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November 19, 2022 10 am

Author: Christopher Bogart

This Conversation 

LIVE IN PERSON at the Belmar Public Library


This Conversation

In his new book of poetry, Christopher Bogart follows the lead of Emanuel Acho (author of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man) who encourages white people to be courageous, informed, and empathetic to the treatment of their Black brothers and sisters. Bogart is stepping up “to do his part.”

Employing the paradigm of an accidental meeting between two white strangers at a local bar and the conversation that ensues, he encourages the reader to explore the problem of systemic racism and to start this conversation with others.


Christopher Bogart is a working poet and writer who has earned an MA in Creative Writing, and is presently finishing an MFA, at Monmouth University. His poetry has been published in Voices Rising from the Grove, Spindrift, WestWard Quarterly, This Broken Shore, Jersey Shore Poets/ First Edition, as well as various online sites.

In 2015, he was chosen as First Runner Up for Monmouth University’s inaugural The Joyce Carol Oates Award for Excellence in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction. In 2017, he was chosen as one of two finalists for The Brian Turner Literary Prize for Fiction. His chapbook 14: Antología del Sonoran, was awarded The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize (3rd Place) and published in 2018 . Other poetry books include Breakpoint and The Eater of Dreams.


Join us as Christopher Bogart presents & reads from his book, This Conversation on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 10 am.

He will be in person LIVE at the Library, and light refreshments will be served.



October 20, 2022 6 pm

Author: Mark W. Curran

The Witches of Wildwood –  Cape May Horror Stories and Other Scary Tales of the Jersey Shore

LIVE AUDIENCE at the Library’s LOWER LEVEL TARZIAN MEDIA ROOM, with Author Mark W. Curran joining us via ZOOM from Los Angeles!


The Witches of Wildwood: Cape May Horror Stories and Other Scary Tales from the Jersey Shore
10 Stories and a Novella
A Collection of Contemporary Horror Fiction

Werewolves… vampires… swamp beasts… zombies… even a Jersey Devil… all of these chilling creatures and more await you in this haunting collection of 11 contemporary horror fiction stories by Mark Wesley Curran.

Uniquely set ‘down the shore’ in South Jersey’s Cape May County, these scary tales are sure to terrify and entertain both adult readers as well as young adults.

The Spooky Offerings Include:

– An abrasive radio talk show host is stalked by an angry werewolf in ‘Werewolves of Dennis’

– A Fun Pier boardwalk worker falls under the spell of a strange attic dwelling girl  in ‘The Girl In The Attic’

– An ancient sailing ship filled with bloodthirsty zombies crashes into the Jersey Shore in ‘Night of the Wildwood Dead’

The cornerstone of the collection is ‘The Witches of Wildwood,’ the harrowing and suspenseful tale of a witch-hunting preacher hell-bent on killing four teenage sisters determined to destroy the world from their Wildwood boarding house.

The Author:

Mark Wesley Curran is a writer of contemporary fiction, specializing in the horror and suspense genre. Born and raised in Suburban Philadelphia, he spent many summers living and working in Wildwood, New Jersey during its heyday. He now resides in Los Angeles where he enjoys creative pursuits as a writer,  filmmaker and musician.

You can learn more about his book and him at his website:


July 5, 2022 6 pm

Author: Gregory Andrus

Sand, Sea & Rescue – Lifeguards of the Jersey Shore

LIVE Book Launch and Exhibit at Taylor Pavilion



Sand, Sea and Rescue has over 120 pages of interviews, portraits, and audio recordings highlighting the dedication, courage, and passion that is the calling of the first responders of the beach: the Lifeguard.

The Jersey Shore is the crown jewel of New Jersey summers, and it is the hundreds of lifeguards standing watch over virtually every foot of sand along its 130-mile coast who keep it safe. These brave men and women put their lives on the line day-in, day-out for the duration of the summer, with one goal: making sure everyone is safe.

But what compels these lifeguards to sign up for a job that calls them into danger at any given moment?


Author and photographer Gregory Andrus set out in the summer of 2021 to find out. The result is a beautiful coffee table book filled with compelling first-person stories and striking film photos of these courageous people. This book also includes a very unique addition of 25 audio recordings of the lifeguards sharing their stories in their own voices, via QR code!

Gregory Andrus overcame a decades-long battle with alcoholism and homelessness. When he was 28 years old he was shot in the back of the head as an innocent bystander caught in the middle of a police chase. After getting a second chance at life, he developed a deep faith in Jesus, quit drinking, and has devoted his life to sharing the hope he has from overcoming his circumstances with others he meets along his journey. He is now a husband and a father of two delightfully energetic and curious boys. He runs a locally prolific page on Facebook and Instagram where he shares street interviews of people he meets around the shore. When Gregory is not spending quality time with his family or conducting interviews, he can be found going for long walks with his beloved Golden Retriever, Blue, preferably at his favorite place in the world, the beach.

Learn more about Greg and his projects HERE.

June 18, 2021 10 am

Author: Ali Nolan

Master the Marathon – The Ultimate Training Guide for Women

LIVE in person at the Belmar Public Library

A no-nonsense, interactive guide that empowers all women at all levels to run their strongest, best marathon ever.

Master the Marathon is a comprehensive guide to marathon training for women at all levels of running –  beginner, intermediate and advanced. The book takes you through everything you need to know to be prepared for the 26.2 miles of the marathon, including detailed training plans, strength training programs, building our mental awareness of our physical body, nutrition, guidance on fighting the best marathon for you, identifying and avoiding potential injuries, inspirational advice, and other unexpected pieces of wisdom.

The programming in this book was created by a woman, specifically for women.

Ali Nolan is a journalist and writer based in Utah. As the former features editor and a current contributor for Runners World magazine, she is active in empowering women in the running world, having spoken at the Under Armour Women’s Panel, Donna Marathon Pre-race Dinner, and other events. She has completed two road marathons, a trail marathon and other races.

Ali will be joined by Belmar Running Coach and Trainer Erica Coviello!

Learn more about Ali at her website:

April 23, 2022 – 10 am

Author: Perdita Buchan

FLORILLA – A Pinelands Romance

LIVE in person at the Belmar Public Library

Granddaughter of “The Pinelands Witch”, daughter of the self-styled Wizard of the Pines and with powers of her own, eleven-year old Florilla Munion finds herself abandoned deep in the New Jersey Pinelands. Rescued by the itinerant Dr. Peace, she is taken to Benderville, a model mill town in the heart of the Pines owned by the doctor’s old friend, the eccentric, progressive Benjamin Bender. There she grows up.

But Benderville is only the beginning of Florilla’s journey. Her abusive father who knows her powers would benefit his act is a constant threat. She falls in love with an English botanist but is separated from him by circumstance.

The story wends its way from the New Jersey Pinelands to the mills of Massachusetts as Florilla searrches for her place in the world and her lost love. Taking place in the years from 1848 to 1857, the novel is also a reflection on a time when various reformers and philosophers speculated on the best ways to organize life and work.


Perdita Buchan was born in England but came to America as a child. She has since lived in America, England and Italy. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Ladies Home Journal, House Beautiful, Fiction Network, The New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor among other publications.

She has published two novels, The Carousel Carver, a story of immigration, of finding a place in a new world, of love lost and found, and Called Away, a story of time travel from twentieth century Vermont to its mirror image in 1816, and a non fiction work, Utopia, New Jersey: Travels in the Nearest Eden, a study of eight early 20th century utopian communities in New Jersey.

After many years in New England, she now lives on the New Jersey coast.

Learn more about Perdita at her website:

December 11, 2021 – 11am

Author: John Perlow

A Drug Fueled Life – The Bird, The Frog and the Boss

LIVE in person at the Belmar Public Library

This book is a summary of one person’s drug-influenced life and the eventual chaos and consequences that can occur through the progression of the disease. The book (or books, if you will) chronicles one person’s many attempts and desire to escape the grip of addiction!

Long Branch native John Perlow has self-published 8 short books, including memoirs, poetry and nonfiction in the past few years.  He’s proud to have completed these projects while he was homeless, jobless, car-less and practically friendless, but never hopeless.  He performs comedy, poetry and raps at open mics around NYC and the Jersey Shore.


October 9, 2021 – 10 am

Author: Phyllis Mitchell

Believe, Do You? – A Psychic Medium’s Journey

LIVE in person at the Belmar Public Library


Take a journey through time as Phyllis shares how she learned to embrace both herself and the dead.

The gift of intuition runs deep in Phyllis’ family, but it wasn’t until her early fifties that she finally accepted her God-given gift to offer intuitive guidance and relay messages from deceased loved ones.  After hundreds of readings, one key message began to stand out:  LOVE IS ETERNAL.

Storytelling with honesty, humor, inspiration and compassion, readers will get hooked on Phyllis’s specific explorations and her pleas for them to do the same.  No matter what you believe, this book explores the power of learning to love yourself and living your truth.  The culmination of Believe, Do You? – A Psychic Medium’s Journey urges YOU the reader to assess the journey, look eagerly in the mirror, and conclude your own beliefs.

Phyllis Mitchell currently lives with her husband, two children and two cats.  When not writing, she gives reading, teaches intuitive classes and interviews people on her YouTube channeland podcast, Psychic Connection.  

She also manages her tax practice, volunteers with various organizations and feeds wildlife in her yard – everything she does incorporates her lifelong devotion to helping others.  Phyllis wants to thank you for supporting a first time author and let you know that a portion of this book’s proceedswill be donated to her favorite charities.

Visit her website:

Check out her YouTube Channel Psychic Connection:

August 7, 2021 –  10 am

Author:  Stephen E. Gerard

Stuck in the Middle Seat – The Five Phases to Becoming a Midcareer Entrepreneur

Live In Person at the Belmar Public Library 



Having made the transition himself from dutiful employee to midcareer entrepreneur, Stephen Gerard takes on advisory roles, helping aspiring entrepreneurs on their journeys. Since breaking free, Gerard has advised dozens of entrepreneurs as they have ascended from disenchantment into the life and career of their dreams. While Stephen is selective about whom he works with due to time constraints and business fit, he has something to offer any entrepreneur who is looking to take the next critical steps.

Regardless of where you are on your entrepreneurial journey, Stephen is excited to hear from you!

Stephen E. Gerard is Board Chairman of The Leisure Collective International and also Owner of the America’s Division of that business. The global company manufactures and sells premium surf equipment ( and premium sunglasses (

He founded his first startup, TGaS Advisors, at the age of 40. TGaS Advisors ( was featured on the Inc. 500/5000 list five times, was operated on a global scale and was ultimately involved in buy-and-sell transactions amounting to roughly $100 million in total value. Today, he invests, advises, and owns entrepreneurial endeavors across the globe.

Learn more about Stephen here.

July 15, 2021 –  7 pm

Composer & Lyricist: Tim McCorry

Musical: Coyote

Live In Person at the Belmar Public Library 

Watch the Livestream on our Facebook Page :


Coyote: The Story

Inspired by a true story, Coyote is a modern American tale of love and immigration. Pedro and Bernadice are young lovers, determined to be re-united, who turn to a mysterious figure known only as Coyote to help them make a perilous crossing from Mexico into the United States. They have no idea that they have engaged the services of a magical, god-like creature who can change form, leap into their dreams and is bound by neither time nor space. He is a trickster. He is also their only hope. 

As the story begins, Coyote emerges from the darkness, daring us to take his hand and to embark on a journey in which we will come to see our own lives mirrored in the struggles of Pedro and Bernadice. 

They met and fell in love in Guadalajara, Mexico, but disagree about living there. Pedro is proud of his family’s tradition of farming, while Bernadice sees the worsening conditions of crime and poverty. She leaves for “El Norte” and makes it to the Pacific Northwest. After attending one too many funerals for friends killed by the drug cartels, Pedro finally realizes he must leave. He fears that he has waited too long, that he has been disloyal to Bernadice and no longer deserves her love; that she will find another. She fears that he will not survive the journey and that she is failing in her mission to make a new and better life in this strange new land. 

Unknown to Pedro and Bernadice, Coyote is always present: a hard-bitten smuggler, delivering his “product” across the border, a shabby Aztec impersonator entertaining tourists, a lecherous academic tutor, a comical homeowner, and a world weary police officer in downtown LA. He is whoever and whatever he wants to be. We’re not sure he is to be trusted but we’ve come too far to turn back now. 

Tim McCorry, composer and lyricist for Coyote began his musical studies at Cornell University, where he also studied architecture, before continuing at New York University. His jazz ensemble album, “Diana”, was an Official Selection in 8 categories at the 2009 Grammy Awards, and was made with singer and daughter, Diana McCorry. That album also received the Silver Award from the Songwriters Association of Washington, D.C. for best jazz and blues composition.

He has also performed with the United States Naval Academy orchestra in Washington D.C. His diverse catalog of original works spans almost 40 years, and since 2010, Tim has been the “architect” of Coyote. This original musical was inspired by a true story that moved him to begin his journey to tell it in music and song.

Tim lives with his wife Erin McCorry and their dog, Jersey Girl, in Freehold, NJ. 

Opening Night In America is a Reality TV show pilot and a game-changing opportunity for creative teams with original musicals. Coyote has been selected to be one of four creative teams to compete for a chance to bring our musical to Broadway. 

June 17, 2021 – 6 pm

Author: Caridad Piñeiro

Two Titles: South Beach Love & Cold Case Reopened

YouTube Channel


Caridad Pineiro is a transplanted Long Island girl who has fallen in love with the Jersey Shore. When Caridad isn’t taking long strolls along the boardwalk, she’s also a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author with over a million romance novels sold worldwide.

Caridad is passionate about writing and helping others explore and develop their skills as writers. She is a founding member of the Liberty States Fiction Writers and has presented workshops at the RT Book Club Convention, Romance Writers of America National Conference as well as various writing organizations throughout the country.

You can connect with Caridad at You can also find Caridad on:

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May 6, 2021 – 7 pm

Author: Carol Van Den Hende

Goodbye, Orchid – To Love Her, He Had to Leave Her  –  Debut novel


Carol VDH

Can love blossom after life changes in an instant?

One July morning in Manhattan, handsome athlete and entrepreneur Phoenix Walker accompanies his love, half-Asian beauty Orchid, to the airport.

Neither believes today is goodbye.

But after she leaves, disaster strikes. Phoenix wakes in the hospital, broken, forever changed. He longs for Orchid but remembers the tragedy in her past that makes her panic over images of trauma.

Now, he’s faced with the hardest decision of his life. Does he burden the woman whose traumatic childhood makes him feel protective of her? Or does true love mean leaving her without explaining why?

Rising from ashes is hard. Giving up the one you love is harder.


CAROL VAN DEN HENDE is an award-winning author who pens stories of resilience and hope. Her novel Goodbye, Orchid won the 2020 American Fiction Award winner for urban fiction,  Pinnacle Achievement Award winner for multicultural fiction, IAN Outstanding Fiction for Best First Novel, two Royal Dragonfly Awards, two Best Book Finalist Awards, Audiobook Reviewer New Author of the Year, was long-listed for Chanticleer International Chatelaine Book Award,  won a Book Excellence Award and named a Top Book of 2020 by The Write Review. Plus, it’s been featured by Glamour, Buzzfeed, Parade,  Travel+Leisure, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, DIYMFA, WABC Radio among others.

Carol is also a speaker, strategist, Board member and Climate Reality Leader. One secret to her good fortune? Her humorous husband, fun-loving twins, and rescue cat, who prove that love really does conquer all.

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March 11, 2021  

Author: Merry Brennan

Eye Rolls & Awe –  A National Park Road Trip with Teens

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Breathtaking beauty one moment… face-melting eye rolls the next! Follow the Brennans and their three teens on a 7,000-mile summer road trip that changed their family. Caves, peaks and whitewater rapids brought them closer to nature. Hours on the road in “The Couch” (their comfy SUV) brought them closer to each other. Were there fights and freak outs? Of course. Giggles? Every day.

Join in their hilarious search for buffalo, their snowball fights in July, their musical warning for bears. From quiet sunsets to exploding geysers, their journey is a story of family, of foibles, of deepening relationships – with one another and our spectacular country.

Along with insider travel tips and info boxes, Eye Rolls & Awe also includes the latest research that shows:

• Time with our teens is crucial to their health and well-being.

• Nature can make us all healthier, happier and more creative.

• Introducing our adolescents to their public lands is essential for the future of these irreplaceable spaces.

“Carving out an adventure with teens is not only doable, it can be transforming. For our kids. For us. For our national treasures.”


Merry Brennan (Author )As a kid, Merry Brennan dreamed of a grown-up life writing books and making art. Then she got sidetracked – as a journalist, activist, columnist, naturalist, communications consultant, adjunct professor, and elected official.

But she finally returned to her story-telling roots and couldn’t be Merrier! Along with Eye Rolls and Awe: A National Park Road Trip with Teens, she authored the middle-grade biographical novel, Peace Pilgrim: walking her talk against hate. Her photographic and digital creations have been featured in many shows, shops, and publications.

You can see her artwork at     

The long-time Jersey Shore resident is always up for a good hike, sail or paddle; never turns down time with family; and    looks forward to full moon meditations. She and her musician husband, Tom, have three terrific children, Ciaran, Aislinn and Sean.