Sep
20
Fri
Salem Lit Fest
Sep 20 – Sep 22 all-day

Celebrate reading and writing with us at the 10th Salem Lit Fest!

2019 Salem Literary Festival runs September 20, 21 & 22

Opening 
Keynote Speaker on 9/20: Whitney Scharer, author of The Age of Light.

Keynote Speaker on 9/21: Hank Phillippi Ryan award-winning author of The Murder List.

General admission to author readings and family programming and activities is free and open to the public. Reserved seating is available to Individual Patrons and Corporate Sponsors.

More information at our website: http://salemlitfest.org/

 

Oct
4
Fri
Jason Anick and the Rhythm Future Quartet
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Salem Athenaeum is pleased to feature virtuoso violinist and composer Jason Anick and his acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet. Jasons Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward objective: keeping the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The quartet offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli of the Hot Club of France. The quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital musical genre. Simply put, the Rhythm Future Quartet brings the Hot Club of France forward into the 21st century.
 

Jason Anick is one of the youngest violin professors at Boston’s Berklee College of Music and is “a rising star in the world of jazz violin and mandolin” (Downbeat Magazine). Anick has shared the stage with a wide array of artists including Tommy Emmanuel, Hamilton de Holanda, John Sebastian, Stevie Wonder, Delta Rae, and Girls, Guns and Glory. His performances have brought him to China, Europe, and Japan. He has been featured at renowned venues including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, Scullers Jazz Club, Yoshi’s, Iridium, TD Garden, Regattabar, NPR, and The Late Night Show. Jason is a proven leader in the ever-growing contemporary string world.

Last year marked the release of their latest album, “Rhythm Future Quartet and Friends”. While maintaining the effervescent lilt, virtuosic musicianship and adventurous musical leanings of previous recordings, “Rhythm Future Quartet and Travels” (picked as one of the best jazz albums of 2016 by All About Jazz and the Huffington Post), RFQ and Friends brings vibrant new colors to the mix. JazzTimes Magazine stated, “RFQ and Friends is packed to the gills with feeling and remains consistently dynamic, full of virtuosity and swing.” With its arresting blend of Hot Club of France styled string jazz, Brazilian and East European idioms, original compositions and hints of classical music, the album marks a significant moment in the growth of a continually evolving ensemble. The Rhythm Future Quartet’s increasing popularity is laudable: The quartet’s version of Django’s “Minor Swing” has over 5.6 million views on YouTube, and their video clip of “Bushwick Stomp” from Travels has over 3.2 million Facebook views.  

 

Oct
10
Thu
Jean Trounstine: Sentenced to Literature
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jean Trounstine is an activist, author, and professor emerita at Middlesex Community College in Lowell, Massachusetts who worked at Framingham Women’s Prison for ten years and co-founded the women’s branch of Changing Lives Through Literature, an award-winning alternative sentencing program.

Oct
12
Sat
Book Group
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Discussion group meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m.

View the reading list.

Oct
14
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Monday Evening Conversations Group meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM. All members and other interested parties are invited.

It may be of interest to know that the The Social Library, predecessor of the Salem Athenæum, was founded by a similar discussion group, called the Monday Evening Club. Edward Augustus Holyoke, Rev. Thomas Barnard, Rev. Thomas Gilchrist, Benjamin Lynde, Nathaniel Ropes and others were among the Monday Evening Club founders, who gathered to discuss current events and topics of mutual interest.

Topics for discussion are wide open, but must be amenable to good conversation. Examples include:

  • The long ranging effects of the Civil War
  • The courage to be vulnerable
  • European architecture
  • The importance/non importance of art
  • Why have friends

Meetings will start with something to help frame the discussion for the evening, such as a:

  • brief talk
  • podcast
  • video
  • reading of prose or poetry
  • music

We look forward to talking with you!

Nov
9
Sat
Book Group
Nov 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Discussion group meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m.

View the reading list.

Nov
11
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Monday Evening Conversations Group meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM. All members and other interested parties are invited.

It may be of interest to know that the The Social Library, predecessor of the Salem Athenæum, was founded by a similar discussion group, called the Monday Evening Club. Edward Augustus Holyoke, Rev. Thomas Barnard, Rev. Thomas Gilchrist, Benjamin Lynde, Nathaniel Ropes and others were among the Monday Evening Club founders, who gathered to discuss current events and topics of mutual interest.

Topics for discussion are wide open, but must be amenable to good conversation. Examples include:

  • The long ranging effects of the Civil War
  • The courage to be vulnerable
  • European architecture
  • The importance/non importance of art
  • Why have friends

Meetings will start with something to help frame the discussion for the evening, such as a:

  • brief talk
  • podcast
  • video
  • reading of prose or poetry
  • music

We look forward to talking with you!

Nov
18
Mon
Adams Lecture: David Blight
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Historian David Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, and winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize in History, is the 2019 Adams Lecturer.

David W. Blight is the Sterling Professor of History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era; and Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory; and annotated editions of Douglass’s first two autobiographies. He has worked on Douglass much of his professional life, and been awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, among others.

Event details to come.

Dec
4
Wed
Art in Bloom
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The MFA “Art in Bloom” roadshow makes a stop at the Salem Athenaeum to make a holiday floral arrangement.

Dec
9
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Monday Evening Conversations Group meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM. All members and other interested parties are invited.

It may be of interest to know that the The Social Library, predecessor of the Salem Athenæum, was founded by a similar discussion group, called the Monday Evening Club. Edward Augustus Holyoke, Rev. Thomas Barnard, Rev. Thomas Gilchrist, Benjamin Lynde, Nathaniel Ropes and others were among the Monday Evening Club founders, who gathered to discuss current events and topics of mutual interest.

Topics for discussion are wide open, but must be amenable to good conversation. Examples include:

  • The long ranging effects of the Civil War
  • The courage to be vulnerable
  • European architecture
  • The importance/non importance of art
  • Why have friends

Meetings will start with something to help frame the discussion for the evening, such as a:

  • brief talk
  • podcast
  • video
  • reading of prose or poetry
  • music

We look forward to talking with you!