‘RI Clam Shacks’ — Meet The Authors

(8.19) Clam cakes do not travel well. To maintain that light crusty crunch, they must be eaten on site . . . straight out of the fryolator . . . with a view of the ocean if possible. And we’re not talking fancy air-conditioned restaurants — you want a clam shack. Fortunately we have plenty to choose from here in Rhode Island. Head over to Books on the Square this Saturday and meet the experts on the topic, the authors of “Rhode Island Clam Shacks.”

Learn about the glorious history of RI Clam Shacks at this special multi-sensory book event. Writers Christopher Scott Martin and David Norton Stone will present their Images of America book, Rhode Island Clam Shacks, in a discussion featuring Renee Bessette, a founding member of the Clamerati, whose L’il Rhode Clam Cake Crawl has been rating the state’s bivalve fritters for four years.  Fresh from her Crave the Bay tour, local songstress Clammy Wynotte will open the event.

Authors Christopher Scott Martin and David Norton Stone have compiled images from historical archives and from many popular local eateries, some of which have been serving clams to Rhode Islanders and visitors for a century. Martin is the curator of Quahog.org, a website about Rhode Island’s history and cultural quirks. Stone is the author of the Rhode Island food books Clamcake Summer, Stuffie Summer, and Chowder Summer.

Ms. Bessette will discuss the results of this year’s crawl and provide instruction on proper clam cake terminology. (Facebook event page.)

7pm to 10pm, Saturday, August 19, Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street, (directions)

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