Emeritus Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut, David Leeming is the author of over 20 books on world mythology and three biographies, including the internationally recognized James Baldwin. He will speak on “Medusa: A Biography.”
Writing a biography presents challenges whether the subject is living or deceased. Writing a biography about one of the most enduring and terrifying mythical figures of history is downright foolhardy. Nevertheless, Leeming defies Medusa’s gaze. He traces her origins in global cultures more disparate and ancient than the classical Greek. He follows her path from a dangerous female monster to the noble victim of a patriarchal society to a contemporary power player in the fashion house of Versace. Finally, he confronts the questions of who Medusa is and what the Medusa myth as a cultural dream says about us.Find out more »
This "in conversation" style presentation features Lydia Miner and Kelsy April of Bank Square Books in Mystic and Savoy Bookshop in Westerly. Lydia and Kelsy are both managers and children's book buyers. They will discuss their favorite books and what's trending now.Find out more »
A poetry reading with the current Merrill House Fellow will take place at the Library. More details to come.Find out more »
Author Ellen Litman will speak at the Library.
Ellen Litman grew up in Moscow, Russia, where she lived until 1992. After her family immigrated to the United States, she studied Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh and after graduation spent the next six years working as a software developer in Baltimore and Boston. She took her first writing class in the fall of in 1998. Three years later, she left Information Technology and went off to Syracuse to study writing. Since then, she’s been writing and teaching.Find out more »
URI Master Gardener, Noreen Kepple, discusses how to attract pollinators to your garden. This event takes place at the Library and is free and open to the public.Find out more »