East Providence writer Karen Donovan will be reading from and discussing her latest book, From Aard-vark to Axolotl: Pictures from My Grandfather’s Dictionary. The titular reference book is an old edition of Webster’s New International Dictionary, and the 78 very short stories and essays in Donovan’s book are each accompanied by one of the original illustrations printed in the 1925 volume. (Reviews are quite positive; Ashley McGreary at SmokeLong Quarterly says “Aard-vark to Axolotl is a collection that not only stands up to a third, fourth, fifth reading, but actively encourages it.” Here’s a preview.) Copies will be available for sale and signing.
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October 16 2018