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Great Job On a Well Written Book.

Mar 3, 2011   //   by Rob Colding   //   Reviews  //  Comments Off on Great Job On a Well Written Book.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and got to a point where I couldn’t put it down. The book is very personal to me as a resident of the city, but it’s a story that’s all too familiar to those throughout the country as well.  I loved how the story lines and different aspects of times in history were intertwined.

The story was told vividly and I found it funny how I can see real people of today inside those characters.  I only wish we had a Luis Alma that we can turn to today.  Great job on a well written book.  I wish more people can realize that the fate of our future truly lies in learning about our past. — Candice Frederick, Tourism Marketing Manager; Destination Trenton, Trenton Visitor Center

 

Trenton: Past Glimpses, Present Complexities

Feb 8, 2011   //   by Rob Colding   //   Reviews  //  Comments Off on Trenton: Past Glimpses, Present Complexities

There’s a missing word that book reviewers and literary critics alike could use to describe certain books. Perhaps “impetus” would be the best choice to fill this gap. It’s the quality that forces readers to keep turning the page, reading the next page, then the next chapter. And it’s a fact that many well-written books, even those with interesting characters and complex plots, don’t have impetus. [Joplin Independent]

New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company Makes Donation to Trenton Public Library

Dec 17, 2010   //   by Rob Colding   //   News  //  Comments Off on New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company Makes Donation to Trenton Public Library

Pictured from left to right: Cindy Berger: NJM HR Events Specialist, Beverley Mills: Friend of the Trenton Public Library, Pat Hartpence: NJM Ass't Vice President-HR, Kimberly Matthews: Director, Trenton Public Library, Dave Hart: Author & John Calu: Author

A Trenton with a Brighter Future.

Dec 6, 2010   //   by Rob Colding   //   News  //  Comments Off on A Trenton with a Brighter Future.

Trenton past. Trenton present. A Trenton with a brighter future.

All three are woven together in a new novel written by two area residents who are passionate about the history of the Capitol City, concerned about its current condition, and convinced that ordinary people can join together to turn things around.

“Trenton” is a novel in two parts by Lawrence resident John Calu and David Hart of Ewing, published in October by Medford-based Plexus Publishing.

It is a mix of history, mystery and political intrigue that is a love letter to its namesake and a treatise of sorts on what ails the city — and possible cures. [NJ.com]

Authors Write a Novel that Merges Mystery and History Set in Central NJ

Nov 4, 2010   //   by Rob Colding   //   News, Reviews  //  Comments Off on Authors Write a Novel that Merges Mystery and History Set in Central NJ
“Trenton”, which was released Oct. 4 by Plexus Publishing, Inc., merges mystery, history and a range of human emotions in a riveting story set right here in central New Jersey.

In the first part, the Harts of Hopewell work with Franklin, Washington and other staunch patriots to secure freedoms for a fledging America as they try to hold the family together. The story then shifts to modern-day Trenton, where Luis Alma fights to preserve the integrity of the city in the face of political upheaval. [Centraljersey.com]

Trenton the Novel Featured in the Princeton Packet Book Notes

Oct 27, 2010   //   by admin   //   News, Reviews  //  Comments Off on Trenton the Novel Featured in the Princeton Packet Book Notes

Trenton”, which was released Oct. 4 by Plexus Publishing, Inc., merges mystery, history and a range of human emotions in a riveting story set right here in central New Jersey.

In the first part, the Harts of Hopewell work with Franklin, Washington and other staunch patriots to secure freedoms for a fledging America as they try to hold the family together. The story then shifts to modern-day Trenton, where Luis Alma fights to preserve the integrity of the city in the face of political upheaval.

The book stands on its own merits and should be read. It is interesting to note how the authors’ creative and intellectual passions infuse the novel with a fervor rarely expressed for our beleaguered capital city.

John Calu and David Hart are Jersey boys, with backgrounds that reflect the unique nature of this complex state. Mr. Calu grew up around the corner from Sam (The Judge) Alito in the working class neighborhood of Mercerville.  Mr. Hart of Ewing is descended from John Hart, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. But don’t peg them too quickly as a stereotype of their neighborhoods. Individually, they are multifaceted men, together, a talented duo.

William Mastrosimone, Trenton’s famous playwright, offers a cover tribute that acknowledges that “Calu and Hart have brought a vital piece of our national memory back and combined it with a modern uplifting tale” that is “as compelling as any blockbuster movie … Bravo!

This reader concurs that with “Trenton,” John Calu and Dave Hart have succeeded with meeting their objectives of entertaining and educating readers about the run- up to the Revolutionary War as well as politics and culture in Trenton today. But “enlightening” folks in and outside of Trenton about the beauty of the city and her history can come only if readers find and embrace the novel.

Toward meeting that goal, John and Dave are “on the road” this fall with appearances at Trump Marina in Atlantic City, the Collingswood Book Expo, at the festival in Historic Whitesbog Village with their old Pine Barren pals, as well as locally at Classics Bookstore in Trenton and at the Princeton Public Library Nov. 1.

Ever loyal to Trenton, they are doing benefits for the Trenton Public Library, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, The Old Barracks Museum, and the Benjamin Temple House in Ewing, and they will be featured during Patriots Week in December.

Read more at  BOOK NOTES: Trenton — The Novel at CentralJersey.com.

Traveler John Calu comes home to write “Trenton, a Novel”

Oct 15, 2010   //   by admin   //   News  //  1 Comment

Back in the day, after his gig in California with Jane Fonda, John Calu came home to Trenton and sang and danced and directed his way to local fame as the author of a musical review and promoter of the arts.

On Saturday between noon and 2 p.m. at Eric Maywar’s Classic Books, 117 S. Warren St. in downtown Trenton, Calu and co-author David A. Hart will be signing their new book, a novel named simply “Trenton.”

It tells a tale based on the Revolutionary War exploits of the family of Hopewell’s John Hart, a signer of the Declaration of Independence who was an ally of George Washington, and reveals a secret from those years that figures into the plot line after the book fast forwards to modern day Trenton.

Calu and Hart, a descendent of John Hart, have been working together as writers since 2003, when famed local guitar rocker Ernie White brought them together and told them to get to work.

via Trentonian.com.

‘Trenton’ Novel Ties Eras Together

Oct 7, 2010   //   by Rob Colding   //   News, Reviews  //  Comments Off on ‘Trenton’ Novel Ties Eras Together

When hearing about a new book called Trenton, one might wonder which of the two most likely settings its authors had chosen for their novel:  Revolutionary War-era Trenton, or modern day Trenton. Surprisingly, they chose both.

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