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Invite an Author

Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

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August 2012

Alfred C. Martino

Alfred C. Martino


   Alfred C. Martino



Letter of Introduction:

For anyone looking for a YA author to visit your library, I hope you'll consider BCCLS Mr. August.

The author of three successful YA novels and a BooksNJ alum, I am delighted to present Alfred C. Martino as BCCLS Invite an Author for August 2012.

Alfred C. Martino is the author of OVER THE END LINE and PINNED, his debut novel, which was a YALSA 'Best Books For Young Adults' nominee, Jr. Library Guild selection, Quills Award nominee, and a Kirkus Reviews 'Book of pecial Note' selection. His latest novel, PERFECTED BY GIRLS, is about a sophomore girl, Melinda Radford, trying to make her way in life and high school while competing in the demanding sport of amateur wrestling.

Alfred was born and raised in Short Hills (NJ) and graduated from Millburn High School, where he was captain of the school's wrestling team and a member of the soccer team. He is a graduate of Duke University and The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He currently lives in Jersey City. When he isn't writing, he is working as the president and founder of Listen & Live Audio, an audiobook publishing company.


"The protagonist has an authentic voice, and readers will empathize with her isolation throughout the school day. Some may gloss over the detailed wrestling descriptions, but the romance and other aspects of Melinda's life will strike a chord with girls, even those who don't participate in athletics."

School Library Journal

"The novel is a solid portrait of a teenage girl trying to be herself when everyone else seems to be deciding her life for her. Though wrestling is the heart of the tale, Martino wisely resists heavy-handed and inspirational sports metaphors, letting Mel's actions speak for themselves. There's always a need for more sports stories for girls, and this is a solid addition to the genre."

Kirkus Reviews

Mr. Martino's titles (books and audiobooks) are available from the publishers and from major library wholesalers.

He has been very generous and donated audiobook copies (CDs) of PERFECTED BY GIRLS to BCCLS and they are available to any requesting library on a first come first served basis. I expect that they’ll go quickly, so email me asap.

Here is what Mr. Martino says about his programs:

"Generally, my program is an introduction of me, my novels, and my process of writing. I also discuss how to get published. But I can tailor the program to fit whatever a public librarian wants. It also depends on the audience. Younger people tend to want to talk about the novels, etc., while older people are more interested in how to get published. A large part of the program is the Q&A at the end."

Mr. Martino has appeared at the following schools, libraries, and conferences, to name just a few:

  • NJLA and NJASL
  • Wood-Ridge HS
  • Christa McAuliffe MS
  • William Paterson College
  • Elizabeth PL
  • Fair Lawn PL
  • Millburn PL
  • Washington HS
  • Roosevelt MS
  • Hasbrouck Heights PL
  • Livingston HS

Mr. Martino does request a $75 honorarium. To schedule a visit from Mr. Martino, please email him directly at: .

And there's one last thing Alfred added at the end of an email to me: "Oh, and I'm a New Jerseyan, born and bred."

I hope you'll think about a class visit, a joint program with a local school, or a library program with Alfred C. Martino. Sounds like it would be a lot of fun.

Warmest regards,