MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The second annual Maplewood South Orange Book Festival opened on Friday night, June 8, with a SOMA Library Benefit at The Woodland featuring best-selling author David Baldacci.

All proceeds from ticket sales benefited the Maplewood and South Orange Library Foundations equally, according to event organizers. Each library foundation is fundraising to support planned major capital renovations and expansions, and the festival "is delighted to support these efforts," shared organizers.

Depending on their choice of ticket, guests had the chance to hear a talk by David Baldacci, as well as to receive a signed copy of his book The Fallen, and to attend a pre-event cocktail reception.

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Baldacci spoke to the crowd about his heritage, how his grandfather came to settle in Richmond, VA, and about his travel experiences. Baldacci took questions from the audience, and shared insights into his writing process, which included that when he writes he never has a pre-determined ending or solution in mind. Instead, explained Baldacci, he lets the story develop, which leads him to the conclusion.

In addition to being a novelist, Baldacci is also the co-founder with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. 

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