Two readings events this week: Wednesday and Saturday

I’m taking part in two reading events this week.

The first is “Raise Your Voice,” at the Phillipsburg, N.J. Free Public Library from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Writers will get a few minutes to read from their work.

The second event is a reading at the Mountainside, N.J., Public Library at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 17.

At the Mountainside event I’ll discuss how the character and plot threads that wind through the Frank Nagler Mysteries.

For the Phillipsburg event, I’ve been looking at a short story I wrote while working on a work in progress called “That year the world came to Mount Jensen, Maine.”

The short piece is called “What happened when the post office closed.”

Here’s a link: http://wp.me/p1mc2c-4y.

The one piece I know I will read is called, “The aching exit voice.”

Here:

Don’t speak with  dust in your voice, from the shade of time left, dwindling days.

It is not the end I need to learn, nor the gaping sense of loss.

There will be time for that. I know its coldness.

 

Speak not of emptiness, of light fading, grayness filling;

Of things undone, people unknown; joys…sad shrug.

 

Tell me not of forgotten days; roses faded white.

 

Tell me instead of syncopation, of the dapple of falling rain, the scrape of wind, the tear of a broken heart, soft fingers touching, the rage of a sun rise, not the fading purples of sunset.

 

Oh, here you are: The million diamonds float on the blue water and you drop a line for that last trout.

Hooked ‘em, you did, reeled him in, fingered his smooth sides, watched his flashing eyes; then let him go. He floated, then renewed, splashed and dove deep. One last time, a wrinkled smile on your tan, weathered face.

 

And here: The snow on your cheeks as the machine leans in, a shout in your voice.

Motion, gliding on cracked snow; airborne, floating, then crashing to earth;

Behind you a roar; ahead, the endless white, the undefined point where earth and horizon meet. You push on, a voyager.

 

Fill your voice with the blue of your lover’s eyes, the tiny hand that grasps your finger; with the grunt of youth, the wetness of love, its taste on fingers and lips.

 

Color the air with epithets so foul the leaves change, hawks circle away and an old man dozing at the end of the street sees himself again ringside, sweating, beer guzzling below the thump of punches to distorted faces; bring him back to the deep luscious kiss she gave him when he won that cash; when time stopped.

 

Speak to me not of darkness in a husky ending whisper, between despair and reconciliation.

Scream about darkness shattered; yell to me about dancing.

Speak to me not in the aching exit voice.

Whisper not,  but  shout, the crash of sound startling and brief, the silence endless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sitting in traffic with Nanci Griffith

While driving to BooksNJ2017 (Thank You!) on Sunday, and sitting in traffic on the Garden State Parkway, I got to appreciate again two of New Jersey’s charms: Good writers and traffic jams.

But that’s not the point.

I had pulled out some long-unlistened CD’s including a compilation of Nanci Griffith, the Texas folk singer.

The last song on the CD is  “It’s a Hard Life” or something like that.

That’s the one with the chorus line that sticks: “If we poison our children with hatred, the hard life is all that they’ll know.”

Seems timely.

Here’s a version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9lUG4gBjSE

 

The song made me think of an old piece I did years ago called “I’m sorry you hate me.”

Here’s a link:

http://wp.me/p1mc2c-ao

 

They each take a couple minutes, but they are worth it.

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Park Fest a success; off to BooksNJ2017 in Paramus

We were sitting in the shadow of history, peddling our wares like those who came before.

Authors, food vendors, artists, musicians, crafters, historians, historic car fans and others at the roadside park that celebrates one of the creations that drove the regional economy and forged the social and economic landscape of North Jersey, the Morris Canal.

This was first-ever Park Fest on June 10, the event sponsored  by Warren County Park Foundation and the Morris Canal Committee at Bread Lock Park, which features a replica canal boat, the dug path of the actual canal and the machinery that made the lock work. Simple stuff drenched in history and economic importance.

Congratulations to the organizers, for this event drew good sized crowds who mingled curiously among the displays.

And thanks to the many readers who both purchases copies of the Frank Nagler mysteries, or listened to my rambling explanation about the books, and still walked away with information cards and flyers.

Looking forward to next year’s Park Fest.

Now it’s off to BooksNJ2017, at the Paramus Public Library grounds beginning at 1 p.m.

I am excited to be on a panel discussing sidekicks in mysteries, entitled “Does every Sherlock need a Watson?”

 The panel will be hosted by Don Smith, and includes writers Kristen Houghton, Dave White, and Susan Clark.

It is scheduled for 3:40 p.m. at tent 221B Baker Street.

BooksNJ2017 will feature over 110 authors.

 

The Frank Nagler Mystery series is “The Swamps of Jersey,” the award winning “A Game Called Dead,” and the newly released “The Weight of Living.”

The Nagler books are available online at:

Amazon: http://goo.gl/hVQIII

Kobo: https://goo.gl/bgLH6v

NOOK: http://goo.gl/WnQjtr

http://www.walmart.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming events: June 10, Parkfest; June 11, BooksNJ2017

I am honored and thrilled to be included in two exciting festivals in June.

 I’ll be ready to discuss and display the Frank Nagler Mysteries: “The Swamps of Jersey,” the award-winning “A Game Called Dead,” and the newly released, “The Weight of Living.” Available at Amazon, Nook, Kobo and Wal-Mart.

The first, a new event in Warren County, N.J., is ParkFest at Bread Lock Park, 2627 Route 57 Stewartsville, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 10.

The park features a reconstruction of a Morris Canal lock and a canal boat. The festival will feature Jazz in the Park, an art show, local history displays, classic cars, food vendors and  local authors.

Admission is free. Rain or shine.

The event is sponsored by the Warren County Parks Foundation and the Warren County Morris Canal Committee

Info at:

http://explorewarren.org/events/parkfest-bread-lock-park

https://www.facebook.com/events/1734191816872286/

 

 The other festival event is BooksNJ2017, from 1 to 5 p.m. June 11 at the Paramus Public Library, 116 E. Century Rd, Paramus, N.J.

The event is sponsored by the Bergen County (NJ) Cooperative Library System.

I attended BooksNJ2015, which drew over 3,000 people.

For information: http://www.booksnj.org.

The author’s list: http://www.booksnj.org/featured-authors.html.

 

Other dates:

June 14: I’ll be participating in the Phillipsburg Free Public Library’s “Raise Your Voice,” an open mic night for writers. From 7 to 9 p.m.

Info at: @facebook.com/pburglibrary/events/adultprograms/ and on Instagram: @phillipsburglibraryopenmic.

 

June 17: Reading and book signing at Mountainside Public Library, Constitution Way, Mountainside, N.J. 1 to 2 p.m.

 

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Goodreads giveaway event, Updated

I’m astonished — 936 Goodreads readers entered the 8-day giveaway by my publisher, Imzadi Publishing,  for a copy of the complete set of the  three-book series of the  Frank Nagler Mysteries, “The  Swamps of Jersey,” the award-winning “A Game Called Dead,” and the newly released “The Weight of Living.”

The winner was Agnes Marshall.

Thanks, Agnes, for entering. Enjoy the books.

 

Here’s the link:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/237167-the-swamps-of-jersey

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New 5-star review for ‘The Weight of Living’

Five star Amazon review of “The Weight of Living”

 

I highly recommend them to you

“I’ve read all of the Frank Nagler mysteries, they are all page turners. The Weight of Living was an even more intense page turner. If you haven’t read any of them, I highly recommend them to you, you will be caught up in the web created by this talented author.”

 The story: A young girl is found in a grocery store Dumpster on a cold March night wearing just shorts and a tank top. She does not speak to either Detective Frank Nagler, the social worker called to the scene, or later to a nun, who is an old friend of Nagler’s.

What appears to be a routine search for the girl’s family turns into a generational hell that drags Nagler into an examination of a decades old death of a another young girl, and the multi-state crime enterprise of the shadowy ringmaster.

The deeper Nagler looks, the more he and his companions are endangered, until the shocking climax that leaves Nagler questioning his actions to both solve the crimes and heal his damaged soul.

The Nagler books are available online at:

Amazon: http://goo.gl/hVQIII

Kobo: https://goo.gl/bgLH6v

NOOK: http://goo.gl/WnQjtr

http://www.walmart.com

The first two Frank Nagler books — “The Swamps of Jersey” and “A Game Called Dead,”are also available at the following New Jersey libraries:

Mountainside; Morris County Library; Somerset County Library System; Bernardsville Public Library; Hunterdon County Public Library; Mount Olive Public Library;  Phillipsburg; Warren County, Franklin branch; Mount Arlington; Wharton; Dover; Hackettstown;  Clark, Parsippany and the Ramsey library, as part of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System; The Palmer (Pa.) Branch of the Easton Public Library; Deptford Free Public Library and Franklin Township Library (Gloucester Co.).

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Library reading in Clinton N.J., Saturday

I’ll be reading and speaking about the Frank Nagler Mysteries, and especially the newly published third installment, “The Weight of Living,” at the North County Branch of the Hunterdon County Library at 11 a.m. Saturday, May20.

 The library is located on Halsted Street, Clinton, just north of downtown. It is one of the busiest libraries in the area, a testament the importance, resilience and need for public libraries.

This is the first of four events for me in May and June.

On hand will be  Dorane Caravaglia,  a first time published author of “Karmic Conviction”.  The book is the first in a series about a woman who turns state’s evidence against her boyfriend and is placed in the witness protection program in a new country, all alone.

Come and congratulate Doranee on her achievement of having her first book published.

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New event: Park Fest in Warren County, June 10

I’ve just signed up for a new event  featuring artists, musicians and writers and others  in Warren County, NJ.

It’s called “ParkFest.”

It’s being held in a park created around one of the locks of the famous Morris Canal.

I’m excited to participate because in the Frank Nagler Mysteries I use Dover in Morris County as the model for the fictional town of Ironton, relying on the region’s mining, manufacturing and canal history as part of the background.

Frank Nagler , the series’ lead character, is a native of Ironton, and his father worked in the stoveworks, and his grandfather was a miner.

 The books, “The Swamps of Jersey,” “A Game called Dead,” and the newly released “The Weight of Living” are available online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Wal-Mart.

Here’s the release about Park Fest::

We are looking for locally based authors to partner with us for a brand new event in Warren County – “ParkFest”. ParkFest is being co-hosted by Warren Park Foundation and the Morris Canal Committee and will be held on Saturday June 10 at Bread Lock Park (2627 Route 57, Stewartsville) from 11-6.
Our goal to bring together diverse interest groups from across the County and the region to meet together in a beautiful park. We have planned for ‘jazz in the park’, local history displays, art displays, classic cars and more.
We would very much like to feature the opportunity to a “meet the author”. If you are from this area or have written about this area, we would be happy to have you join us. Book sales are perfectly fine with us. If this is something you would be interested in participating in, please contact me and I will be happy to go over the details with you.
With your help, ParkFest can be a true community day – promoting the people and things that make Warren County so special.
If you are interested in participating, please call Liz at the Warren County Planning Department at 908-475-6539 or e-mail us at morriscanal@co.warren.nj.us.

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Route 44 in time

Route 44 ripples in the dull sunlight, narrowing in a yellow-gray haze.

Roadside poles shrink, pulled shorter by time and distance.

Silence stretches. A fifties gas station rusts, the shout for a fill-up a memory, even to the old man in the wheelchair who waves as cars pass.

Caverns of industry, decades apart, hollow citadels behind leaning fences warning no entry for no reason;

There is but dust and sand red from rust in the gears, the energy of it all, the screech, the groan of rhythmic pounding, the muscle and thump dead air in musty rooms, the shells of machines bird-drop spattered.

Brick store front downtowns cluster and fade, houses with blue paint wrapped in white fences huddle.

Route 44 ripples in wavering light, a straight gray strip from then to now and to a fading then again, widened and bent, curves leaning, running toward some misty finish like dreams now squashed by the wall of the Interstate that blasts the future past.

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Upcoming: BooksNJ2017. June 11

I’m very excited to be included to participate in the Bergen County (NJ) Cooperative Library System’s BooksNJ2017 event.

 I’ll be ready to discuss and display the Frank Nagler Mysteries:  “The Swamps of Jersey,” the award-winning “A Game Called Dead,” and the newly released, “The Weight of Living.” Available at Amazon, Nook, Kobo and Wal-Mart.

The event is held every other year and draws thousands of readers and book lovers to the Paramus Public Library, 116 E. Century Rd, Paramus.

I attended BooksNJ2015, which drew over 3,000 people.

BooksNJ2017 is from 1 to 5 p.m., June 11.

The event is still being organized. For information: http://www.booksnj.org.

 

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