Jun
7
Wed
Salem Poetry Seminar: Enzo Surin and Charlotte Gordon
Jun 7 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This week-long Seminar gives twelve students, selected from public colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts, the opportunity to study poetry writing intensively with noted teachers and authors Charlotte Gordon, J.D. Scrimgeour, and Richard Hoffman.

The Seminar includes free nightly readings that feature an established poet and include brief readings by seminar participants.

All readings are held at 7:30 pm in the Salem Athenaeum.

Tonight’s featured reader is Enzo Surin and Charlotte Gordon.

Learn more.

Jun
8
Thu
Salem Poetry Seminar: Alumni Reading
Jun 8 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Salem Poetry Seminar alumni reading. Many accomplished writers have attended the Seminar since its first iteration in 2000. Come hear a sampling of their fine work. Among this year’s alumni readers will be Joey Gould and Lisa Mangini.

Learn more.

Jun
9
Fri
Salem Poetry Seminar: Richard Hoffman
Jun 9 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This week-long Seminar gives twelve students, selected from public colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts, the opportunity to study poetry writing intensively with noted teachers and authors Charlotte Gordon, J.D. Scrimgeour, and Richard Hoffman.

The Seminar includes free nightly readings that feature an established poet and include brief readings by seminar participants.

All readings are held at 7:30 pm in the Salem Athenaeum.

Tonight’s featured reader is Richard Hoffman.

Learn more.

Jun
10
Sat
Book Group
Jun 10 @ 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.

Jun
12
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Jun 12 @ 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!

Jun
13
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Jun 13 @ 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
Jun 13 @ 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.

Jun
17
Sat
Salem Literary Festival
Jun 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

On June 17th, the Salem Athenaeum will present the 8th Salem Literary Festival, an exciting day of literary adventures for adults and youth:

  • 15 award-winning and best-selling writers
  • lunch with the authors
  • free youth workshops, and more!
The Salem Lit Fest aims to inspire and promote literacy and a love of books and reading through programming featuring both contemporary authors and engagement with classic works of literature. Events will be held at both the Salem Athenaeum and across the street at First Church in Salem (316 Essex Street).

General admission is free!

Reserved seating: $50.
Lunch with the authors: $35.
If you are purchasing both reserved seating and lunch, you may use coupon code SLF2017 for a $10 discount.
Registration and tickets are required for both general admission and paid options.
Jun
20
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Jun 20 @ 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.

Salem Writers’ Group
Jun 20 @ 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.