Monday, July 31, 2017

Line Up for Aug. 1, 2017

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News, Book Signings, Expo's Poetry, Publishing Questions and Author Interviews

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Tentatively Scheduled at 9:05 am Author Hannah Kimberly will discuss her book " A Woman's Place Is at the Top "
Annie Smith Peck is one of the most accomplished women of the twentieth century that you have never heard of. Peck was a scholar, educator, writer, lecturer, mountain climber, suffragist, and political activist. She was a feminist and an independent thinker who refused to let gender stereotypes stand in her way. Peck gained fame in 1895 when she first climbed the Matterhorn at the age of forty-five – not for her daring alpine feat, but because she climbed wearing pants. Fifteen years later, she was the first climber ever to conquer Mount HuascarĂ¡n (21,831 feet) in Peru. In 1911, just before her sixtieth birthday, she entered a race with Hiram Bingham (the model for Indiana Jones) to climb Mount Coropuna.
A Woman’s Place Is at the Top: The Biography of Annie Smith Peck is the first full length work about this incredible woman who single-handedly carved her place on the map of mountain climbing and international relations. Peck marched in suffrage parades and became a political speaker and writer before women had the right to vote. She was a propagandist, an expert on North-South American relations, and an author and lecturer contracted to speak as an authority on multinational industry and commerce before anyone had ever thought to appoint a woman as a diplomat. With unprecedented access to Peck’s original letters, artifacts, and ephemera, Hannah Kimberley brings Peck’s entire life to the page for the first time, giving Peck her rightful place in history.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

What I am reading now....

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Just before Christmas, Linda meets up with her best friend and fellow fisherman Alden Leeman for lunch and a drink at the Dry Dock, a well-worn watering hole in Portland, Maine. Alden, the captain of Linda's first fishing expedition, has seen his share of mishaps and adventures at sea. When Linda shares memories of navigating her ship through one of the craziest storms she's ever seen, Alden quickly follows up with his own tales. Then other fishermen, who are sitting on the periphery attentively listening, decide to weigh in with yarns of their own. All Fishermen Are Liars brims with true stories of the most eccentric crew member, the funniest episode, the biggest fish, and the wildest night at sea. Denizens of the Dry Dock drift in and out as the bar begins to swell with rounds of drinks and tales that increase in drama. Here are some of the greatest fishing stories ever-all relayed by Linda Greenlaw in her inimitable style. All Fishermen Are Liars will give readers what they have come to love and expect from Linda Greenlaw- luminous descriptions and edge-of-the-seat thrills. It's the perfect book for anyone who loves fishing and the sea.

"The edge of the sea is a strange and beautiful place." A book to be read for pleasure as well as a practical identification guide, The Edge of the Sea introduces a world of teeming life where the sea meets the land. A new generation of readers is discovering why Rachel Carson's books have become cornerstones of the environmental and conservation movements. New introduction by Sue Hubbell. (A Mariner Reissue)

Author Line-Up for 7-25-17

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

News, Poetry, Expo's, Book Signings and Author Interviews too !

Today at 9:05 am RI Co-Author Brian L. Wallin will discuss " World War II  Rhode Island"

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Redwood Library

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Redwood Library

The Redwood Library and Athenaeum started off as a 45-member literary society founded by Bishop George Berkeley, the great Irish philosopher who moved to Rhode Island in 1729 to start a college. The Company of the Redwood Library in Newport, R.I., was founded in 1747 for the purpose of ‘having nothing in view but the good of mankind.’
Newport merchant Abraham Redwood gave the library 500 pounds sterling to buy 751 used books from London.
When the British occupied Newport in 1776, they used the library as an officers’ club. Many of the books disappeared. In 1806, the library began advertising for their return, but didn’t get many back. In 1947, the library staff tried again and recovered 92 percent of the missing volumes or copies of them.
The building was designed by Peter Harrison, the first professionally trained architect in the United States. He later designed Newport’s Brick Market and Touro Synagogue. The Redwood’s most prominent librarian was Ezra Stiles, who later helped found Brown University and served as president of Yale.
The Redwood Library and Athenaeum is the oldest community library still occupying its original building. Unlike the Peabody Library in Vermont, the Redwood is private. It began charging $10 for admission in 2016.
50 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Author Line-Up for Tuesday 7-18-17

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News, Book Signings, Expo's Publishing Questions, Poetry and Author Interviews too.

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Tentatively Scheduled for 9:05 am will be Author Lisa Batch

and at 9:40am Paul Caranci will discuss how his book is going to the Big Screen !

Lively Literati 7-27-17

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Open mike to follow !
Tina Egnoski

Hostess L'enore M. Rhe'aume and Tina Egnoski

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

ARIA July 2017 Meeting Reminder

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July 13, 2017 Meeting Reminder

THE NEXT MEETING of the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) will take place on Thursday, July 13th in the downstairs community room of The Church of the Advent, 1395 Nooseneck Hill Road, Coventry. (Across from the Coventry Post Office.) Networking begins at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting starts at 7:00.                        

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Rhode Island Author Book Signing 7-9-17

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I'll be having a book launch party for my new South County mystery on Sunday, July 9, 2-4PM in Fellowship Hall at the Kingston Congregational Church. (The big white church at the main entrance to URI.) Everyone's invited and there'll be an Allie's donut cake, shaped like a Train, and Music - Last Train to Clarksville, Do the Locomotion, Chattanooga Choo Choo - you get the drift. If you're in the area, stop by and say, "Hi".

Friday, July 7, 2017

What I am reading now ...

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Rhode Island's contribution to World War II vastly exceeded its small size. Narragansett Bay was an armed camp dotted by army forts and navy facilities. They included the country's most important torpedo production and testing facilities at Newport and the Northeast's largest naval air station at Quonset Point. Three special, top-secret German POW camps were based in Narragansett and Jamestown. Meanwhile, Rhode Island workers from all over the state--including, for the first time, many women--manufactured military equipment and built warships, most notably the Liberty ships at Providence Shipyard. Authors from the Rhode Island history blog trace Rhode Island's outsized wartime role, from the scare of an enemy air raid after Pearl Harbor to the war's final German U-boat sunk off Point Judith.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

What I am Reading Now ......

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

ARIA Members: If you have not been on radio show Authors Hour or have a new release since you have been on in the past, give us a call at 401-568-4894 or to schedule our fast filling time slots. I only have 104 in a year. Wayne

This is a brand new not yet released book on one of my favorite genres.

Rhode Island Historical Biography

 I will be doing more reviews for St. Martins Press, New York  to promote their Eastern Book Signings Tours
 A WOMAN'S PLACE IS AT THE TOP: A Biography of Annie Smith Peck, Queen of the Climbers (on sale August 1). 
Annie Smith Peck was a darling of Providence, although many folks may not remember that. Annie, a direct descendant of Roger Williams, was born in Providence in 1850 and grew up on North Main Street. She graduated from Providence High School and in 1872, became one of the first graduates of the new Rhode Island Normal School for teachers in Providence, which is now Rhode Island College. Annie’s father, two uncles, and three brothers all graduated from Brown University but Annie was denied due to her gender. Instead, she earned her B.A. and M.A at Michigan and then became the first woman to attend the School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, where she studied archaeology. 
Annie made her living traveling, climbing mountains, lecturing, and writing between New York, Boston, Chicago, and South America. Never staying in one place for too long and living in rented rooms and hotels for all of her life, Annie never really did have a home. Nevertheless, she always returned to Providence to visit her family. When she did, Annie gave lectures to large audiences in her hometown. The Providence Journal noted that her speaking style indicated “careful study,” and that Annie “held the audience spellbound.” Reporters for the paper described her as a “gifted lecturer with a pleasant personality and a magnetic manner,” a record breaking mountain climber, and a true daughter of Providence. 

All of this to say that Hannah Kimberley's A WOMAN’S PLACE IS AT THE TOP is the first comprehensive biography of this remarkable woman who defied gender stereotypes to transcend the limitations and expectations of her time. I would be happy to send you a galley and I’m including early acclaim below my signature. Thanks so much for your consideration, and I hope we can discuss an interview with Hannah Kimberley on "The Authors Hour" timed to the August 1 publication.