Listen to Pulitzer Prize-winning author C.J. Chivers talk about his book, “The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Thursday at Savoy Bookshop and Café from 7 to 8 p.m. Chivers, who reported from both wars from their beginnings, is said to have written “a tour de force, a portrait of modern warfare,” that conveys the physical and emotional experience of war as lived by six combatants: a fighter pilot, a corpsman, a scout helicopter pilot, a grunt, an infantry officer, and a Special Forces sergeant. Chivers will stay after the talk to sign copies of his book. Visit banksquarebooks.com for more information.
Make your way to Charlestown this weekend with your dancing shoes in hand for three days of great music at the annual Rhythm & Roots music festival in Ninigret Park when some of the nation’s top roots musicians — from Taj Mahal and Asleep At The Wheel to Veronica Lewis and native son Johnny Nicholas. Visit rhythmandroots.com for ticket information.
Sip craft beer, sample gourmet pretzels and meet local writers Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Malted Barley, 42 High St., Westerly, at a the bimonthly Literary Salon, where writers gather to read from their latest work and discuss their writing process. Call 914-325-5404 for more information.
Get your tickets for the famous and fun Rhythm & Roots Pre-Festival Party at The Knick Thursday beginning at 8 p.m. when Donna The Buffalo (“groove-heavy and danceable,” with “Cajun, zydeco, old-time rhythms and a bit of reggae rhythm”) performs and the Carleans open. The show begins at 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $15 for festival volunteers. Visit knickmusic.com for more information and a full calendar of events.
Consider a cruise around historical Stonington Harbor to experience the breathtaking beauty of the natural environment and to hear stories of the past and present that are unique to Fishers Island Sound during New England Science and Sailing’s 90-minute trip aboard an open-air Carolina Skiff. Cruises leave Wednesdays and Thursdays and run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Adult passengers are $25, children 12 and under are $20, and children 2 and under are free. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or purchase tickets at eventbrite.com/e/stonington-harbor-cruises-tickets.
Listen to the sounds of Sinatra while enjoying an elegant dinner buffet under the stars on the lawn at Ocean House Friday from 7-10 p.m. as performer Steve Palumbo croons Sinatra favorites like “Summer Wind” at this popular end-of-summer signature event on the south lawn. Parking available at 31 Bay St. Shuttles will ferry guests back and forth throughout the evening. Valet parking will be available only to handicapped guests. Tickets are $125 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Visit oceanhouseevents.com for reservations.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro