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May 30 @ 7:00 pmFree
Mark Di Ionno, a lifelong journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist in news commentary, will speak about his second novel, “Gods of Wood and Stone,” at Bernardsville Public Library, 1 Anderson Hill Road, on Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 pm. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
The former Star-Ledger columnist is a six-time winner of the New Jersey Press Association’s first-place award for column writing. Now an adjunct professor of journalism at Rutgers University, he was a sports columnist at The New York Post before joining The Star-Ledger.
His novel centers on two men from disparate worlds—one a first-ballot Hall of Famer and the other working in obscurity at the Farmers’ Museum blacksmith shop in Cooperstown and living on the outskirts of town—who are on a violent collision course. It’s a searing portrait of honor and masculinity, sport and celebrity, marriage and parenthood. “Gods of Wood and Stone” is the story of one man’s search for meaningful life and fatherhood in a sports-and-celebrity obsessed age, and another man’s fight to avoid losing his soul to it.
“One of the great strengths of the novel is Di Ionno’s eye for the physical world of New Jersey and upstate New York, both past and present,” wrote Richard Crepeau, staff writer at New York Journal of Books, “He uses his familiarity with these urban and rural landscapes, as well as his knowledge of local history, to create a complex and, in many ways, loving portrait of this world.”
Di Ionno is the author of three award-winning nonfiction books. “New Jersey’s Coastal Heritage” and “A Guide to New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Trail” won the New Jersey Academic Alliance Award, which is judged by a consortium of librarians and historians. “Backroads, New Jersey” was named among the most notable New Jersey books (1995–2005) by the New Jersey Center for the Book. Di Ionno’s first novel “The Last Newspaperman” was published in 2012.
There is no charge to attend the program; advance registration is requested at www.bernardsvillelibrary.org or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.