La Tertulia
Apr 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
Apr 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.

Stories of Substance
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Stories of Substance is an original play about young adults and their experiences with substance use and abuse. It is inspired by true stories of local young adults, developed and written by Brunonia Barry, Anne Lucas, Lisa Jendrysik, Matthew Phillion and director Damon Krometis. The play originally premiered with local student actors at the Salem YMCA in 2017 and has been performed in North Shore schools.

Free to all.

Salem Writers’ Group
May 1 @ 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.

Writers’ Open Studio
May 8 @ 9:45 am – 12:00 pm

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 9:45-12:00 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

La Tertulia
May 8 @ 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.

208th Annual Meeting
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

208th Annual Meeting of the Proprietors of the Salem Athenaeum and election of officers and new trustees. All members in good standing are welcome to attend.


Please note that this year’s meeting is being held on the second Wednesday in May rather than the usual first Wednesday in May.


Book Group
May 12 @ 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.

Sheryl Faye Presents Laura Ingalls Wilder
May 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Generations of Americans have experienced frontier life through Laura Ingalls
Wilder’s beloved Little House on the Prairie books and the television
series based on them. Storyteller and actress Sheryl Faye will bring the
real Laura and her pioneering adventures to life at the Salem Athenaeum
in a family friendly program.

Join us for everyone’s favorite prairie girl! See how this little girl grew up
to be a famous writer and share her stories with the world!

All ages welcome.

Reappraisal Reading Circle: Hugh Walpole
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Sir Hugh S. Walpole, 1884-1941

In 2011, Peter Hitchens, an admirer of Walpole, though not an uncritical one, wrote:

Henry James and John Buchan praised him. Joseph Conrad, T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf were kind about him. What’s more, his books sold enormously well on both sides of the Atlantic, he was knighted, and he became very rich … Yet now he has vanished completely, his books not even to be found on the back shelves of most second hand shops, dismissed as “unreadable.”

If one is curious about how such a thing could happen, check out one of Hugh Walpole’s novels at the Salem Athenaeum and join the discussion of Hugh Walpole’s work at the Reappraisal Reading Circle’s meeting on Monday, May 14 at 7 pm. If Hugh Walpole was, as has been said, the most successful romantic novelist of his time, is it the genre that has failed him, or is it his style and artlessness, or the sensibilities of our time? Of the nearly 40 novels Walpole wrote, few titles have any name recognition at all today, but little girls have been named Judith and Vanessa for his characters. Colleges have retained his books – colleges and the Salem Athenaeum. Walpole wrote psychological novels, children’s stories, historical fiction (Herries Chronicles), regional fiction, and gothic horror stories (Portrait of a man with red hair, and The killer and the slain), detective stories (Behind the Screen) and biography (Anthony Trollope). Lately, it seems that some readers who report to Goodreads have discovered Walpole. How will the Athenaeum readers respond to Walpole at the meeting on May 14?

Reappraisal Reading Circle meets to discuss the works of prolific, popular authors of the past whose works are held in quantity by the Athenaeum. All are welcome to participate!