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Join author and historian Michael C. Gabriele for a discussion of his book, The History of Diners in New Jersey, published by The History Press. Admission is free, books will be available for sale, and the public is cordially invited to attend.
New Jersey is universally recognized as the “Diner Capital of the World.” Gabriele’s book, which was published in September 2013, gathers important pieces of the historical puzzle (people, events, places, dates, facts and figures) and assembles them into a cohesive narrative that traces New Jersey’s diner history. Extensive research and interviews offer a portal on the early days of lunch wagons and diners, providing detailed information, first-hand interviews, context and perspective. The book is lavishly illustrated with over 75 photos (many taken by the author), along with scans of vintage postcards, rare photo prints and technical illustrations. It also features a special eight-page color insert.
Friendly, familiar beacons on the Garden State’s highways, byways and downtown business districts, diners play an important role in New Jersey’s culture and community life, and serve as the ultimate egalitarian dining experience.
Along with tales of noteworthy diners of the past and present, the book pays tribute to the independent manufacturing companies that were located in New Jersey, which built diners during the 20th century. Today the Garden State’s diner manufacturing sector is virtually extinct; a forgotten chapter of New Jersey’s history.
This is Gabriele’s second book with The History Press. The first, The Golden Age of Bicycle Racing in New Jersey, was published in 2011. A lifelong New Jersey resident, Gabriele has been a journalist for more than 35 years. He is a 1975 graduate of Montclair State University; a member of the executive board of the Nutley Historical Society; and serves on the advisory board of the Clifton Arts Center.
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