Book Group
Dec 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.

Writers in Your Neighborhood
Dec 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Salem has a long, distinguished literary history that continues today. This special event will allow you to sample the writing of several published authors who are members of the Athenaeum or North Shore residents — the prose and verse of your talented neighbors.

Cozy up to your computer with a warm cup of something and get a taste of their work, explore their books, talk writing.

This event will be on Zoom.*

We are excited to announce the authors who will be reading on December 13:

Laurette Folk
Joey Gould
Jane Healey
Aly Pierce
Sylvia Sellers-Garcia

About the Writers*

Laurette Folk’s fiction, essays, and poems have been published in Waxwing, Gravel, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Boston Globe Magazine, and Best Small Fictions 2019. Her first novel, A Portal to Vibrancy won the Independent Press Award for New Adult Fiction. Her second novel, The End of Aphrodite, is published by Bordighera Press/CUNY and is described by Kirkus Reviews as “[A] haunting and poignant reflection on grief, spirituality, and the loving bonds that provide guidance and sustenance.” Laurette is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee and a graduate of the Vermont College MFA in Writing program. Her website is

Joey Gould (they/them), a non-binary writing tutor, wrote The Acute Avian Heart (2019, Lily Poetry Review).  Twice nominated for Bettering American Poetry and once for a Pushcart Prize, Joey’s work has appeared in Bad Pony, The Compassion Anthology, Memoir Mixtapes, & Glass: A journal of Poetry. A long-time event organizer at Mass Poetry, they help to plan & execute poetry events at Salem Arts Festival. They also write 100-word reviews as poetry editor for Drunk Monkeys.

When her daughters were born, Jane Healey left a career in high tech to become a freelance writer. Her passion for historical fiction became her new career when her first novel, The Saturday Evening Girls Club, was published in 2017. With the release of The Beantown Girls in 2019, she continued to fulfill her dream of writing lesser known stories of women in history. Her upcoming novel The Secret Stealers, based on the true stories of the women of the Office of Strategic Services, (precursor to the CIA, during WW II) releases in March 2021. Jane lives north of Boston with two teen daughters, two idiotic cats and one amazing husband. She likes reading, running, cooking, going to the beach and drinking lots of coffee. Her website is

Aly Pierce lives in Beverly, MA where she drinks coffee and mails you records from Deathwish Inc. Her debut collection The Visible Planets and her new chapbook Cryptids are both available now from Game Over Books and Ginger Bug Press respectively.

Sylvia Sellers-García is an Associate Professor of colonial Latin American history at Boston College. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and an MPhil from St. Antony’s College, Oxford. Her books include When the Ground Turns in Its Sleep, a novel published by Riverhead, and The Woman on the Windowsill, an archival true crime book published by Yale University Press. Her current research focuses on criminal cases from the Archivo General de Centroamérica in Guatemala City.

*Jessica Treadway is unable to join us as planned. We hope to have her at another event!

*For Zoom events, registration closes 30 minutes before event start.
Zoom logins are sent 15 minutes before event start.

Monday Evening Conversations
Dec 14 @ 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!

Writing Group: The Monday Group
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Monday Group offers support and feedback for adult writers under 40 at the beginnings of their careers. Those interested should contact leader Blake Campbell ( to assess whether this group is right for you.

Writers’ Open Studio
Dec 15 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 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.

Salem Writers’ Group
Dec 15 @ 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.

Cathy Marie Buchanan: Daughter of Black Lake
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

New York Times bestselling authors Cathy Marie Buchanan and Brunonia Barry will discuss Buchanan’s latest novel, Daughter of Black Lake in a Zoom conversation followed by Q&A with the audience.

Set in the Iron Age Britain, Daughter of Black Lake is a transporting historical novel that brings the ancient world to life and introduces us to an unforgettable family facing an unimaginable trial.

New York Times bestseller and book club favorite Cathy Marie Buchanan is the author of three novels. Her most recent, Daughter of Black Lake, was chosen as Best Fiction for Fall by Entertainment Weekly and Parade magazine. Cathy Marie Buchanan’s previous novels, The Painted Girls and The Day the Falls Stood Still, were both New York Times bestsellers, with The Painted Girls named a best book of the year by NPR, Good Housekeeping, and Goodreads. Buchanan’s work has been translated into nine languages. She lives in Toronto.

This event will be held on Zoom.

Registration closes 30 minutes before event start.
Zoom logins are sent 15 minutes before event start.

Writers’ Open Studio
Dec 22 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 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
Dec 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 5:00 to 7:00 PM (new time as of May 2020)

Incessant Pipe: Poetry Salon
Dec 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon will meet 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. Meets 4th Tuesdays.