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Radio Theater Workshop for Teens

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in In The News | 0 comments

We are thrilled to introduce a unique opportunity for teens interested the art of radio theater. River Town Radio Theatre is hosting a summer workshop for teens on Tuesday and Thursday evenings July 7, 9, 14, 16 and 21 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at The Book Garden. The classes will focus on, writing, sound effects, and performance and culminate with a LIVE performance on WDVR on the evening of July 23. 

Cost: $125 per student; a portion of the tuition will be contributed to WDVR in support of their programming. 

Space is limited for both programs. E-mail or call us at 908-996-2022 for more information and to register.





Imaginarium Summer Camp Is Back!

Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in In The News | 0 comments

Imaginarium Summer Camp Is Back!

Spread your wings and let your inner fairy, griffin and dragon fly, or keep your feet on the ground and explore your inner gnome or elf!

Over the week we will read about these wonderful beings and bring them to life with poetry, and write and illustrate our own tales as a group with a group written book. Children will also create their own small garden for their chosen beings to live in.

Facilitating this week of fun is Grace Stearns-Fiorito, a Frenchtown local and mother of two. Grace is a poet and lover of the written word and all things colorful, imaginary and adventurous. Please join us at the Book Garden and let your young ones imaginations bloom.

Imaginarium Summer Camp Details:

  1. Who: Kids ages 6-11
  2. Where: The Book Garden
  3. When: July 6-10
  4. Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
  5. Cost: $120.00 per child; includes snacks, materials, journal and Friday lunch. Talk to Caroline or Robert or email to reserve your child’s place.
    ***Space is limited***

To be added to our camper list drop us a line  at

Campers enjoy building dragon dens and fairy houses in the creek.

Campers enjoy building dragon dens and fairy houses in the creek.

Shopping Just Got Better – Thanks for Keeping it Local

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in In The News | 0 comments

What better place to celebrate the holiday season than in historic Frenchtown along the magnificent Delaware River. We look forward to seeing many of our old friends and to making new ones during this festive time of year.

We are kicking off the holiday season by starting our Small Business Saturday promotions on Friday –

  • 20% off all new hardcover books 
  • For every $100 you spend you will receive a $10 gift certificate to use on a future purchase.
  • Extra savings on already discounted items
  • Enter a raffle to win a beautiful alpaca blanket – $180 value!
Plus, don’t forget the Frenchtown Shopping Just Got Better customer appreciation program – for every $25 spent in participating stores you are entered in a drawing for a basket of gift cards and other goodies worth ~$500! Another great reason to shop local this holiday season.

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Short Story Salon and Signing with Mark Lyons

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in In The News | 0 comments


Pushcart Prize nominee, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant recipient, and director of the Philadelphia Storytelling Project, Mark Lyons builds “story shrines” along US highways, and depicts struggles and insights of undocumented Mexican immigrants, hospital “lifers,” returning veterans and highway philosophers, among other unforgettable characters.

We invite you to celebrateBrief Eulogies at Roadside Shrines (Wild River Books: October, 2014)) a collection of stories that has already been named an “important landmark in the literature of multiculturalism” at Frenchtown’s, charming Book Garden located on 28 Bridge Street in Frenchtown, NJ will take place at October 17th from 7-9pm. Award-winning author, Mark Lyons is also the director of the Philadelphia Storytelling Project.

“We are pleased to publish Mark Lyons’s beautifully-crafted, funny and moving collection of short stories. The collection taps into social issues such as displacement, immigration and post-traumatic stress disorder experienced by returning veterans, says Wild River Books co-founder, Joy E. Stocke, Stockton, NJ-resident.

The collection of stories in Brief Eulogies constructs story shrines, or descansos (”resting places”) — intimate memorial shrines we glimpse at the edge of highways and rural roads that mark profound loss, but also serve as acts of redemption. A snake-handling preacher finds faith in a junkyard. A hitchhiker feasts on road kill with a hobo on the Great Plains and discovers the Cosmos. A Mexican-American Border Patrol officer arrests a mojado—a wetback—who asks him a question that makes him confront his own history. An artist whose paintings are rendered colorless by her abusive husband commits an act of vengeance and deliverance. Brief Eulogies are stories about communities and people finding ways to survive their histories, addictions, and fears. A collection that reminds us how our lives can change in an instant, usually when we’re not looking.

Says Lyons, “The characters in my stories are real to me—I want the world to know them, to care about them with all the baggage and complications and contradictions they carry. Working with Wild River Books has been a quiet celebration, a reflection on our common love of stories that move people, of the power of voice, and the importance of getting it right.”

Lyons is the Director of the Philadelphia Storytelling Project (PSP), where he uses digital storytelling in his work with teens and the immigrant community. In his most recent work with PSP, Project HOME, he produced a series of audio stories on homeless veterans, collaborating with photographer Harvey Finkle. Lyons` past literary work includes writing, translating and co-editing Espejos y Ventanas / Mirrors and Windows, Oral Histories of Mexican Farmworkers and Their Families, published in English and Spanish. With twenty–five years of experience working in the Latino community as a health worker and community organizer, he was the director of the Farmworkers Health and Safety Institute. With a passion for community and storytelling, Lyons additionally serves as the editor of Open Borders, the Wild River Review series of immigrant stories.


“Short stories are probably the most under-appreciated art form yet they are so powerful. Mark’s book is fantastic and we are really looking forward to hearing some of these stories, as well those of other writers, read aloud. There is something magical about sharing stories this way,” says Caroline Scutt, co-owner of The Book Garden.

Short story writers are invited to come share some of their work during the signing and story salon on Oct. 17th from 7pm to 9pm.

About the Book Garden: Community is at the core of this Indie bookshop where there is an ongoing Celebration of Stories through book clubs, author visits, radio theatre and books of every kind – new, vintage and previously loved.

About Wild River Books:
With over thirty years of publishing, editing, design and marketing experience, Wild River Books–a full-service publishing house–upholds the top standards of the industry and offers strategic publishing solutions for the 21st century. Through Wild River Consulting & Publishing, LLC, Wild River Books also runs the international online literary and arts magazine Wild River Review ( with loyal readers from every corner of the world.

Email: for details and to RSVP

Local Authors Showcased at Milford ALIVE

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in In The News | 0 comments

There must be something in the water because the Delaware River Valley is flooded with talented authors and several will be on hand to discuss their work at The Authors Room during Milford ALIVE on Saturday, Sept. 27th.


“This is the second year The Book Garden is hosting The Authors Room and we are looking forward to another great turnout,” said Robert Rando, owner of the Indie bookshop, located in neighboring Frenchtown. “We are very fortunate to have so many incredible authors living in our community and to be able to meet more than a dozen in one afternoon is exciting for book lovers.”


Stop by the Authors Room in front of the Milford Train Station from noon until 6pm to meet an old or soon-to-be favorite author – or in many cases ‘author/artist – including: Barbara Steingas, Kathryn Finegan Clark, Janet Cargill, Phoebe Wilcox, Denise Ann Saldutti Egielski, Edward F. Petersen, Keith Strunk, Kathi Kurz, Christina Paul and many more. For a complete list visit the Authors Room online at


Also visiting will be Nicole Smith from Room to Read, an organization that works with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children. Room to read also supports girls to help them complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond. The Book Garden will be raffling off a copy of Creating Room to Read, written by the organization’s founder John Wood.


Visit for a complete listing of authors and other details. The Book Garden is located at 28 Bridge Street, Frenchtown;



First Ten Page Review Writing Workshop

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in In The News | 0 comments

In this instructor-led workshop, we will explore what makes the first ten pages of the best books tick and then dive into improving the first ten pages of our novels or memoirs.  Please email to register.

Join us on October 8, 15 and 22  from 7 to 9 PM at the Book Garden, 28 Bridge Street in Frenchtown, NJ

The cost is $45.00 for three sessions.

Brandi Megan Granett (formerly Scollins-Mantha) is an author, English professor, and private writing mentor.  She holds a PhD  in Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University, Wales and an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. Her first book, My Intended, was published by William Morrow in 2000. Her other books, including the short story collection, Cars and Other Things That Get Around, can be found at:

World Explorers Book Club Sept 26

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What is it: A monthly Friday afternoon reading club for kids ages 6ish to 11ish.

What do we do: Lots of things, including reading from some of our favorite books. Just bring your imagination.

Next meeting: Friday, Sept. 26th at 4pm

This month we will create a magical book tree!

There is no cost to participate in this fantastic afternoon – snacks included!


World Explorers Kids Club

Email for more information.


Haruki Murakami ‘A Wild Sheep Chase.’

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Book-It List & Reviews, In The News | 0 comments

Like sports teams, artists, vacation getaways and books … everyone seems to have a personal favorite. For our friend just across the street from the Book Garden (Megan Metz at Modern Love) her writer of choice is Haruki Murakami.

Murakami is a contemporary Japanese writer whose work has been translated into more than 50 languages. Thankfully for us, English is one of them. His works of fiction and non-fiction have garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards, both in Japan and internationally including the Franz Kafka Prize in 2006 and the Jerusalem Prize in 2009.

Recently Megan picked up a copy of ‘A Wild Sheep Chase’
(Haruki Murakami here is what she has to say about it:

If ever i need a moment to escape my everyday, I pick up a Murakami novel. Recently, I read ‘A Wild Sheep Chase’ and it was just the dose of escape I needed. Morality and mortality mixed with the best descriptions of place (I devour his attention to detail!), Murakami delivered yet another perfectly complex exploration of the meaning of life versus the meaning of living. I am always so excited to pick up his novels because I know it will be such an imaginative journey!


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Let us know what you’re reading this summer and … why. If you like it enough we can pass the word around and who knows, soon you may be starting a movement.

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Emma Rando will be Peddling Across the USA this Summer

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in In The News | 0 comments

We have to take a moment and congratulate Emma Rando for reaching her goal and raising over $4500 for The 4K for Cancer program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

Even though her website says she is a little short of her goal we know she just raised another $250 from a fundraiser which will be added to her total.

Emma, our hats are off to you and now, best do a little training ‘cuase 4000 miles is a long way to ride a bike.

Follow Emma on her website:

Want Not by Jonathan Miles

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Book-It List & Reviews, In The News | 0 comments

Community Reads March 12, 2014
Want Not by Jonathan Miles

First, I have to say this; I am very opinionated and when I get in a room with others I like to lay down the law (as it holds court with my point of view). This usually works when discussing books but alas, during the last ‘Community Reads’ book club meeting the author showed up. So for the discussion centered on Jonathan Miles’s book (Want Not) I couldn’t bring my point of view front and center. In fact, my entire ego sank down to the level of my shoes as I heard first hand exactly what he meant when he wrote ‘What John Rye had done wrong, Micah would do right.’

Seriously; it was with extreme pleasure the ‘Community Reads’ book club was able to discuss Want Not with the author. And, I have to say, I really enjoyed the read (and the discussion). Want Not is different in its delivery from most books and that alone, the uniqueness, gave it value. It reminded me very much of an art-house movie where the theme is interconnected more than the characters themselves and, Jonathan Miles can write.

“Want Not” has a message — the balance between ‘waste not / want not’ no longer seems to register with people. The entire concept of civilization in the throes of waste, decay and pollution, discarding items as soon as the label ‘possession’ is upon them is evident. And, by painting civilization as a whole begs the question, is there salvation?
This brings us to the characters: An abandoned professor of dead languages (Dr. Elwin Cross), AND his neighbor’s wayward son, AND a young couple (Micah and Talmadge) living off the grid and off the detritus of super-consumers like Sara and Dave, AND Sara’s daughter Alexis. AND Elwin’s dying father (Dr. Cross, Senior), AND Matty, Talmadge’s old buddy, who crashes in on him and Micah (when he gets out of prison). It seems too much, too many, and as I mentioned above, there is very little interconnection. Jonathan alternates his delivery between the various characters, their current situations and, of course, their back stories until he is (what seems to me) to be almost three quarters through the book. I have to say, I worried a little, but the writing itself kept me glued. I actually appreciate the honest descriptions of people and how they interact and more importantly, why they interact so … I read on.

What kept me going, the back stories, the paining of the lives which brings the people off the page and into the three dimensional space in which we live. For example, we follow Micah back through her strange and idyllic upbringing in Appalachia to her revelatory trip in India. Micah and all the others grow into, well into people and you can love ‘em or hate ‘em but either way you have to appreciate what the artist has constructed. After this, the character connections begin to emerge though, they are quick, very quick and very sharp. The young Alexis (high school student preparing for college) grapples with a personal struggle which she keeps to herself and all we can do is hope for the best because what people want is not always what they get especially if there is waste involved. Luckily, sometimes salvation is not understood and emerges from the least likely of places.
The message to refrain from waste is brought home by Dr. Cross (junior) too. He is struggling through his divorce when an academic task comes floating his way. He is to help an assembled team of experts (what is an expert but a matter of opinion?) to help craft a warning for future generations (or space aliens) of the untouchable danger beneath (radioactive waste). This is the Waste Isolation Project Markers, and it gives Jonathan a platform on which to discuss the long range forecast for us members of the human race.

My favorite part of the book, I must confess, is when the Alzheimer riddled Dr. Cross senior remembers back and we are treated, really treated, to an analysis of the events which shaped his life. To move from Dr. Cross’s remembrances of concentration camps in Germany to Dumpster-diving outside the hospice in NYC to a Yankees game to discussions of radioactive decay rates is not easy. How does he do it? As I said, the man can write.
Waste Not Want Not, I feel is the underlying message. The more we want, the more we waste and as Dr. Cross’s team is attempting to put together the waste management signage, it won’t even be readable in the ages to come.