Sep
7
Fri
Members’ Preview Book Sale
Sep 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mark your calendars for the best book sale of the Fall! Members, plus one guest, have the opportunity to attend the Member’s Preview Book Sale on Friday night, before it opens to the public on Saturday morning.

Sep
8
Sat
Annual Book Sale
Sep 8 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The public book sale is Saturday from 9-5 and Clearance ($3/bag) is on Sunday from 9-2.
During the Clearance on Sunday, teachers with ID receive free books.

Proceeds benefit the Athenaeum collections and educational programs.
Donations to the book sale may be delivered to the Athenaeum during normal open hours now through September 6.

Book Group
Sep 8 @ 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.

Sep
9
Sun
Annual Book Sale/Clearance Sunday
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The public book sale is Saturday from 9-5 and Clearance ($3/bag) is on Sunday from 9-2.
During the Clearance on Sunday, teachers with ID receive free books.

Proceeds benefit the Athenaeum collections and educational programs.
Donations to the book sale may be delivered to the Athenaeum during normal open hours now through September 6.

Sep
10
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Sep 10 @ 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!

Sep
12
Wed
Incessant Pipe: Contentions
Sep 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.

Sep
17
Mon
Re-appraisal Reading Circle: Mary Wilkins Freeman
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open meeting discussing the works of a prolific, popular author of the past whose works are held in quantity by the Athenaeum.

This month: Mary Wilkins Freeman (1852-1920)

Sep
21
Fri
Salem Lit Fest Kickoff
Sep 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Celebrate reading and writing with us at the 9th Salem Lit Fest!

Featuring 
Keynote Speaker on 9/21: Madeline Miller, author of #1 New York Times bestseller, Circe.

Authors in Conversation on 9/22: Lisa Genova and Joseph Deitch

And readings by:
Brunonia Barry
Janet Benton
Eric Jay Dolin
Jane C. Esther
Julia Glass
Hannah Kimberly
Stephen McCauley
Matthew Phillion
David Roper
Paul Tremblay
Meghan Weir

More information at our website: http://salemlitfest.org/

Sep
29
Sat
Concert: Matt Haimovitz
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Salem Classical & Salem Athenaeum present
Cellist Matt Haimovitz
 
The Salem Athenaeum’s new series “If Music Could Talk,” in partnership with Salem Classical, brings world-renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz back to Salem after his much heralded 2017 performance with Philip Glass at PEM. Haimovitz returns with a thrilling program of Bach, Iyer, Glass, and Korean composer Isang Yun.  “If Music Could Talk” is hosted by Josiah Fisk and this special concert will feature a pre-concert discussion with Haimovitz, Fisk, and Salem Classical’s Richard Guérin.

Learn more about Haimovitz.

Program:
Bach Cello Suite No.2 in D
Isang Yun Glissée

(Intermission)

Glass Partita No. 2 for Solo Cello
Bach Suite III (Prelude)
Vijay Iyer Run
Oct
4
Thu
Fall Course: Short Story Writing
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

4 Thursdays, plus one consultation session

Do you have a short story burning inside you to be set free? Bobbi Lerman’s 4-week short story writing workshop might be just what you need to wake your writing brain, recharge your muse and get your words flowing. The course will start with writing prompts and in each successive week you will dig deeper into the writing and drafting process as your story emerges. The fifth and final session will be a one-on-one consultation with Bobbi Lerman by appointment (in person or via phone).

 

Bobbi Lerman‘s love for writing began at a young age when she would spend her afternoons crafting short stories about her extended family in the three family home she grew up  in and about life in the North Shore. She earned a degree in Fine Arts from Mass Art, and is a member of the New England Romance Writers and of Romance Writers of America.

Through the years, Bobbi’s writing has evolved to cover a multitude of Topics from travel writing for blogs such as Wanderlust Woman, View from the Pier, Your Life Is a Trip and others, to the publication of her four novellas which appear in the Season Of Anthologies. Today she primarily writes Historical Medieval Romance and travel essays.
A self-proclaimed “muse locator,” Bobbi has been running workshops for almost twenty years that are aimed at helping writer’s unblock, and find their voice and inspiration. She founded Scribblers Ink, an active online community and website offering interviews with authors, writing tips, and daily prompts.

When she isn’t writing or workshopping, Bobbi loves to travel, garden, and hang out with her husband of 40 years, visit with her daughter Jessie and her three grandchildren, Aria, Lincoln & Levi, otherwise, known as the wild bunch.

Bobbi’s novellas can be found at Amazon.com.

Coming Soon:  Bobbi’s short story, My Mothers Gift will soon appear in Lilith Magazine.