The posts on this page are from a variety of Salem blogs and the views expressed are those of the individual blog author.

March 18th, 2017

Book Swap Returns to Salem

Don’t believe everything you hear about “print is dead” or that “we are moving to a paperless society so nobody reads books anymore.” Americans check out more than 2 billion items each year from their public libraries; the average user takes out more than seven books a year (Libraries Are For Real Life website). So […]

November 12th, 2015

Salem Literary Festival, a Writer’s Resource

You don’t write because you want to say something… you write because you have something to say —F. Scott Fitzgerald So many, many people have had such a great deal to “say” over the years that a regular gathering of writers and readers was inevitable to share and discuss those thoughts put to words. These […]

November 12th, 2015

Salem Literary Festival, a Writer’s Resource

You don’t write because you want to say something… you write because you have something to say —F. Scott Fitzgerald So many, many people have had such a great deal to “say” over the years that a regular gathering of writers and readers was inevitable to share and discuss those thoughts put to words. These […]

September 26th, 2014

Why Do People Come To Salem?

Simple question. Complex answer. Do they come for the witches and magic and monsters and such? Or is it “much, much more” as has been put forth by others (like in these star-studded video shorts)? One strong possibility (at least from the looks of our blog entries) is the literary aspect. Everybody knows about Salem’s […]

September 21st, 2014

To Read Or Not to Read; Banned Books Week in Salem

Some people might compare a book ban to a witch hunt. That said it comes as no surprise Salem’s Wicked Good Books  is participating in educating residents and visitors during Banned Books Week, taking place now through Sept. 27th. Taylor Carozzi, Wicked Good Books manager comments “We are supporting this effort because it is important […]

September 19th, 2014

Books to the Left & to the Right; Book Swap Time Again

What can you do with a book? Read it, of course. And then? Use it as a paperweight. Or use two as bookends. The city of Salem offers a more community-minded suggestion this Saturday from 10 am -1 pm with a Free Book & Media Swap at the Senior center, 5 Broad St. But this […]

September 8th, 2014

Mr. Poe Comes to Salem

While Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writings were well known to be tied to Salem, literary contemporary Edgar Allan Poe also had a connection. It appears that “A Tell-Tale Heart” might have been based on the grisly murder of Capt. Joseph White in 1830 Salem. And in the midst of our Haunted Halloween Happenings next month there will […]

August 11th, 2014

Kid-Friendly Weekly Event at Salem’s PEM

Not every tourist destination can offer “kid-friendly” events on a regular basis— but here in Salem, we can. As proof, we present the on-going PEM/PEM Pals. This is a fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers. It is presented Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 […]

April 27th, 2014

Live from Salem MA it is Sunday!

Yes, almost the same headline as yesterday’s blog, because today, Sunday April 27th offers yet another day of fun-filled community events: 5K Road Race & Fun Walk, 9-10am Wicked Good Books Giveaway, 10am – 2pm Y Art show at Gulu Gulu, 4-6pm A mostly flat and fast course awaits an expected 400 runners and walkers […]

November 16th, 2013

Our Datebook Seems To Be Full This Week

When exactly are things supposed to slow down in Salem? We just finished Fall Restaurant Week. Well, actually two weeks of fine dining. We are in the midst of Winter Market, Thursdays (except Thanksgiving week) from 3-6pm at Old Town Hall. The soon to be Turner’s Seafood Restaurant will be opening this week (or next, […]