Maplewood Library 2023 Ideas Festival Starts April 18

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From Maplewood Library:

Maplewood Library’s Ideas Festival celebrates the talent and creativity of our community. Now celebrating its 9th year, the Festival will run from April 18 to 29, and all events will be in person. All programs are free and open to the public. More information about the events may be found on the Library’s Ideas Festival page:

Filmmakers’ Panel

April 18, 7 pm at The Woodland

A talk with Matthew Galkin and Razelle Benally, the directors of Murder in Big Horn, with its editor David Mehlman, moderated by film editor Tim Squyres. 

Carol Buchanan Award for Outstanding Contribution to Civic and Intellectual Life
April 19, 7 pm at Maplewood Town Hall

This year’s recipients are Audrey Rowe and Nancy Gagnier, who will be recognized for their work on the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race. They will be in conversation with Dr. Katherine McCaffrey.

It’s All Tap: New Jersey Tap Ensemble

April 22, 2 pm at the Woodland

The Ensemble will share the history, impact and joy of rhythm tap dancing with a fun-filled presentation and a chance for the audience to tap with them. 

The ACLU and American Life

April 24, 7 pm at Maplewood Town Hall

Amol Sinha, Executive Director of ACLU of New Jersey, and his colleagues will discuss the impact of the ACLU and the ongoing issues and challenges they’re addressing in New Jersey and across the country. The talk will be moderated by Robert Marchman.

Eliza Minot

Eliza Minot: Maplewood Literary Award.

April 25, 7 pm at Maplewood Town Hall

The 2023 Maplewood Literary Award will be presented to Eliza Minot. Minot is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Tiny One and The Brambles. Her third novel, In The Orchard, will be released on the day of the Award. She will be in conversation with Susan Minot. 

Jazz vs Rock with Seth Abramson and Todd Abramson

April 26, 7 pm at Maplewood Town Hall

The brothers will discuss their lives in the music industry, where the genres intersect and diverge, and their role in launching the careers of many well-known artists.

Seth Abramson, Grammy Award Winning Producer, is the President and founder of Rabbit Moon Productions, Inc. Todd Abramson currently hosts a weekly Saturday afternoon radio show on WFMU as “Todd-O-Phonic Todd”.

Michelle Miller: Conversations with Cookie

April 29 at 1 pm at Maplewood Town Hall

Michelle Miller is an award-winning journalist who co-hosts CBS Saturday Morning. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Belonging: A Daughter’s Search for Identity Through Loss and Love, the story of her journey to understanding herself and her own Blackness. She will be in conversation with Carolyn “Cookie” Minick Mason.  

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