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Ada Books

Existential Threat To Ada Books — You Can Help

[They did it! They reached their goal. Crisis averted. Well done people. BC] More than just a gloriously quirky independent bookstore, Ada Books at 717 Westminster Street frequently plays the role of salon, where writers, poets, and artists can come together to read and present

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Amos Kamil Author Event At BotS

(1.9) Playwright, screenwriter, and investigative reporter Amos Kamil* will discuss his book “Great is the Truth: Secrecy, Scandal, and the Quest for Justice at the Horace Mann School” Saturday at Books on the Square. (Facebook) In June 2012, Amos Kamil’s New York Times Magazine cover


Athenaeum Salon

(10.9) Cedric de Leon, associate professor of sociology at Providence College, will discuss his book, The Origins of Right to Work: Antilabor Democracy in Nineteenth-Century Chicago at a salon Friday. In his new book, de Leon argues that political parties since the U.S. Civil War


Updike Biographer — Athenaeum Salon

(4.3) Join author Adam Begley as he illuminates the life and work of novelist, poet, short-story writer, and critic, John Updike, and explores how Updike’s fiction was shaped by his tumultuous personal life—including his religious beliefs, his two marriages, and his first-hand experience of the

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Dear Diorama At City Hall

You have through the end of the month to check out Dear Diorama II —  Not About the Buildings in collaboration with Providence Community Library — now on display on the third floor of Providence City Hall. See award winning dioramas based on Markus Zusak’s

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Journalist Alexander Stille — Salon At Athenaeum

(5.23) Journalist Alexander Stille will talk about his memoir “The Force of Things: A Marriage in War and Peace.” Michiko Kakutani, writing in The New York Times review, describes how the couple in question meet whatever-the-opposite-of-cute is. Elizabeth and Misha, Alexander Stille’s mother and father,

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‘Pregnant Butch’ Author At BOTS

(4.12) Join author A. K. Summers for a fresh take on pregnancy via the graphic novel. Written and illustrated by Summers, and based on her own pregnancy, Pregnant Butch strives to depict this increasingly common, but still underrepresented experience of queer pregnancy with humor and

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Little Free Library

What is the Little Free Library? It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and

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Book Signing At Athenaeum

(4.6) Join translator and editor Suzanne Cane on her and Janet Chapple’s new edition of Belgian travel writer Jules Leclercq’s book Yellowstone, Land of Wonders: Promenade in North America’s National Park, first published in 1886. In the summer of 1883 Belgian travel writer Jules Leclercq

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Diorama Exhibit Now At Craftland

An exhibit of charming adult literary dioramas are now on display at Craftland downtown. These were the result of the ‘Dear Diorama’ Art Contest for Readers hosted by the Providence Community Library and Matthew Lawrence’s Not About the Buildings at the Rochambeau Library last week.

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What Use Is The Giraffe? Part Deux — Salon At Athenaeum

(3.7) This week at the Providence Athenaeum Friday Salon — RISD Associate Professor of Art and Visual Culture Daniel Harkett on “A Nineteenth-Century Giraffe and Her Keepers: Exoticism and Fantasy Then and Now,” part 2 of ‘What use is the giraffe?’ – The Evolution of Science, Society, and Spectacle

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‘Dear Diorama’ Art Contest For Readers

(3.4) Dear Diorama is an art contest for readers taking place March 4th at Rochambeau Library. This after-hours event is sponsored by Foolproof Brewing and Whole Foods Market (snacks! beer!) and features prizes (including a $100 Craftland gift card!) for the winning diorama-maker. Registration is

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Conjuring And Magicana At The Rock

A small exhibit of lovely old books on magic, hocus pocus, and the art of legerdemain are now on display through March at the Rockefeller Library at Brown University. One book with the unwieldy title “Hocus Pocus: or, A Rich Cabinet of Legerdemain Curiosities, Natural

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Crispin Glover’s Big Slide Show — Two Nights @The Columbus

Crispin Glover makes every movie he’s in better. Whether he’s upstaging Dennis Hopper in “River’s Edge” or creating an utterly new villain in “Charlie’s Angels” — you just want his face to be on the screen at all times. Mr. Glover will be coming to

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Marathon Reading — Spark’s Novel ‘The Driver’s Seat’

(11.22) Join us as we read a very short, strange, bristly terrifying novel out loud. The Drive-In is the latest in Not About The Buildings’ occasional series of marathon readings of very short novels. This time it’s The Driver’s Seat, Muriel Spark’s 1970 novella, which

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New Dinosaur Mural At Books On The Square

Children’s book author and illustrator Mark Teague — the Dear Mrs. LaRue series, Funny Farm, Doom Machine, The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf — recently installed this dinosaur mural above the rear window at Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street. They