Get Literary in Rhode Island

Participate in the state's first-ever Literary Weekend.

H.P. Lovecraft, Poe, Ann Hood, Cormac McCarthy: Great writers roamed the streets of our state and you can, too. This weekend, May 20 to 22, celebrate the writing on the wall in little Rhody at the first-ever Literary Weekend. Here's the itinerary:


Friday, May 20, 6:30 p.m.: Talk Suspense with Laura Lippman and Allison Gaylin

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Providence Public Library, 150 Empire St., Providence.

The details: Bestselling suspense writers Laura Lippman and Allison Gaylin talk about their work as part of the Empire Club Series event. Free; sponsored by the Providence Public Library and Goat Hill Writers. Free; Register here.


Saturday, May 21, 2 p.m.: Hear from David McCullough, historian and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award

Where: Toll Gate High School, 575 Centerville Rd., Warwick.

The details: McCullough's book, The Wright Brothers, was named the Reading Across Rhode Island selection for 2016. Tickets are $25; register here.


Saturday, May 21, 7:30 p.m.: Oklahoma! at Trinity Rep

Where: 201 Washington St., Providence.

The details: Catch Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic frontier musical, Oklahoma!, at Rhode Island's state theater. (Read our review of the performance here.) Tickets are $31 to $71; buy them here.


Sunday, May 22: Walking Tours

Hear the story of Providence on a self-guided walking tour of historic sites along Independence Trail. Free; call 401-441-6401 and enter your location number along the route, or visit the website here. Then, follow Downtown Providence's Book Worm self-guided walking tour, featuring the Fleet Library, the Athenaeum and more literary hotspots.