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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

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.

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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...

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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...

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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 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.

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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,...

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