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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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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

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Proustfest 2013 — Salons, Dinner, Movie

Big week coming up for Proust fans, starting with two salons at the Providence Athenaeum. The salons are free and open to the public; the dining event is going to cost ya. The Swann’s Way Centenary, Salon 1: Proust’s definitive biographer and University Distinguished Professor

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Brown Bookstore Memories

As in: Remember when they actually sold books? The only “fiction” left at the Brown Bookstore is that it is still some sort of a bookstore. Ralph Lauren replaced Ralph Waldo Emerson long ago. None of this has anything to do with the forthcoming memoir

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Jhumpa Lahiri Book Event

(10.6) Brown Bookstore presents author Jhumpa Lahiri in conversation with Poet William Corbett. Former Rhode Island resident Lahiri will be signing her latest book The Lowland — shortlisted for the Man Booker prize —following the reading and discussion. According to the New York Times review

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Author Event — Books On The Square

(9.28) Artist, author, and Providence resident, Deborah Forman can help you learn new techniques and get the creative juices flowing with her new book, “Paint Lab: 52 Exercises Inspired by Artists, Materials, Time, Place, and Method.” This is a great book for the artist or

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The Books That Lovecraft Loved

(9.19) The Providence Athenaeum and the John Russell Bartlett Society present Donovan K. Loucks, webmaster of The H.P. Lovecraft Archive, on “‘A Tremendous Affection for Old Books:’ H.P. Lovecraft and His Personal Library.” Louckes will discuss the books that Lovecraft owned and how that collection