My so-called literary life

Hudson County residents beware — next week I’ll be speaking at not one but two events on the Frank Hague era and my book, The Last Three Miles: Politics, Murder, and the Construction of America’s First Superhighway.

The first event is Monday, where I’ll be the featured speaker at a dinner meeting of the University Club of Hudson County. The food-fight begins at 6 p.m. in Rita and Joe’s Restaurant at 142 Broadway, Jersey City, N.J. That’s right, practically in the shadow of the mighty (and mighty rusty) Pulaski Skyway.

The next night (otherwise known as Tuesday) I’ll be at the Brennan Court House in Jersey City for a 6 p.m. fundraiser on behalf of WomenRising of Hudson County. The courthouse is at 583 Newark Avenue and the contact number is (201) 333-5700. Since budget constraints won’t allow me to deploy my usual supporting cast of chorus girls, acrobats and trained elephants with kazoos, the organizers will be projecting images on the wall behind me. Kind of an Exploding Plastic Inevitable sort of thing. Who knows — maybe I’ll bring a guitar and croon “Heroin” after regaling the audience with tales of corruption and murder. Sounds like a fun evening to me.

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