what started out as another crazy idea.

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Sitting around one lazy summer afternoon my mom and I got to talking about bookish things when the idea of a reading series came about. Book events in Rhode Island had long been sparse and lacked a certain amount of community engagement and were too serious. What transpired next was months of tireless planning, brainstorming, and reaching out all for something that remained an unproven concept in Rhode Island. With my mom’s decades of bookish experience and my background in publishing publicity, the Point Street Reading Series was born.

For those who know my mom know that creating something from nothing is where she truly flourishes. With her sandbag in tow (that’d be me), we had a clear vision of what we wanted to build – a space where friends and strangers alike could come together over books and have a good time.

Since the Point Street first opened its stage in March 2016, the award-winning series has brought countless best-selling and highly regarded authors from across the world to Providence, Rhode Island. After nearly 3 years as the Point Street Reading Series, we are now The Cardigan Connection! We still host the monthly reading series but have rebranded to offer a wider array of programing.

You can find The Cardigan Connection from 7-9PM on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at Askew, located at 150 Chestnut Street; Providence, RI. Admission is $10 (with $5 toward the purchase of a book, limit one per attendee) at the door and limited table reservations are available via email.

COMING MAY 21ST:

Andrew Ridker (The Altruists), Erika Swyler (The Light From Other Stars), Tracy Strauss (I Still Haven’t Met Your Yet), and Joanne Ramos (The Farm)

COMING JUNE 18th:

Chris Boucher (Big Giant Floating Head), Jamie Brenner (Drawing Home), Anna Pitoniak (Necessary People), and Randy Susan Meyers (Waisted)

COMING JULY 16th:

Heidi Diehl (Life Lines), Rachel Barenbaum (A Bend in the Stars), Courtney Maum (Costalgre), Bruce Holsinger (The Gifted School), and Nicole Dennis-Benn (Patsy)

SAMPLING OF PAST AUTHORS:

Caroline Kepnes, Eva Hagberg Fisher, Whitney Scharer, John Fried, Ariel Burger, Susan Conley, Johnny Kenney, Helen Schulman, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, BA Shapiro, Christina Dalcher, Delia Owens, Lucy Tan, Andrew Thier, Mary Moris, Stephen McCauley, Rihannon Navin, Shobha Rao, Sam Graham-Felsen, Hermione Hoby, Mira Lee, Damian McNicholl, Lindsay Hatton, Sarah Healy, Daniel Riley, Val Emmich, Danya Kufkafka, Robinne Lee, Rumaan Alam, Camille Perri, Ann Hood, Caroline Leavitt, Julie Buntin, Hala Alyan, Courtney Maum, Mike Harvkey, David Leite, Julia Fierro, Ellen Herrick, Leigh Stein, and Rob Spillman.