Oct
14
Sat
Book Group
Oct 14 @ 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.

Oct
17
Tue
Salem Writers’ Group
Oct 17 @ 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.

Oct
19
Thu
Scrabble Club
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Oct
21
Sat
Finding Your Medium
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

What’s your medium? Every writer searches for the right format to tell their own stories in. During this interactive discussion, talk with a working poet, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and more about the challenges and benefits of their chosen medium, how they got there, and how to find your own voice as a writer.

Finding Your Medium will begin with an interactive panel discussion, providing each writer a chance to talk about how they arrived at their chosen medium, if they’ve worked in any other formats, and how their journey affected their current work and perspective on their medium. Then the audience will be invited to bring their own questions to the table–be as general or specific as you like. Trying to find your own medium? Considering testing out another? Wondering how trying out one format might make you a better writer in another? Take advantage of having writers of different paths ready to discuss the ins and outs of their medium–and yours!
Matthew Phillion is the author of the young adult adventure series, The Indestructibles. He writes in a variety of genres. As an active freelance writer, Phillion continues to write about both local issues and the medical industry as both a journalist and newspaper editor.
Oct
24
Tue
La Tertulia
Oct 24 @ 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.

Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon will meet on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm 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.

Oct
26
Thu
Scrabble Club
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nov
2
Thu
Scrabble Club
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nov
4
Sat
Dickens Fellowship
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Dickens Fellowship North of Boston Branch, Chartered Branch #204, is part of an international community celebrating Charles Dickens and promoting readership and appreciation of his works while educating about the ideas and social issues that were close to his heart.  The North of Boston Branch was founded in 2010 and meets monthly at the Salem Athenaeum.  Meetings involve book discussion as well as other Dickens-related programming and activities.  All are welcome to join the Fellowship and rekindle your enjoyment of Dickens or start anew.

Nov
6
Mon
Adams Lecture: Gordon Wood
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

 

Pulitzer-winning historian Gordon S. Wood discusses his new book, Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams could scarcely have come from more different worlds, or been more different in temperament. Jefferson, the optimist with enough faith in the innate goodness of his fellow man to be democracy’s champion, was an aristocratic Southern slave owner, while Adams, the overachiever from New England’s rising middling classes, painfully aware he was no aristocrat, was a skeptic about popular rule and a defender of a more elitist view of government. Their profound differences would lead to a fundamental crisis, in their friendship and in the nation writ large, as they became the figureheads of two entirely new forces, the first American political parties. But late in life, something remarkable happened: these two men were nudged into reconciliation. What started as a grudging trickle of correspondence became a great flood, and a friendship was rekindled, over the course of hundreds of letters.

Gordon S. Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and professor of history at Brown University. His books have received the Pulitzer, Bancroft and John H. Dunning prizes, as well as a National Book Award nomination and the New York Historical Society Prize in American History. They include Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, Revolutionary Characters, The Purpose of the Past, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, and The Idea of America.