Dancy Box by Caitlín R. Kiernan & Kathryn A. Pollnac

The Brown University Library recently acquired the papers of award-winning science fiction and dark fantasy writer Caitlin R. Kiernan.

“In April 2011, I wrote a story featuring my recurring character Dancy Flammarion. The story was titled “Bus Fair,” and it concerns Dancy having to play a riddle game with a werewolf to get back a cigar box containing her most precious possessions. The story became the basis for the first issue of Alabaster, the graphic novel series I scripted for Dark Horse Comics between 2011 and 2015.

In October and November of 2010, after I’d gotten the idea for “Bus Fair,” Kathryn and I created Dancy’s cigar box, because sometimes we do things like that. To pay bills, we auctioned it on eBay, where it brought a very respectable $785 from a longtime fan from Virginia. In July 2017, the fan offered to return the box to me, so that it could be kept with my papers at the John Hay Library. The New Testament in the box was donated by another fan (it had been her mother’s), and the cigar box itself was given to us by Kathryn’s cousin.”  —Caitlín R. Kiernan

The Dancy Box is currently on view.

Dates: November 3 – November 30, 2017
TimeJohn Hay Library Hours
Location: Second Floor Landing, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

 

Event | Josiah Carberry’s Botanical Adventures with the Brown University Herbarium & Carberry Day Dinner

Professor Carberry studies Trillium grandiflorum, collected in Penn Yan, by H. P. Sartwell, New York

Josiah S. Carberry Day Dinner

Join the Brown University Friends of the Library and Friends of Josiah on October 13, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Brown Faculty Club for a dinner celebrating the legendary Professor Josiah S. Carberry and his special day: Friday the Thirteenth.

The cost of dinner is $45.00, payable in advance by check to “Brown University.” You can reserve your seat at the table by emailing Connie Worthington at cworthy1944@gmail.com. If you reserve a place, and do not cancel by October 6, you will be charged for the meal that was prepared for you.

Cocktails will be available from the cash bar at 6 p.m., and the buffet dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.

After dinner, Tim Whitfeld, Collections Manager/Assistant Professor (Research), will speak about Brown’s unique Herbarium and the contributions Carberry and others have tried to make to the collection.

Josiah Carberry’s Botanical Adventures with the Brown University Herbarium

The Herbarium is a repository of botanical diversity from across the world. It includes 80,000 dried and pressed specimens from Rhode Island and all 50 US states. In addition, we have collections from at least 30 other countries, including Cuba, Colombia, South Africa, England, Russia, India, Australia, and Papua New Guinea, and ranging from 1823 to 2017. Over the past few years Herbarium staff has been cataloging the collection, an effort which has unearthed some surprises. It seems Professor Carberry, in addition to his specialized research in psychoceramics, was a keen plant collector who participated in several botanical adventures with the Herbarium. Tim will discuss some of these expeditions and highlight Carberry’s successes and failures to document unusual plants.

Date: Friday, October 13, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Brown Faculty Club, One Magee Street, Providence

H.P. Lovecraft on the Road & Caitlín R. Kiernan Papers

Greetings and Salutations: Lovecraft on the Road  &  Caitlín R. Kiernan Papers @ Brown University on view at John Hay Library, exhibition gallery from August 16 – December 15, 2017.

Greetings and Salutations: Lovecraft on the Road

Journey from Providence, Rhode Island, to St. Augustine, Florida, during the spring and summer of 1934 with one of America’s most influential fantasy and horror fiction writers. Explore the life, past and places of Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890–1937) through his correspondence, postcards and related drawings from the Brown University Library, Special Collections.

Caitlín R. Kiernan Papers @ Brown University

With novels, chapbooks, comics and more than 250 short stories to her credit, science fiction and dark fantasy writer Caitlín R. Kiernan (b. 1964) is a prolific and independent force reflecting the formative influences of her youth, including H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, William S. Burroughs and Angela Carter.

The Brown University Library recently acquired the Caitlín R. Kiernan Papers, gifted by the author, consisting of personal papers, manuscripts, books, related artwork and objects. The collection represents both early and current works by the multiple award-winning author and published paleontologist. Additions to the collection will be made regularly by the author.

Events | Carberry Day on Friday the 13th

Josiah Carberry during the Blizzard of 2015, Providence, RI

Professor Josiah S. Carberry

Each Friday the 13th, the Brown University Library celebrates Josiah S. Carberry Day. We invite you to join us for these events on Friday, May 13, 2016:

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Tours of the John Hay Library
John Hay staff will be available in the Military Collection gallery and the Lincoln and Napoleon rooms on the third floor. View the exhibit curated by Professor Emeritus Don Wilmeth, “Actors and Other Monsters: Graphic Satire As Blood Sport, 1789–1830.” A reception will take place in the foyer.

5 – 6 p.m.
“Bigger Cracks than Carberry’s Pots:  Fracking and Earthquakes”
A talk by Terry Tullis, Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, in the Rockefeller Library Digital Scholarship Lab. Open to the public.

6:30 p.m.
The Carberry Dinner at the Brown Faculty Club, with a cash bar from 6 p.m. 

Buffet dinner with recipes from The Carberry Cookbook. Cost is $45 per person, in advance.  Please make your reservations online at:

http://brown.edu/go/carberry

After dinner, Professor Terry Tullis will condense his afternoon talk.

Happy Carberry Day

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The Library has been unable to confirm or deny if Professor Josiah S. Carberry will be making an appearance on campus tomorrow (Friday, June 13, 2014), but strangely this afternoon every lecture hall on campus was reserved before these reservations were quickly cancelled. One person close to the situation said, “We received a letter from Professor Carberry, but the letter was lost before it could be read and actually the letter might have been lost before it was sent.”

In any case, Happy Carberry Day!

Please contribute your loose change to a cracked pot (some will be located in the Rock Library and SciLi) in support of the Josiah S. Carberry Fund.

Also, if you happen to spot Josiah Carberry tomorrow, feel free to post an image of him on instagram and tag it #josiahcarberry so it will appear on the Library’s Josiah Carberry Wall.