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Reading for a cause

August 12, 2011

Last year's Reading with Robim fundraiser in EG raised a substantial amount of money.

“An Evening with Authors” may be growing larger and be leaving East Greenwich for this year’s event, but the town’s large book club community will still be a major presence at the Sept. 21 book party, which will again bring popular authors to Rhode Island.

“We like to bring people places they’ve never been,” said Robin Kall, local literary guru and organizer of the ninth annual event, which brought a crowd of 125 to Zuzu’s Petals on Main Street last September.
This year’s big night will be held at Candita Clayton Studio at Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St., Unit 105, Pawtucket, a space Kall said will bring an additional element to this year’s event. Clayton, her partner in putting the evening together, manages a gallery and also offers counsel on organizing household space on www.yourlifeorganized.com
“This year, we’ll have more space, and we can probably accommodate up to 175 people. It has high windows and plank floors, and three or four artists’ collections on display,” said Kall, host of “Reading with Robin” Saturdays from 7-8 a.m. on WHJJ-920 AM (also on stream at www.readingwithrobin.com) and author of a Tuesday books column, “Well-Read,” on GoLocalProv.com..
But as always, the stars will be the authors. Past events have brought in well-known authors such as Jennifer Weiner, Jodi Picoult and Ann Hood, and Kall has lined up three more authors who will speak, answer questions from the audience, and sign books afterward.
Courtney Sullivan (“Maine”) will come from Brooklyn, and Ellen Hildebrand (“Silver Girl”) will visit from Nantucket. Kall traditionally adds a first-time author to the lineup, with this year’s being Camille Noe Pagan, the Michigan-based author of “The Art of Forgetting.”
“Camille also does a lot of health-related writing, so people might have discovered her there. And Courtney blurbed her book,” Kall said.
Several book clubs are based in East Greenwich or have many members from town, she said, including her own Second Monday Night Book Club and Literary Cougars, New Neighbors East Greenwich PM Book Buffs and Reading Between the Wines. That base helps promote and organize the annual event.
“About June or so, I start getting e-mails from people asking to help. It’s become something people look forward to,” she said.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Love, Carol Foundation, a newly formed organization Kall formed with her sisters in her mother’s memory. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, to be held Oct. 30 at Roger Williams Park in Providence, for which “An Evening with Authors” and Kall’s team of walkers (named “Chapter 9” for this year) has raised $200,000 over the past nine years, will be a beneficiary of the foundation.
Donation is $25 for the event, which starts at 6 p.m. with light hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a sale of raffle tickets. The authors’ program will begin at 7, and their books will be available for purchase and autographs at a discount.
For more information or to make advance reservations, call (401) 519-1318 or e-mail robin@readingwithrobin.com.

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