Writers’ Open Studio
Mar 7 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

The Athenaeum will be open exclusively for writers to work in a serene environment. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and leave the distractions at the door.

The Writers in Your Neighborhood
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

SAth_Writers_webSalem has a long, distinguished literary history that continues today. This program allows you to sample the writing of several published authors who are members of the Athenaeum, the prose and verse of your talented neighbors. Get a taste of their work, peruse their books, talk writing. Among the readers are Kevin Carey, MP Carver, Jim DeFillippi, Elisabeth Horowitz, Linda Dini Jenkins, Mark Levy, Jennifer Martelli, Matt Phillion, and J.D. Scrimgeour. The event is free and open to the public.


Hosted by J.D. Scrimgeour

Salem Writers’ Group
Mar 7 @ 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.

Book Group
Mar 11 @ 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.

Spring Course 2017—Becoming an Artist
Mar 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This six-week literature course taught by Theo Theoharis will cover Willa Cather’s “The Song of the Lark” and James Joyce’s “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.”



Theo Theoharis, Ph.D. has lectured widely on American and European  literature both in the United States and abroad. He is author of James Joyce’s Ulysses: An Anatomy of the Soul and Ibsen’s Drama: Right Action and Tragic Joy, and well as the translator of Before They Could Change Them: The Complete Poems of Constantine P. Cavafy. He has received teaching awards from UC Berkeley, MIT and Harvard. He has taught courses on the epic, tragedy, and modern fiction at Harvard for the last 25 years.

Cambridge Society for Early Music Concert
Mar 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Before Bach: Chamber Music of Germany and Italy
with Jesse Irons and Sarah Darling, violins — Jason Fisher, viola — Michael Unterman, cello — Byron Schenkman, harpsichord
With guest artists Ingrid Matthews, violin
Gut Reaction brings together five brilliant performers to explore the best of the baroque on period instruments.  The four string players are members of the critically-acclaimed Boston ensemble A Far Cry.  They are joined by renowned harpsichordist Byron Schenkman, whose playing is often described as “dazzling.”  In 1999, he won CSEM’s prestigious Erwin Bodky Prize.
Winner of the Bodky Prize in 1989, baroque violinist Ingrid Matthews will appear as a guest artist.  With Byron Schenkman, she was co-founder of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra in 1992, and served as music director until recently.  For many years, she was also first violinist in the Luna ensemble, specializing in the 17th century.  Her performances for CSEM are always a delight!  Join us for a journey into the lesser-known but rich repertoire of the 17th century.
A reception follows.  For tickets and information, call 617-489-2062 or visit
Members and seniors, $25; non-members, $30.
Free for students 17 and under.
Monday Evening Conversations
Mar 13 @ 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!

Re-Appraisal Reading Circle
Mar 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Monthly open meeting to discuss the works of a prolific, popular author of the past whose works are held in quantity by the Athenaeum.

2017 authors:

Jan. 9: Rudyard Kipling
Feb. 13: Edna Ferber
Mar. 13: Sinclair Lewis
Apr. 10: E.M. Delafield
May 8: James Fenimore Cooper

Writers’ Open Studio
Mar 14 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

The Athenaeum will be open exclusively for writers to work in a serene environment. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and leave the distractions at the door.

La Tertulia
Mar 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice. They meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.