Today is the day my book Lost Providence goes on sale. At least a hundred people have already pre-ordered it from History Press/Arcadia Publishing, and that was as of two weeks ago. The official launch of the book will be this evening at Symposium Books, 240 Westminster St. in downtown Providence. I will be there at 6 p.m. to read a chapter, answer questions and sign books, but the shop has been selling the book for a couple of hours now since it opened at 10 a.m. this morning.
I just happened to walk in immediately after Anne Marie Keohane, who owns the shop along with Scott McCollough, had sold a copy to a gentleman named Vincent. Anne Marie alerted Vincent that the very writer of the book had just entered the shop. He asked me to autograph it, and I did so, adding an inscription, during which space of time Anne Marie took the photograph that, with some misgivings, graces the top of this post.
The book, if I may be forgiven for saying so myself, is a unique history of Providence written in terms of its physical changes. Those who know the city of today will be intrigued by the book’s descriptions of how the places they know have changed. Those who do not know Providence will want to, and will want to see a city that has done such a good job at preserving so much of its built heritage. And many readers in both categories will, I hope, embrace the author’s desire for Providence and every other city and town to design its future with an eye toward the sort of architecture people can love.
So I hope readers will drop in on Symposium this evening to become listeners. I still have not decided what chapter to read. I will probably do so at the last moment, which is my general practice in all things. So please come in, and please buy a copy of the book.