Advance author earns New Jersey honor

Published 9:54 am Thursday, May 19, 2016

Ron Semple of Advance will receive the Jersey City Landmark Conservancy’s J. Owen Grundy Award for his historical novel, “Black Tom: Terror on the Hudson” on May 24 in Jersey City.

Norrice Raymaker, president of the conservancy, said the book was a “great read” and the award is given to “an individual or organization that produced an outstanding portrayal of Jersey City.”

Semple will receive the award at the Conservancy’s 16th annual awards night at the restored Loew’s Theatre.

The book’s publisher, Top Hat Books, describes it as: “A tale of sabotage, subterfuge and political shenanigans set in that colorful, raucous place that was Jersey City in 1916 when America is on the cusp of war and the fate of a president and the nation might hinge on the decision a young policeman is forced to make.”