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There’s nothing as exciting as jumping in with all fours, immersing yourself in the world of an author’s creation.

The Jersey City Free Public Library is proud to present author Tim Murphy, who will read and participate in a Q&A discussion from his new novel, CHRISTODORA, on Monday evening, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library in Jersey City, N.J. (472 Jersey Avenue, 4th floor) and held in Biblioteca Criolla. Elevator service is provided.

With Tim Murphy’s CHRISTODORA, you get four decades to swim in – going against the tide of opinion and action, whether it’s being gay, dealing with the devastation of HIV/AIDS, being an activist, being a drug addict, being in recovery, and the impacts of hyper-gentrification – all done, through the prism of time and space, in an apartment building named Christodora in the East Village in New York City, and recently written about extensively in The New York Times.

To ensure a robust discussion, CHRISTODORA can be purchased at WORD Bookstore, 123 Newark Avenue in Jersey City, prior to the presentation, as well as the night of the program, to be autographed by the author.

“The Main Library is delighted to host author Tim Murphy,” said Library Director Priscilla Gardner. “Once Phase II of the Main Library is completed, we look forward to hosting similar events in its auditorium to foster community engagement.”

Author and other presentations are part of the mutual mission and vision of Library Director Priscilla Gardner and the Board of Trustees of the Jersey City Free Public Library (JCFPL) to position the JCFPL around three key assets – people, place and platform – and to inspire citizens with learning, exposure to new ideas and an environment to get to know their neighbors.

“My college friend, Tim Murphy, has written an epic novel, one that chronicles and documents a 40-year period of major significance for the LGBTQ community,” added Library Board President Curt Harris. “We are so proud to present this book in such a gay-welcoming and inclusionary city as Jersey City. We hope to replicate this across other constituencies.”

About Biblioteca Criolla
Since 1972, Jersey City’s Biblioteca Criolla is the only entity within a public library system in New Jersey dedicated exclusively to Spanish works, whether print or recorded, and in presenting Latino culture from all Spanish nationalities. You can reach Criolla department manager Patricia Vega, MLIS, at 201-547-4541, and

About Jersey City Free Public Library
The over 125-year-old Jersey City Free Public Library serves New Jersey’s second largest city, consisting of a Main Library, nine branches, and a wheelchair-accessible mobile branch, the Bookmobile, that was custom-designed and -built, and on the road since May 2008. The Jersey City library system provides access to a diversified collection of 400,000+ pieces of printed, audiovisual, and electronic resources that addresses the needs of the truly multicultural clientele of 247,597 residents (U.S. Census 2010). The Library offers patrons automated catalog and circulation services, for searching at home or from library Public Access computers. The Main Library is the repository of two special collections: New Jersey Room, a collection of about 20,000 volumes with an emphasis on Jersey City, and the Biblioteca Criolla, a collection of 18,000 volumes (11,000 adults / 7,000 children) in Spanish from different Latino cultures. Both departments hold special programs in deference to their respective collections. On August 17, 2004, the Library held the grand opening of its first new branch in 42 years, serving the M.L. King redevelopment area, the Glenn D. Cunningham Branch Library & Community Center, named after the late Jersey City Mayor and State Senator.

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