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‘Pregnant Butch’ Author At BOTS

12PM ON 11/04/2014
BY Daily Dose

Pregnant Butch (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 complexity.

First pregnancy is a fraught, uncomfortable experience for any woman, but for resolutely butch lesbian Teek Thomasson, it is especially unnerving. As a masculine woman in a world where pregnancy and femininity go together like Barbie and pink, Teek wonders, “Can butches even get pregnant?” Well, yeah, they can.

Offering smart, ambitious art, this graphic memoir is a must-read for would-be pregnant butches and anyone interested in the intersection of birth and gender, as well as a perfect queer baby shower gift and conversation starter for those who always assumed they “got” being pregnant. An author reception and book signing follows.

7pm, Saturday, April 12, Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street


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Little Free Library

11AM ON 07/04/2014
BY H.L. Parker

LFL 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 pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.

This one is on Brown Street on the East Side. Want to get involved?


filed under: Books | Travel

Book Signing At Athenaeum

10PM ON 05/04/2014
BY H.L. Parker

yellowstone (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 spent ten days on horseback in Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, exploring its natural wonders — astonishing geysers, majestic waterfalls, the vast lake, and the breathtaking canyon. He also recorded the considerable human activity, including the rampant vandalism. At that time, few people anywhere knew about geysers, mud pots and hot springs, despite the fantastical tales told by early explorers of boiling pitch, lands on fire, fountains of hot water, mountains of glass, and glacial rivers. This scientifically-based travelogue by a keenly observant and poetically reflective world traveler is itself a small marvel blending natural history, firsthand impressions, scientific lore, and anecdote. A sensation in Europe, the book was never published in English until now.

Join Ms. Cane as she discusses the book and her translation and shares some of its beautiful 19th century engravings and contemporary photos. Books available for sale and signing.

Free and open to the public, 3pm to 5pm, Sunday, April 6, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street


filed under: Arts and Crafts | Books

Diorama Exhibit Now At Craftland

5PM ON 11/03/2014
BY Beth Comery

water for elephants 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.

The quality of the workmanship and the imaginative use of materials is impressive. One must get up close and often peak in and around these imaginative tributes to much-loved books. Seen here is “Water for Elephants” and check out “Dune” after the jump for best use of sandpaper. (These are hard to photograph properly — many details go missing.)

Mr. Lawrence does such interesting things.

Open seven days, Craftland Gallery, 235 Westminster Street

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filed under: Animals | Books

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

6PM ON 06/03/2014
BY Daily Dose

la girafe (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 in the Cosmopolitan 19th Century, a series on the giraffe who went to Paris in 1827.

Arriving by ship from Egypt in October 1826, King Charles X’s giraffe and her keepers were the focus of public attention in France even before they disembarked in Marseille. Their subsequent overland journey to Paris was followed assiduously in the press and their arrival in the capital was a major cultural event. French viewers, avid consumers of Egyptiana since the Napoleonic military campaign in the Near East in the 1790s, treated the exhibition of the giraffe as a space of exotic fantasy. In texts and images, they speculated wildly about the origins and character of both the giraffe and her keepers, reflected on signs of difference, and explored the possibilities of crossing cultural boundaries. No less interesting than the initial reception of the giraffe is its afterlife in France and the United States. In addition to posing historical questions, we might ask: what is the use of the giraffe for present audiences?

Free and open to the public, 5pm to 7pm, Friday, March 7, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street


filed under: Books | art

‘Dear Diorama’ Art Contest For Readers

11PM ON 26/02/2014
BY Matthew Lawrence

dear diorama(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 free, but sign up this week if you’re interested! To register, call Angela DiVeglia at Rochambeau Library: 401-272-3780. And even if you’re too shy (or busy) to make your own diorama, don’t forget to stop by to check out all the entries. (Also: snacks and beer in the library!)

The contest rules are simple. Create a scene, no larger than a shoebox, from a book that you have read. There is no restriction on the type of book: works of fiction and non-fiction are welcome, as are self-help books, dictionaries, and poetry chapbooks. After Dear Diorama, is over, the scenes will be displayed in the gallery at Craftland (235 Westminster Street).

(Poster by Katrina Clark)

Free and open to the public, 7pm to 9pm, Tuesday, March 4, Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street


filed under: Books | Brown

Conjuring And Magicana At The Rock

7PM ON 22/12/2013
BY H.L. Parker

hocus pocus 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 and Artificial Conclusions” dates back to 1671.

And wall text tells of an Englishman, Reginald Scot, who in 1584  — predating the Amazing Randi by four centuries — wrote “the first work devoted to exposing the production of magical illusions enacted by jugglers, conjurers and other performers of what he called ‘the deceitful arts.’”

The exhibit features magic books, manuscripts, and ephemera collected by H. Adrian Smith, class of 1930, who earned his way through Brown as a performing magician.

The general public can view the exhibit by checking in at the service desk during regular library hours. The exhibit is across the room opposite the desk.

Free, exhibit runs through March, Rockefeller Library, Brown University, 10 Prospect Street


filed under: Books | Film

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

11AM ON 21/11/2013
BY Beth Comery

crispin glover 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 town this month to present the labor-of-love project that those Hollywood roles have bankrolled — his slide show and the two installments of his “It” trilogy.

Glover last came to town in September of 2011 with his “Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show Part 2″ at the Granoff Center. And, while his oddball reputation is well established, let me take this opportunity to note how charming and dapper he is in person. He appeared much like this image here — same suit I think. The following thoughts are based on that 2011 show, and there may have been changes in the format since. (This review of a June production at the Museum of Arts and Design seems to describe a somewhat different event, although it is still called a slide show.) And for reasons best known to the artist the show will be performed in reverse order; if you were thinking of attending both nights I don’t think it matters in the slightest.

The slide show was the highlight of the event and came first in the evening. Glover stood on the stage reading from a screen showing stills from his book, illustrations of oddities with curious subtitles, adding commentary and gesturing awkwardly. This part was wildly entertaining and Glover was positively beguiling. The movies however (at the Granoff show we were shown “It is Fine. EVERYTHING IS FINE”) are a rather different story. My main problem was that I could not understand/hear the dialogue at all, but I’m not sure that would have made a difference. This is pretty challenging stuff and not my cup of tea, but you had to watch the movie to get to the Q&A  and book signing. Your call.

Saturday, November 30: Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show Part 2 with the movie “It is Fine. EVERYTHING IS FINE” with a Q&A and book signing.

Sunday, December 1: Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show Part 1 with “What is it?” and a Q&A and book signing.

Tickets $15, only available at the door, doors, 6pm, show 7pm, Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, all ages, 21+ to drink with positive ID, Facebook event page


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

4PM ON 20/11/2013
BY Matthew Lawrence

the drive-in (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 follows a Danish (probably Danish) woman named Lise to Italy, where she’s searching for the perfect man. But perfect for what?

The reading takes place this Friday at 186 Carpenter Street and starts at 7pm. This may be your last chance to experience something really creepy before the holidays!

Only 107 pages long, the book was described by Ian Rankin as “the most visual of all of Spark’s novels,” and in 2010 one cranky writer from The Guardian called Lise “excruciating” and the book itself “unlovable.” You will hopefully disagree!

Read a few pages aloud, or just listen to others as Lise’s story gets progressively more peculiar.

All Not About The Buildings events are free and open to the public. There will be snacks.

7pm, Friday, November 22, 186 Carpenter Street, (Facebook event page)


filed under: Books | art

New Dinosaur Mural At Books On The Square

4PM ON 16/11/2013
BY H.L. Parker

dinosaur mural

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 Wolfrecently installed this dinosaur mural above the rear window at Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street. They won a contest or something; see the work in progress at the Facebook page. Detail of little dog after the jump.

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filed under: Books | Food

Proustfest 2013 — Salons, Dinner, Movie

4PM ON 11/11/2013
BY H.L. Parker

lemon madeleine 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 Emeritus, University of Alabama at Birmingham, William C. Carter on his new centenary edition of Swann’s Way. Thursday, November 14, 5pm to 7pm, Providence Athenaeum.

The Swann’s Way Centenary, Salon Part Deux: Scholar and biographer Anka Muhlstein on her newest book, Monsieur Proust’s Library. Friday, November 15, 5pm to 7pm, Providence Athenaeum.

Following Thursday’s salon — Dining with Marcel Proust: a celebration of Proust-inspired food, wine, and literature, plus musical performances by pianist Aaron Jackson and violinist Chase Spruill. Starts 8pm at Pot au Feu Restaurant, 44 Custom House Street. Tickets are $125 per person and must be purchased in advance.

Movie at Cable Car: Marcel Proust’s Time Regained is shown as part of the Providence Athenaeum’s Proustfest 2013. Running time 169 minutes (still it’s shorter than the book). Directed by Raoul Ruiz and starring Catherine Deneuve. $9.50, Saturday, 7pm/$8, Sunday noon.

(Seen here: Lemon madeleine — $1 at Ellie’s Bakery.)


filed under: Books | Thayer Street

Brown Bookstore Memories

5PM ON 18/10/2013
BY Beth Comery

brown 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 written by occasional Daily Dose contributor Matthew Lawrence, co-editor of Headmaster magazine and spelling bee impresario. “Coworkers I Have Had” contains forty profiles of coworkers from his days training cashiers and ordering sunglasses at his not-so-dream-job at the Brown Bookstore. He recently gave an interview to Dustin Kurtz at Melville House where he also shares memories of the store’s more eccentric habitués.

The guy who wore the same vest with no shirt every day who’d park and repark his car five or six times before coming in. He always bought paint with pennies and painted large-scale reproductions of the Titanic.

Mr. Lawrence also shares a surprising Candice Bergen anecdote — trés drôle.


filed under: Books | Brown

Jhumpa Lahiri Book Event

9AM ON 06/10/2013
BY H.L. Parker

Jhumpa Lahiri (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 the narrative finds the protagonist marrying his brother’s young widow and returning from Calcutta to Rhode Island.

Subhash, who has escaped a city he sees as disorganized as well as violent, and who studies oceanography, finds in the beaches of Rhode Island a resemblance to the delta lowlands surrounding Calcutta.

Tickets still available at bookstore and at the door of the event. The $29.91 ticket price includes general admission and a copy of her new book The Lowland.

2pm, Sunday, October 6, Starr Auditorium, MacMillan Hall, Brown University, 167 Thayer Street


filed under: Books | art

Author Event — Books On The Square

11PM ON 27/09/2013
BY H.L. Parker

paint lab (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 other creative types in your life; an author reception and book signing follows.

“Paint Lab” is packed with unique and experimental techniques and ideas in painting. This hands-on book is organized into 52 units, which may, but don’t need to be explored on a weekly basis. The labs can be worked on in any order, so that you can flip around to learn a new mixed-media technique or be inspired by a particular painting theme or application.

Forman has a B.F.A., from RISD; M.Ed., Massachusetts College of Art; M.F.A., Painting, Parsons School of Design, and has taught at RISD, Massachusetts College of Art, Parsons School of Design and Wheaton College.

7pm, Saturday, September 28, Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street


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The Books That Lovecraft Loved

4PM ON 17/09/2013
BY Daily Dose

HP Lovecraft (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 grew over time. He’ll also address Lovecraft’s attitudes about collecting books and toward what Lovecraft called “extravagant bibliolatry and print-and-paper apotheosis.” Finally, he’ll discuss bibliographies of those books and how they affect his ongoing database work behind the scenes at The H.P. Lovecraft Archive.

This talk is presented in conjunction with the Athenaeum exhibit “THE SHADOW OVER COLLEGE STREET: H. P. Lovecraft in Providence,” presented in collaboration with the John Hay Library and on view through September 22.

Free and open to the public, 6pm, Thursday, September 19, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, 401.421.6970


filed under: Books | Thayer Street

Archer Mayor Book Signing

9PM ON 18/06/2013
BY Daily Dose

paradise city (6.19) Head over to the Brown Bookstore to hear mystery writer Archer Mayor, author of the highly acclaimed Detective Joe Gunther series, discuss the latest installment — number twenty-three in the series — Paradise City. Archer Mayor . . .

. . . was variously employed as a scholarly editor, a researcher for TIME-LIFE Books, a political advance-man, a theater photographer, a newspaper writer/editor, a lab technician for Paris-Match Magazine in Paris, France, and a medical illustrator. In addition, Archer is a death investigator for Vermont’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, a detective for the Windham County Sheriff’s Office, the publisher of his own backlist, a travel writer for AAA, and he travels the Northeast giving speeches and conducting workshops. He also has 25 years experience as a volunteer firefighter/EMT.

5:30pm, Wednesday, June 19, Brown Bookstore, 244 Thayer Street


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