SBPRA author Cynthia Fabian will be among several authors speaking at the Tale of Our City Festival on Sept. 10 at Van Vorst Park, in Jersey City, New Jersey. The event celebrating authors runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 10 and will feature storytelling, book signings and musical entertainment. The fourth annual festival is presented by Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and the Municipal Council, the Jersey City Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Jersey City Free Public Library.

A former teacher, Fabian will also greet visitors at a table during festival hours. She is the author of two children’s books, Orchestra in Our Brain: The Story of a Child with Epilepsy and Second Hand Art.

Orchestra in Our Brain tells the story of a young boy with epilepsy who suffers a seizure while at school, and the creative teacher who helps the boy’s classmates learn that epilepsy is not something frightening. Fabian’s story, rich with illustrations by artist Daniel Stevens, explains epilepsy using simple musical metaphors, making it a perfect way to help anyone understand how epilepsy manifests itself. The story also demonstrates how we should all feel tolerance and compassion for others, even if they seem to be different.

Fabian, who is a person with epilepsy herself, knows first-hand how difficult growing up “different” can be. “I have had epilepsy my entire life and have had to overcome many obstacles over the years,” she said. “But I don’t believe in letting anything stop me. By doing your best, striving to achieve and keeping a positive attitude, I believe a person can achieve almost anything.”

Orchestra in Our Brain is Fabian’s third book. Each of her books offers guidance or features situations where the protagonist has an obstacle to overcome. Her previous children’s book Second Hand Art, also published by Strategic Book Publishing, features a character that stutters and learns to overcome his situation with the help of a local artist.

She has also published a collection of relationship and dating anecdotes, Those Sweet Nothings, designed to help older adults learn how to re-enter the dating world after divorce or the death of a spouse.

In addition to authoring books, Fabian gives presentations at area schools, libraries and senior centers on the topic of overcoming adversity and adjusting to changing life situations. For more information, visit her website at