Upcoming Rhode Island Authors Visiting PPL – April & May

Providence Public Library’s visiting author series continues with these Rhode Island authors during April and May (150 Empire Street, Providence). These book talks and signings are free, but the Library welcomes donations in support of ongoing author engagements. Programs that are part of the ongoing Writing with Authors Workshop Series are $10.  Discounted parking for these events may be available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage, ($3 / 3 hours).  Bring your parking ticket with you to the event for validation.

Arlene Violet: The Mob and Me 

Thursday, April 7 -- 7:00 - 8:00 PM at the Central Library, 150 Empire Street (Barnard Room, 3rd floor).

John Partington, former U.S. Marshall, sat with Arlene Violet during his last years and revealed the story of the development of the Witness Protection Plan. This memoir of the personal protector to more than five hundred informants over the course of thirty years is a fascinating look at Watergate, the personalities of the mob in Rhode Island, and other familiar scandals. The story is told in the strong voice and with the bird’s eye view by our own inimitable Arlene Violet.

John Partington began his law enforcement career in 1955 and worked for the U/S. Marshall Service from 1962 to 1980, retiring in 2004. Arlene Violet is the former Attorney General of Rhode Island and the first elected woman AG in U.S. history. Currently practicing law, she is also collaborating with South County composer Enrico Garzilli on an original mob-themed musical to debut this spring called ‘The Family.’

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Author Cris Pfeil: The Shepherd’s Rod 

Sunday, April 10 -- 2:00 - 3:30 PM at the Central Library, 150 Empire Street (Barnard Room, 3rd floor).

Through her experiences with Daniel, a Hebrew slave, Ammena, the daughter of Pharaoh’s chief magician, finds out who she is meant to be; not only as a woman and a wife, but also as a warrior. In a prophecy given to her by Moses, Ammena is shocked to discover that the fight between good and evil, which begins with her, will continue on through her descendants. To understand their stories, you must first understand hers.

Based on the Bible Chapter Exodus, this novel is narrated by a high-born Egyptian woman who began her life as a sorcerer’s daughter and ends it as a servant of God who is given three life-changing messages delivered through the divine touches of A Shepherd’s Rod.

Cris Pfeil earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master’s Degree in Education at Bridgewater State College. She completed a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston. Retired from a career as a public school teacher, Ms. Pfeil writes full time from her residence in North Providence, R.I.

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Poetry Writing Workshop with Poet Kate Schapira - Site Spectacular: Inspiration through Language and Place

Sunday, April 10 -- 2:00 - 3:30 PM at Central Library, 150 Empire Street (Barnard Room, 3rd floor)

Cost: $10 (This program is part of the Library’s ongoing Writing with Authors Workshop Series.) 

Writers in this poetry workshop will work with and within the library itself, transforming observations, images and language drawn from the library’s collections into poems through a variety of short exercises. Especially recommended for writers who have trouble getting started! Please bring a notebook that you can write in standing up (smaller is better) and something to write with. We’ll be reading as well as writing. If you have difficulty walking or standing, please get in touch with us beforehand—we’ll be happy to revise the workshop to make it possible for you.
To register, email lmiller@provlib.org or call 455-8057; leave your name and contact information. Please bring cash, check/money order to class. Exact change is appreciated.
Kate Schapira is the author of two books of poetry (TOWN, Factory School, 2010; The Bounty, Noemi Press, forthcoming 2011) and numerous chapbooks. She teaches writing at Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, and as a Writer in the Schools at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School.

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Writing Workshop with Author Kathleen Hughes - Making a Memory Book (Part I)

Sunday, April 17 -- 2:00 - 4:00 PM at the Central Library, 150 Empire Street (Trustees Room, 3rd floor).

Cost: $10 (This program is part of the Library’s ongoing Writing with Authors Workshop Series.)

Use your writing skills and creativity to tell your stories - you may start a new family tradition!

Memory books and scrapbooks can contain important pieces of a family's history. Their thought-provoking contents assembled from photographs, keepsakes, and written reflections can help you and your loved ones recall and honor the people, places, and times that you hold dear.

Note: Please bring scrapbooks, journals, materials, and/or projects in progress to work on in class. Feedback and instruction will be provided.

To register, email lmiller@provlib.org or call 455-8057; leave your name and contact information. Please bring cash, check/money order to class. Exact change is appreciated.

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Author Buddy Cianci: Politics and Pasta

Thursday, April 28 -- 7:00 - 8:30 PM at the Central Library, 150 Empire Street (Barnard Room, 3rd floor).

Outspoken, controversial and larger than life, former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci speaks his mind on the issues and topics of today and how they affect us, our families and our friends in his new biography Politics and Pasta, How I Prosecuted Mobsters, Rebuilt a Dying City, Dined With Sinatra, Spent Five Years in a Federally Funded Gated Community and Lived to Tell the Tale.

The longest sitting Mayor in Providence’s history and the longest serving in America of a city over 100,000 in population, has returned from his tenure in the “federally funded gated community” and is currently hosting a popular radio talk show “The Buddy Cianci Show,” broadcast on  630 WPRO am and 99.7 FM weekdays from 10 am -2 pm. 

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Author Dr. Tim Warren: Lessons from Everest

Thursday, May 5 -- 7:00 - 8:00 PM at the Central Library, 150 Empire Street (Barnard Room, 3rd floor).

Dr. Tim Warren will speak on reaching the summit of Mt. Everest! As the first Rhode Islander to achieve this difficult task, he has written a book about his achievement: Lessons from Everest: Seven Powerful Steps to the Top of Your World

We all face adversity: Some may be self-imposed, some is circumstantial. Either way, achieving your goals is made easier with a clear mission, a determined spirit, an understanding of the risks, and a willingness—even a hunger--to take them on.  Dr. Tim Warren knows first-hand what it means to succeed against overwhelming odds. Summiting Everest will teach you some valuable lessons- not just in the sport of mountain climbing, but life-lessons that can be applied universally to whatever challenge awaits you.

In sharing his experiences, Dr. Warren can kindle the fire in all of us to reach higher and go farther than we had ever thought possible. He is a chiropractor in Warwick, RI since 1987, a mountaineer who has climbed four of the seven summits of the world, and author, father, and inspirational speaker. He lives in Saunderstown, RI.

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Writing Workshop with Author Kathleen Hughes - Making a Memory Book (Part II)

Sunday, May 8 -- 2:00 - 4:00 PM at the Central Library, 150 Empire Street (Trustees Room, 3rd floor).

Cost: $10 (This program is part of the Library’s ongoing Writing with Authors Workshop Series.)

Providence Public Library is committed to providing quality programming on a variety of educational topics. The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the individual presenters and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Library. We welcome community members to work with us to provide free, thought-provoking events of interest.

 
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