“Lost Providence” at age 1

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The author reads at Symposium Books one year ago today. (photo by Victoria Somlo)

My dear wife, Victoria, just a moment ago reminded me, for some reason, that today a year has passed since the publication of my first book, Lost Providence. It had sold 548 copies as of the end of last year. My publisher, History Press/Arcadia Publishing, will send me my second royalty report at the end of next month.

On the day of publication my book was launched by Symposium Books downtown. I read a chapter then took questions. In the following months I did that or gave a lecture at a couple of dozen locations, most enchantingly at Rosecliff, speaking to the Preservation Society of Newport County. My last talk was before Ann Sussman’s class in the history of modern architecture at Fitchburg State University. Next up, a lecture at Cranston’s Hall Free Library on Saturday, Sept. 22. The date of another lecture in September, for Centerbrook Architects in Essex, Conn., has been postponed.

Well, that should do it for now. So far as I know, the book is not out of print and can still be purchased from bookstores (if it remains in stock) and from Amazon, History Press or other online booksellers.

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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6 Responses to “Lost Providence” at age 1

  1. William S. Kling says:

    Hi, just occurred to me, have you done or thought of doing something at Roger Williams U in conjunction with their Historic Preservation program, assuming it still exists. I’m from (the first) Class of ’79. Kevin Jordan, the late Steve Tyson, and folks whose names I can’t recall at the moment. They insisted we take history of architecture and art for a good reason. Carrying Jansson to class was a pain. Congrats on the anniversary, the book was worth every minute of reading and way more than it cost. Peace,Buddy

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    • Thank you, Bill. You are truly a gentleman and a scholar. I went back and forth with RWU with both the architecture and the preservation deans (I believe they were) on giving a talk but nothing ever really got firmed up. I’m not sure I would have been the right cup of tea for either program, though I would love to be proven wrong.

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  2. stanleyxweiss@gmail.com says:

    Have you talked at the Redwood library? Going there tonight to learn more about Italian loggias

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  3. I know of at least one copy that made its way to Australia!

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