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Open Book / Open Mind: James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams

February 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST

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The event is free but registration is required. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. After the discussion, there will be a Q&A period and a book signing and sale with Watchung Booksellers.

Open Book / Open Mind is sponsored by Montclair Public Library Foundation, Watchung Booksellers, the New Jersey Council on Humanities, Rosemary Iversen, David and Mary Lee Jones, and an anonymous donor. We are also grateful for the generous support of our in-kind sponsors, First Congregational Church of Montclair, The George, and Amanti Vino.


James B. Stewart is the author of “Deep State,” “Tangled Webs,” “Heart of a Soldier,” “Blind Eye,” “Blood Sport,” and the blockbuster “Den of Thieves.” He is currently a columnist for the New York Times and a professor at Columbia Journalism School. In 1988, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the stock market crash and insider trading.

Rachel Abrams was a media reporter for the New York Times and is now a senior producer and reporter for the television series The New York Times Presents. In 2018, she was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for reporting that exposed sexual harassment and misconduct.


“Unscripted: The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy.” 
“The shocking inside story of the struggle for power and control at Paramount Global, the multibillion-dollar entertainment empire controlled by the Redstone family, and the dysfunction, misconduct, and deceit that threatened the future of the company, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists who first broke the news.” —Penguin Random House

“In this riveting, Succession-esque tale of the fight for control of Paramount Global, James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams weave together a lawsuit, familial conflict, and the lurking Les Moonves.” —Vanity Fair.


Tom Hall is the executive director of the Montclair Film Festival. His previous positions include stints as director, artistic director and director of programming at the Sarasota Film Festival and programming director at newportFILM in Newport, Rhode Island and director of new media for Bravo/The Independent Film Channel. In January of 2010, Tom has directed short films for Bob Mould’s Carnival of Light and Sound Tour and was an inaugural member of the indieWIRE blogging community with his blog, The Back Row Manifesto, which is now a standalone website. Hall lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two sons.

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February 29
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST
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Montclair Public Library, Main Library
50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042 United States
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