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Providence, RI
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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!

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Thursday, September 18th at 6:30pm
The Providence Public Library presents
Book talk and signing with Greg Flemming

Greg Flemming discusses and signs his book At the Point of a Cutlass.  It traces the three-year odyssey of history’s most remarkable pirate captive, a nineteen-year old fisherman named Philip Ashton.  Taken in a surprise attack near Nova Scotia in June 1722, Ashton was forced to sail across the Atlantic and back with a crew under the command of Edward Low, a man so vicious he tortured victims by slicing off an ear or nose and roasting them over a fire...The author draws not only on Ashton’s own first person account, but also a wealth of other materials including hundreds of colonial newspaper reports, trial records and the hand-written log books and correspondence from the British warships that patrolled the Bay of Honduras and fought Edward Low’s pirate  crew.

Greg is a former journalist with a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  A New England native, he is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire.  He lives with his family in New England.  At the Point of a Cutlass is Greg’s first book

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Friday, September 19th at 5:30pm
Reading & Book Signing
Joseph Luzzi reads and discusses "My Two Italies"

“Joseph Luzzi has written a funny and often moving family history that opens onto wider vistas that he knows and loves equally well—the Italian cultural and political landscape from Dante to Silvio Berlusconi.  Full of charm and insight, but admirably frank and unsentimental, My Two Italies should be required reading on all flights to Italy.” —Ross King, author of Leonardo and the Last Supper

Joseph Luzzi is a writer and professor of Italian at Bard College.  The first child in his Calabrian family born in the U.S., he is the author of the memoir, My Two Italies (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, July 2014), the dramatic story of his Italian family’s immigration and an insider’s look at the turbulence of life in Italy today, especially during the Berlusconi years.  His first book, Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy (Yale Univ. Press 2008), received the Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies from the Modern Language Association, and he is the author of the forthcoming A Cinema of Poetry: Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2014).

Wednesday, September 24th at 5:30pm
Reading and Book Signing
Paul A. Ruggieri, M.D., author of "The Cost of Cutting"

“Surgeon Ruggieri tutors readers on the economic forces that make the surgical theater tick.  Ruggieri is a fine storyteller, which is a good thing, for although he peppers the book with dramatic anecdotes from his practice, his real exploration focuses on the financial side of the medical equation...Top-shelf instruction on the mechanics of the medical economy.”—Kirkus Reviews 

Dr Paul Ruggieri is a practicing general surgeon, writer, husband, stepfather, and lover of single malt whiskey.  His practice specializes in general, advanced minimally invasive, and thyroid surgery.  Throughout his active twenty year career, Dr. Ruggieri has held department of surgery chairman positions at several community hospitals.  He has also been a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School.  He is board certified in his specialty and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Saturday, September 27th at 2:00pm
The Brown 250th Committee presents
The Brown Reader: Contributors Reading

Join us for a series of readings by contributors to the The Brown Reader: 50 Writers Remember College Hill, an anthology of alumni stories created in celebration of the 250th Anniversary.  The program will open with remarks by Wendy Strothman '72, LHD'08, hon., P'07.  Contributors include M. Charles Bakst '66, Christina Haag '82, Marie Myung-Ok Lee '86, Mara Liasson '77, and Jonathan Mooney '00.

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Tuesday, September 30th at 4:30pm
Reading & Book Signing
Local Author Rachael L. McIntosh reads from "Little Yellow Stickies"

Rachael L. McIntosh reads and discusses book one of the Security Through Absurdity series, Little Yellow Stickies.  This first book was inspired by her real life experiences working for a major US defense contractor during the lead up to the Iraq war and 9/11.  Ms. McIntosh provides an interesting point of view from inside the defense industry in the late 90's as she graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a B.A. in painting and got placed there via a temp agency. After six years of dealing with marketing communications for five product lines, she reveals much of what she witnessed via the character Jocelyn McLaren.  She admits she is hiding behind fiction.

Thursday, October 2nd at 5:30pm
Modern Greek Studies presents
A reading and Q&A with travel-writer and poet Christopher Bakken

"Combining the best of memoir, travel literature, and food writing, Christopher Bakken delves into one of the most underappreciated cuisines in Europe in this rollicking celebration of the Greek table.  He explores the traditions and history behind eight elements of Greek cuisine--olives, bread, fish, cheese, beans, wine, meat, and honey--and journeys through the country searching for the best examples of each…Working with local cooks and artisans, he offers an intimate look at traditional village life, while honoring the conversations, friendships, and leisurely ceremonies of dining around which Hellenic culture has revolved for thousands of years."--publisher description

Christopher Bakken is the author of the culinary memoir, Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table, as wells two books of poetry: Goat Funeral and After Greece (for which he received the T.S, Eliot Prize in Poetry).  He also co-translated  The LIons' Gate: Selected Poems of Titos Patrikios.  Bakken is Chair of the Department of English at Allegheny College and Director of Writing Workshops in Greece: Thessaloniki & Thasos.

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Thursday, October 9th at 5:30pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Local author Robert A. Geake discusses his new book "Colonial New England Curiosities"

"The New World was full of unusual occurrences and strange trials for the early colonists of New England. Devastating plagues, violent conflicts with Native Americans and freak weather ravaged whole communities. When settlers saw an array of colors dancing through the night sky, they thought the Northern Lights were a sign that their end was near. Violators of public drunkenness were forced to wear large, red embroidered 'D's'around their necks for a year under the strict laws of the colonies. Through the letters, diaries and journals of influential figures of the time, historian Robert A. Geake uncovers the oddities and wonders that amazed New England's pioneers."--publisher description

Robert A. Geake is a local historian and author whose previous books include A History of the Providence River, Historic Taverns of Rhode Island, and A History of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island: Keepers of the Bay from The History Press, and A Toll, a Tavern and a Farm, printed for the Pawtucket Preservation Society.

Tuesday, October 14th at 5:30pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Dr. Sylvester 'Skip' Sviokla reads and discusses "From Harvard to Hell and Back"


“'Skip' Sviokla, was driven, athletic, and brilliant enough to guarantee success—graduating Harvard Medical School, playing college football, and reveling in wealth and glamour as a 'celebrity doctor'—until addiction brought his life crashing down.  This real-life 'Dr. House' had it all—he thought—until addiction took everything. Miraculously, recovery gave him back his family, his self-respect, and much more."--publisher description

Sviokla, a recovered drug addict and alcoholic, today runs a successful clinic specializing in treating medical personnel with addiction issues…Sviokla found the Rhode Island Medical Board more receptive to reinstating his license and decided he “wanted to give something back to the world.”  The result is his current practice, Medical Assisted Recovery.

Thursday, October 16th at 6:30pm
The Providence Public Library presents
Book talk & signing: Remarkable Women of Rhode Island

Rhode Island proudly claims a long list of remarkable women throughout history, from pioneering education reformers and suffragettes to trailblazing athletes and authors...Join authors Frank L. Grzyb and Russell J. DeSimone in this captivating and insightful account that spans five centuries of women who made history in the smallest state in the nation.

Frank Grzyb is a decorated combat veteran and author of several military history books.  His work has been featured in America's Civil War, Civil War Monitor and The Civil War Times.  He is a member of the Rhode Island Civil War Round Table, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Russell J. DeSimone, an independent scholar and author, has written a number of books and articles relating to Rhode Island history.  He is the co-author of The Broadsides of the Dorr Rebellion (1992) and author of Rhode Island's Rebellion (2009).  DeSimone is co-historian in residence for Providence College's Dorr Rebellion Project, dedicated to the study of this rebellion.

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