"Motherhood in Fiction: The Joys and Sorrows," with Lauren Grodstein, moderated by Elizabeth Trundle. A panel at the first annual Maplewood/South Orange, NJ book festival! A chance for my town to show off how very much we have going on lit'rachur-wise. Other festival authors include Mary Roach, Ada Calhoun, Dale Russakoff, D.T. Max, Marina Budhos, Tina Kelley, Caroline Leavitt, Julia Fierro, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Christina Baker Kline, and Marcy Dermansky. At the Woodland (parlor), 60 Woodland Road, Maplewood, NJ. Festival kickoff party and reading with Mary Roach is 6 p.m. on Friday, June 9, South Orange Performing Arts Center (Loft), 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ. Call (973) 313-2787 for tickets for the Roach event (everything else is free). Festival venues for Saturday are the Woodland and the Bergdoff Center in Maplewood.