutgers University in Newark.  Mr. Reeder has been cited by numerous literary societies and associations, and is the winner of several competitions including the World Wide Poetry Contest, California Poetry Academy, Gold Medallion Ruben Club, and the International Poetry Society.

Author Richard Jules Valvano will present his first novel, The Black Conservative: An American Hero, which presents an overview of the political thinking of black conservatives through the two protagonists - a male and a female - in a political thriller filled with suspense and intrigue.  Mr. Valvano is married; he and his wife Ginny lived in Plainfield for 11 years, and then moved to South Plainfield where they have been residing for 20 years.  Mr. Valvano is an active member of the Plainfield Area YMCA since 1986.  He also is a retired business instructor, having taught at the Professional School of Business for 25 years.

The Local Author Showcase is on Saturday, April 22nd from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Plainfield Public Library, located at 800 Park Avenue.

This is event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.plainfieldlibrary.info or contact the Local History Department at (909) 757-1111 Ext. 136.