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New John Waters Book — RISD Commencement Speech

“This is the end of your juvenile delinquency and the beginning of your adult disobedience.” So said John Waters in 2015 to RISD’s graduating class. His new book “Make Trouble” is a reprint of that commencement address. (Hey Class of 2015, guess what you’re getting

PCL Amnesty Week Starts

You were supposed to bring them back. Well here is your chance to wipe the slate clean during the annual “Food for Fines” week, April 8-15, at all Providence Community Library (PCL) branches. PCL patrons with overdue materials can return them to any PCL location

Yang Book Talk & Signing At Moses Brown

(4.4) Noted author and graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang will appear Tuesday at the Moses Brown Woodman Center to discuss his work and his ‘Reading Without Walls’ initiative. Known as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Yang has written and drawn many graphic novels,

Lol Tolhurst At BotS

(2.19) In 1976 Laurence “Lol” Tolhurst and Robert Smith formed the seminal British punk rock . . . gothic doom . . . post-punk . . . I don’t know, I’m way too young to remember any of this . . . anyway, they formed

Live Music & Book Launch At What Cheer

(10.30) Proud Scouser Mike Badger, founder of the La’s and co-author of “The Rhythm and the Tide: Liverpool, the La’s, and Ever After” will perform an acoustic set, read from his book, and entertain questions, Sunday afternoon at What Cheer Records. From Facebook event page,

Rochambeau Library ‘Fall Book Sale’

(10.29) Now comes the much anticipated Big Fall Book Sale at the Rochambeau Library. Proceeds of the bi-annual book sales support events, programs and services for children and adults, subscriptions of papers and journals, purchase of media equipment, etc. at the library. Monday is preview/dealers

Ada Books 10thiversary Celebration

(9.9) Hooray for Ada Books, the West End’s “stubborn purveyor of an outmoded technology.” Ada offers things of ink, things of ink on paper. Mostly books.  Some comics.  Things people call ‘zines and minis and whatsits.  There are posters and prints and words on vinyl

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

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

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