Category Archives: Literary News

Bleak House 2005 with Tulkinghorn and Esther Summerson

My husband and I watched this over the course of a week.  It was quite riveting.  The characters have a wonderful timelessness, and the portrayal of the time is also well done.  Some critics say Bleak House is Dickens’ best novel.  I may now even read it — how 19th century of me!

Bleak House 2005 TV serial – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

New Winter Farmer’s Market Starting in Cranston

From newly re-elected City Councilmember Steve Stycos:


Beginning Thursday November 29, Cranston will have its own winter farmer’s market at Edgewood Congregational Church. 1788 Broad Street. The market will be held Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30, every OTHER week, in the church which is across the street from William Hall Library.

Vendors from the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market will offer local seasonal produce, honey, seafood, pastured meats, and freshly prepared farm kitchen delights, as well as the fabulous offerings of the Presto Strange-O Coffee Truck! We hope the winter market will supply another local food source and additional income for our farmers.

Please support this new community effort, and spread the word! This market will start as CASH ONLY, since it’s a pilot venture. The only exception is for EBT/SNAP benefits. We will accept EBT payments at the winter market.


Wednesday, December 19 from 6:30-8:00 p.m, Edgewood author Adam Braver will read from his latest book, Misfit, at the William Hall Library. The public is welcome.


The Hall Library winter jazz series continues Sunday November 25, Sunday December 2 and Sunday December 9 with free concerts beginning at 2 PM at the Hall Library on Broad Street, Cranston.

See you at the winter market.

Joyce Carol Oates at Occupy Wall Street Day

Joyce Carol Oates at Occupy Wall Street

Joyce Carol Oates at Occupy Wall Street Day march | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

Kiersten Marek:

Upcoming workshop!

Originally posted on Therapy with Kiersten Marek, LICSW:

UPDATE:  This workshop starts tonight!  Looking forward to it!

Innocent ❂ Wounded Child

Warrior  ❂ Caregiver

Explorer ❂ Soul Mate  ❂ Destroyer  ❂ Artist

Leader ❂ Guru ❂ Healer  ❂ Fool

“Creative Writing Through the Archetypes”

a 6-Week Writing Workshop

When:  starting Thursday, April 5th, 2012, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Where:  William H. Hall Free Library,

1825 Broad Street, Cranston RI

To Register:  Contact Kiersten Marek at

This workshop will use the archetypes as inspiration for writing exercises. Each week we will review two archetypes and do two writing exercises. We will end with sharing and discussion. This workshop is free and sponsored by The Newport Review and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Participation is limited to 14 members.

About Kiersten Marek:  Kiersten is a psychotherapist, blogger and fiction writer living in Cranston.  She has written fiction for print and online publications and has…

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Joanna Russ

My Boat

What a week! First Pheobe Snow, and now science fiction goddess Joanna Russ has died.

She was one of the best and most original writers of the 70’s, and will be missed.

I found one of my favorites of her short stories on Google Books. When I first read it I didn’t catch her Lovecraft references, but I always loved the story for its fantasy of outsider kids achieving a transformation into their best selves. Perhaps that’s what makes children so brave, their dreams of who they’ll be when they grow up–

My Boat by Joanna Russ.

Darn! The above link connects to Google Docs, but if you can sign in, ‘My Boat’ is there– not perfect format but very readable. Good luck and enjoy.

Bake, Baby, Bake!

From Cranston Councilman-Elect Steve Stycos (Congratulations, Steve! I am proud to have worked for your campaign!), some advice for the season and news of upcoming events:


The Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market will have plenty of good food left this Saturday, Saturday November 13 and at our big final Thanksgiving market Saturday November 20.

It’s getting cold, so it is a good time to bake and keep your kitchen warm too. Barden Orchards has several varieties of apples for pies or crisps. The Xiongs have potatoes, carrots and greens. Zephyr Farm has eggs, onions and squash for frittatas. Bob Fratantuono has green house tomatoes. Bernie Bieder has honey.

The recently concluded political campaign was loaded with talk about supporting small business, but the best way to help small businesses is to buy local. Many other Rhode Island markets close at Halloween, but we stay open for another three weeks of growing and buying local.


Saturday November 6th, 10 AM-12 PM: Read to a Dog. Children in grades 1 and up are invited to read to Abby, a certified therapy dog. Space is limited. Call Megan at the Hall Library to register for a time slot.

Sunday November 7th, 2 PM: The “Jazz in the Hall” series concludes with a newly formed band from the Edgewood area. The Philtones play everything from the American Songbook to bebop classics. The band is made up of Phil Mullen, sax; Phil Plant, guitar, Bob Asprinio, bass; and Rick Couto, on the drums. The audience will enjoy their enthusiastic and professional style.

Wednesday November 17th, 6:30 PM: Reading in the Hall. The library book discussion group will discuss This I believe: the personal philosophies of remarkable men and women edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman. Based on the National Public Radio series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty essayists from the famous to the unknown, completing the thought that begins the book’s title.

See you Saturday at the market.

I especially like the library event for kids to read to Abby, the certified therapy dog! Sounds like fun!

New Poet Laureate Named

I appreciate the beauty of language, the taste and feel of it in my mouth, the casual way it lies upon the printed page and reflects light and truth. Because I love language, I love poetry and so pay attention to events such as the naming of a new U.S. Poet Laureate. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that W.S. Merwin was appointed to that august position. That article is here. In honor of the occasion, I offer you a taste of Mr. Merwin’s work:

Good People

From the kindness of my parents
I suppose it was that I held
that belief about suffering

imagining that if only
it could come to the attention
of any person with normal
feelings certainly anyone
literate who might have gone

to college they would comprehend
pain when it went on before them
and would do something about it
whenever they saw it happen
in the time of pain the present
they would try to stop the bleeding
for example with their own hands

but it escapes their attention
or there may be reasons for it
the victims under the blankets
the meat counters the maimed children
the animals the animals
staring from the end of the world

More can be found here and here. Enjoy!

Bananagrams Writing Contest Sponsored by The Newport Review!

The great trifecta reward for talented writing was once considered to be fame, fortune and sex, but we have an even better incentive to write great prose and poetry: The Newport Review Writing Contest!

Win $200 (a total of $500 in cash prizes will be awarded) for writing a clever, insightful or otherwise kick-ass story for our Bananagrams Writing Contest!

Forget fortune. Forget fame! We have Bananagrams Prizes! If you are a runner-up, you will get your very own bag of Bananagrams, complete with 126 tiles and a very cute zipper banana.

But wait! There’s more! If you act now, you can get a free Newport Review bumper sticker mailed right to your very home. Supplies are limited, so don’t delay! Let everyone who is tailgating you know of your literary leanings!

For more information and contest guidelines, go here!

Oh the Wonders of Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates has finally written a memoir — based on the experiences surrounding her husband Raymond Smith’s death in 2008. From The Wall Street Journal:

Joyce Carol Oates has published more than 50 novels, more than 30 short-story collections and an endless stream of essays and reviews—and that’s not counting her novellas, plays and children’s books. Now, at 71 and newly remarried, she is tackling a subject she has seldom explored in her work: herself.

Ms. Oates recently finished writing a more-than-400-page memoir detailing the aftermath of her husband Raymond Smith’s death in February 2008. She describes the book, “A Widow’s Memoir,” as practical and darkly funny (Ms. Oates says she plans to include a “widow’s handbook” with advice on fundamentals such as how to pick out a grave plot).

What a wild couple of years it must have been for Ms. Oates — between losing her husband and falling in love, remarrying and moving to a new home. Can’t wait to read the memoir!

Autumn Reading for The Newport Review at Barrington Library

As a Board Member for The Newport Review, I will be attending a reading we are holding at the Barrington Library tomorrow evening. Here are the details:

Autumn Evening Reading

Please join authors and editors from Newport Review for an Autumn Evening Reading on Tuesday, September 29 at 7 PM at Barrington Public Library.

Poets and prose writers featured in Newport Review will share their work, and Newport Review editors will be on hand to talk to local writers, artists and other members of the arts community about how they can get involved with this locally published, internationally-read online zine.

Amanda Surkont, author of Pondicherry Square (Little Pear Press, 2009), will be the featured reader, and copies of her new book will be available for purchase and signing.

This program is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.

Should be a very enjoyable occasion for the literary-minded folks, and those who just like to get out to a free event with refreshments!


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