Oct
27
Tue
Incessant Pipe: Poetry Salon
Oct 27 @ 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.

Oct
28
Wed
Kathleen Sebelius: A Live Commentary on the 2020 Election
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Exclusive Election Event

Join us online to hear former Secretary of Health and Human Services and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius offer her take on the upcoming election, the Covid crisis, the Affordable Care Act, the directions of the two major parties, and the future of democracy itself.

Her unique insights will be followed by commentary from Peter Kadzis, political reporter for WGBH, as well as questions from the audience.

 

 

 

 

Kathleen Sebelius is the former Governor of Kansas and served in President Obama’s Cabinet as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2009 – 2014.

 

WGBH Political Reporter and co-host of The Scrum podcast, Peter Kadzis, kicked around at daily newspapers and national magazines before joining the now-defunct Boston Phoenix, where he worked for 25 years—primarily as editor or executive editor. He won two awards for his editorial writing while there. Improbable as it may seem, for almost 11 years he offered commentary on Fox 25 News as a member of The Heavy Hitters.

 

Oct
30
Fri
Alice Hoffman: Magic Lessons
Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This is an online event in partnership with Harvard Book Store.

Please register for the event on their website:

https://www.harvard.com/event/virtual_event_alice_hoffman/

Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic
by Alice Hoffman

In an unforgettable novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic. Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? With Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she’s abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the “Unnamed Arts.” Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back. When Maria is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it’s here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life: Love is the only thing that matters. Magic Lessons (Simon & Schuster) is a celebration of life and love and a showcase of Alice Hoffman’s masterful storytelling.

This is a pay what you can event. If you wish to attend and have a copy of the book shipped to you, you may do so for $33.25 at the link above.

Nov
2
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Nov 2 @ 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!

Nov
10
Tue
La Tertulia
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Nov
14
Sat
Book Group
Nov 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.

Nov
16
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Nov 16 @ 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!

Nov
18
Wed
Legacies of 1620 and the Mayflower: Native Americans of New England
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Christoph Strobel will present an interpretive history of the indigenous peoples of New England. This talk will not attempt to provide a comprehensive history, but, rather, by focusing on a few select case studies, historic sketches, and biographies from throughout New England, we will explore the story of Native Americans in the region. While this talk will not turn a blind eye to the horrendous impact that colonization, dispossession, and racism had on the lives of indigenous peoples in New England, it will also emphasize Native American resistance, adaptation, and survival under often harsh and unfavorable circumstances.

Christoph Strobel is Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he teaches various courses in global and Native American history. His most recent book is Native Americans of New England. He is also the author of the Global Atlantic: 1400–1900, The Testing Grounds of Modern Empire, and, co-author with Alice Nash, of Daily Life of Native Americans from Post-Columbian through Nineteenth-Century America. Christoph has also published three books on immigration and his scholarly essays appear in many academic journals and in various edited collections.

Reappraisal Reading Circle: Robert Louis Stevenson
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The discussion at the November meeting will be about the works of Robert Louis Stevenson.

Please register by clicking the green button above in order to receive the sign-in credentials to the Zoom meeting.

Re-appraisal Reading Circle meets bi-monthly on third Wednesdays at 7:00 PM

Upcoming Discussions:

Jan 20  Hamlin Garland

Mar 17  Rumer Godden

May 19   Francis Brett Young

Nov
21
Sat
Writing Workshop: Done Is Good
Nov 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The year 2020 has been challenging for everyone, but especially for creatives, who have often found themselves fighting an uphill battle. For some writers the year came with a burst of inspiration for new projects, while others were weighed down, distracted by current events. November, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), has become a focal point for writers, either to finish an existing project or to get back on the proverbial bicycle and jumpstart a languishing project.

We’ve gathered a number of area writers to talk about how this year has affected their workflow and what they’re doing to stay focused and get their projects over the finish line. Whether you’re looking for inspiration to get past the final weeks of NaNoWriMo or fighting off year-long writer’s block, there’s something for everyone in this online session.

 

Meet the Authors

Jack Badelaire first began writing online in 2005, moderating a message board dedicated to Men’s Adventure paperbacks of the ‘60s through the ‘80s. He created The Post Modern Pulp blog in 2007 and the fantasy, science-fiction, and wargaming blog Tankards & Broadswords in 2008. In 2011, Badelaire published his first fictional work, the horror short story “Rivalry”, through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. In 2012, he published his first novel, Killer Instincts, followed shortly thereafter by Operation Arrowhead, the first in his successful WW2 British Commando series. Badelaire has since written seven other novels, three novellas, and multiple short stories, mostly in the field of historical adventure fiction. For the last several years, Badelaire has taught part-time through a local adult and community education program. There, he focuses on teaching blogging and self-publishing, with the goal of helping new authors navigate through the process of digital and print-on-demand book production and distribution.

E.E. Holmes is a best-selling indie author of YA literature, including the The Gateway Trilogy, The Gateway Trackers, and The Riftmagic Saga series. Her books have won awards from Chanticleer Book Reviews and Media, and also the Independent Publishers Book Awards. When not writing, she can be found indulging her passions for theatre, outdated British television, and being ordered around by her two children. She lives in central MA with her husband, kids, and a small but surprisingly loud dog. You can find more about her and her work at eeholmes.com.

Jennifer Martelli is the author of My Tarantella (Bordighera Press), awarded an Honorable Mention from the Italian-American Studies Association, selected as a 2019 “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, and named as a finalist for the Housatonic Book Award. Her chapbook, After Bird, was the winner of the Grey Book Press open reading, 2016. Her work has appeared in Verse Daily, Iron Horse Review (winner, Photo Finish contest), The Sycamore Review, and Poetry. Jennifer Martelli has twice received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for her poetry. She is co-poetry editor for Mom Egg Review and co-curates the Italian-American Writers Series.

Matt Phillion is based in Salem, Massachusetts. Matthew is the author of The Indestructibles YA superhero novel series, its spinoff Echo and the Sea, and the Dungeon Crawlers fantasy novellas. A former filmmaker, Phillion wrote and directed the award-winning independent film Certainly Never and lead writer for the opioid awareness stage play Stories of Substance, produced in collaboration between the Salem Athenaeum and the YMCA of the North Shore.

Susan Zalkind is an independent journalist and writer based in Boston, Massachusetts. She covers courts and crime, breaks news and writes investigative features. Her reporting for This American Life and Boston magazine on an unsolved triple murder and FBI shooting was hailed as “blistering” by Rachel Maddow, and listed as one of the best stories of the year by Longform.org and Longreads. Her in-depth, high–profile trial coverage includes United States v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, State of NH v. Owen Labrie, Commonwealth of MA v. Michelle Carter, and Commonwealth of MA v. Michael McCarthy. She is a New England correspondent for The Guardian, The Daily Beast, and VICEShe has appeared on CNN, NBCMSNBC, BBC, and is a regular guest on NECN’s The Take.