Novelist To Speak At Cranford Community Center

CRANFORD—The Cranford and Kenilworth public libraries will host author Betsy Carter at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue for a joint “Meet the Author” event at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Carter will read from her recently released novel, “The Puzzle King,” a book which was inspired by the real-life experiences of her great-uncle Morris, the inventor of the process that allowed for the cheap manufacture of cardboard jigsaw puzzles.


The novel, set both in New York City and Kaiserslautern, a small town in Germany, covers the time span from 1892 to 1936 and describes the burgeoning anti-Semitism that was apparent on both sides of the Atlantic in the years leading up to the Holocaust.  It is a story of love, family, heartbreak and heroism.

Carter’s previous novels include the critically acclaimed “Swim to Me,” the coming of age story of a young woman whose quest for independence leads her to a job as a swimming mermaid in an early Florida amusement park.  Her other books include “The Orange Blossom Special” and her national best-selling memoir, “Nothing to Fall Back On.”  Additionally, she is a contributing editor for “O: The Oprah Magazine” and also writes for “Good Housekeeping,” “New York,” and “AARP,” among others.

For more information, call the Cranford Public Library at 1-908-709-7272 or the Kenilworth Public Library at 1-908-276-2451. Visit the libraries’ websites at or

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