Local Literature

Gather up the good reads, because winter's coming.

Brrrr. Days like today are best spent in a comfy chair with a book in hand, plus the requisite cup of coffee and spare throw within reach. Should I be allowed to complain? Definitely not, since we're still in the depths of fall and have more than a month to go before winter blows through.

With that in mind, I'm going to need a lot more to read.

Just in time for chilly days and chillier nights, the Association of Rhode Island Authors is hosting its first-ever Rhode Island Authors Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 16 at Courthouse Center of the Arts in West Kingston. Stock up on material, learn all about a title from the local who thought it up, and discover that perfect holiday gift for your hard-to-buy-for friend. Browse the roster of local writers below and visit the website for more information. riauthors.org


Judith Glynn, Providence

Thomas Cobb, Foster

Adam Braver, Bristol

Nancy James, Wakefield

Norb Vonnegut, Narragansett

Sammie Grace, Wakefield

Nick Rabar, Rumford

Historical Fiction/History

Paul Caranci, North Providence

Steven R. Porter, Harmony

Ray Wolf, Scituate

Frank Heppner, Kingston

Children/Young Adult

Kristen Calenda, Warwick

C. Rudolph Barlow, Glocester

George Warren, North Scituate

Mark Perry, Providence

Theresa Schimmel, Wakefield

 Vanessa Paniccia, South Kingstown

Dawn M. Porter, Harmony

Ana Arelys Cruz Cabrera, Cranston

Christy Major, North Providence


Thupten Tendhar, Kingston

Ann Grenier, Foster


Alex Kimmell, North Scituate

Joann Mead, East Greenwich

Jim Dyer, Narragansett

Julien Ayotte, Cumberland


Sebastian Cole, Warwick

Carol Desforges, North Providence

Lynn Jenssen, Wyoming

Jeanine Duval Spikes, Cranston

Christine DePetrillo, North Providence


Kimberly Kowal Arcand, Greenville

Skip Sviokla, M.D., Warwick

Aileene Palm, Shannock


Joe Mazzenga, Lincoln

J. Michael Squatrito Jr., Tiverton


Yvette Nachmias-Baeu, Hope Valley (Memoir)

Elyse Major, Smithfield (Decorating)

Cris Pfeil, North Providence (Inspirational)

Jackie Hennessey, Providence (Humor)

Dave Mann, Hope Valley (Memoir)