MONTCLAIR, NJ - Trevor Noah and Paul Auster are scheduled to appear at the inaugural Montclair Literary Festival on March 31 and April 1 2017. The two-day festival, which aims to showcase the community's vibrant literary life, is organized by, and will also benefit, Succeed2gether, a Montclair-based nonprofit that tutors and teaches low-income students with the aim of closing the achievement gap.

Dozens of award-winning and emerging authors will talk about writing, read from new works and sign books on March 31 and April 1 at the first annual Montclair Literary Festival.

Partners of the festival include Montclair Public Library, Montclair State University, Montclair Art Museum and Watchung Booksellers.

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Trevor Noah will speak at the festival about his memoir Born a Crime at Montclair State University 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31. 

Paul Auster will discuss his latest novel 4 3 2 1 at the First Congregational Church 6:30 p.m. on April 1.

Also appearing, Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask; award-winning novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt; New Yorker writers and authors D.T. Max and Daphne Merkin; Matthew Thomas, author of the bestseller, We Are Not Ourselves; Jamaican novelist Nicole Dennis Benn with her debut novel, Here Comes the Sun; Elisabeth Egan, author of A Window Opens; Garth Risk Hallberg; author of the bestseller, City on Fire, Nancy Star, author of Sisters One Two Three, and Laurie Lico Albanese, with talk about her new book, Stolen Beauty. 

"Montclair and authors go together like any great pairing,” said Jacqueline Mroz, who is directing the festival for Succeed2gether. “We want to celebrate the town’s rich literary scene, but also harness that talent to benefit young readers, in particular those with fewest advantages.”

A day of moderated panels, free to the public, at the Montclair Public Library and the First Congregational Church will cover race, politics and the environment as well as sports, music, poetry and fiction of all genres. Children’s workshops and events will be held at the library and at Montclair Art Museum, and the Book Doctors will be on hand to offer advice on getting published. An evening at Montclair High School on Friday, March 31st will showcase student slam poets and feature the winners of a short story contest. All events are free apart from Trevor Noah ($40, including a copy of Born a Crime) and Paul Auster ($50, including a copy of 4 3 2 1).

More information go to www.succeed2gether.org or visit the Montclair Literaray Festival Facebook page. Tickets will be available for purchase this week.