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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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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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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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Sheldon Gets The Colbert Bump

Rhode Island’s junior senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, appeared on Monday night’s The Colbert Report to promote his new book “On Virtues” and, I suppose, the virtues themselves. His publisher must be happy. The full title of the book is “On Virtues: Quotations and Insight to Live

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Archer Mayor Book Signing

(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

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Historical Fiction Writers Meet At Athenaeum

(5.5) The HiFi (Historical Fiction) Collaborative, in partnership with the Providence Public Library and the Providence Athenaeum, presents “The Craft of Historical Fiction Forum,” with authors Adam Braver, Ann Hood, Thomas Cobb, and Taylor Polites. Local historical fiction authors Braver (Misfit), Hood (The Obituary Writer),

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Poetry Reading At Ada Books

(2.23) Ada Books will host a poetry reading Saturday evening. From New York City: Jon Curley “Angles of Incidents” and David Fitschen “The Weight of Sorrows.” And from Providence, Eric Paul “My Parents Were Insects”. Eric Paul, Jon Curley & David Fitschen make you drunk

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AS220 Reading Group Meets Wednesday

Again, a little late on this one — people need a heads-up on reading a whole book I suppose —  but there is still time. Read fast! You have until 6pm Wednesday to read A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore. Better still, if

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Reading Group Starts Wednesday At AS220

Eat, drink, and talk about a book. You are invited to join the first meeting of the AS220 Reading Group: This week’s discussion of Citrus County by John Brandon will be led by Brian Folan. In John Brandon’s second novel, set in the thicket of

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Author Event — Station Nightclub Book

(1.11) Meet Marilyn Bellemore author of The Night the Music Ended this Friday at Books on the Square. This book looks at The Station nightclub of West Warwick, Rhode Island, and the site of a tragic fire on February 20, 2003–the fourth deadliest nightclub fire

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C-Span Visits Providence

C-Span2 recently visited Providence to film several segments for its BookTV and AmericanHistoryTV features. Seen here is the interior of the Providence Athenaeum on Benefit Street. Other BookTV segments take you inside the John Hay Library, the Rhode Island Historical Society Library, Cellar Stories Bookstore;

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Attention Undergrad Book Collectors

Competitive book collecting? Get Jeff Probst on the phone. (“I didn’t come here to make friends!”) Meet John Russell Bartlett: co-founder of the Providence Athenaeum, statesman, author, publisher, scholar; member of numerous societies devoted to the advancement of human knowledge; and the official librarian for

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Poetry Reading At Ada Books

(12.1) Saturday at Ada Books — Publicly Complex Presents: Poetry. Cole Swenson, Sarah Riggs & Angela Veronica Wong enrobe you in dark chocolate words while wine, cheese and cookies disrobe your at least two of your senses. And it all happens at the luxurious price

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Urban Vintage Bazaar – Saturday & Sunday!

10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day free and open to the public on the campus of Brown University!  A roomful of vendors with booths chock full of vintage goodness!  We’ll have men’s and women’s vintage clothing, accessories, boots, hats, gloves, bags, etc.  We have

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‘Meet The Author’ Saturday At What Cheer

Head over to What Cheer Antiques and Vintage Saturday at noon for a special event. Jake Austen (RISD ’92) will be reading from his latest book “Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop,” a survey of the uncomfortable but fascinating topic of African Americans