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Friday, March 24th at 4:00pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Kelly Jensen, editor of "Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World"

The Brown Bookstore presents Kelly Jensen, author of the YA anthology Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World on Friday, March 24th at 4:00 p.m.

“Kelly Jensen’s anthology is too good to pass up.  In Here We Are, Jensen collects a ton of great pieces from authors, actresses, dancers, and more, all centered around the theme of feminism.  Nova Ren Suma?  Brandy Colbert?  Mindy Kaling?  Oof, this book is fantastic.”—Paste Magazine, A Most Anticipated Young Adult Book of 2017 

Forty-four writers, dancers, actors, and artists contribute essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about everything from body positivity to romance to gender identity to intersectionality to the greatest girl friendships in fiction.  Together, they share diverse perspectives on and insights into what feminism means and what it looks like.  Come on in, turn the pages, and be inspired to find your own path to feminism by the awesome individuals in Here We Are.

Kelly Jensen is a former librarian-turned-editor for Book Riot and Stacked.  She's the author of It Happens: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader.  She loves black licorice and debating genre. Follow her on Twitter: @veronikellymars.

Friday, March 24th at 5:00pm
The Providence Athenaeum presents
Salon: Abby Smith Rumsey on her new book "When We Are No More"

The Providence Athenaeum in partnership with the John Carter Brown Library present a Friday Salon with Abby Smith Rumsey on March 24th at 5:00 p.m.  Book sale and signing to follow.

In a time of abundance of information dueling with the scarcity of human attention, Our stories, ideas, and innovations – in a word, our “culture” – can be recorded and passed on to future generations.  Author Abby Smith Rumsey discusses her new book When We Are No More, exploring human memory from pre-history to the present to shed light on the grand challenge facing our world.  Serving as a call to consciousness, When We Are No More explains why data storage is not memory; why forgetting is the first step towards remembering; and why memory is about the future, not the past.

Providence Athenaeum Events

Sunday, April 2nd at 2:00pm
The Providence Public Library presents
Dishing It Out Little Rhody Style: A Food Writers Panel Discussion

Rhode Island is rich in culinary enthusiasts and foodies.  Join the fun as local food writers Christine Chitnis, Amy McCoy, Jane Sigal, and Linda Beaulieu 'dish' about food and writing with moderator Gail Ciampa, Providence Journal Food Editor and restaurant critic.

Book sale and signing to follow.

PPL Event Information

Thursday, April 6th at 4:00pm
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies & Watson Institute present
Peter Andreas – Rebel Mother: My Childhood Chasing the Revolution

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Watson Institute present Peter Andreas, John Hay Professor of International Studies and Political Science, as he reads and disusses his new book  Rebel Mother: My Childhood Chasing the Revolution.

Carol Andreas was a traditional 1950s housewife from a small Mennonite town in central Kansas who became a radical feminist and Marxist revolutionary. From the late sixties to the early eighties, she went through multiple husbands and countless lovers while living in three states and five countries. She took her youngest son, Peter, with her wherever she went, even kidnapping him and running off to South America after his straitlaced father won a long and bitter custody fight.

They were chasing the revolution together, though the more they chased it the more distant it became. They battled the bad “isms” (sexism, imperialism, capitalism, fascism, consumerism), and fought for the good “isms” (feminism, socialism, communism, egalitarianism). They were constantly running, moving, hiding. When they secretly returned to America they settled down clandestinely in Denver, where his mother changed her name to hide from his father…This is an extraordinary account of a deep mother-son bond and the joy and toll of growing up with a radical mother in a radical age. 

Peter Andreas is the John Hay Professor of International Studies at Brown University, where he holds a joint appointment between the Department of Political Science and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.  Andreas has published ten books, including Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America.  He has also written for a range of publications, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Harpers, The Nation, The New Republic, Slate, and The Washington Post.  A graduate of Swarthmore College and Cornell University, he lives with his family in Providence, Rhode Island.

Watson Event Information

Friday, April 7th at 5:00pm
The Providence Athenaeum & Brown Bookstore present
Salon with Paul La Forge - The Secret Life of H.P. Lovecraft

The Providence Athenaeum in partnership with Brown Bookstore present Paul La Forge, author of The Night Ocean, on Friday, April 7th at 5:00 p.m.  Book sale and signing to follow. 

Hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as “an ingenious and provocative work of alternative history,” Paul La Farge’s new novel The Night Ocean explores H.P. Lovecraft’s sexuality in a subversively Lovecraftian way.  Join La Farge as he speaks about his research of Lovecraft’s world and early science fiction fandom, traveling from Mexico City to Ontario to explore the relationship between Lovecraft and his young fan, poet Robert Barlow.

Paul La Farge is the author of the novels The Artist of the Missing (1999), Haussmann, or the Distinction (2001), and Luminous Airplanes (2011), as well as The Facts of Winter (2005), a book of imaginary dreams. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Believer, McSweeney’s, Nautilus, Conjunctions and elsewhere.  He has won the Bard Fiction Prize, two California Book Awards, and the Bay Area Book Critics’ Award for fiction.  In 2013-14 he was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.  He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Providence Athenaeum Event Registration

Wednesday, April 12th at 6:30pm
The Providence Public Library presents
RI Book Launch: Sam Shepard: A Life by John Winters

The Providence Public Library presents John J. Winters for the book launch of Sam Shepard: A Life on Wednesday, April 12th at 6:30 p.m.

"First-time biographer Winters, a journalist and critic, meticulously presents the facts of Shepard’s complex life along with incisive descriptions and analyses of diverse productions of Shepard’s demanding and innovative plays." —Booklist, starred review

John J. Winters is a veteran journalist, a critic, and academic who has made Sam Shepard the focus of his scholarship. In addition to working for The Boston Globe and countless newspapers, Winters’ work has appeared in Playboy, Salon, The Providence Journal, Art New England, the Providence Phoenix, Runner’s World and Rhode Island Monthly. He is a regular contributor of reviews and commentary to Boston’s National Public Radio affiliate, WBUR. More at

PPL Event Information

Tuesday, April 18th at 7:30pm
Third Tuesday of the Month
Robin Kall's Point Street Reading Series

Author lineup for Tuesday, April 18th:
Alice Kaltman, author of Staggerwing
Leah DeCesare, author of Forks, Knives and Spoons
Ellen Herrick, author of The Forbidden Garden
Professor Peter Andreas, author of Rebel Mother
Randy Susan Meyer, author of The Widow of Wall Street

If you cannot attend the event, you can pre-order signed copies. Personalization is available.

Next month's event will be held on Tuesday, May 16th - Save the date!
--Author Lineup: Lauren Grodstein, Jamie Brenner, Leah Carroll, Boris Fishman, and David Leite

Reading with Robin's Robin Kall's Point Street Reading Series meets on the third Tuesday of the month.  It will be held at Point Street Dueling Pianos at 3 Davol Square from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (times may vary).
--There will be at least four authors a month and the Brown Bookstore will be the official bookseller for this series.

Please RSVP to robin(at)  or message Robin on Facebook to let her know that you will be attending.

Like Point Street Reading Series on Facebook to get updates!

Reading with Robin

Friday, April 21st at 5:30pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Professor Cole Swensen reads and discusses "Gave" and "On Walking On"

Cole Swensen, Professor of Literary Arts, reads and discusse her books Gave and On Walking On on Friday, April 21st at 5:30 p.m. at the Brown Bookstore.

Gave is a poetry-essay meditation on the cultural and physical forces of the river--A river is a rift that joins what it divides, and so, logically, mythically, it’s always a river that cuts this life off from every other.  A river determines every layer of all the lives along its entire length—the industry, the agriculture, the cultural possibilities, the historical imperatives, the reigning aesthetics, and so much more that cannot be or simply never happens to be traced.  This account of a river attempts to embrace them all.

On Walking On looks outward onto—or rather, walks through—the work of various writers for whom walking was or is an important element of daily life.  The number of writers who were or are serious walkers is striking, and the connection goes back to antiquity, more recently including Woolf, Nerval, Sand, Debord, Sebald, and many others.

Tuesday, April 25th at 6:30pm
Book Launch for Forks, Knives and Spoons by Leah DeCesare

Leah DeCesare, owner of Mother’s Circle, LLC, parenting and novel writer, blogging about the adventures of everyday family life, invites you to her book launch for Forks, Knives and Spoons at the East Greenwich Varnum Armory Drill Hall on Tuesday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m.

"The sounds, cultural references, and scents of the 80’s will envelop you as you read DeCesares’s debut.  I felt like I was right back in my dorm room where the biggest decision was whether to play Squeeze or Blondie as I got ready for a dorm party.  This page-turning romp through the college years and beyond follows Amy as she navigates a cutlery of cuties in search of the perfect steak knife.  It made me want to plan a reunion!" —Robin Kall, host of Reading With Robin podcast and Point Street Reading Series

Register on Mother's Circle website

East Greenwich Varnum Armory Drill Hall, 6 Main Street, East Greenwich
Thursday, April 27th at 5:30pm
The Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice presents
Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage

Join the CSSJ for a talk with Sowande' M. Mustakeem entitled, Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage on Thursday, April 27th at 5:30 p.m. at the South Side Cultural Center.

Sowande' M. Mustakeem's study explores the social conditions and human costs embedded in the world of maritime slavery, and how the Middle Passage was a violently regulated process foundational to the institution of bondage.  Mustakeem teases out the social histories and dynamics of power between those on slave ships: captains, sailors, surgeons, and enslaved people.  She offers provocative insight into how gender, health, age, illness, and medical treatment intersected with trauma and violence in the Atlantic Slave Trade.

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. 

Please RSVP here.

South Side Cultural Center, 393 Broad Street, Providence