Dec
15
Sat
Writing Workshop: Historical Fiction
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor Jacob Boucher—writing as Jack Badelaire

Historical fiction is popular, despite the fact that it is often an exercise in frustration for the story creators. In this Saturday morning workshop will explore the balance between fiction and history, and how the two can co-exist within one story in a way that appeals to the story’s target audience.

Jacob Boucher has a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Television Production with a Minor in Classical Studies, as well as a Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems and IT Project Management. He currently works at Boston University as an IT services manager. He also teaches blogging and self-publishing courses through the Brookline Adult and Community Education Program.

Under the pen name Jack Badelaire, he has written nine novels and a number of shorter works, mostly in the historical military adventure genre (namely the popular COMMANDO series, as well as Assault on Abbeville, San Francisco Slaughter, and the Western novella Renegade’s Revenge). You can find him online at postmodernpulp.com, where he discusses his writing as well as books, film, and other popular media.

Dec
18
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Dec 18 @ 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 18 @ 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.

Dec
19
Wed
Bonaire: The Island Saving Its Coral Reef with George Buckley
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The new date is December 19!

Film Screening and Discussion

In a world of uncertainty, one of the ecosystems emblematic of the need for balance is the coral reef. Bonaire Bonanza is a success story of good reef management on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, where scientists and citizens work together to manage and protect the reefs. This documentary by George Buckley and Dutch filmmaker Edward Snijders won the Palme d’Or Award in Marseilles.

Tonight’s screening of Bonaire Bonanza includes a discussion session with George Buckley who narrated and advised on the film.

George Buckley is the co-founder and Assistant Director of Sustainability and Environmental Management Program at Harvard Extension School. He is an expert scuba diver who has led hundreds of students to study the sea. He has been a long-time Associate at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and chief scientist on some two dozen Earthwatch Expeditions on marine ecology and field studies on coral reefs, bay ecology, horseshoe crabs, fresh water clams and land snails. He is the Chairman of Bonaire’s Accolade Foundation and Director of the Marine Ecology Project.

His awards include the Palme d’Or for his film Bonaire Bonanza, the EPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Beneath the Sea (BTS) Diver of the Year. It was when he worked on the award-winning NOVA TV program, “The Sea Behind the Dunes,” that he began his career in environmental filmmaking.

 

 

 

Dec
25
Tue
Winter Break
Dec 25 2018 – Jan 1 2019 all-day

The Salem Athenaeum is closed for winter break 12/25-1/1/20.

Jan
2
Wed
New Hours Begin
Jan 2 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

New hours begin this week!

1:00-6:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday (Thursday is no longer 5:00-9:00 p.m.)
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday

Jan
3
Thu
New Hours Begin
Jan 3 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

New hours begin this week!

1:00-6:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday (Thursday is no longer 5:00-9:00 p.m.)
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday

Jan
4
Fri
New Hours Begin
Jan 4 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

New hours begin this week!

1:00-6:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday (Thursday is no longer 5:00-9:00 p.m.)
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday

Brookline Consort: Fireside Carols
Jan 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

If Music Could Talk

Join the Brookline Consort for an evening of carols at the Salem Athenaeum. This program, part of our popular new series “If Music Could Talk,” includes Benjamin Britten’s beloved “Ceremony of Carols” for harp and voices as well as music by Francis Poulenc and Alfred Burt. There will be a short carol sing-along at the end, and as always with this series, some performer-audience dialogue.

Founded in 2016, The Brookline Consort​ is an 8-16 vocal chamber choir of music professionals in and around the Brookline area dedicated to the performance of fine choral music in a chamber setting.​ The Brookline Consort is comprised of professional musicians that are committed to telling stories through diverse, thoughtful programming performed at the highest level. Through the curation of engaging musical experiences, they create spaces for conversation between artists and audiences and through the collaborative nature of choral music, listeners become creative partners in building community in Brookline and beyond.
Jan
5
Sat
Writing Workshop: Claiming Space—Creative Journaling as Daily Practice
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Poets Krysten Hill and Danielle Jones will lead a workshop exploring journaling as a daily practice for writers. Regardless of genre, every writer begins by staring down the blank page, which can be both intimidating and unforgiving. But what if you think of that blank page as a chance for play? A space to rant, reconfigure, keep a record—a way to let the many sides of yourself come together on the page. We will bring images and poems intended to get the conversation started; give you strategies for revisiting old entries in order to generate new material; and you’ll leave with prompts for the first several weeks of your writing new year.

Bring your own journal, or order one for $15 when you register ahead and we’ll provide it.

 

Krysten Hill is an educator, writer, and performer who has showcased her poetry on stage at The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Blacksmith House, Cantab Lounge, U35 Reading Series, and other venues. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currently teaches. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in apt, Word Riot, The Baltimore Review, B O D Y,  Muzzle,  PANK, Winter Tangerine Review, Take Magazine and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. Her chapbook, How Her Spirit Got Out, received the 2017 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize.

Danielle Jones holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and is assistant director of the Writers House at Merrimack College. Her work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Best New Poets, Incessant Pipe, Memorious, and elsewhere. She’s a recipient of a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award.