500 Attend LEF Event
Livingston High School was the place to be on Monday evening, January 22, where approximately 500 people attended the Livingston Education Foundation’s (LEF) community book club event featuring New York Times Best-Selling author, Harlan Coben. A member of LHS’s Class of 1980, Coben entertained the crowd with interesting stories, insights on writing, and plenty of humorous side notes about his time at LHS.
His hometown is featured in most of his books in a variety of ways. Many of the events in his newest book, Don’t Let Go, were influenced by the Nike Missile Base at Riker Hill Art Park, a long-standing Livingston landmark.
Prior to the program, during which Coben discussed Don’t Let Go, the author attended an invitation-only reception in the LHS media center. There he chatted with township leaders, school district officials, and special guests, signed his books, and posed for photos.
After speaking to a full house in the auditorium, Coben took questions from the audience and stayed until he was finished signing dozens of books and individually greeting his fans.
This extremely successful program marked a triumphant revival for the LEF, whose mission is to provide school-community partnerships and shared resources that will not only enhance educational opportunities for LPS, but continue to grow an involved, thriving community!
This event was led by LEF president and Collins School teacher Greer Gelman. The LEF’s executive board also includes vice-presidents Liza Lowenberg and Nicole Lynn; treasurer Stefanie Lichtstein; secretary Jodi Eisner; and Board of Education liaisons Samantha Messer and Buddy August. Words Book Store of Maplewood helped to publicize the event.
Donations to the LEF may be made through Paypal (paypal.me/LEFlivingston); Venmo (@LEF-Livingston); or through this website.
Story by Michelle Bent