Judy Blume Service Area

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Located near mile marker 100.00 on the Garden State Parkway, this plaza serves both southbound and northbound travelers. A summary of services and vendors at this plaza is shown below, along with a quick-view of what's currently open.

This location's approximate GPS Coordinates are 40.19828 x -74.09910.

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The Judy Blume (Monmouth) New Jersey Garden State Parkway Service Area Plaza is located near mile marker 100 on GSP. Accessible from New Jersey Garden State Parkway with Bidirectional access, (between Interchanges 98 and 100 north and southbound). 

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Situated near mile marker 100 on the Garden State Parkway (GSP), the New Jersey Garden State Parkway Service Area Plaza is a haven for travelers. Conveniently located between Interchanges 98 and 100, this plaza is a key pit stop for those journeying in either direction through New Jersey. 

As you pull into the plaza, you’re greeted by various amenities designed to cater to your every need. Whether you’re driving a gasoline or diesel vehicle, the plaza ensures you’re ready for the road ahead with its comprehensive fueling options, including a Sunoco service station. 

But the plaza offers more than just fuel. Step inside, and you’ll find a world of convenience at your fingertips. The plaza provides handicap-accessible restrooms and a family restroom, ensuring every traveler’s needs are met. Open 24 hours a day, the plaza houses a Z Market convenience store, ensuring you have access to travel essentials at any hour. And when you’re ready for a break, the plaza’s dining options have you covered. Enjoy a meal from Starbucks, Shake Shack, or Auntie Anne’s, offering a variety of options to satisfy every palate.

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This service plaza amenities not only include gasoline and diesel, but it also provides handicap-accessible restrooms including a family restroom.

Plaza Facilities include a Sunoco service station, Starbucks, Shake Shack, Auntie Annes’s, and a Z Market convenience store

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N.J. Turnpike, Garden State Parkway to get 9 rehabilitated service areas in next 2 years

  • Updated: Aug. 18, 2022, 3:50 p.m. |
  • Published: Aug. 17, 2022, 6:57 a.m.

Parkway, Turnpike have nine service areas left to rebuild or rehab in $250 million program/

A Shake Shack was the newest addition in the newly constructed Monmouth service area on the Garden State Parkway in 2019. Besides Shake Shake, Panda Express, Chick-fil-A and Applegreen have also opened at some Parkway and Turnpike service areas.

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The massive $250 million project announced by then Gov. Chris Christie in 2017 to reconstruct or renovate all New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway service areas is roughly two years from its scheduled 2024 completion date.

The sprint to the finish line includes renovating or reconstruction nine remaining service areas over the next two years. Three service areas will close this fall and another six will be shut down in 2023 for complete reconstruction or renovation.

“Seven of 12 service areas on the Turnpike and five of nine on the Parkway are either new or have been significantly remodeled since 2014,” said Tom Feeney, a New Jersey Turnpike Authority spokesperson. “Five other service areas will close this fall and reopen by mid-2023.”

Two Turnpike service areas, the Molly Pitcher in Cranbury and Woodrow Wilson in Hamilton, reopened in July and currently no service areas are closed, he said. That will change this fall.

What’s coming to the Parkway

Two service areas at Brookdale South in Bloomfield , featuring a former McDonald’s that still had its retro 1980s decor, and Vauxhall in Union Township are scheduled to close this fall for demolition. Both are scheduled to reopen in May 2023, Feeney said. Plans to include a Chik-fil-A at Brookdale South were objected to by Bloomfield officials in January.

Being renovated in 2023 are the Jon Bon Jovi (ex-Cheesequake) service area in Sayreville and the James Gandolfini (Montvale) service area, since they are located in newer buildings. Both are scheduled for a 2024 completion.

The two Colonia North and South service areas on the Parkway in Woodbridge are the only areas not covered in the program because they are privately owned and run, however new Dunkin’, connivence stores and gas stations have been constructed there by private owners.

Service area  replacement project in final two years.

The old Woodrow Wilson service area on the New Jersey Turnpike was remodeled and opened in 2022 as part of a $250 million project to reconstruct or renovate toll road service areas.

What’s coming to the Turnpike

Big changes are coming at five Turnpike service areas next year with four scheduled for demolition and one for renovation.

The James Fenimore Cooper service area in Burlington County will close for remodeling this fall and is schedule to reopen in April 2023.

Two other service centers, the Walt Whitman in Cherry Hill and Joyce Kilmer in East Brunswick, will be demolished this fall and newly constructed buildings are scheduled to open in June 2023, Feeney said.

The wrecking ball will swing in the fall of 2023 at the remaining two service centers, the John Fenwick and the Clara Barton, both located in in Oldhams Township in Salem County. New buildings are scheduled to reopen in mid-2024, Feeney said.

The program started with a 2017 announcement by Christie that a $250 million agreement was reached with HMSHost, the company that operated the service areas. That deal to build eight new service area buildings and refurbish six structures at the company’s expense spared toll payers the expense to make needed improvements. Sunoco funded gas station improvements.

In exchange, HMSHost received a 25-year contract to operate the franchised service areas, which authority commissioners approved in 2017. The Turnpike Authority earns revenue from service center rents and on gasoline sales.

The new Grover Cleveland service area on the Turnpike , opened in November 2015, became the basic model for new service areas on that highway. Parkway buildings were modeled after the appearance of the new “Atlantic” service area outside Atlantic City, since the Parkway has to follow certain historic guidelines, officials said.

The Thomas Edison area in Woodbridge on the Turnpike and the Monmouth service area on the Parkway in Wall were among the first service areas replaced with new buildings with open space, natural light, better pedestrian flow and a “food court” setting, officials said.

Judy Blume Service Area

The Monmouth service area on the Garden State Parkway has been renamed the Judy Blume Service Area. A new, more open building was constructed and opened in 2019.

Both introduced two new franchises to the toll roads, Chick-fil-A at Thomas Edison and Shake Shack at Monmouth, which was renamed for author Judy Blume in March 2020 . Other new arrivals include a Panda Express, Shake Shack and Applegreen convenience store at Molly Pitcher and the Woodrow Wilson service areas on the Turnpike.

A new Chick-fil-A is now scheduled to open at Molly Pitcher in the fall, which was delayed due to supply chain issues, Feeney said.

In May 2021, HMSHost was sold by parent company, AutoGrill, to Iris Buyer, a consortium of Blackstone Infrastructure Partners, an investment firm, Dublin-based Applegreen LTD , which operates highway service areas in Europe and the United States, and B&J Holdings LTD.

The service area program also ran into some controversy when a union group revealed HMSHost asked for, and got, $40 million in help from the Turnpike Authority after the company said it lost revenue due to the coronavirus.

The union group “Unite Here” found that the Autogrill Group, parent company of HMSHost, spent $35.8 billion on a stock buyback plan and by June had increased its cash flow by 67% from January. That buyback plan helped “facilitate incentive plans for management, directors and other employees,” the union said.

Turnpike officials said the agreement was done to keep the construction projects moving, based on HMSHost financial back-up information. HMSHost officials told the Turnpike Authority that the severe loss of business had caused a cash-flow problem and it would not be able to continue paying contractors in the final stages of (service area) construction.

That would have halted construction which was why the authority agreed, officials said. HMSHost agreed to repay the amount the Authority paid to contractors for Host’s share of the costs, plus an additional sum between $300,000 and $450,000, depending on how quickly they make repayment

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Garden State Parkway Service Areas To Be Renamed After These 9 New Jersey Icons

July 27, 2021 / 6:19 PM EDT / CBS Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- The New Jersey Turnpike Authority will rename nine service areas on the Garden State Parkway to honor the state's icons.

One of them is the Atlantic Service Area. It will be renamed the Frank Sinatra Service Area.

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Here are the other new names: James Gandolfini, Connie Chung, Whitney Houston, Celia Cruz, Larry Doby, Judy Blume, Toni Morrison, and Jon Bon Jovi.

Each service area will also have an exhibit celebrating New Jersey hall of famers.

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Garden State Parkway rest stops named for New Jersey icons

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Clockwise from top left: Connie Chung, Whitney Houston, James Gandolfini, Frank Sinatra, Toni Morrison, Larry Doby, Judy Blume, Jon Bon Jovi and Celia Cruz. (Via Getty Images; NJTA)

The next time you take a break on your drive to the Jersey Shore , you might find yourself grabbing a coffee and filling up at the Jon Bon Jovi Service Area. Some of New Jersey's most iconic figures are getting their names on something other than awards or gold records: Garden State Parkway rest stops . 

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority, in conjunction with the New Jersey Hall of Fame, approved naming nine Parkway service areas after luminaries with strong Garden State connections: groundbreaking baseball player Larry Doby, rockstar Jon Bon Jovi, actor James Gandolfini, broadcast journalist Connie Chung, Grammy-winning singer Whitney Houston, Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, author Judy Blume, Cuban American singer Celia Cruz, and Frank Sinatra — perhaps New Jersey's most famous native son.

"This is about putting New Jersey greatness on full display. This is the first part of an extended statewide exhibition of New Jersey heroes throughout our state," Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement. "From military heroes on the Battleship New Jersey to historical figures on the New Jersey Turnpike to science and technology trailblazers at Newark Penn Station, New Jerseyans will find pride in our contributions to society and the world."

The service areas will contain Hard Rock Cafe-style exhibits and artifacts, and an interactive Wall of Fame featuring a life-sized video monitor showcasing Hall of Fame inductees and their acceptance speeches, according to the governor's office. 

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"Service area patrons will be invited to pose with various Jersey legends and share the photos on their social media platforms," according to a news release from the Hall of Fame and the governor.

Since 2008, the New Jersey Hall of Fame has inducted more than 180 people in science, sports, performing arts, arts and letters, public service, enterprise, and also a category known as "unsung heroes" who have "made invaluable contributions to society, the State of New Jersey and the world beyond," according to its website.

"We encourage patrons in each service area to identify with one of our inductees and take to heart the advice our inductees provide on how to reach the pinnacle of their respective professions," Hall of Fame President Steve Edwards said. "The rest is up to you!"

Locations of the newly renamed service areas

  • Montvale: James Gandolfini Service Area
  • Brookdale North: Larry Doby Service Area
  • Brookdale South: Connie Chung Service Area
  • Vauxhall: Whitney Houston Service Area
  • Cheesequake: Jon Bon Jovi Service Area
  • Monmouth: Judy Blume Service Area
  • Forked River: Celia Cruz Service Area
  • Atlantic: Frank Sinatra Service Area
  • Ocean View: Toni Morrison Service Area

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Stepping up its game: Your Garden State Parkway rest area just got more Jersey

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Step aside, Molly Pitcher, Alexander Hamilton, Joyce Kilmer, Thomas Edison and all the other names for rest areas along the New Jersey Turnpike. The Garden State Parkway is stepping up its game.

Jon Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, James Gandolfini and six other notable Jersey stars will grace rest stops along the parkway with their own showcases for those needing a stretch in between traffic jams, a snack while heading down the shore or just, um, a little relief.

The rest stops, which typically have convenience stores, fast food and gas stations, will also receive displays about each person. So along with your coffee, Auntie Anne's pretzel and full tank of gas, you can learn about Gandolfini's life, take a selfie with an image of Bon Jovi or learn about Houston's Newark roots .

This is all courtesy of the New Jersey Hall of Fame, which is in charge of the displays. The exhibits will include posters designed by New Jersey architect Michael Graves.

(Think Hard Rock Cafe style, not the Howard Stern Rest Stop of Jersey folklore .)

Here are the service areas that will receive the celebrity treatment, representing actors, singers, authors, a TV anchor and an athlete who hail from New Jersey:

  • Montvale: James Gandolfini Service Area
  • Brookdale North: Larry Doby Service Area
  • Brookdale South: Connie Chung Service Area
  • Vauxhall: Whitney Houston Service Area
  • Cheesequake: Jon Bon Jovi Service Area
  • Monmouth: Judy Blume Service Area
  • Forked River: Celia Cruz Service Area
  • Atlantic: Frank Sinatra Service Area
  • Ocean View: Toni Morrison Service Area

"Millions of New Jersey drivers travel on the Garden State Parkway every day,” said Transportation Commissioner Diane Scaccetti-Gutierrez, who oversees the Turnpike Authority, which approved the titles at Tuesday's board meeting. “The service areas they visit during those travels are a fitting place to call attention to the accomplishments of their fellow New Jerseyans in the arts, entertainment, and sports."

But how can such news — on National New Jersey Day, of all days — come with such a glaring omission?

What about Bruce Springsteen?

Where is the Bruce Springsteen Service Area that constituents will surely demand?

“Bruce Springsteen respectfully declined to have a service area named after him," said New Jersey Hall of Fame spokeswoman Natasha Alagarasan. "It should be noted, though, that Bruce has been very supportive of the New Jersey Hall of Fame over the years, and is very much a part of the fabric of the Hall.”

In the meantime, there's always "the dark side of Route 88."

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9 Garden State Parkway Service Areas to Be Renamed After NJ Icons, Hall of Famers

Published july 27, 2021 • updated on july 28, 2021 at 7:19 am, what to know.

In a measure to showcase the talent of New Jerseyans and their contributions on an international scale, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that nine service areas along the Garden State Parkway will be renamed after local icons inducted into the state's Hall of Fame.

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to rename the nine service areas in honor of the notable New Jerseyans.

  • The famous New Jerseyans to receive this honor include well-known individuals in the arts, entertainment, and sports realms, as well as some in the journalism and literature fields.

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“This is about putting New Jersey greatness on full display,” Murphy said in a statement. “This is the first part of an extended statewide exhibition of New Jersey heroes throughout our state. From military heroes on the Battleship New Jersey to historical figures on the New Jersey Turnpike to science and technology trailblazers at Newark Penn Station, New Jerseyans will find pride in our contributions to society and the world.”

The famous New Jerseyans to receive this honor include well-known individuals in the arts, entertainment, and sports realms, as well as some in the journalism and literature fields.

The nine service areas that will be renamed are:

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  • Montvale: James Gandolfini Service Area
  • Brookdale North: Larry Doby Service Area
  • Brookdale South: Connie Chung Service Area
  • Vauxhall: Whitney Houston Service Area
  • Cheesequake: Jon Bon Jovi Service Area
  • Monmouth: Judy Blume Service Area
  • Forked River: Celia Cruz Service Area
  • Atlantic: Frank Sinatra Service Area
  • Ocean View: Toni Morrison Service Area

"Millions of New Jersey drivers travel on the Garden State Parkway every day,” said New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Scaccetti-Gutierrez. “The service areas they visit during those travels are a fitting place to call attention to the accomplishments of their fellow New Jerseyans in the arts, entertainment, and sports. And there is no organization better suited to identify the New Jerseyans worthy of this recognition than the New Jersey Hall of Fame."

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In keeping with the New Jersey Hall of Fame’s mission, the Garden State Parkway service area exhibits will encourage people to purposely choose their own heroes and learn about their paths to success.

“We encourage patrons in each service area to identify with one of our inductees and take to heart the advice our inductees provide on how to reach the pinnacle of their respective professions,” Steve Edwards, President of the New Jersey Hall of Fame, said in a statement. “ The rest is up to you!”

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New Jersey Names Rest Stops After Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, and More — Here's Where to Find Them

Break up your New Jersey road trip with visits to these rest stops dedicated to Jon Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, and more.

Meena Thiruvengadam is a lifelong traveler and veteran journalist who has visited more than 50 countries across six continents. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal , Departures , TripSavvy , and other publications.

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Road trip taking you through New Jersey ? You may want to plan your bathroom breaks around your Spotify playlist.

New Jersey is renaming nine rest stops along its Garden State Parkway after pop culture icons who are either from the state or made their way there as fast as they could, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced on Tuesday .

A rest stop along the tollway in Monmouth will honor the prolific author Judy Blume, who was born about an hour's drive away in Elizabeth. Meanwhile, a rest stop in Ocean View is being dedicated to author Toni Morrison, who served on the faculty at Princeton. And a rest stop in Vauxhall will be dedicated to Whitney Houston, who was born in Newark and buried in Westfield, while another in Atlantic is dedicated to the one and only Frank Sinatra, who was born in Hoboken.

Montvale's rest stop is being named after Sopranos actor James Gandolfini, who was born in Westwood and graduated from Rutgers University. Meanwhile, Bon Jovi fans can rock out to their favorite songs at the Jon Bon Jovi service area in Cheesequake. And in Brookdale, rest stops will be dedicated to news icon Connie Chung and Larry Doby, the second Black baseball player in the U.S.

On Twitter, Murphy described the effort to rename rest stops along the Garden State Parkway as one aimed at putting state's "greatness on full display," but several commenters pointed out the prominent New Jerseyans are missing from the list. Among them: public servants, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and Bruce Springsteen.

When it comes to Springsteen at least, it wasn't a slight. The Boss "respectfully declined" an offer to name a rest stop after him, the local news site NJ.com reported . Other historic figures may eventually get their honors as well. Murphy specified in his announcement that this is just the beginning of a statewide effort to recognize local heroes.

Meena Thiruvengadam is a Travel + Leisure contributor who has visited 50 countries on six continents and 47 U.S. states. Find her on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram .

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‘Jon Bon Jovi Service Area’ — NJ to rename Turnpike service areas for celebrities

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This week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that several of the state’s service areas on the Garden State Parkway would be renamed for celebrities who hail from the state.

According to Murphy, nine rest areas will be renamed after “iconic New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) inductees in the arts, entertainment and sports.”

One of New Jersey’s most beloved celebrities, rocker Bruce Springsteen, reportedly declined the offer of a rest area in his honor.

“This is about putting New Jersey greatness on full display,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “This is the first part of an extended statewide exhibition of New Jersey heroes throughout our state. From military heroes on the Battleship New Jersey to historical figures on the New Jersey Turnpike to science and technology trailblazers at Newark Penn Station, New Jerseyans will find pride in our contributions to society and the world.”   

You can view a list of the nine renamed service areas below:

  • Montvale: James Gandolfini Service Area
  • Brookdale North: Larry Doby Service Area
  • Brookdale South: Connie Chung Service Area
  • Vauxhall: Whitney Houston Service Area
  • Cheesequake: Jon Bon Jovi Service Area
  • Monmouth: Judy Blume Service Area
  • Forked River: Celia Cruz Service Area
  • Atlantic: Frank Sinatra Service Area
  • Ocean View: Toni Morrison Service Area 

“Millions of New Jersey drivers travel on the Garden State Parkway every day,” said New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Scaccetti-Gutierrez.“The service areas they visit during those travels are a fitting place to call attention to the accomplishments of their fellow New Jerseyans in the arts, entertainment, and sports. And there is no organization better suited to identify the New Jerseyans worthy of this recognition than the New Jersey Hall of Fame.”  

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Garden State Parkway Rest Areas to be Renamed after Famed New Jerseyans

The names of nine nj hall of fame inductees will begin gracing service stops this fall..

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In the not-too-distant future, Jon Bon Jovi will be able to stop on the Garden State Parkway at his very own rest stop. The rock star and New Jersey native is among nine New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees—including Whitney Houston and James Gandolfini—whose names will soon grace the Parkway’s service areas.

Under a program announced Tuesday by Governor Phil Murphy, the Cheesequake Rest Area will become the Jon Bon Jovi Service Area. Vauxhall will be renamed for Houston; Montvale will be Gandolfini’s turf.

The naming program is part of a larger statewide initiative to showcase the contributions of New Jersey heroes. Garden State Parkway service area parking lots will soon welcome visitors with banners of NJ Hall of Fame inductees, and each service area will contain inductee-related exhibits, including posters designed by renowned New Jersey architect Michael Graves and video monitors showcasing more than 200 inductees and their acceptance speeches.

“This is about putting New Jersey greatness on full display,” Murphy said in a statement.

The service areas will be “renamed in phases,” according to a Hall of Fame spokesperson. The first to be renamed will be the Monmouth and Atlantic service areas in October and November. The New Jersey Turnpike has long had service areas named for famous New Jerseyans.

The nine Garden State Parkway rest areas will be renamed as follows:

  • Montvale : James Gandolfini Service Area
  • Brookdale North : Larry Doby Service Area
  • Brookdale South : Connie Chung Service Area
  • Vauxhall : Whitney Houston Service Area
  • Cheesequake : Jon Bon Jovi Service Area
  • Monmouth : Judy Blume Service Area
  • Forked River : Celia Cruz Service Area
  • Atlantic : Frank Sinatra Service Area
  • Ocean View : Toni Morrison Service Area

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New Coalition Against Book Bans Launches Nationwide With Support From Authors Like Judy Blume and Julia Quinn

"From Idaho and Utah to California and New York City, challenges are specifically targeting BIPOC and LGBTQ+ authors," said author and member Maggie Tokuda-Hall

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A nationwide coalition against banning books has been launched with over 1,500 members, including New York Times bestselling authors Judy Blume and Julia Quinn . 

The organization, called Authors Against Book Bans , aims to "organize authors on the national and local levels to support grassroots groups already fighting book bans and challenges around the United States."

Members of the organization include writers, illustrators and creators across genres.

In addition to Blume and Quinn, respectively known for their books Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret and the hit Bridgerton series, members include V.E. Schwab, Elizabeth Acevedo, Alexander Chee, Dhonielle Clayton, Oghenechovwe Ekpeki, Lev Grossman, Daniel Handler , Maia Kobabe, Emily St. John Mandel, Kate Spencer, Emma Straub and Raina Telgemeier . 

AABB partners with other organizations across the United States that advocate against book bans and related challenges.

Author and AABB national leadership team member Maggie Tokuda-Hall said in the press release obtained by PEOPLE, "We know that book bans are rising exponentially across the country. From Idaho and Utah to California and New York City, challenges are specifically targeting BIPOC and LGBTQ+ authors."

Hall continued, "The censorship of these books sends a devastating and unacceptable message to members of these communities. Every reader deserves to see themselves and their families in the books in schools and libraries."

LGBTQ+ novelist David Levithan, also a member of the national leadership team, further emphasized the importance of the coalition. "Authors know the power of books," he said. "We know that the freedom to read and to choose books for ourselves and our families is essential to ensuring that our communities thrive."

The organization works to help authors get involved in local efforts; provide legislative advocacy against book bans and calls to action for members; and support educators, parents, students and authors who stand against censorship.

Book bans have skyrocketed over the last few years. On Tuesday, June 25, a new regulation went into place for South Carolina schools that restricts materials containing any "descriptions or visual depictions” of “sexual conduct" in public schools, according to CBS-affiliate WLTX .

The regulation was criticized for its vagueness, which could potentially lead to the banning of many age-appropriate books. American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina executive director Jace Woodrum said in a statement obtained by the outlet, "By crafting and promoting a broad new book-banning policy, Superintendent Ellen Weaver has handed a blunt instrument to her ideological allies in the pro-censorship lobby. We still believe in academic freedom and will fight tooth and nail alongside teachers, librarians, students and parents against the ongoing campaign of harassment and intimidation in public schools and libraries."

Earlier this month, The Guardian reported that a Florida school district banned a 2017 book that advocates against book bans. 

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In September 2023, 175 Hollywood creatives – including Ariana Grande , Gabrielle Union and Guillermo del Toro – signed an open letter denouncing the recent rise in book bans at schools across the nation.

The letter, backed by Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton and MoveOn Political Action organization, called out the "restrictive behavior" and "chilling effect" book bans have "on the broader creative field" and how they are "antithetical to free speech and expression," per The Hollywood Reporter .

To learn more about Authors Against Book Bans, visit AuthorsAgainstBookBans.com .

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In ‘Horror Movie,’ horror master Paul Tremblay plays with perception and reality

Remaking a lost low-budget movie from the ’90s, filmmakers confront true evil.

Paul Tremblay's latest novel is "Horror Movie."

Contemporary horror films tend to follow a familiar script: Good people are pursued by evil ones, and the audience is secure in the knowledge that virtue will prevail by the closing credits. Author Paul Tremblay likes it murkier; he’s a novelist who embraces moral ambiguity, good intentions led astray by a troubled conscience. In his latest book “ Horror Movie ,” a clutch of aspiring filmmakers making a low-budget thriller grapple with nothing less than the nature of evil itself, the kind that patiently lies in wait inside all of us.

In 1993, four young adults in suburban Massachusetts pool their meager resources to make a thriller called “Horror Movie.” Using the classroom of an abandoned high school as their primary location, they shoot what appears to be a low-grade exercise in torture porn. The film is never completed and is forgotten, until three tantalizing clips are posted online 25 years later, and suddenly the project is elevated to “lost classic” status, a movie that becomes “as famous for not being made as Jodorowsky’s Dune.” We soon learn three of the film’s four principles have subsequently died, which only adds morbid mystique to the movie’s myth, and stokes Hollywood’s desire to make a reboot that finishes what the old film started.

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Tremblay’s slippery unreliable narrator (we never learn his real name) is the only surviving member of the film’s cast, a middle-aged struggling writer who played a mute and masked character called the “Thin Kid” in the film. When the unearthed clips of the film attract Hollywood’s attention, he is summoned by the present-day filmmakers to participate in the remake. While the erstwhile non-star is being strung along by insincere Hollywood creative types with artistic pretensions (characters that Tremblay nails with pitch-perfect dialogue), the thin kid-slash-paunchy man spools out his version of what happened in that classroom. Tremblay’s book darts back and forth in time, so that the reader can contrast our narrator’s present-day stories with Tremblay’s set pieces, formatted as screenplay excerpts, that show us what actually transpired a quarter century earlier. It’s clear that something has been lost in translation, that the Thin Kid’s present-day stories are a whitewash. He is clearly hiding something, but what?

Tremblay knows that real terror — the kind that keeps us up at night — is unknowable, and so he keeps the weirdness of his novel at a steady low boil. The movie plot slowly reveals itself like a plume of blood rising up from the depths of a repressed memory. During the filming, there are specific directives that must be observed, taken not from the script but from a classroom chalkboard marked with mysterious instructions.

We never see the chalkboard, nor do we know what is written there; we do know that the action being shot is somehow pre-ordained, that the rules of this bizarre game must be followed. The Thin Kid can never take off his mask, he must never speak, or read the script ahead of time. A cryptic symbol is painted in the center of the classroom, and the Thin Kid must sit there until instructed otherwise. He squeezes himself into a supply closet and stays there overnight. He is pelted with trash and debris. At the center of everything is a haunted mask that the Thin Kid is required to wear at all times, a mask that the original film’s writer Cleo claims to have found, but which is clearly vested with some very bad mojo.

It’s best to think of Tremblay’s twisty novel as a gothic tale about repressed angst and anxiety: suburban ennui shading into a kind of death trip. Tremblay’s “screenplay” slowly reveals the scar tissue of kids reared by clueless adults sleepwalking through their guardian duties like domestic somnambulists. Stuck in a dead zone of the spirit, the filmmakers use their movie to act out their worst impulses by proxy, to cleanse themselves of some inchoate mortal rot that has been eating at them. The Thin Kid is their sacrificial lamb, the misfit outsider who is transformed, like Dr. Caligari’s Cesare, into a physical manifestation of what Edgar Allen Poe called the “dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”

As it turns out, there is much more at stake than a potential film distribution deal: The film is much stranger than fiction and the truth, when it comes, hits us like a body blow.

Tremblay is a master of misdirection; just when the reader thinks he has landed on solid ground, a trapdoor opens into some unspeakable surreality, and the chasm between film fiction and real life opens and swallows us whole. This nesting doll of a novel, a book that Judy Blume and Philip K. Dick might have jointly conceived, tests the limits of what a horror thriller can be, and it succeeds thrillingly.

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