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Colson Whitehead | September 27, 2019
Named “a genuine literary phenomenon” by The New York Times, Colson Whitehead recently was the first author in almost a decade to appear on the cover of Time. His 2016 novel The Underground Railroad won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. His newest novel The Nickel Boys has topped bestseller lists since its publication last month, and to universal acclaim.
Sponsored by Chas A. Miller III and Birch Coffey / The Ira S. and Anna Galkin Charitable Trust
Banned Books Live | September 24, 2019
In partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island
The ACLU and the Athenæum invite you to celebrate the power of freedom and the written word during the 37th annual Banned Books Week. Athenæum Executive Director Matt Burriesci, RI Poet Laureate Tina Cane, poet Colin Channer, author Vikki Warner, and Rhode Island Writers Colony’s John Stephenson will read from their favorite banned books.
SALON: Stephen Greenblatt | May 17, 2019
In partnership with The Modern Language Association (MLA)
Harvard University professor Stephen Greenblatt will speak on “Survival Strategies: Shakespeare on Power” as part of the MLA Public Conversations Series.
Making Their Debut | May 3, 2019
Presented with Goat Hill Writers
Three debut writers – Catharine Murray (Now You See the Sky), Nisha Sharma (My So-Called Bollywood Life), and A. K Small (Bright Burning Stars) – join Ann Hood to share their journeys to becoming first-time published authors.
While Benefit Street was Young | April 23, 2019
Presented with the Mile of History Association
The Mile of History Association and the Providence Athenæum proudly present dramatic readings from Margaret Bingham Stillwell’s 1943 While Benefit Street was Young by master storyteller Robb Dimmick.
SALON: Egyptian Obelisks of Rome with Vincent Buonanno | November 16, 2018
Thirty years ago, Vincent Buonanno began collecting illustrated books, travel guides, and maps, all on the single theme of Rome in its Renaissance and Baroque periods of urban development from 1500 to 1750, including the phenomenon of ancient Egyptian obelisks relocated throughout the cities as focal points of urban monuments, churches, and piazzas. Buonanno discusses these celebrated images as the European development of engraving and etching copper plates, beginning as a simple means of producing multiple illustrations and developing into a high art form.
SALON: Arnold Weinstein | October 5, 2018
Many of our greatest works of literature and art are studded with wreckage and reversals, challenging our so-called ‘knowledge,’ as well as our assumptions, by prioritizing sentience and subjectivity. Today’s information-culture, with its algorithms and electronic immediacy, is locked out of the actual reaches and texture of lived experience. Acclaimed Brown University professor Arnold Weinstein argues that the Humanities show us who we are.
SALON: Jane Goodrich | September 28, 2018
Jane Goodrich, author of The House on Lobster Cove, recounts her fascinating journey writing the fictional depiction of Boston philanthropist George Nixon Black and reconstructing Kragsyde, a late-19th century mansion on the coast of Manchester-by-the-Sea. Book signing to follow.
Sponsored by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP
A Night in Crimetown | July 12, 2017
Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier, creators of the hit podcast Crimetown, spend an evening at the Ath for their first appearance in Providence.
Sponsored by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP
The Art of the Memoir | May 20, 2017
Authors Andre Dubus III, Dani Shapiro, and Ann Hood discuss their works and the art and power of memoir.
In partnership with Goat Hill Writers