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Micro-Memoir Writing At Athenaeum

12PM ON 08/05/2013
BY Matthew Lawrence


(5.9) Join ‘Not About The Buildings’ Thursday for micro-memoir!, an evening of self-discovery and sharing that is a lot more fun than the words “an evening of self-discovery and sharing” might have you believe. Now in its fourth year, micro-memoir! is hosted by the Providence Athenaeum and facilitated by very short story writer (and publisher) Karen Donovan, who co-founded Paragraph magazine over a quarter of a century ago. For twenty-five years Paragraph published work that was, as you might have guessed from the title, one paragraph long. So who better to walk us through our micro-memoir!s?

In two hours you will have a 200-word memoir written, edited, and shared with an appreciative and not overly critical audience. This really is probably the most fun event that Not About The Buildings does, and it works with all age levels, so bring your teenaged friends and your elderly loved ones, not to mention anyone else whose life you might like to know just a little more about.

5pm refreshments, 5:30pm event begins, Thursday, May 9, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street

filed under: Books | Downtown

AS220 Reading Group Meets Wednesday

10PM ON 18/02/2013
BY Beth Comery

gate at the stairs 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 a reading group is your thang, hook up with these people and get directly into the loop yourself; I clearly can’t be counted upon. This week’s group will be led by Brian Folan.

Tall. Dark. Handsome. Brian studied English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. Now a resident at AS220, Brian has started working on his own novel. He is a founder/editor of (est. 2010), an open-forum art blog and contributor/editor for Previously, he has worked at Dunkin’ Donuts, Showcase Cinema, Atkins Farm Deli, and the Norwood Cemetery, and more. He didn’t like any of those jobs.

6pm to 7:30pm, Wednesday, February 27, AS220 Reading Group, 115 Empire Street

filed under: Books | Technology

But Do They Make Good Pillows?

1PM ON 17/01/2011
BY Annie Messier

MP900308953Eleven years ago, my old-school editor Joe and I presented our hottest item to our production team: an “interactive edition” textbook that included a CD-ROM with both audio and video content.  [To get what a big deal this was at the time, note that my cubicle was full of floppy disks containing backed-up files from my Gateway computer, stemmed from the belief that everything electronic would crash on January 1, 2000.]  When the discussion turned to the new concept of e-books, where students and instructors could access content on the web with a special code, Joe complained, “Why can’t books just be books?”  He then half-convinced me that by 2010, publishers would be extinct because books would be made “for computers.” He resigned eight months later.

Joe wasn’t entirely off base.  Today, customers walking into Borders are confronted with displays for Kobo, Cruz, Sony and Franklin e-readers before reaching any bookshelves.  After Christmas, a co-worker showing off her prized new Kindle bragged that it can even be read upside-down. So can books, if that’s what you’re into. According to their commercials, Kindles are also great for people who love having dogs lick their books while they’re reading.

An environmental columnist declared e-readers more earth-friendly than printed books, although libraries were still his favorite option (which is great, as I’m at the Providence branch weekly scouring for new stuff).  Publishers know it’s normal for several people to share a book, whether through a library or circulating a favorite copy amongst friends. However, they’re banking on most people paying for the content. If it’s sold via an e-reader or website, so be it.

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Weird World of Eerie Publications tonight at Rochambeau Library

10AM ON 13/01/2011
BY provcomlib

TONIGHT - January 13th, 7pm at the Rochambeau Library (708 Hope Street in Providence), Providence Community Library will be hosting Mike Howlett, author of “The Weird World of Eerie Publications” (Feral House, 2010).

Eerie Publications’ horror magazines brought blood and bad taste to America’s newsstands from 1965 through 1975. Ultra-gory covers and bottom-of-the-barrel production values lent an air of danger to every issue, daring you to look at (and purchase) them.”

Mike will read from, discuss and sign his book and will also have original Eerie Publications items and materials on hand for your browsing pleasure!

Thursday, January 13th at 7pm

Rochambeau Library
708 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906

filed under: Literature | libraries

Walker Mettling Presents 100 Very Short Stories — Wednesday

10AM ON 07/12/2010
BY provcomlib

On Wednesday, December 8th, Providence Community Library and Walker Mettling present “100 Very Short Stories” at the Knight Memorial Library.

Ten writers will be reading 100 very, very SHORT stories which will also be illustrated live by Jean Cozzens!

The readers are: Kevin Delaney, Joanna Howard, Jenny Nichols, Louis Haling, Bobby Casey, Jenine Bressner, Jack Wilmarth, Shane Farrell, Bridgette Larmena & Nik Perry.

There is a small (short?) suggested donation of $4 at the door, all proceeds will go directly to funding the purchase of supplies for Providence Community Library’s “Comics Consortium” children’s program.

6pm, Wednesday, December 8, Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue

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R2-D20: An Evening Of Sci-Fi Fandom, Fantasy Gaming Geekery & Wizard Rock!

10AM ON 30/11/2010
BY provcomlib

r2d2 and friend On Thursday, December 2nd, Providence Community Library will be presenting: “R2-D20: A Night of Sci-Fi Fandom and Fantasy Gaming Geekery” with authors Ethan Gilsdorf (Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks) and Tony Pacitti (My Best Friend Is A Wookiee), local artist Michael Townsend (you know, the “mall-squatting artist”) and Woonsocket based “evil wizard rock” band Draco and the Malfoys!

Gilsdorf and Pacitti will read excerpts from their work and participate in a discussion moderated by Michael Townsend (who also happens to be a Star Wars/sci-fi/gaming enthusiast!). Their books will also be available to purchase and be signed. Contact 401.467.2700 X2 or

The night will also feature music from Woonsocket’s own Draco and the Malfoys, your favorite Harry Potter themed “evil wizard rock” band!

Free, Thursday, December 2, 7pm, Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street

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McSweeney’s author Adam Levin reads / signs The Instructions

8AM ON 03/11/2010
BY provcomlib

Saturday, November 6th, Providence Community Library and Brown/RISD Hillel host Adam Levin for a reading, discussion and signing of his critically acclaimed first novel The Instructions (McSweeney’s 2010). Starting at 7pm, this event is free and open to the public (although it is after-hours and normal library services will not be offered). The book will be on sale for $20, well below the $29 retail price!

“Evocative of David Foster Wallace… full of death-defying sentences, manic wit, exciting provocations and simple human warmth.” —Rolling Stone

The Instructions is in fact a vital work of—no getting around it—American Jewish literature because it imagines that the genre is indeed through and asks what can be written in its place.” —Tablet magazine

Rochambeau Library
708 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906

(401) 467-2700 x2 /

Facebook event page.

filed under: Literature | Performance

Book Talk And Signing With Ann Hood — Friday

9AM ON 03/05/2010
BY provcomlib

Providence Community Library will be presenting a free book discussion and signing with local best-selling author Ann Hood, on Friday, May 7th at the Mount Pleasant Library.

Ann will be reading from her latest work, The Red Thread, with a discussion and signing to follow. For more info call 272.0106 or contact

3pm, Friday, Mount Pleasant Library, 315 Academy Avenue

filed under: Books | Readings & Lectures

Read-In Saturday

4PM ON 05/12/2008
BY Matthew Lawrence

ReadingNext month it will be THREE YEARS since the Washington Park branch of the library closed. The old library, located near the south side entrance to Roger Williams Park, has been renovated, and has a new roof and shelves just waiting to be filled with books; the temporary location, in half of the old Benny’s on Broad Street, has been closed because of (probably very justified) fears about the building’s air quality.

In October of 2006, Save Our Branches, a group of Washington Park residents, staged a read-in in front of the library.  Everybody brought a book and read aloud, to show that the people of Washington Park actually care about reading.

Over two years later, there’s going to be another read-in.  Bring your own book, since the library doesn’t have any for you.

Saturday, 12:15pm

(Also, if you feel like library-hopping tomorrow, it’s also the Holiday Bazaar at the Smith Hill branch on Candace Street; that goes from 10am to 2pm.)

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Smith Hill Library Book Sale Tonight

9AM ON 22/10/2008
BY Matthew Lawrence

Tonight’s a book sale and bake sale sponsored by the Friends of the Smith Hill Library.

I really like Smith Hill; it’s in a lovely building (built in the era when libraries were divided into equally large adult and kid sections) and the librarians are really nice; unfortunately, they don’t have much money, and aren’t really equipped to handle the hordes of kids that enter the building every day as soon as school lets out.  And they don’t have air conditioning, which is kind of a drag when they’re forced to close when it gets too hot in the summer.  And they’re only open twenty-five hours a week.

But, you know, that’s why you should go to the book sale.  I’m guessing there will actually be some decent finds for pretty cheap.

Smith Hill Library
31 Candace St
6-8 PM



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