This article was originally published in the October 2018 Princeton Echo.

Lauren B. Davis

The eighth novel by Princeton-based author Lauren B. Davis will be published in mid-October. “The Grimoire of Kensington Market,” inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” takes place in Toronto, where Maggie, the proprietor of the Grimoire bookstore, finds herself ensnared in the battle against a dangerous new drug and its cruel dealer, Srebrenka. A book launch takes place at Labyrinth Books on Thursday, November 1, at 6 p.m.

Princeton High School alumnus and Academy Award-winning director Damien Chazelle is back in the news with the upcoming release of his latest feature film. “First Man,” hitting American theaters Friday, October 12, is a biopic about astronaut Neil Armstrong. The title role is played by Ryan Gosling, who also worked with Chazelle as the male lead in “La La Land.” The film, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August, chronicles the years leading to the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

A new art gallery has opened its doors at 20 Nassau Street. Merge Gallery, which also has a location in Frenchtown, is open Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment. The current exhibit, on view through October 7, features sculptures and photographs. The sculptor is Christopher Hiltey of Ringoes. He grew up in a family of welders and is now known for his colorful and geometric metal sculptures. The photographer is New York City-based Durston Saylor, whose work focuses on architecture and interiors.

For art in a different medium try the Garden State Watercolor Society’s annual art sale, which takes place at 11 Hulfish Street from October 4 through 8 and October 11 through 14. Proceeds benefit the D&R Greenway Land Trust.