Author Visit

Be the author: the art of journaling

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Join our special presenter, local author Lisa Rose Bauer, as she teaches kids the art of journaling.  Interested in creative writing?  This is the program for you!  Call us at 683-9457 for more information.

The Last Civil War Veterans with Frank L. Grzyb

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Frank L. Grzyb, author of a new book, The Last Civil War Veterans: the Lives of the Final Survivors, State by State, will speak about his research into the lives of these veterans.  He is the author of six previous books and has contributed numerous articles to newspapers and magazines about America's Civil War. He is a member of the Rhode Island Civil War Round Table and lives in Rhode Island.

Barton's Raid with Christian McBurney

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The focus of author Christian McBurney's talk is a raid that took place in Portsmouth in 1777.  A young Rhode Island militia officer named William Barton and a small raiding party slipped past British soldiers on the Portsmouth shore and kidnapped General Richard Prescott at his home.  The kidnappers risked all—if caught, they could be hanged. This is just one of several attempted and successful abductions of military and civilian leaders from 1775 to 1783 covered in McBurney's new book, Abductions in the American Revolution.

Daughters of Divorce Book Signing

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Local author Terry Gaspard will discuss her new book Daughters of Divorce: Overcome the Legacy of Your Parents' Breakup and Enjoy a Happy, Long-Lasting Relationship. The author is a recognized divorce expert and licensed clinical social worker.  Her book offers a powerful look at the emotional impact of parental divorce upon women and provides concrete ways they can improve their relationships.

Spies in Revolutionary RI

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Espionage played a vital role during the Revolutionary War in Rhode Island, both when the British and later the French occupied Newport and the rest of Aquidneck Island. Lieutenant John Trevett of the Continental navy sloop Providence dressed as an ordinary sailor, grew out his beard, and went from tavern to tavern in Newport gathering intelligence. William Taggart became a patriot spy and enlisted the help of his son to pass messages from Middletown to the American army at Tiverton.

Cold Case to Case Closed - Lizzie Borden

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Author Rich Little visits the Library to discuss his research for his book Cold Case to Case Closed ~ Lizbeth Borden ~ My Story.  This account differs from earlier accounts and finds that the real killer was never prosecuted.  Hear the details @ the Library.

This program is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited so please stop by or call the Library at 683-9457 to sign up.

Cream of the Crop: Fall River's Best & Brightest with John (Red) Cummings

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

This fascinating archive of short biographies of well-known people from Fall River will be the focus of author John "Red" Cummings presentation.  This readable collection spotlights great men and women who originate from Fall River and includes artists, executives, athletes, scholars and more who went on to national and even international fame.  Cream of the Crop will be available for purchase and signing.

Kidnapping the Enemy with Author Christian McBurney

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

On December 13, 1776, a party of British dragoons surprised and captured New Jersey Major General Charles Lee, second-in-command in the Continental Army behind only George Washington, at an isolated tavern.  In order to have a British captive the same rank as Lee, Rhode Island’s William Barton planned and executed the cross-bay capture of Major General Richard Prescott at the Nichols-Overing house in Portsmouth, when Prescott commanded the British garrison occupying Newport and the rest of Aquidneck Island.  Barton’s raid was the outstanding special operation of the Revolutionary

Chased from Eden reading with author Marguerite Vaillancourt

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Author Marguerite Vaillancourt will do a reading from her latest book Chased from Eden.  Part memoir and part fiction, her book is about coming of age in Morocco.  Her book will be available for purchase and signing.  This program is free and open to the public.

Eve LaPlante, author of American Jezebel

Fri, 10/25/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

In celebration of Portsmouth's 375th anniversary, there will a joint program between Portsmouth Abbey and Portsmouth Free Public Library held at Portsmouth Abbey.  Eve LaPlante, author of American Jezebel : The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans and an 11th-generation granddaughter of Hutchinson, will speak about her famous ancestor.  Her book provides a fast-paced and elegant account of Hutchinson's life and work, including the reasons that Hutchinson's teachings threatened the fabric of Puritan theology and her involvement in the founding