Sharpe James to hold book signing for his memoir, 'Political Prisoner'

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
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on October 22, 2013

NEWARK — Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James will hold a book signing tonight for his memoir, "Political Prisoner," at the Newark Library.

Once a giant of New Jersey politics, James recalls his life from boyhood in Florida to his rise through Newark politics, to his fall from grace with a 2008 fraud conviction, to his life in Newark now as a retired kingmaker.

"In retrospect, Mayor James’ tenure will be regarded as a turning point in Newark’s history," said former New Jersey governor James McGreevey, who features prominently in the book himself. "Much of the progress of these recent years would not have been possible without the groundwork set by Mayor James."

The program tonight features a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. with "original works of art, professionally framed photographs and renderings of Newark’s neighborhoods, landmarks and development projects, as well as special celebrity collectibles and commemorative items," according to a release.

Proceeds of the auction will go to benefit the Newark Public Library.

At 6:30 p.m.. James will be interviewed by Clement Price, a distinguished professor of history at Rutgers-Newark.

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