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Learn to Live a More Sustainable Lifestyle

Posted by on Apr 23, 2019 in author, In The News | 0 comments

Learn to Live a More Sustainable Lifestyle

The Book Garden in Frenchtown welcomes author Mindy Mutterperl on Saturday, May 4th to share her expertise on how to work toward holistic sustainability. Her new book, Choosing Sustainability: Your Guide to the What, Why and How covers nearly every aspect of this subject in an easily digestible format. Find out more about sustainable living and why it’s so important for each of us today. She will also discuss her three pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic and social and related approaches that can work in tandem to help us achieve a much greater impact.

Mindy Mutterperl is a communications consultant and writer with a passion for living sustainably and helping others find their own sustainable paths. She publishes sustainablechoices.net, offering ideas, insights, resources and inspiring stories to help readers continue their journey toward a more sustainable way of life. In addition to writing about sustainable living, she has written extensively about such topics as disability issues, financial literacy, retirement planning, charitable giving, education and the arts.

Learn how you can increase your impact by choosing organic food, driving hybrid vehicles, reducing household toxins, supporting environmental causes and in many other ways without feeling overwhelmed.

Mindy will be at The Book Garden on Saturday, May 4 from 2pm to 4pm. Refreshments will be served. More information at 908-996-2022 or contact@bookgarden.biz.

Celebrate the Launch of Gloria Takes a Stand and Women’s History Month

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in author, books, family, In The News | 0 comments

Frenchtown, NJ will be the gathering place for women celebrating women on March 16th. The community is invited to join author Jessica Rinker in the launch of her children’s biography of one of the most iconic figures of the women’s movement, Gloria Steinem.
From an unconventional childhood, to Smith College, to Ms. magazine, to the women’s liberation movement, to feminist icon—Gloria Takes a Stand brings to the page a spirited look at Gloria Steinem’s influential life, energizing a new generation of women to stand up and demand equal rights for all people.
Rather than host a traditional book launch it was important to Rinker to celebrate the ongoing work of women who bring positive change to their lives and their communities.

“I want to celebrate my book, but I also want to celebrate the collective work of women. And bringing together a group of community leaders in what Gloria refers to as a talking circle to discuss how better to help or change their communities is my way to continue her teachings,” explains Ms. Rinker.

A diverse group of community leaders will join Rinker in a panel discussion and talking circle. The conversation will focus on how these women make change in their communities through the various facets of their lives – as mothers, daughters, professionals, artists and activists. Participants are Caroline Hann and Barbara Cannell, founding members of META Theatre Company, which focuses on influencing social change through performance art; Krystal Sital, author of critically acclaimed memoir SECRETS WE KEPT: Three Women of Trinidad; Nicole Valentine, Committee Person and Secretary of the East Goshen Democrats and author of THE TIME TRAVELER’S THEORY OF RELATIVITY, and Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck, authors of If These Stones Could Talk: African-American Presence in the Hopewell Valley, Sourland Mountains, and Surrounding Regions of New Jersey, and Caroline Scutt, Community Impact Director at United Way of Hunterdon County and co-owner of The Book Garden, which will be involved in the event.
“Celebrating stories is what The Book Garden is all about and we are honored to be celebrating the story of our friend and neighbor, Jess. I can’t think of anyone better to introduce Gloria Steinem to a new generation because Jess’ personal story reflects what Gloria Steinem wants women to embrace – their own strength and resilience,” adds Ms. Scutt.

The discussion will be preceded by a reading and followed by a book signing. Children can enjoy creating a book cover that tells their story and light refreshments will be served.

The launch party and community talking circle will be held on Saturday, March 16 from 5pm to 7pm at the United Methodist Church, Third Street, Frenchtown.

This is a free event; books will be available for purchase.

Email contact@bookgarden.biz or call 908-996-2022 for more information.

Folk Music Singer and Songwriter to Perform in Frenchtown

Posted by on Jan 5, 2019 in books, family, In The News | 0 comments

The Book Garden in Frenchtown welcomes New York City-based songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist Dan Rauchwerk on Saturday, January 12.
A founding member of the internationally touring folk band, the Lords of Liechtenstein, Rauchwerk will perform at a record release party for his debut album, We Are More Than What We Leave Behind.

The record’s subject matter was inspired by Dan’s life-long passion for books and he seeks to educate as he entertains. Mixing historical references into love songs and weaving eras into each other, Dan introduces characters who never met in order to see what happens when they interact. This curiosity winds its way through the music and the listener feels as if they are reading stories in an old library on the New England shore.
Come enjoy an afternoon of music with Dan Rauchwerk at The Book Garden at 28 Bridge Street in Frenchtown on Saturday, Jan.12 from 2pm to 4pm. Refreshments will be served. More information at 908-996-2022 or contact@bookgarden.biz.

Miracles, Spiritual Journeys, Spirits of the Literary Type and More Throughout October in the Garden

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in family, festival, In The News | 0 comments

The Book Garden is falling back into autumn with a colorful array of author and lit-themed events. Join us for a conversation with special guest acclaimed author Jonathan Miles about his new novel, Anatomy of a Miracle on Tuesday, Oct. 9th at 7pm during Evening Reads Book Club. Find out the inspiration for this incredible story and chat with one of our favorite authors. And we aren’t the only ones who love him. Check out this review in the LA Review of Books. RSVP for this event is highly recommended as space is limited.

Go on a spiritual journey of a different kind with author Sarada Chiruvolu when she visits on Saturday, Oct 13th to discuss her new book, Home at Last. “I felt as though it was preordained and was in a sense imposed on me; a journey meant to be completed because it was my time to pursue it. The book explains how I reached that state without relinquishing the life I was given; having a family, a career, and an active social life with all the responsibilities inherent in those roles….”
Come learn more and share your stories of self-discovery at 3pm on October 13th.

Frenchtown area writers – both published and aspiring-to-be-published are invited to join in the first Wine-n-Chat Frenchtown Writers gathering on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 7pm to 9ish. Wine and other refreshments will be served and a donation of $5 is requested to defray refreshment costs. Come meet, mingle and be inspired and reassured that the life of a writer is a life worth pursuing.

Red Dashboard poets will share their work on Sunday, Oct. 21st from 2pm to 4pm. Featured poets will be Ryan Torres, reading from his new collection, Barry Gross and Kate Nardone.

Last but not least, The Book Garden is excited to announce our first ever Haunted Garden brought to you by the Frenchtown Fright Club. Doors will open at 5pm on Tuesday, Oct. 30th. Children of all ages (and brave adults) are invited to come be part of the fun. There is no cost and we promise a few screams, some laughter and surprises.

To RSVP for any of the events above or for more information, email caroline@bookgarden.biz or call 908-996-2022; updates are also posted on Facebook.
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Meet Food Expert and Author Hannah Howard on May 12

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in author, family, In The News | 0 comments

Meet Food Expert and Author Hannah Howard on May 12


Hannah Howard’s raw and relatable memoir FEAST: True Love In and Out of the Kitchen is the story of a woman in conflict—with herself, with her body, and with food—all while working in the not-always glamorous New York City culinary scene.
She will be sharing her story at The Book Garden in Frenchtown on Saturday, May 12 from 3pm to 5pm.

Hannah Howard is a writer and food expert who spent her formative years in New York eating, drinking, serving, bartending, cooking on a hot line, and flipping giant wheels of cheese in Manhattan landmarks such as Picholine and Fairway Market. Her work has been published in New York magazine, VICE, and Self. She also mentors women recovering from eating disorders by helping them build happy, healthy relationships with food and themselves.

“We are looking forward to hearing more from this amazing young woman who tells her story so honestly,” said Caroline Scutt, co-owner of The Book Garden. “Hannah’s story resonates with women of all ages who have struggled with weight, body image, and self-esteem. This beautifully written memoir absolutely resonates with me.”

On Saturday, May 12, The Book Garden welcomes Hannah Howard to celebrate her remarkable first memoir, “FEAST: True Love In and Out of the Kitchen.” The talk and signing will be from 3 to 5 p.m., with a reading at 4 p.m. For more information follow The Book Garden on Facebook, email: contact@bookgarden.biz or call 908-996-2022.


NY Times Bestselling Author Christina Baker Kline Kicks Off Speaker Series

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in In The News | 0 comments

History, art and architecture are themes that run through the Prallsville Mills 2018 Speakers Series. The series kicks off with a special evening with acclaimed New York Times Bestselling author Christina Baker Kline on Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Kline will discuss her most recent novel, A Piece of the World, which brings to life another little-known part of America’s history: the story of Christina Olson, the complex woman and real-life muse Andrew Wyeth portrayed in his 1948 masterpiece Christina’s World.

An Evening with Christina Baker Kline will also feature a wine tasting by award-winning local winery, Mount Salem Vineyards. Tickets are $40 and include a copy of A Piece of the World. A portion of the proceeds will support The Prallsville Mills.

Tickets are available through The Book Garden in Frenchtown, 908-996-2022 or on their website at www.bookgarden.biz/shop. This event is expected to sell out, so it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance.

They are excited to have M. Kline kick off our Speakers Series for the coming year as part of their ongoing commitment to showcasing informative and entertaining programs, so more of the community can enjoy this beautiful and historic complex, said Prallsville Board Member, Brandi Granett.

“We are fortunate to have this unique venue that is both a wonderfully preserved piece of our history and a perfect setting to come together for everything from author talks to holiday celebrations.”

Linda J. Barth, author of A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone, will be at the Mills on Sunday, March 2th at 2pm. She will share surprising inventions connected to the Garden State including like Bubble Wrap, the boardwalk, the Band-Aid, and even professional baseball.

Historian Stacy Roth will host a Revolutionary Tea: An 18th Century Tea Experience on Sunday, April 15, at 2. Why was tea so important in the lives of 18th-century people that fashion-conscious families posed for portraits with their tea sets? Did Great Britain lose her American Colonies over “the cup that cheers?” Find out in this unusual costumed presentation of tea lore, history, songs, poetry, living history display, and demonstration.

On Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m., Joe Donnelly will lead an interactive presentation – More than You Ever Will Want to Know about the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge. Inextricably linked to its namesake communities, this river crossing’s history includes an illegal bank, state receivership, tolls on pedestrians and livestock, a failed trolley line, and nearly a century of public ownership. The bridge’s story will be told in pictures and words.

The Delaware River itself will be the focus of a talk by author Hal Taylor on Friday, July 13, at 7 p.m. The Illustrated Delaware River: The History of a Great American River will discuss the earliest explorers and how they interacted with the native population, and make its way upriver from the Delaware Bay and it’s legendary oyster industry, to the ornate Victorian era lighthouses, historic military sites like Fort Delaware on Peapatch Island, Red Bank Battlefield and Fort Mifflin, the industrial giant that was Camden, the first steamboat in the country, the commercial hubs of Burlington and Bordentown with their illustrious residents, the extraordinary triumph of Washington at “Trent Town,” the growth of the canals during the industrial revolution and many more fascinating places and events.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m., Joe Macasek will present Doing Business on the Morris Canal. The Morris Canal crossed the northern part of New Jersey connecting New York Harbor at Jersey City with the Delaware River at Phillipsburg. Completed in 1831, this 102-milelong canal was built across the rugged North Jersey Highlands to transport anthracite coal from the mines in Pennsylvania to the growing New York market.

Frenchtown Creative Assets Project Is Live

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017 in In The News | 0 comments

Are you a “creative asset” to the greater Frenchtown community? Do you know a person or place that is? If your answer is Yes (and it should be!) please take a few minutes to help us with our Creative Assets inventory project being led by Sustainable Frenchtown. You can participate on line now or if you would prefer stop into The Book Garden where we have a computer all set up and ready to go. Thank you, and please help us spread the word!

Author Jason Bost Discusses Race in America at Prallsville Mills Event

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in author, books, In The News | 0 comments

Race in America isn’t a simple black and white issue for Jason Bost, author of White Nigger. His new autobiography shares intimate details of what life was like for him growing up bi-racial in impoverished America. A teen dad, high school dropout and convicted drug dealer, Bost eventually finds his way to a career as a successful entertainment industry executive, eventual law school graduate, and college professor.

This is an explosively emotional and inspirational journey exploring the ups & downs of growing up bi-racial in America. Born just a few years after the Supreme Court held discrimination against interracial marriage unconstitutional, the author takes you from his time as an impoverished youth, living in a predominantly white neighborhood, to his move to the inner city and predominately black school system. From being called ‘nigger’ in the white neighborhood to fighting daily for being attacked and called ‘white boy’ in the black neighborhoods. From the brutal murders of friends and family members, to providing an insider’s look at the author’s time in the entertainment industry, working on projects that went on to win Grammy Awards and garner numerous Gold, Platinum and Diamond records. This is an American Dream story centered on the direct impact of race in America.

“Change requires dialogue. Nothing changes without a conversation, be it with oneself, with a higher power, with a significant other, a neighbor, a community or the world. I am determined to do what I can to further the dialogue about race in this country and I invite anyone interested to join me.” – Jason C. Bost

Join Jason Bost for a conversation on race in America on Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30pm at the Prallsville Mills in Stockton. This event is being cosponsored by The Book Garden in Frenchtown and the Hunterdon County Anti-Racism Coalition. To reserve a copy of White Nigger and RSVP, contact@bookgarden.biz; 908-996-2022.

The event is free and open to the public; however donations to support Prallsville Mills are encouraged and a portion of proceeds from all book sales will be donated back to Prallsville.

The Prallsville Mills complex in Stockton, is considered a significant example of early American industrial architecture that was included on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Today, the Mill proudly features cultural and historic events for the entire community. Visit them online at www.prallsvillemills.org or follow them on Facebook.

Pig In the City Author Visit

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in author, books, family, In The News | 0 comments

The Book Garden in Frenchtown is hosting a book signing and talk for Delaware Valley High School alumna Jodi (Razgaitis) Kendall, author of The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City. The event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 22nd from 2pm to 4pm.

This young adult novel is about finding one’s place in the world – in this case with a pet pig named Hamlet. The main character, 11-year-old Josie Shilling, faces struggles within herself and as a middle child in her big, chaotic, solidly middle class family.

“The book’s main audience is kids in grades 3 to 7 but the story is one we can all relate to. The relationship that develops between Josie and Hamlet is heart-warming; the story is funny, sometimes sad and very real. I’m looking forward to hearing Jodi share the real life story that influenced this one,” said Caroline Scutt, co-owner of The Book Garden.

When Jodi isn’t writing about fictional animals she is busy writing about elephants, orangutans, manatees and sharks as well as many other topics.
Jodi Kendall will be at The Book Garden on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 2pm to 4pm. The Book Garden is located at 28 Bridge Street in Frenchtown, NJ. For details, call 908-996-2022, email contact@bookgarden or or visit The Book Garden on Facebook.