The Third Annual Hoboken Literary Weekend Is on its Way

by Emma Garibian

Hoboken is calling all book lovers from March 31 to April 2 for its third annual Hoboken Literary Weekend at Little City Books. The bookshop is located at 100 Bloomfield Street. 

Hoboken Literary weekend started in 2019 and was a success. The event brought the community together. The Covid-19 pandemic took a halt to the neighborhood occasion for two years. Returning in 2022 stronger than ever, Little City Books is looking forward to its third-year run. Get ready for the weekend–it will be filled with readings, panels, performances, and comedy. To top the event off, Girl Scout Troops will be selling cookies Saturday and Sunday. 

Here are the authors, poets, and performers you would not want to miss. 

Jennifer Egan – Friday, March 31, 7pm 

Jennifer Egan is the author of six previous books of fiction: Manhattan Beach winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction; A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Keep; the story collection Emerald City; Look at Me, a National Book Award Finalist; and The Invisible Circus. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Granta, McSweeney’s, and The New York Times Magazine

N. K. Jemisin – Saturday, April 1, 4pm

N.K. Jemisin is the first author in history to win three consecutive Best Novel Hugo Awards, all for her Broken Earth trilogy. Her work has also won the Nebula, Locus, and Goodreads Choice Awards. She has been a reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, and an instructor for the Clarion and Clarion West writing workshops.

Jenna Beatrice – Saturday, April 1, 10am

Jenna Beatrice is a children’s author, lawyer, and mom. She began her legal career as a lawyer for children in foster care before becoming a litigator and a trustee of a children’s advocacy center. As an author, Jenna now shares the joy of reading with young children. The Loud Librarian (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster) is her debut picture book. 

Hoboken Literary Weekend

Hoboken Literary Weekend | Photo Courtesy of Little City Books

Sharon Guynup and Steve Winter – Saturday, April 1, 10am

Sharon Guynup is an investigative journalist and author who focuses on wildlife and environmental issues. She is a National Geographic Explorer and public policy fellow at the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security and China Environment Programs. Sharon co-authored  “Tigers Forever: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Big Cat” and “The Ultimate Book of Big Cats” with Steve Winter. Steve Winter has been a wildlife photojournalist for National Geographic Magazine for 25 years, specializing in big cats, and produced documentaries for Nat Geo WILD and Disney+. He’s been named BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year, won top honors at World Press Photo, and lectures widely for Nat Geo LIVE.

Maya Kaimal – Saturday, April 1, 2pm 

Maya Kaimal is an award-winning cookbook author and founder of Maya Kaimal Foods. Her first book, Curried Favors, won the Julia Child First Book Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She has appeared on Martha Stewart TV, the Food Network, and the Discovery Channel and has written features for Saveur, Food & Wine, and Gourmet magazines.

Elevator Repair Service: Bits of Ulysses- Saturday, April 1, 7pm

Elevator Repair Service presents selected readings from their upcoming work Ulysses. Fintan O’Toole will moderate the following conversation. Elevator Repair Service now takes on this Mount Everest of 20th Century literature. Seven performers sit down for a sober reading but soon find themselves careening on a fast-forward tour through Joyce’s funhouse of styles, guzzling pints, getting in brawls, philosophizing, and committing debaucheries. With madcap antics and a densely layered sound design, ERS presents an eclectic sampling from Joyce’s life-affirming masterpiece. 

YA Panel with David Levithan – Sunday, April 2, 2pm

David Levithan is an American young adult fiction author and editor. He has written numerous works featuring strong male gay characters, most notably Boy Meets Boy and Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List. Scholastic publisher, author, advocate, and our favorite guy emcees a fantastic panel of YA authors.

Hoboken Literary Weekend

Hoboken Literary Weekend | Photo Courtesy of Little City Books

Rupert Holmes – Sunday, April 2, 6pm 

Rupert Holmes has received two Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, and multiple Tony® and Drama Desk Awards for his Broadway mystery musicals, including the book of Curtains and his sole creation, the Tony® Award–winning Best Musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. His first novel, Where the Truth Lies, was nominated for a Nero Wolfe award for Best American Mystery Novel, was a Booklist Top Ten Debut Novel and became a motion picture starring Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon.

His second novel, Swing, was the first novel with its own original, clue-bearing musical score. He has adapted Agatha Christie, John Grisham, and R.L. Stine for the Broadway and international stage. His short stories have been anthologized in such collections as Best American Mystery Stories, Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop, and On a Raven’s Wing. Holmes’s earliest story songs were published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. He is also the writer/vocalist of several Billboard Top 10 hits. Including his Billboard #1 multi-platinum classic: “Escape (The Pina Colada Song).”

Little City Laughing – Sunday, April 2, 8pm

Leah Williams, the producer of Little City Laughing, is a comedy producer, former bookseller, and social media manager. She has shows around the city. When she’s not producing and tweeting, she’s writing a play with her writing partner. 

Details and ticket links can be found at HobokenLiteraryWeekend.com and by signing up for the Little City Books newsletter. All events will be held at Little City Books and ticketed author events include signed books.

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