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Enjoy a literary weekend in Providence: May 20-22

literary weekend posterRhode Island is a center of arts and culture—and that includes the literary life. Explore our beautiful, historic state through a literary lens this weekend. Great writers, stimulating talks, and all the culture, dining, history and nightlife that the littlest state has to offer! Follow this itinerary, or create your own.

Friday, May 20th: 6:30 PM

Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence.

Kick off the weekend with a FREE talk with best-selling suspense writers Laura Lippman and Allison Gaylin, as part of the Empire Club Series. Sponsored by the Providence Public Library and Goat Hill. Register here.

Saturday, May 21st: 2 PM

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

The 14th year of Reading Across Rhode Island culminates with a lecture by David McCullough, author of this year’s selected book, The Wright Brothers. Reading Across Rhode Island is a program of the RI Center for the Book at the RI Council for the Humanities that connects readers across the state by inviting them to read, discuss, and engage with one carefully selected book each year. Event cost: $25

2 PM and 7:30 PM

Oklahoma! at Trinity Rep, 201 Washington Street

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical Oklahoma! is playing at Trinity Rep, Rhode Island’s award winning regional theater company.

8 PM

WaterFire, Waterplace Park, Providence.

After the lecture and show, stroll Providence’s beautiful riverfront and enjoy the atmospheric ambiance created by fire, water and music. The WaterFire basin lighting begins at 8:25 PM and continues until 11:30 PM.

Sunday, May 22nd: all day

Enjoy brunch downtown and take a self-guided walking tour of one of America’s oldest and most historic cities on the Independence Trail. Look for a hot spot for brunch and then walk it off with some history here!

For more tips, follow the Downtown Bookworm Tour.