One Community, One Book

The Morristown Festival of Books is proud to announce our 2015 One Community, One Book selection: 

The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken

by Laura Schenone

Join us for the last in our series of summer events leading up to the festival:

Aug. 27: A Little Taste of Italy

Jun. 10: Your Family Came from Where?

Apr. 19: Kick-off event

A Little Taste of Italy: Wine and cheese tasting
Thursday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m.
Free at the Bernardsville Public Library (1 Anderson Hill Road, Bernardsville, NJ)

Join the Bernardsville Public Library and the Morristown Festival of Books’ One Community, One Book initiative to compare both your memories and recipes with those of author Laura Schenone in her book The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken.

Mark R. Vogel, Institute of Culinary Education, instructor and cookbook editor, will explore the differences and similarities of wines from a variety of regions in Italy followed by a tasting of selected wine and cheese pairs. 

Bring a Copy of a Favorite Family Recipe! Recipes collected will be printed into a booklet for distribution at the Morristown Festival of Books session by featured OCOB author, Laura Schenone, to be held on Saturday, October 3.

Advanced registration is requested. To register go to and click on Adult Programs.

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Your Family Came From Where?
Wednesday, June 10, at 7:00 p.m.
Free at the Madison Public Library (39 Keep Street, Madison, NJ)

Explore your family’s heritage and connect it to the experience of Morristown Festival of Books’ One Community, One Book author Laura Schenone.

Author Cher Turkington of Ordinary Days, Extraordinary Times, will present “All History is Local: How Early Immigrants Transformed the Morristown Community.”

Family History Center Director Philip Hussa will illustrate how the Center and can aid in tracing your heritage. Discover your own immigrant ancestors’ stories!

One lucky reading group will win tickets to the October 2nd Keynote Address!

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Thank you to all who attended! 

The book’s themes were introduced, followed by a “Reading Group Tips & Tricks” workshop presented by April L. Judge, Director of the Bernardsville Public Library.

See the above links in the gray box for some of the resources that were distributed at the workshop. 

Reading Groups / Book Clubs

Register your book group with the Morristown Festival of Books and receive invitations to the One Community One Book special events. One reading group will be selected to win tickets to the MFOB Keynote Speaker on Friday, October 2, at the Mayo Theater. Winning group to be announced at the June 10 OCOB event at the Madison Library.

To enter, e-mail with your group’s information.

About our 2015 OCOB author

Laura-Schenone_400pxLaura Schenone, this year’s “One Community, One Book” featured author, is a James Beard Award winning author of A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove:  A History of American Women Told through Food, Recipes, and Remembrances. Her second book, The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken, was featured in NewsweekReaders DigestEntertainment Weekly, NPR, and Newsday, where it was selected as a cookbook pick of the year.  She has written travel, food, and other features for major magazines and newspapers. Laura lives in Montclair, New Jersey.




More about our 2015 OCOB book selection

LostRavioliRecipesofHoboken_400pxCan a recipe change your life? A quest for an authentic dish reveals a mythic love story and age-old culinary secrets.

James Beard Award-winning author Laura Schenone undertakes a quest to retrieve her great grand-mother’s ravioli recipe, reuniting with relatives as she goes. In lyrical prose and delicious recipes, Schenone takes the reader on an unforgettable journey from the grit of New Jersey’s industrial wastelands and the fast-paced disposable culture of its suburbs to the dramatically beautiful coast of Liguria—the family’s homeland—with its pesto, smoked chestnuts, torte, and, most beloved of all, ravioli, the food of celebration and happiness.

Schenone discovers the persistent importance of place, while offering a perceptive voice on immigration and ethnicity in its twilight. Along the way, she gives us the comedies and foibles of family life, a story of love and loss, a deeper understanding of the bonds between parents and children, and the mysteries of pasta, rolled into a perfect circle of gossamer dough. Includes 90 illustrations.

Morristown Festival of Books’ One Community, One Book Initiative

The Morristown Festival of Books’ One Community One Book (OCOB) initiative encourages curiosity, dialogue, and discovery by engaging community book groups, students, library patrons, and the public at large in discussions using a single book that appeals to a diverse readership. The community is encouraged to read the book prior to the Morristown Festival of Books, participate in book discussions, and attend programs based on the themes of the book during the months leading up to the Festival. The finale of OCOB programming is the author talk and book signing at the Festival on October 3!