Dec
8
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Dec 8 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

La Tertulia
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Dec
9
Wed
Anthony Amore: The Woman Who Stole Vermeer
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Woman Who Stole Vermeer:
The True Story of Rose Dugdale and the Russborough House Art Heist

Learn about the extraordinary life and crimes of heiress-turned-revolutionary Rose Dugdale, who in 1974 became the only woman to pull off a major art heist.

In the world of crime, those who steal art and those who repeatedly kill have one typical commonality: they are almost exclusively male. But, as with all things, there is someone who bucks the trends and leaves investigators scratching their heads. In the history of major art heists, that outlier is Rose Dugdale.

Born into extreme wealth, she abandoned her life as an Oxford-trained PhD and heiress to join the cause of Irish Republicanism. While on the surface she appears to be the British version of Patricia Hearst, she is anything but. Dugdale spearheaded the first aerial terrorist attack in British history and pulled off the biggest art theft of her time. In 1974, she led a gang into the opulent Russborough House in Ireland and made off with millions in prized paintings, including works by Goya, Gainsborough, Rubens, and Vermeer. Dugdale thus became—to this day—the only woman to pull off a major art heist. And as Anthony Amore explores in The Woman Who Stole Vermeer, it’s likely that this was not her only one.

Anthony Amore is Director of Security and Chief Investigator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where he is charged with the ongoing efforts to recover thirteen works of art stolen from the museum on March 18, 1990. Additionally, he is the co-author of Stealing Rembrandts (a Wall Street Journal bestseller) and author of The Art of the Con (a New York Times bestseller) and provides analysis on issues related to security and terrorism for the BBC, NBC News, NPR, CNN, FOX, and others. He lives in Boston, MA. Learn more at www.anthonyamore.com.

Dec
12
Sat
Book Group
Dec 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.

Dec
13
Sun
Writers in Your Neighborhood
Dec 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Salem has a long, distinguished literary history that continues today. This special event will allow you to sample the writing of several published authors who are members of the Athenaeum or North Shore residents — the prose and verse of your talented neighbors.
Get a taste of their work, explore their books, talk writing.

This event will be on Zoom.

We are excited to announce that the following authors will be reading on December 13:

Laurette Folk
Joey Gould
Jane Healey
Aly Pierce
Sylvia Sellers-Garcia
Jessica Treadway

Dec
14
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Dec 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!

Writing Group: The Monday Group
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Monday Group offers support and feedback for adult writers under 40 at the beginnings of their careers. Those interested should contact leader Blake Campbell (blakecampbell1919@gmail.com) to assess whether this group is right for you.

Dec
15
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Dec 15 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

Salem Writers’ Group
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.

Dec
16
Wed
Cathy Buchanan: Daughter of Black Lake
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

New York Times bestselling authors Cathy Buchanan and Brunonia Barry will discuss Buchanan’s latest novel, Daughter of Black Lake.

Set in the Iron Age Britain, Daughter of Black Lake is a transporting historical novel that brings the ancient world to life and introduces us to an unforgettable family facing an unimaginable trial.

New York Times bestseller and book club favorite Cathy Marie Buchanan is the author of three novels. Her most recent, Daughter of Black Lake, was chosen as Best Fiction for Fall by Entertainment Weekly and Parade magazine. Cathy Marie Buchanan’s previous novels, The Painted Girls and The Day the Falls Stood Still, were both New York Times bestsellers, with The Painted Girls named a best book of the year by NPR, Good Housekeeping, and Goodreads. Buchanan’s work has been translated into nine languages. She lives in Toronto.

This event will be held on Zoom.