Nov
19
Mon
Reappraisal Reading Circle: May Sinclair
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

May Sinclair (1863-1946), a popular British writer who wrote about two dozen novels, short stories and poetry, was an active suffragist, and member of the Woman Writers’ Suffrage League. From 1896 Sinclair wrote professionally to support herself and her mother, who died in 1901. Her 1913 novel The Combined Maze, the story of a London clerk and the two women he loves, was highly praised by critics, including George Orwell, while Agatha Christie considered it one of the greatest English novels of its time.

 

Praise for May Sinclair

“England’s leading woman novelist between the death of George Eliot and the rise of Virginia Woolf.”  David Williams, Punch.

“A fascinating figure who was deeply immersed in the intellectual currents of her time, ” Anthony Domestico

“A modern Victorian,” Suzanne Raitt.

“This approachable innovator has been outrageously neglected.” The Guardian

One of the supernatural fiction writers that “one should make a point of seeking out.”
Jacques Barzun and Wikipedia

“Known for her innovations in the development of the psychological novel.” Encyclopedia Britannica

Nov
29
Thu
Poets in the Round
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Host: Dawn Paul

Join us for Poets in the Round: a spontaneous, rapid-fire mix of verse, where poems are chosen not by preference, but based on a word or image in the poem read prior. You’ve never seen a reading quite like this!

Dec
8
Sat
Welcome Winter: Open House
Dec 8 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Celebrate the fellowship of the coming winter. Refreshments, seasonal music, and plenty of good cheer included!

Free.

Dec
9
Sun
Winter Poetry and Book Drive
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Each holiday break, the Clothing Connection gifts a book to the children served during the winter season. These books, based on the students’ reading level and interests, are selected by the reading specialists at Carlton, Bates and Saltsonstall schools.

Please join the Clothing Connection for an afternoon of winter-themed poetry read by local writers at the Salem Athenaeum on Sunday, December 9 at 4 pm. Books will be available for “purchase” at the event. Alternatively, attendees can make a monetary donation to be put towards book costs.

Coffee and cocoa will be served.

Dec
12
Wed
Incessant Pipe: Contentions
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Philosophy, Science, and Ideas. Come sit around a medium-large table and discuss the big stuff.

2nd Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Dec
15
Sat
Writing Workshop: Historical Fiction
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor Jacob Boucher—writing as Jack Badelaire

Historical fiction is popular, despite the fact that it is often an exercise in frustration for the story creators. In this Saturday morning workshop will explore the balance between fiction and history, and how the two can co-exist within one story in a way that appeals to the story’s target audience.

Jan
4
Fri
Brookline Consort
Jan 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Brookline Consort presents an evening of winter carols by Alfred Burt, Francis Poulenc and Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols​.

Jan
5
Sat
Journal Writing Workshop
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday morning writing workshop.

Details to come.

Jan
9
Wed
Incessant Pipe: Contentions
Jan 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Philosophy, Science, and Ideas. Come sit around a medium-large table and discuss the big stuff.

2nd Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Jan
12
Sat
Storytelling
Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In the spirit of the Moth Radio Hour, the Salem Athenaeum Writing Committee offers another evening of live storytelling on the theme of resolutions.

Come hear true stories from community members.

Tonight’s theme is food.