Events ~ Read Across Rhode Island's Annual May Breakfast

Reading Across Rhode Island
Annual May Breakfast
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet
Cranston, Rhode Island


There's a funny story to how I came to meet Robin Kall of Reading With Robin, but that's for another time. Suffice to say, she very kindly invited me to join her table of Honored Guests at Reading Across Rhode Island's Annual May Breakfast. Robin has been part of Reading Across Rhode Island since its inception in 2002, and was Honorary Co-Chair this year.

Honored Guests table

The May Breakfast was held at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, a facility that looks like it has a bit of history to it. I must learn more. The food was served family-style, cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage and bacon.

The book for this year was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which I recently finished. I just loved it.

There were remarks by Robin, Lt. Gov. Roberts, Rhode Island Center for the Book and Providence Public Library.

Robin Kall and Annie Burrows

The keynote speaker was the co-author of the book, Annie Barrows. Her aunt, co-author Mary Ann Shaffer, passed away before the book was completed, and Annie finished the book by adding more detail to what was already there.

She spoke of her aunt Mary Ann's fondness for drama and storytelling, and how the family encouraged, and finally insisted, that Mary Ann sit down and write a book. Her talk was funny in places, and poignant in others, giving us a quick look at her Aunt, and Guernsey that we might not have seen otherwise. Annie is an excellent speaker.

The breakfast was a great success. The ladies whose table I shared were friendly and welcoming. I had a great time and look forward to next year's event.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society 


  1. I was at the RARI breakfast, too! And I was sitting close to your table. I wish I had known. It would have been fun to meet you in person.

  2. Pam, I'm so sorry we missed each other. We'll have to figure out another time to say hello in person.

  3. Oh, I would have LOVED to hear the author! I loved that book.


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