Celebrating Reading Across Rhode Island’s 10th Anniversary at PPL

JOIN US as we journey with Caleb’s Crossing!

In celebration of Reading Across Rhode Island’s 10th Anniversary, Providence Public Library (PPL) is hosting several programs around this year’s book Caleb’s Crossing by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks (March, 2006). In her typically engaging style, Brooks vividly details an imaginary journey of Caleb Cheeshahteamuck, who in 1665 became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Describing the lives of Native Americans and colonists in 17th century Martha’s Vineyard and Boston, including references to people and events in Rhode Island, this is a novel about friendship, bigotry, spirituality, prejudice — and hope.

In addition to the following events at PPL, 150 Empire Street, Providence, an array of programs are scheduled to take place throughout the state, leading up to the 10th Annual May Breakfast on May 5 at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston with Brooks as the keynote speaker.  For more info about the Breakfast, visit www.ribook.org.

These programs are free and open to the public.

Providence Public Library’s Brown Bag Book Club Discussion of Caleb’s Crossing

Tuesday, March 27 -- 12 - 1:00 pm

150 Empire Street, Trustees Room, 3rd Floor

All are welcome for the Brown Bag Book Club’s discussion of the 2012 book!  Copies of the book available at the Library’s Circulation desk.  Call Louise Moulton for more information: 455-8134.  


Caleb’s Crossing: Indian and English Gods in Early New England

with William Simmons, Professor of Anthropology, Brown University

Monday, April   9 – 7- 8:30 pm

150 Empire Street, Barnard Room, 3rd Floor

In this presentation Dr. Simmons will explore the historical and mythic context that underpinned Caleb’s religious crossing, drawing on the religious beliefs of the Wampanoag communities of Martha’s Vineyard and the theological perspectives of Puritan clergy including Roger Williams, Thomas Mayhew and John Eliot.

Dr. Simmons studies social/cultural anthropology, religion, myth, and ritual – focusing on West Africa and Native America. He is also interested in American cultural pluralism and the transformations of contemporary American research universities.  Simmons also serves as Chairman of the Board at PPL.


Living Literature presents Selections from Caleb’s Crossing

Sunday, April 15 -- 2 - 3:30 pm

150 Empire Street, Barnard Room, 3rd Floor

To commemorate Reading Across Rhode Island’s 10th Anniversary, Living Literature presents a readers’ theater performance of Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks.  Historical fiction based on fact, the tale illustrates 17th century repression intensified by the harshness of pioneer life through selections from the novel.