On April 28, Anna Quindlen will be in conversation with Montclair’s Elisabeth Egan in another great, FREE talk in the Montclair Public Library’s Open Book Open Mind series. The discussion, about Quindlen’s latest novel, Miller’s Valley, begins at 7:45 pm at Mount Hebron Middle School, 173 Bellevue Ave., Montclair, is free and open to all who make a reservation. In addition, the library is hosting an intimate cocktail party at 6:30 p.m. with Ms. Quindlen and Ms. Egan at the Bellevue Avenue Library, 185 Bellevue Avenue, located next door to the middle school. Tickets to the cocktail party are $50 and $100, and will support the Open Book, Open Mind series as well as all of the Montclair Public Library’s programs. Ms. Quindlen will also speak briefly about a book that changed her life.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times Kabul Bureau Chief Rod Nordland will discuss his new book, The Lovers: Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 as part of the Montclair Public Library’s Open Books, Open Mind series. The event is free, but you need to pre-register either by calling 973-744-0500 X2235 or clicking here.
Norland’s book tells the story of Zakia and Ali, two neighbors from rival Afghan tribes who defied civil and Islamic law, and their families, by daring to get married. As a result, they had to flee the threat of honor killing. George Packer says of the book, “This unblinking portrait of love and injustice somehow encompasses Afghanistan’s recent tragedy,” while Judith Thurman has called it, “a searing analysis of endemic gender terrorism.” Rod Nordland will discuss human rights in Afghanistan, as well as the impact of the U.S. policy in the country with Montclair’s Marc Lacey, Weekend Editor for the New York Times, and a former foreign editor and correspondent. Nordland, who has reported from 150 countries, has won two George Polk Awards and six Overseas Press Club awards.…