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Peniel Joseph, Molly Birnbaum, Chris Faraone, Jason Wilson and More

Fall To Extremes - The Tannery Series 2014 season includes two more unforgettable events.

Join us October 4th as we talk radical social movements and December 18th for “Cocktails” with our friends at PEM!

Radicals: People and Ideas that Inflamed our Nation
October 4, 7pm @Jabberwocky Books in Newburyport, MA

Dr. Peniel Joseph, author of the biography Stokely: A Life, will talk about the iconic leader of the Black Power movement, Stokely Carmichael.
Chris Faraone, DigBoston editor, will discuss his work on Occupy Wallstreet and his book, 99 Nights with the 99 Percent.

Cocktails: An Evening of Food and Spirits Writers:

December 18, 6:00 - 9:00 pm @ Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Featuring: Jason Wilson, author of Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits and Molly Birnbaum, author of Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way

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Li-Young Lee, Martha Collins, Anne Easter Smith, Susan Rich, Rhina Espaillat and More

National Stars and Local Favorites Kick-Off Spring for The Tannery Series.

Join us in Newburyport and Salem for two amazing events this May.

Rich, Royal and Powerful
May 1, 2014 7pm @Jabberwocky Books, Newburyport, MA.

From Medieval longings to modern desire, three exciting writers take on the alchemy of the human heart with Anne Easter Smith, Susan Rich and Rhina Espaillat.

Parts Unknown: The Challenges of Writing Across Worlds
May 3, 2014 2:45pm @ Peabody Essex Museum, East India Marine Hall

The strategies, pitfalls and politics of representing one world to another with Li-Young Lee, Martha Collins, Kirun Kapur and Vivek Narayanan (this event is part of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival)

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From Bullet Bras to Bra Burning

The Changing Lives of Women in the ’50s, ’60s and Beyond

The Tannery Series takes on fashion and feminism at PEM.

March 29, 2014 3:00 pm @ the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.

In the ’50s and early ’60s, the cone-shaped brassieres of Marilyn Monroe were all the rage and most women needed a husband’s permission to open a bank account or get a credit card. By the ’70s, feminists were protesting high-heels and bras, while women were finding their places in universities and courtrooms. Join The Tannery Series for a discussion of fashion, feminism and the way the home-front became a crucible of social change. Be part of the conversation as award-winning novelist Sigrid Nunez and sociologist Ashley Mears explore beauty, power and the changing lives of women in the era of Mad Men. Come hear why "Mid-Century Modern" is about more than great design.

On the program:

Sigrid Nunez(The Last of Her Kind), plunges us into the dark side of the countercultural idealism that swept the country in the 1960s. Exploring a friendship between two college roommates from vastly different backgrounds, her award-winning novel provides a remarkable and disconcerting vision of a troubled time in American history, and of its repercussions for national and individual identity.

Ashley Mears (Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model), takes us behind the brightly lit runways and glossy advertisements of the fashion industry to explore a largely hidden arena of cultural production— how the right “look” is discovered, developed, and packaged to become a prized commodity. Her rich, accessible analysis of the invisible ways in which gender, race, and class have shaped design and fashion reveals how the industry has impacted our sense of beauty, power and femininity across the decades.

This program will celebrate the opening of PEM’s latest exhibit, California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way. Come explore Mad Men and brilliant women.

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La Vie Bohème: French Life, Light and Love

The Tannery Series Kicks Off Its Fifth Season With The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik.

January 16, 2014 6:30-9:30 PM @ the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Shake off the storms and the cold! We are pleased to announce another year of exciting collaborations with the Peabody Essex Museum, starting with its January PEM/PM event.  Come immerse yourself in the gorgeous warmth of  PEM's new exhibit, "Impressionists on the Water." Listen to French singer-songwriter Marine Futin. Sample French pastries and enjoy a demonstration of absinthe, the drink made infamous by the artists in the gallery.

The Tannery Series will be in the thick of things with Adam Gopnik (Paris to the Moon) whose essays on French life have fed the American imagination. From Brillat-Savarin to Camus, Gopnik’s pen has translated the glamor, beauty, and profound achievement of French artistic life for a new generation. Join us for an intimate conversation with one of The New Yorker’s most loved voices as we discuss love, light, art and the bohemian sprit.

Reserve your tickets now. While the PEM/PM program can accommodate all walk-ins, The Tannery Series conversation with Adam Gopnik (which starts at 7:00 pm) will have limited seating in the East India Marine Hall. Call 978-745-9500 to grab a seat.

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From Our Authors:

Find Work
by Rhina P. Espaillat

I tie my Hat—I crease my Shawl—
Life's little duties do—precisely
As the very least
Were infinite—to me—
—Emily Dickinson, #443

My mother’s mother, widowed very young
of her first love, and of that love’s first fruit,
moved through her father’s farm, her country tongue
and country heart anaesthetized and mute
with labor. So her kind was taught to do—
“Find work,” she would reply to every grief—
and her one dictum, whether false or true,
tolled heavy with her passionate belief.
Widowed again, with children, in her prime,
she spoke so little it was hard to bear
so much composure, such a truce with time
spent in the lifelong practice of despair.
But I recall her floors, scrubbed white as bone,
her dishes, and how painfully they shone.
Source: Poetry (February 1999).