Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Independent Bookstore Day at Ink Fish Books!!!!

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent. Let's celebrate ours!

EVENTS

BOOK SIGNING: Loretta Marion local author of House of Ashess

FOOD POPUP: GG’s Pretzels from Hope & Main

RI PASSPORT - Visit 14 of the 15 independent bookstores in RI and win a $25 gift card for each store!

FREE BOOKS - Advance Reading Copies with purchase

SALE: 50% OFF all used books

More event announcements for Independent Bookstore Day at Ink Fish Books coming soon!

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May
4
4:30 PM16:30

CHILDRENS STORY TIME & BOOK SIGNING: ANIKA DENISE LOCAL AUTHOR OF Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

This week is the 100th anniversary of childrens book week! Local RI author Anika Denise will join us for a childrens story time and book signing to celebrate! She will read from her book Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré .

FOLLOW LA VIDA Y EL LEGADO OF PURA BELPRÉ, THE FIRST PUERTO RICAN LIBRARIAN IN NEW YORK CITY

When she came to America in 1921, Pura carried the cuentos folklóricos of her Puerto Rican homeland. Finding a new home at the New York Public Library as a bilingual assistant, she turned her popular retellings into libros and spread story seeds across the land. Today, these seeds have grown into a lush landscape as generations of children and storytellers continue to share her tales and celebrate Pura's legacy.

This portrait of the influential librarian, author, and puppeteer reminds us of the power of storytelling and the extraordinary woman who opened doors and championed bilingual literature.


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May
8
6:00 PM18:00

Independent Publishing Discussion with Steven R. Porter founder of Stillwater River Publications

Steven R. Porter is the author of the critically-acclaimed Southie crime thrillerConfessions of the Meek & the Valiant, and the award-winning historical novel Manisses based on the legends and rich history of Block Island, Rhode Island.

In 2011, along with a handful of talented local authors, he founded the 501(c)3 non-profit Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) to help promote, market and sell the state's best books throughout the region and the country. With a membership of over 200 authors, it is Rhode Island's fastest growing arts organization.

Steven speaks frequently to schools, libraries and civic organizations about his books, the growing trend in independent publishing, and about an assortment of special topics in book writing and marketing.

He and his wife Dawn are the founders of Stillwater River Publications.


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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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Apr
13
1:00 PM13:00

Book Signing: Meet local author Martha Reynolds

Join us for a book signing with local author Martha Reynolds

Martha Reynolds is the author of eight novels, including CHOCOLATE FOR BREAKFAST, BITS OF BROKEN GLASS, and BEST SELLER. VILLA DEL SOL won the 2018 Book Award in Literary Fiction by the Independent Publishers of New England. Her newest novel is APRIL IN GALWAY, published in November 2018. Martha is a proud member of the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) and lives in Rhode Island with her husband. 

Villa del Sol

WINNER of Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) 2018 Literary Fiction Book Award

Jennifer Logan just buried her husband, the beloved senior senator from Rhode Island. To find solace and peace for her troubled soul, she rents a villa in a small town on the Swiss-Italian border. For the next six months, Jennifer will process her grief in solitude, unplugged from the world.But her financial stability is threatened when her husband's only child lays a claim to his estate.

April in Galway

Bill Flanagan's no stranger to regrets, so when he stumbles upon the chance to erase one from his long record, he jumps at it.April Tweed's reinvigorated acting career may suggest she's left her past behind, but some memories don't let go easily, even thirty years later. The most important person from her past has tracked her down in Ireland, where she's filming a miniseries.Past collides with present when April finds herself stuck between her high school sweetheart, Bill, and her persistently amorous co-star, Connor.


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Mar
30
4:00 PM16:00

Book Signing & Discussion: Meet local author Mia Donohue author of Crossing the Bamboo Bridge: Memoirs of a Bad Luck Girl


Mai Donohue is a writer, beloved home cook, and re-tired educator of special needs students. After leaving Vietnam in 1970 she and her husband Brian settled in Barrington, Rhode Island. They have seven children and thirteen grandchildren. Mai holds a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island, an accomplishment that was the culmination of more than twelve years of study. Mai is known in her community for supporting various charitable causes with her delicious Vietnamese cooking. A PBS short documentary about Mai's life was nominated for a New England Emmy award in 2006.


This vivid, compulsively readable memoir of courage, grief and redemption illuminates the life of Mai, a young girl from Vietnam's rice fields, who risks everything to escape poverty, abuse and war. Her battle is not against soldiers but against her neighbors and a thousand years of tradition. Born during Ho Chi Minh's revolution against the French, she was just a baby when his followers in the village, out of spite, came to her home one night and murdered the men in the family, driving her mother mad with fear and rage. She was fourteen when her mother forced her to marry and have a child with a brutal man who beat and tortured her, finally leaving her for dead beside the road. Recovered, she ran away with her infant son, only to discover there was no place for them. To save her baby's life, she returned home in disgrace, only to face the Viet Cong. In desperation she escaped again, leaving her child in safety, she thought. On Saigon's deadly streets, with no identity papers, she became an outlaw, hiding from her ex-husband, grieving for her lost child. Homeless, penniless and pursued, only her dream of freedom kept her alive. Then one day she would meet a saintly woman, who gave her hope, and an Irish-American naval officer, who gave her love. Crossing the Bamboo Bridge is a tale of mothers and daughters, and of their children. It is a tale of war, and grief, and a young girl's dreams. It is a stunning epiphany of hope where there is none, of courage in the face of despair, of love, respect and freedom.


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Mar
25
6:00 PM18:00

Book Signing & Discussion: Meet Cara Robertson author of The Trial of Lizzie Borden: a true story

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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Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Customer Appreciation Day at Ink Fish Books!

Celebrating the best customers and 150 days in business!!

I am truly grateful to you for choosing Ink Fish Books as your independent bookstore and giving me the opportunity to grow. None of this is possible without your unwavering support. Thank you all for being valued customers, it is a pleasure to serve you! I look forward to what we can accomplish together!

Authors

Author Schedule 2-4 PM

E. A. Mann author of One American Robin

Robin is a lonely, whip-smart twenty-five-year-old muddling her way through a rough summer. Her father’s losing his mind to dementia. He also might be falling in love, which is nice, but it has Robin wondering: is it adultery if you can’t remember you have a wife?

Robin answers these questions while juggling familial fissures, money problems, and a fruitless quest to capture her father’s rapidly deteriorating memories. Set in Providence, Rhode Island during the worst recession in generations, One American Robin is a funny and heartbreaking examination of love, dementia, and the life-changing power of home improvement.

Vikki Warner author of Tenemental

I'm a landlady. I'm responsible for a big, busted house and the people who live in it. Here's a book about what that's like.

In 2004, when I was in my mid-twenties, I bought an abused hundred-year-old three-family apartment building on the west side of Providence, Rhode Island—New England’s third-largest (and first-freakiest) city. I’ve lived on the third floor and rented out the two apartments below, ever since. Tenemental is an exploration of how sharing space with others has forced me to grow into myself.

Lucas Mann author of Captive Audience

An intimate portrait of a marriage intertwined with a meditation on reality TV and what it means to live an authentic life.  In Lucas Mann's trademark vein—fiercely intelligent, self-deprecating, brilliantly observed, idiosyncratic, personal, funny, and infuriating—Captive Audience is an appreciation of reality television wrapped inside a love letter to his wife, with whom he shares the guilty pleasure of watching "real" people bare their souls in search of celebrity.  Also the author o Lord of Fear and Class A


Food Pop-ups

Ocean State Pepper Co. 12-2 PM

Discounts & Swag

Select a free advance reading copy with your purchase! While supplies last

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Mar
16
12:00 PM12:00

Food Pop-Up: Local Hometown Poke - Poke bowls

Poke means “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian and refers to chunks of raw, marinated fish — usually tuna — which is then tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and umami-packed sauces.

When you eat a Hometown Poké bowl, you’re eating real food in it’s true, organic form. No preservatives, no fillers, no nonsense - just fresh, fun, and delicious meals. All of our bowls are made-to-order and we source locally when possible from vendors such as Tony’s Seafood and Narragansett Bay Lobster. This means that when you visit us, you’re supporting an ecosystem of Rhode Island-based food businesses!

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Mar
9
1:00 PM13:00

Book Signing & Discussion: Taylor Wells, Local Author of Create the Best Life Ever

Book signing and discussion with local author Taylor Wells, author of Create the Best Life Ever: Real Life Stories to Get Inspired on Saturday, March 9 from 1-3 PM at Ink Fish Books 488 Main St. Join Taylor to see what thousands of people are talking about regarding her recipe for creating the best life ever! With her fun, accessible and interactive presentation and discussion, Taylor will teach you how to utilize and integrate her proven best life ever principles into your life today.


Taylor speaks, teaches, and inspires at conferences all over the world, including The Nantucket Yoga Festival, The Young Presidents’ Organization, Women’s Wellness, Longevity Now, The Yoga Chant Fest, and Yoga for Peace. She is an author, entrepreneur, founder of Prana Power Yoga™ (5 studios in Massachusetts and New York - now part of the YogaWORKS family), A graduate of Brown University (A.B.) and Columbia University (M.A., M.Ed.), 


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Feb
16
1:00 PM13:00

Tasting: Savory Fare Food Delivery Service - Hope & Main

Savory Fare is a Rhode Island based meal delivery service that offers single servings of fresh and frozen dishes. Our service is great for seniors, those recuperating, new parents, and busy individuals looking for convenience.

We deliver to Providence, Pawtucket, East Providence, Cranston, and Warwick, as well as to Barrington, Warren, and Bristol. If you do not live in one of these areas, you can pick up your order at Hope & Main, 691 Main St., Warren, RI 02885.


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Feb
9
1:00 PM13:00

Book Signing: Katharine Smyth, local author of All The Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf

A wise, lyrical memoir about the power of literature to help us read our own lives—and see clearly the people we love most.
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.
Braiding memoir, literary criticism, and biography, All the Lives We Ever Lived is a wholly original debut: a love letter from a daughter to her father, and from a reader to her most cherished author.


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Jan
27
1:00 PM13:00

Tasting: Bootblack Brand Cocktail Syrup - Made in RI

Complex Syrups which are deeply layered with ingredients that are a balance of sweet, savory and citrus—The holy trinity to creating a great cocktail. With flavors including Ginger Cardamom Lime, Cranberry Jalapeño Lime and our newest offering Classic Citrus Tonic you'll make a kick ass Moscow Mule, a spicy Margarita or a sublime Gin & Tonic just to name a few cocktails.


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Jan
26
1:00 PM13:00

Tasting: Radia Tea - Made in RI

A bit about Radia Herbs
Radia Herbs is a one-acre herb farm in Cranston, Rhode Island, part of the Hurricane Hill female-owned farming collective. We provide bulk and wholesale herbs to local restaurants and cafes; offer herbal products like teas, tinctures, and salves; and offer herbal consultations for general wellness.
—Rachel Playe, Owner

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