Aug
11
Tue
La Tertulia
Aug 11 @ 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

Aug
21
Fri
Online Salon: Rebecca Totaro—The Plague in Shakespeare’s London and Lessons for Us Now
Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

When it comes to pandemics, bubonic plague was far worse than COVID-19 in so many ways, but there are many interesting historical resemblances.

We are experiencing some identical phenomena now and we can learn from the historic record and literature of plagues past!

What do Shakespeare’s plays and poetryPope Clement VI, fake news and pandemics have in common? When we place these issues in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak, we have some answers. In this illustrated Zoom talk, Professor Rebecca Totaro of Florida Gulf Coast University will use her expertise on the plague in the Renaissance to help us consider what lessons we can learn by comparing the impact and experience of infectious diseases from the Black Death to our present moment, with a special focus on Shakespeare’s plague-time London and his Romeo and Juliet.

Rebecca Totaro is Associate Dean of Curriculum and Assessment and Professor of English, Florida Gulf Coast University. A book series editor for Penn State University Press, Professor Totaro is also the recipient of the Monroe Kirk Spears Award from the academic journal Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 for her essay, “Securing Sleep in Hamlet,” and she is author and editor of five books, four of them on bubonic plague in Shakespeare’s England.

 

Aug
25
Tue
La Tertulia
Aug 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 5:00 to 7:00 PM (new time as of May 2020)

Incessant Pipe: Poetry Salon
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon will meet upstairs in the Salem Athenaeum. “The Pipe” is a space to read poetry, yours or others, and discuss everything from the price of tea in China to quantum particles (as long as it relates back to poetry). All styles of poetry are welcome. Meets 4th Tuesdays.

Sep
8
Tue
La Tertulia
Sep 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

Sep
11
Fri
Salem Literary Festival
Sep 11 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm

Join us for the 11th Salem Lit Fest — September 11-13, 2020.

Details to come.

Sep
22
Tue
La Tertulia
Sep 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 5:00 to 7:00 PM (new time as of May 2020)

Incessant Pipe: Poetry Salon
Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon will meet upstairs in the Salem Athenaeum. “The Pipe” is a space to read poetry, yours or others, and discuss everything from the price of tea in China to quantum particles (as long as it relates back to poetry). All styles of poetry are welcome. Meets 4th Tuesdays.

Oct
13
Tue
La Tertulia
Oct 13 @ 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

Oct
22
Thu
Mira Ptacin: The In-Betweens
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna

“They believed they would live forever.” So begins Mira Ptacin’s haunting account of the women of Camp Etna—an otherworldly community in the woods of Maine that has, since 1876, played host to generations of Spiritualists and mediums dedicated to preserving the links between the mortal realm and the afterlife. Beginning her narrative in 1848, with two sisters who claimed they could speak to the dead, Ptacin reveals how Spiritualism first blossomed into a national practice during the Civil War, yet continues—even thrives—to this very day. Immersing herself in this community and its practices—from ghost hunting to releasing trapped spirits to water witching— Ptacin sheds new light on our ongoing struggle with faith, uncertainty, and mortality. Blending memoir, ethnography, and investigative reportage, The In-Betweens offers a vital portrait of Camp Etna and its enduring hold on a modern culture that remains as starved for a deeper sense of connection and otherworldliness as ever.

Mira Ptacin, the author of the acclaimed memoir Poor Your Soul, has written for NPR, Guernica, New York, Tin House, and Vice, among other publications. She teaches memoir-writing to women at the Maine Correctional Center and lives on Peaks Island, Maine.