Brown University


All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Bookstore Location:

244 Thayer Street at Angell Street
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.

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!

Welcome to Providence!
NEIBA Fall Trade Show booksellers and publishers

Welcome all of the booksellers and publishers visiting Providence for the NEIBA Fall 2014 Trade Show.  We hope you get a chance to come visit us while you are in town.  

It's a quick walk over the hill if you're feeling adventurous, or you can take the 92 trolley over to the East Side.
--P.S.  You can also take this trolley over to Federal Hill for some good food.

92 Trolley schedule - Beware of the temporary bus stops downtown - Here's a map
--Though there is a stop for the trolley in front of the convention center. 

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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The "Brown Reader: 50 Writers Remember College Hill"

"In celebration of Brown University’s 250th anniversary, fifty remarkable, prizewinning writers and artists who went to Brown provide unique stories--many published for the first time--about their adventures on College Hill. Funny, poignant, subversive, and nostalgic, the essays, comics, and poems in this collection paint a vivid picture of college life, from the 1950s to the present, at one of America's most interesting universities…Exploring the Brown aesthetic, these writers shed light on universal truths about young adulthood and that magical time in all of our lives—our tumultuous and inspiring college days."--publisher description

Edited by Judy Sternlight '82, contributors include Jeffrey Eugenides '83, Rick Moody '83, Lois Lowry '58, and Marilynne Robinson '66.

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An Architectural Tour by Raymond P. Rhinehart '62

Exclusive publisher pricing for Brown University - $24.99

Brown University: The Campus Guide -- "Founded in 1764 as the College of Rhode Island in the town of Warren, Brown University was the seventh in a series of Colonial higher learning institutions that now comprise the Ivy League.  The university moved to its current spot overlooking Providence on College Hill in 1770 and was renamed in 1804 in recognition of a $5,000 gift from prominent businessman and alum Nicholas Brown.  Today the Brown campus, consisting of 235 buildings on 143 acres is a tapestry of American architectural styles from pre-Colonial to modern. In Brown University, the newest volume in our acclaimed Campus Guide series, Class of '62 alumnus Raymond P. Rhinehart takes readers on nine architectural walks to more than one hundred campus landmarks—from the red-bricked University Hall (1770) to the new state-of-the-art Warren Alpert Medical School (2001). With students, alumni, and visitors in mind, the guide showcases the role that Brown has played in the history of campus architecture and the developing urban fabric of Providence."

--The only detailed architectural history of the campus
--Includes the work of esteemed modern architects such as Philip Johnson alongside Colonial Revival and Beaux-Arts legends Stone, Carpenter andWillson; Perry, Shaw and Hepburn; and McKim, Mead and White
--Beautifully photographed with archival material and an illustrated three-dimensional watercolor map

Publisher Retail Price: $34.95; Exclusive Brown Price: $24.99

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Story Time Saturday at 11:00am
Story Time returns on Saturday, September 20th!

Get ready for a reading adventure!

Story time returns on Saturday, September 20th! Join us for a story every Saturday in our new Children's Section on the mezzanine level (2nd floor) of the bookstore.

IndieBound Kids' Next List
Caldecott Medal & Honors Books
Newbery Medal & Honors Books