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Join the Providence Athenaeum for an evening with Gregory Pardlo, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Tina Cane, recently named Rhode Island Poet Laureate. The Philbrick Poetry Project is named in honor of long-time Athenæum members Charles Philbrick, a noted poet, and his wife Deborah, a mentor to many poets, and fosters the art of poetry in Rhode Island and beyond.
A Manhattan native, Tina Cane attended the University of Vermont, the Sorbonne, and completed her master’s degree in French Literature at the Université de Paris IV-Nanterre. She has taught French, English, and Creative Writing in public and private schools throughout New York City and Rhode Island and is the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI. Tina’s poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals including The Literary Review, Barrow Street, and Tupelo Quarterly. In 2016 she received the Fellowship Merit Poetry Award and was appointed the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island by Governor Raimondo. She has published two books, Dear Elena: Letters for Elena Ferrante (Skillman Avenue Press) and Once More With Feeling (Veliz Books).
Gregory Pardlo's collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007 . He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf. Pardlo is a faculty member of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Rutgers University-Camden. He lives with his family in Brooklyn.
Book sale and signing to follow.
Robin Kall of the Point Street Author Series is bringing Christine Chitnis, David Leite, and Evan Mallett to the Eat Drink RI festival at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Saturday, April 29th from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Each author will give a 45 minute talk with a book signing to follow.
Christine Chitnis, author of Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet
David Leite, author of Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love and Manic Depression
Evan Mallet, author of Black Trumpet: A Chef's Journey through Eight New England Seasons
On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 5 p.m. in the Lownes Room of the John Hay Library, celebrated French author Anka Muhlstein will deliver the Annual Mel and Cindy Yoken Cultural Series Lecture, entitled, "The Pen and the Brush," based on Ms. Muhlstein’s recent book, The Pen and the Brush: How Passion for Art Shaped Nineteenth-Century French Novels. This event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the talk. The Pen and the Brush will be available for purchase on site.
The lecture will elaborate on the close friendships and constant borrowings among artists and writers so characteristic of nineteenth-century France, as reflected in the novels of that period. Ms. Muhlstein will concentrate on the relations among three painters, Manet, Cézanne, Renoir, and three novelists, Balzac, Zola, and Proust, to show the influence of painting on their works.
Anka Muhlstein was born in Paris in 1935. She has published biographies of Queen Victoria, James de Rothschild, Cavelier de La Salle, and Astolphe de Custine; studies on Catherine de Médicis, Marie de Médicis, and Anne of Austria; a double biography, Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart; and more recently, Monsieur Proust’s Library and Balzac’s Omelette (Other Press). She has won two prizes from the Académie Française and the Goncourt Prize for Biography. She contributes regularly to the New York Review of Books. She and her husband, Louis Begley, have written a book on Venice, Venice for Lovers. They live in New York City.
The Brown Bookstore presents Haider Warraich MD for a discussion and book signing of Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:00 p.m. Book sale and signing to follow.
A contemporary exploration of death and dying by a young Duke Fellow who investigates the hows, whys, wheres, and whens of modern death and their cultural significance. The most basic aspects of dying—the whys, wheres, whens, and hows—are almost nothing like what they were mere decades ago. Beyond its ecology, epidemiology, and economics, the very ethos of death has changed. Modern Death, Dr. Warraich’s debut book, will explore the rituals and language of dying that have developed in the last century, and how modern technology has not only changed the hows, whens, and wheres of death, but the what of death.
Dr. Haider Warraich MD graduated from medical school in Pakistan in 2009. He did his residency in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, one of the main teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School. He is currently a fellow in cardiology at Duke University Medical Center. His medical and Op Ed pieces have appeared in many media outlets including the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, and The LA Times, among others.
The Providence Public Library presents Dinah Fried's art book of fifty iconic culinary scenes from literary classics on Wednesday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the 3rd floor meeting room. Book sale and signing to follow.
Fictitious Dishes serves up a delectable assortment of photographic interpretations of culinary moments from contemporary and classic literature. Showcasing famous meals such as the madcap tea party from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the watery gruel from Oliver Twist, the lavish chicken breakfast from To Kill a Mockingbird, the stomach-turning avocado-and-crabmeat salad from The Bell Jar, and the seductive cupcakes from The Corrections, this unique volume pairs each place setting with the text from the book that inspired its creation. Interesting food facts and entertaining anecdotes about the authors, their work, and their culinary predilections complete this charming book, which is sure to whet the appetites of lovers of great literature and delicious dishes.
The Providence Athenaeum presents a Friday Salon with Courtney Sullivan, author of Saints for All Occasions, on Friday, May 5th at 5:00 p.m. Book sale and signing to follow.
Author of NYT best-selling novels Commencement, Maine, and The Engagements, J. Courtney Sullivan joins us to discuss her upcoming novel Saints for All Occasions. Praised by Gloria Steinem as a writer who “makes clear that the feminist revolution is just beginning,” Sullivan prominently features the relationships between female characters and the choices they face. A compelling story about the hope, sacrifice, and love between two sisters and the secret that drives them apart, Saints for All Occasions explores the fascinating, funny, and sometimes achingly sad ways a secret at the heart of one family both breaks them and binds them together.
The Brown Bookstore presents Robin Ellis, author of Making Poldark, on Saturday, May 6th at 2:00 p.m. Book sale and signing to follow.
A new 4th edition of his memoir, Making Poldark, was published in April 2015 in an expanded form with recent photographs from the making of the 2015 version of Poldark. A new chapter discusses his experience being involved with the Mammoth Screen production, playing a cameo as the unpleasant Rev. Dr. Halse (appearing in episodes 3 and 6).
Robin Ellis is a British actor best known for playing the leading role in the BBC series, Poldark, based on the novels of Winston Graham. His life-long passion for cooking plus a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes led to writing his first cookbook, Delicious Dishes for Diabetics: A Mediterranean Way of Eating (Constable & Robinson, 2011). His next cookbook, Mediterranean Cooking for Diabetics, will be published by Little, Brown in March 2016. Robin lives in Southwestern France with his American wife and a menagerie of animals.
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies presents a book launch for Madhouse: Psychiatry and Politics in Cuban History by Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior Jennifer Lambe on Wednesday, May 10th at 5:00 p.m. in the Joukowsky Forum at the Watson Institute. Book sale and signing to follow.
On the outskirts of Havana lies Mazorra, an asylum known to--and at times feared by--ordinary Cubans for over a century. Since its founding in 1857, the island's first psychiatric hospital has been an object of persistent political attention. Drawing on hospital documents and government records, as well as the popular press, photographs, and oral histories, Professor Jennifer L. Lambe charts the connections between the inner workings of this notorious institution and the highest echelons of Cuban politics. Across the sweep of modern Cuban history, she finds, Mazorra has served as both laboratory and microcosm of the Cuban state: the asylum is an icon of its ignominious colonial and neocolonial past and a crucible of its republican and revolutionary futures.
From its birth, Cuban psychiatry was politically inflected, drawing partisan contention while sparking debates over race, religion, gender, and sexuality. Psychiatric notions were even invested with revolutionary significance after 1959, as the new government undertook ambitious schemes for social reeducation. But Mazorra was not the exclusive province of government officials and professionalizing psychiatrists. U.S. occupiers, Soviet visitors, and, above all, ordinary Cubans infused the institution, both literal and metaphorical, with their own fears, dreams, and alternative meanings. Together, their voices comprise the madhouse that, as Lambe argues, haunts the revolutionary trajectory of Cuban history.
Modern Greek Studies presents a discussion of Classical Debt: Greek Antiquity in an Era of Austerity by Associate Professor of Classics Johanna Hanink. Panelists include Mark Blyth, Artemis Leontis, and Graham Oliver. Book sale and signing, as well as a reception to follow.
"Hanink helps us see modern Greece through the eyes of a classicist, and ancient Greece through the eyes of a keen observer of modern Greece—a wonderful and winning combination. The Classical Debt is a clever meditation on if, and why, antiquity still matters. --Mary Beard, author of the New York Times bestseller SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
The Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice presents an evening talk with Wendy Warren, author of New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America on Friday, May 12th at 5:30 p.m. at the John Carter Brown Library. Book sale and signing to follow.
Wendy Warren reconfigures colonial history by sharing how New England’s economy derived its vitality from the profusion of slave-trading ships coursing through its ports. The growth of the northern colonies was dependent on the Atlantic slave trade. She reveals how indigenous people were systematically sold into slavery in the West Indies and how prominent colonial families were motivated by their slave-trading investments.
This event is cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, the John Carter Brown Library, the Swearer Center for Public Service, and the Department of History at Brown University.