September’s Lively Literati to Focus on SciFi

LiteratiSept2015Join science fiction authors and writers Tabitha Lord, John McDaid and K.H. Vaughan at Cranston’s Elephant Room on Thursday, September 24th at 6:30 p.m. for the September edition of “The Lively Literati.” Science Fiction will be this month’s theme, and following presentations from our featured writers, the mic will be opened to the audience to share any style of poetry, prose or short creative work. Admission is free!

Springfield’s “Big E” to Welcome RI Guest Authors


The Big E — one of our country’s largest country fairs — will be open from Friday, September 18 and run through Sunday, October 4. If you are one of the 1.4 million people expected to visit, be sure to drop by the Rhode Island Building situated along the “Avenue of the States” where ARIA members will be selling, signing and representing RI’s growing literary scene. A different Rhode Island author will be featured each day. ARIA extends its thanks to the RI Department of Tourism for the invitation and the opportunity.

It’s RI Author’s Day at The Farmer’s Market

scitfarmersAll season long, The North Scituate Farmer’s Market has welcomed a local author each weekend to join their amazing selection of local farmers and artisans. And now on Saturday, September 5th, you’ll be able to meet over 20 of your favorite local authors at the market all at the same time. Join us! The market is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participating authors include:


Julien Ayotte – “Flowers of Heaven” (Thriller)
George Warren – “Starr Light & the Christmas Story” (Children’s)
Tara Williams – “Angel Friends” (Children’s)
Laura Kennedy – “Lolly’s Picnic” (Children’s)
Thom Ring – The Red Race Car” (Children’s)
Mary Catherine Volk – “Believe in Forever” (Spiritual)
Deborah Halliday – “Godey’s Ladies Book Poems (Poetry)
Tim Jones – “Sour Grapes” (Comics)
Steven R. Porter – “Manisses” – (Historical Fiction)
Dawn M. Porter – “Searching for Rhode Island” (Local Interest)
Elda Dawber – “Wait Until I’m Dead” (Fiction)
Pat Mitchell – “The Girl From the Hill” – (Biography)
Amy Patrick – “Hidden Heart” (Romance)
Claremary Sweeney – “Berkshire Tales” (Children’s)
Karen Petit – “Mayflower Dreams” (Fantasy)
Sharon Contillo – “The Little Christmas Ornament” (Children’s)
Barley Dawn – “Frozen Peas & Scraped Knees” (Children’s)
Pete Larrivee – “The Revenant” (Horror)
Alex Kimmell – “The Key to Everything” (Horror)
Joshua Blum – “The Thirteenth Hour” (Fantasy)
Paul Caranci – “Monumental Providence” (History)

August Readings to Feature Romance

livelyaugust2015Romance will be in the air this Thursday (8/27) at “The Lively Literati” at The Elephant Room in Cranston when RI authors Nancy Roy, Amy Patrick and Judith Glynn will join us to read selections from their latest books. And then following our featured writers, it’s your chance to grab our “open mic” and share your own bit of poetry, prose or other short creative work. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m… and admission is free!

Get Your Summer Reading at B&N’s R.I. Authors Day!

B&NJoin us on Saturday, August 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. at  Barnes & Noble on Route 2 in Warwick to meet twenty of your favorite Rhode Island Authors, purchase some great autographed books, and stock-up on your end-of-summer reading collection all at the same time!

Scheduled to appear
Heather Rigney – “Waking the Merrow”
Rick Marchetti – “187 Music Row”
Marjorie Harrison – “Coming Home”
Carol Desforges – “Behind Closed Doors”
J.L. Metcalf – “Menagerie of the Weird”
Kelly Kittell – “Breathe”
Thom Ring – “The Red Race Car”
Adele Bourne – “To Make a Thing of Air”
Vikki Corliss – “Second Chances”
Leigh Brown – “The Pie Sisters”
Mary Catherine Volk – “Believe in Forever”
Eileen Rand – “Nothing of the Field”
Elda Dawber – “Wait Until I’m Dead”
Deb Halliday – “America: An Album. Eighty Poems”
Dawn M. Porter – “Searching for Rhode Island”
Laura Crisafulli Kennedy – “Lolly’s Picnic”
Amy Patrick – “Hidden Deep”
Bob Sendling – “I Am Am I”
Claremary Sweeney – “A Berkshire Tale”
Tim Jones – “Sour Grapes”

Mystery Night at The Elephant Room

Lively LIterati july 2015It’s Mystery Night at The Elephant Room! Join us on Thursday, July 30th for a special mystery and detective themed “Lively Literati” featuring authors Julien Ayotte, San Kafrissen and Rick Marchetti. Following our featured authors, feel free to grab our open mic to share bits of your own poetry or prose. The fun starts at 6:30. Admission is free!

Authors to Help Celebrate Newport’s “Senior Week”

edwardkingNewport’s Edward King House will be hosting a special  “Giant Book Fair and Booksigning” with 30 published Rhode Island writers on Wednesday, July 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. The event is part of Newport’s annual “Senior Week” activities and is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase. A complete list of participating authors is posted here: CLICK HERE.

For over 45 years The Edward King House Senior Center has served a vital role in the community by meeting the ever-changing needs of the senior population.  Through their diverse variety of classes, programming, performances and club activities they offer seniors age fifty and older the ability to remain active.

The Lively Literati Announces June 25th Line-Up & Open Mic

lljune2015 copyJoin the Association of Rhode Island authors at Cranston’s The Elephant Room for “The Lively Literati” on Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. This month, Rhode Island writers Joshua Blum (A Shadow in the Moonlight), Mary Catherine Volk (Believe in Forever) and Don Hagist (The Revolution’s Last Men) will be reading excerpts from their work. Following the readings, the audience is invited to utilize our “open mic” to share a portion of their own short, creative works. The event will be hosted by poetry editor Deborah Halliday (The Poetry of Godey’s Ladies Book.) Admission is free.

Writers To Highlight Providence International Arts Fest

WBBposterJune2015ARIA is proud to announce that it will be participating in the 2015 Providence International Arts Festival! On Friday June 12 at 6 p.m., visit Aurora on Westminster street for the hilarious Writers Behaving Badly. Then on Saturday at 3 p.m., A Writer’s Feast will feature ARIA President and author Steven R. Porter and a non-fiction writer’s workshop with authors Paul Caranci, Don Hagist and Judith Glynn.

And later that evening on your way to Waterfire, stop by the Arts Marketplace in Burnside Park where dozens of books from all your favorite RI writers will be available for purchase. For more information, visit:

And all these events are free!