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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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July 2013

Alan Brennert

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   Alan Brennert


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Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

I have a couple of questions for you all… How many of you remember Palisades Park?  How many ever went there?

Quick story:  A few years back, I was working the reference desk at the Cliffside Park Public Library and July’s Invite an Author was doing research there.  Serendipity…He asked for help, I gave him some, and along with tons of meticulous research at many other libraries and museums and firsthand accounts, July’s author wrote his amazing new novel, Palisades Park.

It is with great pleasure that I present Alan Brennert as BCCLS Invite an Author for July.

Alan is a New Jersey original, he was born in Englewood and lived in Cliffside Park, Edgewater, Palisades Park, and Haledon.  (And he was a BooksNJ2013 keynote speaker.)

He has lived on the west coast since 1973 when he left for college at Cal State Long Branch and did graduate work at the UCLA Film School.

Alan has been nominated three times for an Emmy and won an Emmy Award for his work as a writer-producer on the television series LA Law… He also won the People’s Choice Award for LA Law.  He’s received all sorts of accolades for his writing.

About his new novel:

"Brennert writes his valentine to the New Jersey playground of his youth in Ragtime style, mixing fact and fiction. It's a memorable trip."

People Magazine

"This nostalgic coming-of-age tale of a little girl with big dreams is the perfect read."

Library Journal

“…the perfect read” – WOW!

It has gotten nothing but high praise both from professional reviews and the many many people who have read it.  It is quite simply a great novel.

I know that even before writing Palisades Park, Alan had lots of fans in BCCLSLand for his previous novels, Time and Chance, Moloka’I, and Honolulu.

I just took a look and as of this writing there are 1 of 52 copies of Moloka'i available and 4 of 76 copies of Palisades Park available (4 of 88 if you count all hard copy formats.) Pretty nice numbers, I’d say.

Alan does live on the west coast but makes trips back East so don’t be afraid to invite him to your library.  Please contact him directly at And don’t forget about the possibility of a book discussion via Skype.  A visit with Alan Brennert is sure to conjure up great memories of ‘The Park’ for lots of folks and a great discussion of the novel and its characters for everyone.

For those of us who grew up around here, Palisades Park is a big part of our history.  My last trip to Palisades Park was after a Three Dog Night concert at The Felt Forum on July 3, 1970…we went just to ride The Cyclone.

Go email Alan, there’s a lot of folks in BCCLSLand who will enjoy a visit with him.

Warmest regards,