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MORRISTOWN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS FEATURES TOP AUTHORS: Colson Whitehead, Mary Higgins Clark, Emma Donoghue, Amanda Frietag are part of a roster of 40 acclaimed writers.  


MORRISTOWN, NJ- A weekend in Morristown that you won’t want to miss. On Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2016, Morristown Festival of Books will feature some of the year’s hottest authors. 

Sebastian Junger, best-selling author of The Perfect Storm, kicks off the Festival on Friday, Sept. 30 with his Keynote Address at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.  The award-winning, veteran reporter, who has written extensively of his experience embedded with American troops in Afghanistan, will discuss his latest book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging.  Among the 40+ award-winning authors who will be featured at the free main Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1, are some of the year’s hottest authors speaking about their most anticipated titles:  Colson Whitehead (The Underground Railroad), Karin Slaughter (The Kept Woman) in conversation with Mary Higgins Clark (As Time Goes By), Emma Donoghue (The Wonder), Amanda Freitag (The Chef Next Door: A Pro Chef's Recipes for Fun, Fearless Home Cooking), R.L. Stine (Goosebumps), and Eloisa James (My American Duchess). 

There is also a closing event, an evening with Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen’s Chris Cannon as he talks wine and food at the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall.  The “at-a-glance” schedule of events is attached and can also be found, with more information about the Festival and each author, at

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Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad has received rave reviews and was rushed to early publication this year after Oprah’s endorsement.  Of the gripping and beautifully imagined novel of a young slave girl’s terrifying journey of escape, Oprah had this to say:  “[The Underground Railroad] kept me up at night, had my heart in my throat, almost afraid to turn the next page. Get it, then get another copy for someone you know because you are definitely going to want to talk about it once you read that heart-stopping last page.”  As if Oprah’s endorsement wasn’t enough, Ron Charles from The Washington Post calls Whitehead’s novel “[f]ar and away the most anticipated literary novel of the year.” 

In her latest masterpiece, The Wonder, Emma Donoghue—author of the international bestseller and Academy Award-nominated adapted screenplay, Room—takes her readers to Ireland in the 1850s where Lib, an English nurse, observes a young girl who has been fasting for four months and claims she is living only on manna from heaven.  Readers who loved the thriller, Room, will be equally captivated by Donoghue’s riveting work of historical fiction. 

Best-selling suspense authors Karin Slaughter and Mary Higgins Clark will also be featured at this year’s Festival.  They will join in conversation to discuss their respective, long-awaited thrillers, The Kept Woman and As Time Goes By.  In Slaughter’s The Kept Woman, Will Trent is brought in on a murder case inextricably linked to his own troubled past.  Clark’s As Time Goes By tells the story of a news reporter who begins her search for her birth mother just as she is assigned to cover a high-profile trial of a woman accused of murdering her wealthy husband.  As the trial unfolds, the reporter’s relentless pursuit of the truth outside the courtroom puts her life in imminent danger.  What secrets will Slaughter and Clark reveal?  Come to the Festival to find out!

Food lovers and home cooks won’t want to miss the Food Network’s critically acclaimed Amanda Freitag sharing tricks and tips from the kitchen from her latest book, The Chef Next Door: A Pro Chef's Recipes for Fun, Fearless Home Cooking.  Come meet the Food Network favorite and learn how to think (and cook) like a chef!

The award-winning author line-up includes best-selling children’s author R.L. Stine, touted as one of the most popular children’s authors in history.  Goosebumps lovers take note and come and meet the author himself!  His latest, Goosebumps Most Wanted #10:  Lizard of Oz, is the featured title of the Festival and will be available for sale and book signing (as will all the featured titles).

The Festival has something for everyone!  Eloisa James, Shakespeare professor and author of twenty-one New York Times best-selling historical romances, will talk about her latest romance, My American Duchess.  A reviewer from USA Today admitted to “devouring” one of Eloisa’s books “like a dieter with a Hershey bar,” and People Magazine raved that “romance writing does not get much better than this.”

These “top picks of 2016” and many other highly acclaimed authors will be at the Morristown Festival of Books the weekend of September 30-October 1, 2016.  Once again, it’s a weekend you just won’t want to miss!


The official 2016 sponsor of Morristown Festival of Books is Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.  KidFest is generously sponsored by The Red Oaks School, and the Closing Event with Chris Cannon is generously sponsored by Regent Atlantic.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the Keynote Address and/or the Closing Event, go to


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