Sep
21
12:00 PM12:00

Book Signing: Lost Restaurants of Providence By David Norton Stone

In the city that invented the diner, so many amazing restaurants remain only in memories. The Silver Top had fresh coffee every twenty minutes, and the Ever Ready was hot dog heaven. Miss Dutton’s Green Room and the Shepard Tea Room beckoned shoppers in their Sunday finest. At Childs, the griddle chef made butter cakes in the window for night owls, and Harry Houdini supped at midnight with H.P. Lovecraft at the Waldorf Lunch. Themed lounges like the Beachcomber and the Bacchante Room chased away the Prohibition blues. Downcity Diner offered a famous meatloaf, and Ming Garden’s Ming Wings were a staple for regulars. Author David Norton Stone details the restaurants that still hold a place in the hearts of locals.


David Norton Stone’s lost restaurant credentials include working as a host at Panache and as a waiter for Michael’s Catering after he graduated from Yale. For almost one full night, he washed dishes at a very famous (not lost) restaurant in Providence where, on the way out, he was told that he would never work in a restaurant in Providence again. That turned out to be true, so he went to law school. He has eaten at many of the lost Providence restaurants in this book and misses the meatball, fries and peppers plate at Eddie & Son, the salad bar at the Barnsider’s Mile and a Quarter and the meatloaf sandwich (and everything else) at Downcity Diner. With his mother, he was lucky enough to eat at Buddy Cianci’s Trapper John’s during its brief run. His biggest lost restaurant regret is that he never tasted Ming Wings. David is the author of The Rhode Island Quahog Trilogy: Clamcake Summer, Stuffie Summer and Chowder Summer. He is the co-author of Images of America: Rhode Island Clam Shacks, and his food writing has appeared in Rhode Island Monthly and Edible Rhody and on Quahog.org. His work as a food historian has been cited by Saveur and National Geographic.

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Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

Presentation: Simmering the Sea by local author Sarah Schumann

Join Sarah at Ink Fish Books for a presentation and book signing. Author reception6:00 pm with refreshements.

A PLACE-BASED APPROACH TO SUSTAINING NEW ENGLAND'S WILD SEAFOOD

Eating with the Ecosystem is a small nonprofit with a unique mission: to promote a place-based approach to sustaining New England's wild seafood.

By fusing together the ecological knowledge of marine scientists and commercial fishermen, the creativity of the region’s most innovative chefs, the know-how of seafood businesses, and the enthusiasm of local seafood lovers, we advance a New England seafood system that supports the region’s marine ecosystems and the people who depend on them

Our programming includes a combination of educational events, citizen science research, supply chain facilitation, and public awareness-raising through print, web, and signage.

We overcome the limits of our small size by engaging in extensive collaborations, working with members of all parts of the local seafood supply chain and bridging the gap between ecosystem scientists and food systems thinkers to integrate a place-based approach to sustaining wild seafood into New England food system planning.

https://www.uri.edu/magazine/issues/summer-2019/eat-like-a-fish/




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Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

POETRY READING: Kara Provost and her poetry writing group reading their work

Kara Provost local author of Nest and Topless. Author reception at 6:00 PM followed by Kara and her poetry writing group reading their work

Kara earned a BA in linguistics, literature, and creative writing from Hampshire College and an MA and Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota with concentrations in contemporary American poetry and contemporary Native American and African American literature. She has published two books of poetry: Topless (2011) and Nests (2006). Her poetry also appears in several anthologies and a number of literary journals. Kara teaches writing and oversees the Writing Center at Curry, in addition to conducting creative writing workshops for elementary students through adults at schools and libraries. Kara likes to travel, participate in poetry readings, run, hike, and generally enjoy wildlife and the outdoors.


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Aug
29
6:00 PM18:00

SOLO PERFORMANCE: Kali Quinn, author of I Am Compassionate Creativity

PART OF THE BRISTOL WARREN ART NIGHT SERIES

PERFORMANCE by LOCAL AUTHOR KALI QUINN
I AM COMPASSIONATE CREATIVITY: 111 STORIES FROM PRESCHOOL TO PROVIDENCE


One million miles, infinite connections all asking: "What is Compassion? What is Creativity? And what happens when we put them together?"


Come listen to Kali play violin, share the stories from her creative memoir and her 12,000 mile book tour - while feeling free to share your own stories as part of this unique interconnected experience Kali facilitates for the whole audience.

“A compelling coming of age journey through life in the arts, social activism, human encounter, and spiritual engagement." –Brattleboro Reformer Review by Jerry Levy, from Marlboro College and The Clark Street Center for Culture, Politics, & The Arts


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Aug
26
6:30 PM18:30

BOOK SIGNING : Katharine Smyth author of All The Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf - TIVERTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

INK FISH BOOKS IS CO-HOSTING THIS EVENT AT THE TIVERTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Katharine Smyth was a student at Oxford when she first read Virginia Woolf’s modernist masterpiece To the Lighthouse in the comfort of an English sitting room, and in the companionable silence she shared with her father. After his death—a calamity that claimed her favorite person—she returned to that beloved novel as a way of wrestling with his memory and understanding her own grief.

Smyth’s story moves between the New England of her childhood and Woolf’s Cornish shores and Bloomsbury squares, exploring universal questions about family, loss, and homecoming. Through her inventive, highly personal reading of To the Lighthouse, and her artful adaptation of its groundbreaking structure, Smyth guides us toward a new vision of Woolf’s most demanding and rewarding novel—and crafts an elegant reminder of literature’s ability to clarify and console.

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Aug
24
12:00 PM12:00

CELEBRATE NATIONAL DOG DAY: with Buppy Pets and Wolfe & Hound Bring the pups!

BUPPY PETS creates 4 ingredient pet treats inspired by the snacks both pets and humans love, but recrafted with only four wholesome ingredients making them healthier and delicious for both you and your pet to enjoy. Our treats are meant to be shared and give you flavorful snacking without any of the guilt.

Wolfe & Hound Distinctive dog bandanas & goods for the uncommon dog




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Aug
21
10:30 AM10:30

STORYTIME & DRAWING ACTIVITY: LOCAL AUTHOR BRUCE WILCOX, AUTHOR OF SHEEP TALES

Join us for storytime and drawing activity.

Travel in your imagination to Winslow Farm and experience the adventures with Tobey. Will the family find the lost sheep before dark? Will the tractor get stuck in the deep mud? Will Chloe catch up to Tobey, or does she get lost too? Stay tuned to find out. Age range: 5 - 10 years

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Aug
20
6:00 PM18:00

presentation: Local author Donna Harrington-Lueker author of Books for Idle Hours - BARRINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Ink Fish Books is co-hosting this event at the Barrigton Public Library

Reading at the beach or in the backyard on the hammock is a great way to relax in the summer. But what if we told you that at one time in our history, there were fears about the danger of leisurely reading. Would you believe us?

Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading by Donna Harrington-Lueker details the publishing phenomenon of summer reading and the backlash against it. Countering fears about the dangers of leisurely reading---especially for young women---publishers framed summer reading not as a disreputable habit but as a respectable pastime and welcome respite. Books for Idle Hours sheds new light on an ongoing seasonal publishing tradition when more readers indulge in lighter fare and print culture and tourist culture come together.

Join us for an author reception with punch and cookies from 6 to 6:30 pm and a presentation at 6:30 pm. Books will be for sale by Inkfish Books and the author will be signing copies. 

Donna Harrington-Lueker is professor of English at Salve Regina University in Newport. Her work has appeared in Nineteenth Century StudiesJournalism History, and the Keats-Shelley Journal.

Free and open to all
In partnership with Inkfish Books and made possible by the Friends of Barrington Public Library


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Aug
17
12:00 PM12:00

TASTING: TAPDROPS -culinary culture with modern molecular gastronomy

What's in your water?
Get to Ink Fish Books and find out all about the science of creating the taste of that wonderful expresso from Rome, or baguettes from Paris!

TapDrops combines traditional culinary culture with modern molecular gastronomy to reproduce the ionic profiles of regional waters around the world. When added to purified water, TapDrops introduces a new level of flavor and authenticity to chefs; bakers; and brewers alike - bringing a 'sense of place' to your place.

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Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

READING & BOOK SIGNING: JOIN AUTHORS KATHARINE SMYTH & HOLLY FITZGERALD

All the Lives We Ever Lived: SEEKING SOLACE IN VIRGINIA WOOLF, by Katharine Smyth

Smyth’s story moves between the New England of her childhood and Woolf’s Cornish shores and Bloomsbury squares, exploring universal questions about family, loss, and homecoming. Through her inventive, highly personal reading of To the Lighthouse, and her artful adaptation of its groundbreaking structure, Smyth guides us toward a new vision of Woolf’s most demanding and rewarding novel—and crafts an elegant reminder of literature’s ability to clarify and console.
A wise, lyrical memoir about the power of literature to help us read our own lives—and see clearly the people we love most.

Ruthless River: LOVE AND SURVIVAL BY RAFT ON THE AMAZON’S RELENTLESS MADRE DE DIOS By Holly Fitzgerald

A stunning debut; a Departures original publication. The ultimate survival story; a wild ride—the wildest—down a South American river in the thick of the Amazon Basin; a true and thrilling adventure of a young married couple who survive a plane crash only to later raft hundreds of miles across Peru and Bolivia, ending up in a channel to nowhere, a dead end so flooded there is literally no land to stand on. Their raft—a mere four logs—separates them from the piranha-and-caiman-infested water until they finally realize that there is no way out but to swim. Vintage Original.

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Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Craft Chat: Anika Denise Local Children's Book Author

Want to learn what it’s like to become a sussessful children’s book author? Have dreams of publishing your own children’s book? Meet local author Anika Aldamuy Denise author of Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré; Starring Carmen!; Lights, Camera, Carmen!; and many other celebrated books for young readers. Her stories are often about family and reflect her bicultural heritage and upbringing. In her nonfiction work, Anika strives to illuminate the important contributions of influential Latinas, so that readers of all backgrounds, but especially those in the Latinx community, are inspired to dare greatly and share their gifts with the world. Her forthcoming nonfiction project is Rosita Rising, a picture book biography of legendary Puerto Rican actress and singer Rita Moreno, illustrated by Leo Espinosa. Other new titles coming soon include Bunny in the Middle, illustrated by Christopher Denise, and The Love Letter illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins. Anika grew up in Queens and now lives with her husband and three daughters in Rhode Island.


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Aug
1
6:00 PM18:00

Book Signing & Discussion: Meet Cara Robertson author of The Trial of Lizzie Borden - FALL RIVER PUBLIC LIBRARY

Ink Fish Books is co-hosting this event at the Fall River Public Library

Is she a cold-blooded murderess or an unjustly persecuted lady? Did she or didn’t she?
The popular fascination with the Borden murders and its central enigmatic character has endured for more than one hundred years. Immortalized in rhyme, told and retold in every conceivable genre, the murders have secured a place in the American pantheon of mythic horror, but one typically wrenched from its historical moment. In contrast, Cara Robertson explores the stories Lizzie Borden’s culture wanted and expected to hear and how those stories influenced the debate inside and outside of the courtroom. Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window into America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its most deeply held convictions and its most troubling social anxieties.

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Jul
31
10:30 AM10:30

STORYTIME & ILLUSTRATION: Join David Buckner local children's book author of Even Scary Things Get The Blues

Join us for storytime and illustrations by the author!

Do zombies like to try new foods? Do goblins have to brush their teeth? Would a robot ever come to your pool party? Even Scary Things Get the Blues is a clever collection of poems exploring the challenges creepy creatures face, that as it turns out, are not so different than the challenges kids face every day. From the unique imagination of David Buckner, each poem and illustration tells of the woes of some familiar, and some brand new, spooky characters. Kids and parents alike will giggle at every turn of the page. A great gift for anyone who is bored of the same old cutesy fairy tales, this creative book is bound to keep the kiddos entertained! Age range: 5 - 10 years

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Jul
28
1:00 PM13:00

MAIN STREET STROLL 1-3 PM

Join us for a Summer Main Street Stroll! Come browse the store and enjoy great events!

Events:

Booksigning: Meet local YA author Hannah R. Goodman author of Till it Stops Beating. Seventeen-year-old Maddie Hickman’s senior year begins with the good (the reemergence of The One That Got Away), the bad (a cancer diagnosis, not hers, but it might as well be) and the WTF (an anxiety attack that renders her writhing on the floor like an upside down crab). Adding to her spiraling anxiety is Senior Project, in the form of I’ve Decided To Write A Book about The Other One That Got Away (And Crushed My Heart). Compounding it all is applying to college and keeping up with her friends. The ever mounting stress eventually rips her tight grip on all that she holds dear. Her break down leads to an unexpected road trip where she is forced to listen to her wildly beating heart. It is only in the back of a convertible with pop music blasting, that she discovers she must risk everything in order to really live.

Trunk Show: with Universe Letters mindful, meaningful, beautiful jewelry--that inspires and offers messages of hope, light and love. Made in RI. You already have everything you need. Our jewelry simply reminds you of who you already are. Because when you feel good on the inside, you look good on the outside. Wear our jewelry as your daily boost to uplift, inspire and recharge you!



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Jul
26
3:00 PM15:00

BOOK SIGNING: Night Watch Poems Written by local author Brian G Donohue

"In the Night Watch Poems, Brian. G. Donohue finds the wide chinks of light in the dark.. These are powerful, complex and beautiful, perfectly measured and crafted. In his search for the Divine, Donohue discovers a fertile ground." - Colum McCann, National Book Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, Pushcart Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, et.al. Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing, Hunter College

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Jul
14
11:00 AM11:00

FOOD POP-UP: Breakfast & Books with KRAEV -Chef René Sanchez Tex-Mex breakfast

We are opening at 11:00 AM. Like to brunch on Sunday? Come join us for an amazing Brunch & Books at Ink Fish Books!

KRAEV was started because of the passion for making mornings better. Rene was working a monotonous job with a long commute, which resulted in early mornings and food to go. He would grind up his coffee beans, make himself a pour over, and grab whatever was quick (and somewhat nutritious), consuming it all in the car. Like that, the morning was gone and his day didn’t get much better. Something needed to change.

While organizing inventory for a hospital in Boston, Rene would dream about the delicious breakfast tacos he grew up eating in the small town of Poteet, Texas. His nana knew how to make them right - homemade and hand-rolled flour tortillas, holding any breakfast ingredient he was craving - eggs, sausage, chorizo, beans - you name it. And of course, breakfast wasn’t complete without a side of a southern classic - sweet tea. Rene is a firm believer in a good meal consisting of both sweet and savory flavors, so with every event or meal he dreams up, there are always items in both categories. The main dishes we make are breakfast tacos and sweets like homemade poptarts.

At this stage in our business, you can find us popping up at different events around Providence. And while we focus on breakfast, our food supersedes meal times - it is good for any time of day. We also do delivery and catering.

If we haven’t had the joy of meeting you yet, we can’t wait until we do! Until then -- don’t mess with breakfast!

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Jun
23
12:30 PM12:30

FOOD POP UP: CHELSEA CREAMERY It's officially ICE CREAM SEASON!

Local Food Pop-up at Ink Fish Books with Chelsea's Creamery Sunday, June 23, 12:30-2 PM

Join Chelsea’s Creamery to celebrate National Ice Cream Day and browse the book selections at Ink Fish Books. It's officially ICE CREAM SEASON! Chelsea’s Creamery carries over 30 different homemade flavors and yogurt options, varying from traditional black raspberry and coffee, and the crowd favorite Cookie Monster! They offer pints, quarts and half gallons, as well as specialty ice cream cakes! Chelsea's Creamery is located at 654 Metacom Ave. in Warren.


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Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

FOOD TASTING & BOOK SIGNING: Kate Bowler local author of New England Invite: Fresh Feasts to Savor the Seasons

New England Invite gives the seasoned host and the busy novice the tools they need to effortlessly entertain at home. Collected seasonal recipes with a modern take on New England traditions make for festive gatherings all year round. Enjoy expert entertaining tips, delicious recipes and simple party decor ideas to make any celebration pop. From a summer clam bake to a fall harvest-themed party, you will find full entertaining menus and the steps you need to make these events come to life. Author Kate Bowler captures the spirit of New England cooking and presentation to get friends and family excited to make life entertaining.

Kate Bowler is the author of the popular lifestyle blog Domestikatedlife.com where she writes about festive entertaining tips, easy recipes, DIY projects and life as a new mom. Her recipes and styling work have been featured in publications such as Martha Stewart Living, Family Circle Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens and The Boston Globe.

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May
30
6:00 PM18:00

DISCUSSION & BOOK SIGNING: Meet local author Donna Harrington-Lueker author of Books for Idle Hours

PART OF THE BRISTOL WARREN ART NIGHT

Books for Idle Hours focuses on the birth of the publishing phenomenon we today call the “beach read” in the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

Drawing on book reviews, readers’ diaries, and publishing records, it traces the ways in which nineteenth-century readers, authors, and publishing houses came to frame summer reading not as a disreputable indulgence, but as a respectable pastime and a welcome respite, especially for women readers. It also examines the development of a new genre—the American summer novel—which uses summer resorts as settings for the action and which was adopted by some of the most popular authors of the period, including William Dean Howells and Stephen Crane.


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May
18
3:00 PM15:00

BOOK SIGNING: John "Cliff" Halliwell's local author of Flying Nightmare

Join us as we celebrate the release of John "Cliff" Halliwell's book, "Flying Nightmare."

“Flying Nightmare” is straight from the heart of a 19-year-old B-24 Bomber Pilot. It is a front row seat of his 42 bombing missions through flak-filled skies over Germany, France, Austria and the Balkans. Finally, after his 42nd mission, wounded for the second and last time, being sent home.”

Ink Fish Books will have books available for sale on the day of the signing. Refreshments will be served.


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May
11
1:00 PM13:00

BOOK SIGNING: Meet Local Author Katie Hutchison, Saturday, May 11, 1-3 PM

Katie Hutchison is the author of two books:

The New Small House

Smaller is big, says architect and author Katie Hutchison, whose book The New Small House shows those looking to downsize how they can live smartly, economically and environmentally friendly in elegantly designed homes.

With 275 gorgeous photographs and 30 detailed illustrations, The New Small House takes the reader on a tour of North America and spotlights small houses in rural, coastal, and in-town locations. The book presents fundamental small-house design strategies, complete with whole-house case studies for homeowners eager to simplify.


The New Cottage

Cottages are the quintessential American home, but even this ever-popular house type has room for innovation. In The New Cottage, Katie Hutchison outlines ten key design strategies that characterize captivating cottages and then demonstrates how this classic home type can be updated for the needs of modern living, balancing transience and durability, togetherness and solitude, the high tech and the homespun.


About the Author:

Katie Hutchison is an architect with over 23 years of experience in residential design and the author of the best-selling The New Small House. She is the sole proprietor of Katie Hutchison Studio and provides design commentary to shelter magazines and design blogs, including her own, House Enthusiast. Hutchison and her husband live in Warren, R.I.


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