Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit takes off on a literary bent, with an update on some exciting projects in the works from Kim Widener (left), a former partner in BookIt! Author Based Events and proprietress of the new venture NovelTeas.

The Rumson resident will be bringing some pretty formidable writerly talent to our neck of the woods in the weeks to come, starting with bestelling novelist (and National Book Award) finalist Colum McCann, who visits Two River Theater next week in a promotional appearance for his acclaimed novel Let the Great World Spin.

Widener, who’s also planning to bring NovelTeas to “a permanent space in Monmouth County by early 2010,” has plenty more to announce, and we’ll be bringing the word to you as it drops, right here in our pixelated pages. (See, we like print! Print not dead!)

Also today, we’ve got the absolute first word on the upcoming Celebrate Long Branch Poetry Festival, a day-long smorgasbord of writers and spoken word artists — from published professionals to happening high-schoolers — based here in Monmouth County. You’ll be hearing a lot more on this exciting new event as it nears — and remember, you read it here first, so bookmark it right here at Red Bank oRBit!