Providence Athenaeum

Non-Micro-Writeup of Micro-Memoir

Once again, we were gathered in the beautiful lower floor of one of the oldest libraries in the United States, sipping wine among the stacks while sacrilegiously eating pizza slices and delicious crunchy little chocolate chip cookies off the Egyptian cabinet that once held Napoleon’s “Description of Egypt.” But this was a guilt-free evening. The Providence Athenaeum may […]

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The Science And History Of Whaling — Athenaeum Salon

(12.9) Another installment in the continuing “Hark! the White Whale!” series at the Athenaeum — tonight D. Graham Burnett, Professor of the History of Science at Princeton, will discuss his new book The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century. Part of the fascination of Moby-Dick comes from Melville’s ability to

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“I Would Prefer Not To”

Who hasn’t thought that. Not About the Buildings and the Providence Athenaeum present The Scrivener-In, a marathon reading of Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street and Poe’s The Raven, with discussion. Hear Poe read where Poe once walked. Poe’s poem The Raven, published in 1845, made him famous and inspired praise, parody,

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Micro-Memoir Workshop At Athenaeum

From the fabulous Christina Bevilaqua, Join us to write and read aloud extremely short (200-word) personal memoirs based on a question to be posed by our workshop facilitator, the noted short-short prose pioneer Karen Donovan, as the session begins. Participants will experience both the rigors and elation of writing short-short prose, and the reading aloud

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Banned Books Week Kicks Off Early

The American Library Association’s Banned Books Week kicks off this weekend with events taking place nationwide, but a group of Rhode Island authors is getting an early start on Friday at the Providence Athenaeum.  Adam Braver (November 22, 1963), Thomas Cobb (Crazy Heart), Rosemary Mahoney (Down The Nile), Stephen O’Shea (Sea of Faith), Mike Stanton

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Gallery Night

Take part in Gallery Night Providence’s 14th season, Thursday 5pm to 9pm, . . . a fun-filled cultural extravaganza. Twenty-one galleries, museums, and historic sites; convenient parking lots; live music; refreshments; art buses; celebrity guides and it’s all FREE! New this season are the different tour themes with celebrity hosts — try emerging/contemporary, a bicycle

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Micro-Memoir! Part II

Ever dreamed of churning out your life story but never had the time? Your problems will be solved tonight at the Providence Athenaeum, where a roomful of people will get thirty minutes to write their story in 200 words or less.  Everybody can, if they want to, read their story out loud afterwards and, if

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Talk Rhode Island Politics At The Athenaeum

The public is invited to the next installment of the WRNI series, ‘Policy and Pinot’ this Tuesday at the Providence Atheneum. A panel led by WRNI political reporters Ian Donnis and Scott MacKay will discuss Rhode Island Politics: The 2010 Election Cycle. Guest panelists will be former Providence Journal columnist and political editor M. Charles

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This Thursday, the Providence Athenaeum and Not About The Buildings are teaming up to bring you Micro-Memoir!, a lightning-fast event where people write really short memoirs (and read them aloud) in just two hours.  Hosted by Karen Donovan, founding editor of Paragraph magazine and artist-in-residence at the Athenaeum, the event is free and open to

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Not About The Buildings Prize Reading Thursday

Tomorrow night at the Providence Athenaeum, I’ll be hosting the prize reading for the Not About The Buildings Second Annual Writing Prize. In a crazy turn of events that seriously had nothing whatsoever to do with me, the prize was awarded (by an outside judge who blind-read the entries and lives halfway across the country)

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I (Will) Put A Spell On You (Tonight at AS220)

[youtube]VjbpuK_H2VY[/youtube] Tonight, join Rebel L and twenty-five of his closest friends at the third annual Not About The Buildings Spelling Bee.  I’ll be hosting, and the first thirty-six spellers to sign up will be competing for fame and fabulous prizes donated by Tiny Showcase, if’n books, and What Cheer Antiques.  The lucky bee winner will

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Free To-Dos To-night

I’m wicked frazzled right now, but before I head out for a (hopefully) computer-free weekend, I just wanted to let you all know about two free happenings this evening: 1. At the Athenaeum (251 Benefit St): Readings from the newly published anthology, Wild Dreams: the Best of Italian American, with editor-in-chief Carol Bonomo (Ahearn) Albright

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