FROM THE JOHNSTON LIBRARY: Dr. Fine holds reading and discussion


On Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., author Michael Fine will be at the Mohr Library to read from his short stories and to have discussion.

Dr. Fine is a family physician, former director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, and a writer of both nonfiction and fiction. His novel and short fiction are in some ways no more an escape from reality than a news story.

Some of them seem to be built on things we might read in the local news. However, Dr. Fine sees into the lives of his characters with great empathy and wisdom, and helps us imagine the minds and hearts of people like us or whom we might encounter in our daily lives, people confronting issues that are always before us.

Reading him I see and hear these characters like they are real at times, and they help me explore the themes of freedom and care that make us human.

Dr. Fine has been at Mohr Library a few times in the past, and is both a wonderful reader, and an open and enthusiastic participator in discussion.

His book "The Bull and Other Stories" won the 2021 Independent Publishers of New England Book Award for Literary Fiction. His latest collection of short fiction just published this Fall is called "Rhode Island Stories."

I'm so pleased to welcome him to the Library, and honored to have Mayor Joseph Polisena present that night to introduce Dr Fine.

Editor’s Note: Jon Anderson serves as the Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library Director. Watch for his column weekly in the Johnston Sun Rise.


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