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The Athenæum’s Burns Night returns! Please join us for a night of merriment, featuring Scottish folk music from Cathy Clasper-Torch and Dan Lanier, poetry readings from Thomas McDonald Oakes and Frances Martindale, and a Scotch tasting by Campus Fine Wines. We will be exhibiting items from the library’s Robert Burns collection, as well as a never-before-exhibited copy of the Complete Works of Robert Burns owned and annotated by Walt Whitman, generously loaned to the library by Susan Jaffe Tane.
Festive Scottish attire (tartan/kilts) is strongly encouraged!Find out more »
Brad Gooch, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Smash Cut, Flannery, and City Poet delivers the first biography of Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet, revered by contemporary Western readers. Rumi’s Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love tells the tale of a man whose life stretched over 2,500 miles in a time and place in the world as rife with conflict as our own today. In the centuries following his death, Rumi’s poetry became an influential literary force and collected translations of his works have sold millions of copies around the world. Gooch explores Rumi’s reflections on the complexities and mysteries of life, inspiring tolerance and beauty through the power of poetry.
Book signing to follow program.
Sponsored by Mullen Scorpio Cerilli, CPAs
Brad Gooch is the author of the acclaimed biographies City Poet and Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor, as well as other nonfiction and three novels. A recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships, he earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and is Professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey.
Acclaimed mystery novelist Jack Partridge (writing as J.J. Partridge) joins Sam Coale, Professor of English at Wheaton College and author of The Mystery of Mysteries: Cultural Differences and Designs, in conversation about the contemporary mystery novel.
Sponsored by DeLuca and Weizenbaum
JJ Partridge’s Algy Temple crime novels are smartly paced tales about the gritty city of Providence, its high times and lowlifes, and the demimonde of the world of pool. Based on intrigue and adventure, sudden twists feature old vendettas, the mob, a restless campus, and a high-stakes pool tournament. Following the success of Carom Shot and Straight Pool, Algy Temple will soon return, in addition to a new Rhode Island-based series in the works. Jack, a seasoned lawyer, is a resident of Providence and Westerly, Rhode Island with his wife, artist and printmaker, Regina.
Sam Coale teaches American Literature and Culture at Wheaton College. His books include The Mystery of Mysteries: Cultural Difference and Designs (2000); Paradigms of Paranoia: The Culture of Conspiracy in Contemporary Fiction (2005); The Entanglements of Nathaniel Hawthorne (2011); and Quirks of the Quantum: Postmodernism and Contemporary American Fiction (2012). He reviews books for the Providence Journal. He has lectured most recently in Japan, Jordan, and Lebanon.Find out more »