“The Fifth Petal” at The House of the Seven Gables

Join Brunonia Barry for a talk about her latest work, The Fifth Petal, at The House of the Seven Gables over Thanksgiving weekend. Barry will talk about her newest book and the inspiration of living and working in Salem, Mass. Her newest work of fiction weaves a thriller with “ a complex brew of suspense, seduction and murder.” A book signing in the Museum Store will follow the lecture.

Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international best-selling author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She was the first American author to win the International Women’s Fiction Festival’s Baccante Award and was a past recipient of Ragdale Artists’ Colony’s Strnad Fellowship as well as the winner of New England Book Festival’s award for Best Fiction and Amazon’s Best of the Month. Her reviews and articles on writing have appeared in The London Times and The Washington Post. Brunonia co-chairs the Salem Athenaeum’s Writers’ Committee. She lives in Salem with her husband Gary Ward and their dog, Angel. Her new novel, The Fifth Petal was released by Penguin Random House/Crown in January 2017.

Members: Free

Non-Members: $7.00

To reserve your spot for this lecture please CLICK HERE. For more information, please email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

Classic Poems for All Hallows Eve

Enjoy a curated selection of classic poems about ghosts, goblins, spirits, and All Hallows’ Eve, dramatically presented in a seventeenth-century shipbuilder’s house by lantern light.

$5 Historic New England members
$10 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 978-744-0440 for more information or register online.

Classic Poems for All Hallows Eve

Enjoy a curated selection of classic poems about ghosts, goblins, spirits, and All Hallows’ Eve, dramatically presented in a seventeenth-century shipbuilder’s house by lantern light.

$5 Historic New England members
$10 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 978-744-0440 for more information or register online.

Edgar Allan Poe Readings

Visit Remix Church for readings of Edgar Allen Poe’s works, presented by Scarlet Letter Press.

Edgar Allan Poe Readings

Visit Remix Church for readings of Edgar Allen Poe’s works, presented by Scarlet Letter Press.

Summer Salon: Hannah Tinti

Salem native Hannah Tinti returns to delight us with a talk about her new book, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley at the Salem Athenaeum.

Books will be available for sale and signing. Event is free and open to the public.

The Scarlet Letter(s): The Life and Loves of Nathaniel Hawthorne

Upon his death, Salem’s Nathaniel Hawthorne asked his friends and family to destroy all personal letters between them. Many letters survived to this day, revealing the true nature of one of our greatest American authors. The show was written, directed and is performed by Bob Gautreau, who has been on HBO and America’s Got Talent.

Tickets $15 may be purchased online in advance.

Small Press & Literary Fair

Visit the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall for the Small Press and Literary Fair presented by the Massachusetts Poetry Festival.

A Celebration of Salem Poetry Seminar

Each June, the Salem Poetry Seminar brings together selected Massachusetts college students with others who share their obsession with words for five days of intense workshopping, drafting, and evening readings at the historic Salem Athenaeum. Students submit a selection of their work and are chosen to dig deep into their practice and to meet literary co-conspirators. The Seminar began in 2000, and has taken place six times since. For many SPS participants, their identity as Poet took form during this residency. Come hear what the seminar poets are up to today in a fun marathon reading in the place where it all began!

Writing with Spirit Workshop

Explore writing poetry as an act of magic, a creative ritual to open yourself as a channel for divine inspiration. This workshop gives you an opportunity to explore opening an internal channel to healing and wisdom through writing and sharing a poem.

$40. For more information or to register visit: ArtemisiaBotanicals.com.

Salem State University Writer Series: Perry Glasser

Emeritus professor Perry Glasser is an award-winning, frequently anthologized memoirist, novelist, and short fiction writer. A recent Fellow of the Norman Mailer House and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, he was named the Fellow in Creative Nonfiction by the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2012. That same year, when Riverton Noir was named winner of the Gival Press Novel Award, the citation read, “…the American crime novel has notched a new benchmark.” His short fiction collection, Dangerous Places, received the 2008 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize from BkMk Press (University of Missouri-Kansas City). His two prior short fiction collections are Suspicious Origins (New Rivers) and Singing on the Titanic (University of Illinois), a book recorded by the Library of Congress for the blind. Two novellas appeared in Next Stop Hollywood (St Martin’s); a third novella, “Mexico,” was featured in Our Mutual Room, a collection of “transgendered writing.”

His work has twice been read on National Public Radio’s “The Sound of Writing” and has three times won P.E.N. Syndicated Fiction Awards. In consecutive years, his fiction was named Winner of the annual Boston Fiction Festival prize. “Iowa Black Dirt,” his memoir about being a single parent, won First Prize in the contest sponsored by The Good Men Foundation. The American Society of Journalists and Authors named that same memoir the Best Personal Essay (2010). Perry continues as a contributing editor of North American Review since 1994.

The Salem State Writer Series is free and open to the public.

Salem State University Writer Series: John D’Agata

John D’Agata is a major American essayist, the author of Halls of Fame (2000, Graywolf Press) and About A Mountain (Norton, 2011) and three major anthologies, The Next American Essay (2003, Graywolf), The Lost Origins of the Essay (2009, Graywolf), and The Making of the American Essay (2016, Graywolf). For two decades, D’Agata has explored the essay through this series of innovative, informative and expansive anthologies. His work in this genre has introduced new voices, expanding the cannon and redefining what an essay is.

The New York Times Book Review described About a Mountain as a “breathtaking piece of writing.” The book is about the federal government’s decision to store high-level nuclear waste at a place called Yucca mountain, but it’s also about politics, suicide, the city of Las Vegas, and the limits of language and human knowledge.

D’Agata’s work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and a grant from the Oberman Center for Advanced Studies. He holds a BA from Hobart College and two MFA’s from the University of Iowa.

Currently he directs the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, where he teaches creative writing.

The Salem State Writer Series is free and open to the public.

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