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
22
Sat
Salem Lit Fest
Sep 22 all-day

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
Joan Wilking

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