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national author's day

#HipNJ Talks National Author’s Day

The holiday first began in 1928 by Illinois Women’s Club president Nellie Verne McPherson. A teacher and active reader, she wrote a fan letter to a fiction writer. Upon hearing back, McPherson decided to show her appreciation by electing for Author’s Day to become a national holiday to honor American writers. Keep reading for a list of authors that are from the Garden State:

Judy Blume
Born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey, she is known for the Fudge-a-mania series. She’s also the creator of Blubber and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and has written many adult books including Wifey and Summer Sisters.

Harlan Coben
Born in Newark, New Jersey, he still lives in the Garden State with his wife. He is known for many titles including Fool Me Once, No Second Chance and Tell No One, which was turned into a French film.

George R.R. Martin
Born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey. He is known for the Song of Ice and Fire series, which later turned into the television series Game of Thrones, he has worked on many popular things such as The Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast.

Barbara Park
Born and raised in Mount Holly, New Jersey. She is most known for creating the Junie B. Jones series, which was consistently on the New York Times Best Seller List. She has written over 50 books, including Ma! There’s Nothing to do Here! and Skinnybones.

Lisa Marie Latino
That’s right- #HipNJ’s own is an author herself. Lisa will be hosting an author event at the Butler Public Library in Butler, NJ in celebration of #NationalAuthorsDay. The event will be on Wednesday, January 30, from 6:30-7:30pm. Come meet her and hear her talk about her new book, Ten Years Later, which won Best Fiction at the Independent Authors Book Expo.  You’ll also be able to take one home with you because she will be selling copies of the novel as well.

This program is free of charge but please call the library to reserve your seat.

National Authors’ Day

There are many great things that come from New Jersey but one of the most significant ones would be the authors. On National Authors’ Day we are acknowledging a few notable authors that are from the Garden State.

Judy Blume from Elizabeth 

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Harlan Coben from Newark

Book. Fingernails. Jennie, I like your style!

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Lisa Marie Latino from Fairfield

Philip Roth from Newark

Min Nobelpristagare & vad jag känner. #philiproth #nobelprize #dylanwho

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 Buzz Aldrin from Glen Ridge

Happy National Authors’ Day!

National Book Lovers Day

By: Andrea Fasciano

Today is every bookworms favorite day. August 9th marks International Book Lovers Day! Be sure to put some time aside and relax with a great book in your hands. Here are some famous authors from #NewJersey to help you celebrate.

1. Judy Blume, Elizabeth

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Blume is best known for her children and young adult fiction works. Some of her most famous books include Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Blubber, and Forever. Children will especially love her humorous Fudge books. The Fudge series consists of five comical books that will surely get your children laughing: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great, Superfudge, Fudge-a-Mania, and Double Fudge.

2. Harlan Coben, Newark

The Coben family is ready to take on the world’s tallest roller coaster @sfgradventure

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All the mystery and thriller genre lovers out there will absolutely adore Coben. Most of his novels consist of suspenseful elements such as murders, unsettled conflict and deadly accidents. All these thrills mixed in with unexpected turns throughout his works will certainly keep you at the edge of your chair while reading. Here are some of his recommended titles: Tell No One, Gone For Good, No Second Chance, Play Dead, and Missing You.

3. Edna Buchanan, Paterson

Buchanan is chiefly known for her novels associated with crime and mystery. She won a Pulitzer Prize for Journalism and graduated Montclair State University. For all the mystery lovers out there, here are some of her top books: The Corpse Had a Familiar Face, Act of Betrayal, You Only Die Twice, and Love Kills.

4. Holly Black, West Long Branch

Got a whole lot of new signed Lucifer #1 at Midtown Comics! #2 out tomorrow!!

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Widely known for writing The Spiderwick Chronicles, Black is particularly appealing to those who admire fantasy books. If you are a fan of fantasy, be sure to check out her trilogy called Modern Faerie Tales.

5. Sandra Boynton, Orange

Boynton, both a writer and illustrator, has written books that are enjoyable by both adults and children. In addition to books, Sandra has also written greeting cards and musical albums. Here are some of her titles that have been added to New York Times best sellers list: Chocolate: The Consuming Passion, Yay, You!, Consider Love, and Philadelphia Chickens.