UPDATE 9/27: Evening With Authors has moved to Askew in Providence. All other details are the same.
By Elizabeth F. McNamara
Robin Kall is obsessed with reading and she’s fashioned her obsession into both a career and a gift to the rest of us readers. That’s because, with her daughter, Emily Homonoff, Kall has created author events where we can meet and hear from well known novelists (Liane Moriarty, Jodi Picoult, Tom Perrotta) along with those who Kall got at the very start of their careers (Augusten Burroughs, Jennifer Weiner, Khaled Hosseini, even Henry Winkler).
There’s The Cardigan Connection, a literary salon of sorts at Askew in Providence, with four different authors in an intimate setting the third Tuesday of every month. Reading with Robin also presents special events throughout the year, including one with Tuesdays With Morrie’s Mitch Albom in November.
And every fall, Kall and Homonoff put together a larger event to raise money for a cause they feel Kall’s mother Carol (who passed away in 1997) would have supported. Conveniently for us in East Greenwich (and for Robin too, since she’s a resident), this year’s Evening with Authors (the 11th annual) is being held at the Odeum on Main Street, on Tuesday evening, Oct. 29. UPDATE 9/27: Evening With Authors has moved to Askew in Providence. All other details are the same.
Stephen Chbosky (author of the wildly popular Perks of Being a Wallflower as well as writing the screenplays for Rent and Wonder), John Kenney and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (both Cardigan Connection alum) are the featured authors.
Kall is thrilled.
Chbosky has become a friend over the years and even though his new book, Imaginary Friend, is scary and while Kall is decidedly not a horror fan, she loved it. Kenny’s new book, Love Poems for People With Children, is as fresh and readable as the title suggests. And Adjei-Brenyah’s new book, Friday Black, his first, has been so well received he’s writing the screenplay for the movie version.
The cause this year is particularly close to Kall’s heart because it has to do with … reading! Not surprisingly, reading was a passion of her mother’s as well. The recipients are the Warwick Public Library/Warwick Public School Summer Learning Partnership and the Stephen Olney Elementary School in North Providence, to purchase new and diverse books for classroom libraries as well as create a family literacy center at the school.
The event offers a conversation with the authors, led by Kall. You can just attend the event or buy one of the books with your ticket, or you can buy a VIP ticket that included a meet and greet with the author of your choice, dinner, drinks, and one book along with the actual event. Tickets for students and teachers are just $10. Here’s a link for more information and tickets. Find more about Kall and Reading with Robin here.