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All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
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Providence, RI
(401) 863-3168

Please contact us if you are unable to attend an event but would like an autographed book. We will do our best to accomodate your request at the
author's and publisher's discretion.

Tuesday, March 31st at 5:00pm - Rescheduled
Reading, Q&A & Book Signing
David Shields '78 reads and discusses "I Think You're Totally Wrong"

David Shields has rescheduled to Tuesday, March 31st at 5:00 p.m.  Luckily, spring will have arrived by then, so hopefully the snowstorms will be over...

Mr. Shields will be joined by Lucas Mann, who will stand-in for Caleb Powell during the reading.  Then there will be a Q&A before a book signing.

“Outrageously entertaining...a warm, funny, and charming book that questions not only what it means to live for art, but what it means to live.”--Saul Austerlitz, The Boston Globe

“Shields and Powell approach their topics with clarity and wit, they poke and prod, they agree and disagree…an often contentious and always intelligent dialogue.” –Mark Levine, Booklist

David Shields '78 is the author of thirteen previous books, including How Literature Saved My Life and Reality Hunger (named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications).  He has published essays and stories in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Yale Review, The Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney’s, and The Believer.  His work has been translated into fifteen languages.

Thursday, April 2nd at 5:00pm
Middle East Studies presents
Healing the Body, Healing the Islamic Umma: Medicine and Sufi Saints in Morocco with Ellen Amster

The Middle East Studies Lecture series presents Ellen Amster, author of Medicine and the Saints: Science, Islam, and the Colonial Encounter in Morocco, 1877-1956.  Ellen Amster is the Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at McMaster University, and associate professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatisics and the Department of History.  A Fulbright scholar and a Chateaubriand scholar (1998), she received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (2003).  Her research includes epistemologies of the body, global health, maternal and infant health, and the transnational social histories of biomedicine, especially in French empire and the Islamic world. 

Middle East Studies Event Information

Friday, April 3rd at 2:00pm
The Brown-India Initiative presents
Book Adda featuring Bhrigupati Singh's "Poverty and the Quest for Life"

Book Adda featuring Bhrigupati Singh's Poverty and the Quest for Life: Spiritual and Material Striving in Rural India.  Bhrigupati Singh is an Assistant Professor of anthropology at Brown University and a Faculty Fellow at the Watson Institute.  Singh completed his PhD in anthropology at John Hopkins University.  He has published numerous articles on issues of religion, politics, media and popular culture, and has recently completed a book manuscript titled Poverty and the Quest for Life: Spiritual and Material Striving in Contemporary Rural India (Forthcoming with University of Chicago Press, 2015), and a co-edited volume titled The Ground Between: Anthropological Engagements with Philosophy (Duke University Press, 2014).

Commentators include:
Amanda Anderson, Brown University
Leela Gandhi, Brown University
Sudipta Kaviraj, Columbia University
Michael T. Taussig, Columbia University 

Brown Events Calendar

Friday, April 3rd at 5:00pm
The Providence Athenaeum presents
Salon with Adam Begley, author of "Updike"

The Providence Athenaeum presents a Salon with Adam Begley, author of Updike, on Friday, April 3rd at 5:00 p.m.  Adam Begley was the books editor for the New York Observer from 1996 to 2009.  He has been a Guggenheim fellow and a fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the CUNY Graduate Center.  His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Times Magazine, Financial Times, Guardian, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, and many other publications. He lives in England.

“Adam Begley tells the story of John Updike’s life in art with brilliant tautness, as if he were writing a novel. He has rendered a portrait of the writer that shimmers with truth.  This is literary biography at its highest level of excellence.”--Janet Malcolm

Providence Athenaeum Event Information

Thursday, April 9th at 5:00pm
The Brown Faculty Club & Brown Bookstore present
Continuing Authors Series with Linda Beaulieu and Al Weems

Join the Brown Faculty Club and Brown Bookstore for our continuing Authors Series featuring a discussion about Providence restaurants with Linda Beaulieu and Al Weems, author and photographer, of The Providence & R.I. Chef's Table.  A book signing will follow.

Author Linda Beaulieu visits restaurants throughout the Ocean State, especially in and around Providence, and reveals how such a small state can have so many big flavors.  The chefs, their restaurants, and their food are beautifully captured by Al Weems, a well known Rhode Island photographer.

Reservations are recommended for this event which is free and open to the public.  Cash cocktail service will be available.  For reservations and more information, please call 401-863-3023.

Friday, April 10th at 5:00pm
The Brown-India Initiative presents
Odysseus, Bedsits, and Lamb Curry: A Conversation with Amit Chaudhuri

The Brown-India Initiative and the Watson Institute present Amit Chaudhuri, author of Odysseus Abroad, for a conversation on Odysseus, Bedsits, and Lamb Curry on Friday, April 10th at 5:00 p.m. in the McKinney Conference Room at the Watson Institute.

"From the widely acclaimed writer, a beguiling new novel, at once wistful and ribald, about a day in the life of two Indian men in London--a university student and his bachelor uncle--each coping in his own way with alienation, solitariness, and the very art of living."--publisher description

Amit Chaudhuri is the author of several award-winning novels and an internationally acclaimed musician and essayist.  Freedom Song: Three Novels received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction.  His many international honors include the Commonwealth Writers' Prize; most recently, he became the first recipient of the Infosys Prize for Humanities-Literary Studies.  He is a contributor to the London Review of Books, Granta, and The Times Literary Supplement.  He is currently professor of contemporary literature at the University of East Anglia and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Brown-India Initiative Event Information

Wednesday, April 15th at 4:00pm
The Watson Institute presents
Adia Benton '99, author of HIV Exceptionalism: Development Through Disease

The Watson Institute invites you to celebrate the publication of Adia Benton's book, HIV Exceptionalism: Development Through Disease, on Wednesday, April 15th at 4:00 p.m.

"What Adia Benton chronicles in this ethnographically rich and often moving book is how one war-ravaged nation reoriented itself as a country suffering from HIV at the expense of other, more pressing health concerns. During her fieldwork in the capital, Freetown, thirty NGOs administered internationally funded programs that included HIV/AIDS prevention and care.  Benton probes why HIV exceptionalism—the idea that HIV is an exceptional disease requiring an exceptional response—continues to guide approaches to the epidemic worldwide and especially in Africa, even in low-prevalence settings."--publisher description

Adia Benton '99 is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Brown University. 

Wednesday, April 22nd at 5:30pm
The John Hay Library presents
The Art of American Book Covers 1875 – 1930 with Richard Minsky '70 AM

Richard Minsky '70 AM will give a talk, “The Art of American Book Covers 1875 – 1930: One Hundred Great Covers from the Brown University Library.”  Minsky will look at selections of books from the Library’s holdings that exemplify book cover styles and their changes during this time period.  A Q&A, book sale and signing, and reception will follow the talk.  This event is free and open to the public.

Richard Minsky is an internationally known book artist, author, historian, curator, and bibliographer. Minsky is the author of American Decorated Publishers’ Bindings 1872-1929, The Art of American Book Covers 1875-1930, The Art of the American Book, The Golden Age of American Book Design, The Book Cover Art of Thomas Watson Ball, and American Trade Bindings with Native American Themes, 1875-1933. In 1974 he founded the Center for Book Arts in New York City, the first organization of its kind.

Library News blog information

Now through July 31, 2015
Springer Yellow Sale 2015

The Springer Yellow Sale is on now through July 31, 2015.  The titles available in the bookstore are located on the landing going down to the Textbook department.  Many other titles are available to order.  

The full Yellow Sale pamphlet and book listings are available on the Textbook Information page.

Please contact Cisco Ripley at francisco_ripley(at) or 401-863-2150 to place an order.

Celebrating Brown 250+
250+ Apparel Now 25% Off!
Imagine Brown 250+ apparel and merchandise

Come visit our Imagine Brown 250+ shop at the front of the bookstore.  Show your school pride by getting a piece of apparel or merchandise to remember Brown's 250th!

Shop Brown 250+ online - 250+ apparel now 25% off

The Imagine Brown 250+ blanket can be personalized with up to 35 characters, including spaces.  A special gift to present to your favorite alum!