RI Authors Showcase – Meet Michael Fine

Welcome to the Rhode Island Authors Showcase! Each day in November, this blog will feature a different Rhode Island author. Read the post and leave a comment and you are eligible to win this day’s giveaway!

Leave a comment every day this month for over 30 chances to win either our Grand Prize (a $250 Amazon gift card), our Bonus Prize (a $100 Amazon gift card), or a Cheer-Up Prize (amount to be determined), just in time for holiday shopping!

A winner will be randomly selected one week after the publication of the blog post, and the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize winners will be randomly selected on December 7, 2021. For the daily giveaways, the author will contact you directly to coordinate delivery. Print books for delivery within the US only, please.

Michael Fine

Michael Fine, MD, is a writer, community organizer, and family physician. He is the chief health strategist for the City of Central Falls, Rhode Island, and is probably best known locally as the former Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, 2011–2015. He is currently the Board Vice Chair and Co-Founder of the Scituate Health Alliance. He is the recipient of the Barbara Starfield Award, the John Cunningham Award, and the Austin T. Levy Award.

His non-fiction books include The Nature of Health (2007), The Zero Calorie Diet (2010), Health Care Revolt (2018), and Medicine as Colonialism (coming in 2022).

But he also writes fiction! Here’s what people have said about his novels:

“Dr. Michael Fine’s novel, Abundance, is a riveting, suspenseful tale of love, violence, adventure, idealism, sometimes-comic cynicism, class conflict and crime – especially war crimes. Dr. Fine expertly moves his narrative back and forth between Liberia and America (mostly New England), using his medical experience, especially in serving the poor, psychological insight and deep knowledge of West Africa to craft a story that displays both the deep disconnect between the First and Third Worlds and our commonalities. I should add that the rescue mission that’s  at the heart of the story would make one hell of a movie.” — Robert Whitcomb, GoLocal24.com columnist, editor of newenglanddiary.com and former finance editor of the International Herald Tribune and former editorial page editor of The Providence Journal.

“The Bull and other stories, Rhythmic with a jazz cadence, poignant ,timely and timeless, vivid detail but above all Michael Fine is a storyteller and a damn good one at that.” — Bert Crenca, Artist, Founder of AS220


Rhode Island. A tiny little state with more stories than people. Hopes and dreams, sicknesses, deaths and disappointments. Loves and heartbreaks. Some of us trying to repair the world. Others overwhelmed by the beauty of the world as it is. All in one place, becoming one people. What democracy looks like.

Bill Harley, the singer, songwriter, storyteller, and poet says this about Rhode Island Stories: “Michael Fine knows Rhode Island’s people and places. He also knows what makes a good story. In this fine collection, he captures the hopes, dreams, fortunes, and foibles of people across our quirky little state. You’ll find someone you know here – maybe even yourself.”

And Maria Bueno, Executive Director of Progresso Latino, writes, “Dr. Fine peers into the ordinary lives of everyday people in his short stories that ask the question what if or why not.  In my personal life and the multiple roles I play I often get lost in my own story fixated about the here and now without contemplating the bigger picture.  When you read Dr. Fine’s short stories they may also nudge you to think about your own life and what you can do to make this world a better place.  This is a great read for those who are interested in stories placed in Rhode Island.  For me the images of Rhode Island come alive in his stories and I believe they’ll resonate for you too.”

He also publishes one new short short a month on RINEWSToday (www.rinewstoday.com) and sends out one free short story a month. You can subscribe to get a short story a month on http://michaelfinemd.com.

Michael has generously offered to gift a copy of Rhode Island Stories to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment below telling us what state in the US you have never visited but are hoping to get to one day.

Join us on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the CROWNE PLAZA in Warwick for the 9th Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo!

22 thoughts on “RI Authors Showcase – Meet Michael Fine

  1. I read and enjoyed Abundance. I can’t remember if I got it at the book festival or Scituate farmers market. Just the other day I was driving down by the water in Cranston/RI line and remembered the scene from your book that took place in the area! Seeing all 50 states on my bucket list… maybe Tennessee next.

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  2. I’ve been to many states perhaps ~45, 5 or so in the Northwest I lack, and Hawaii. I would like to go to North Dakota, I’ve seen the Southern one and loved it.

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  3. I’ve lived in four countries including Zimbabwe, Africa – just after the war for independence. Your book Abundance looks fascinating. I thinks I’m the third person who would like to visit Montana.

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  4. Best wishes Dr Fine. My wife and I enjoyed selling books next to you at the Scituate Art Festival several years ago. It’s good to see you’re writing more books. I think I’ve been to all states except North Dakota. It’s a beautiful state, but not sure I’ll ever get there.

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  5. There isn’t a state that I haven’t been to that I want to visit. I grew up in RI and am very much a New England girl. I would love a signed copy of Rhode Island stories.

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  6. Central Falls, RI! I’m originally from RI and both my parents were bor and raised in “CF”. My Mother loved growing up there and the stories she told us, in person and in the written memoir she left us, brought that wonderful square mile of diversity vividly alive. I was born on Washington Street, my Mother on Tremont, and my Dad on Hedley Avenue. My Father’s Dad helped build St. Mathieu’s Church on the corner where Dexter and Lonsdale meet. My Mother’s Dad was Chief of the Central Fall’s Police Dept. in the 40s, and her Uncle helped found Dexter Credit Union. I spent alot of time in C.F. when I was younger: the Lafayette Theater, the Leroy and Eddy’s Restaurant had the best Fish and Chips I ever ate! I lived on Bagley St. before I moved to Maine, and I would love to see more of this Country.

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  7. My family had planned and booked an Alaskan cruise just prior to Covid…all plans got cancelled. I am hoping that is something we can plan in the future. Going to Alaska would be great, going with family would be priceless.

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  8. The Rhode island stories sound so interesting. I was the first woman to be hired as a mutual clerk at LIncoln Greyhound Park, having grown up the daughter of a racetrack mutual clerk supervisor and race horse owner. And the stories at the track spoke volumes of the people in LIttle Rhody! I would love to read your stories, MIchael, and one day visit Montana.

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  9. I would visit the Dakotas (maybe since the movie Fargo) I think that area of the country would be so different than New England. I would love to win a copy of Michael Fine’s Rhode Island Stories. As a newcomer to the state, I moved right before the lockdown, my knowledge of it is scant.

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  10. U.S. destinations are no longer something I need to see, since I’ve seen almost all of them. Your fiction intrigues me, and I will likely pick up a copy from you at the ARIA Expo in December. I thoroughly enjoyed sitting on a panel with you some months ago. Continued success in all your future writings.

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  11. I live in Maine and have been to Rhode Island, as well as all the other New England states. I’ve never been to the west coast, so I would like to visit Oregon.

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    1. I grew up in RI and NH. Lived in Maine and now live in NC. Would like to see the West coast. But I am content if I don’t make it. Reading about RI would be enjoying.

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  12. Our son has lived in Los Angeles for nearly eleven years and we have not yet visited him there. I would love the opportunity to go, see his home, and meet his friends.

    Having read and loved “Abundance” when our book club had him as guest author, I would dearly love to have his book of stories as well.

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  13. Hi, Dr. Michael Fine’s books sound like great reads! I would love to visit a state where the red cardinal birds are abundant and where you see them everywhere, I’m not quite sure what state that would be though, but that’s where I would love to visit one day. The states where I have been to so far, do not have red cardinal birds flying all over. Here in Texas where I live, there has been like 2 red cardinals that visit our back yard. Here in west Texas you mostly see the grey, brownish with a little red on them, they are also beautiful birds and they make a beautiful sound. Have a great week and stay safe.

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