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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.

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Now through December 31, 2013
Round Up at the registers to support Brown Gives

Help support Brown Gives by rounding up at the registers.  Any time you make a purchase at the Brown Bookstore you will be asked if you would like to round up to support Brown Gives.  All of your contributions add up.  Thank you for your help!

Brown Gives is an annual charities drive supporting two organizations that provide essential resources to individuals and families in Rhode Island: The Fund for Community Progress and United Way of Rhode Island.

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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!

Saturday, November 22nd at 11am
The Brown Bookstore presents
Story Time with Nancy Cote, author of "Watch the Cookie!"

"One day, Sam convinces Mousey to fly a kite with him and then surprises his friend with a giant chocolate-chip cookie. When Sam has to run…he tells Mousey, 'Watch the cookie. I’ll be right back.' This is no easy feat for a little mouse…Cote uses simple, straightforward text to keep the story rolling along at a brisk pace. Her cheerful illustrations are full of kid appeal, with expressive, cartoonish characters."--Kirkus Reviews

From her work as a children’s book illustrator to her special project commissions, Nancy’s unique style and passion has garnered international attention and numerous awards.  Creating characters and scenes that delight both young and old, Nancy’s work is a reflection of her endless passion and energy for life. Her studio is located in an historic village along a quiet river in New England.

Nancy will bring chocolate chip cookies on red napkins for everyone!

Monday, November 24th at 4:00pm
The Watson Institute presents
Rebecca B. Weitz-Shapiro - "Curbing Clientelism in Argentina: Politics, Poverty, and Social Policy

The Watson Institute presents a book panel featuring Assistant Professor of Political Science Rachel B. Weitz-Shapiro, author of Curbing Clientelism in Argentina: Politics, Poverty, and Social Policy.

In many young democracies, local politics remain a bastion of nondemocratic practices, from corruption to clientelism to abuse of power.  In a context where these practices are widespread, will local politicians ever voluntarily abandon them?  Focusing on the practice of clientelism in social policy in Argentina, this book argues that only the combination of a growing middle class and intense political competition leads local politicians to opt out of clientelism.  Drawing on extensive fieldwork, an original public opinion survey, and cross-municipal data in Argentina, this book illustrates how clientelism works and documents the electoral gains and costs of the practice.  In doing so, it points to a possible subnational path towards greater accountability within democracy.

Commentators on the panel will include:
--Richard Locke, (moderator) Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies and a professor of political science
--Andrew Schrank, Professor of Sociology and International Studies
--Richard Snyder, Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and a professor of Political Science
--Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro, Assistant Professor of Political Science 

Watson Institute event information

December 1st to 20th, 2014
End of Semester Textbook Buyback

Bring in your textbooks between December 1st and 20th and get cash for the holidays.  You can also opt to get a Brown Bookstore Gift Card and get 10% more ($5.00 minimum).

Check buyback prices here, but this if just for one listing--others available in the textbook department.

Bring in your textbook rentals by Saturday, 12/20 (or be charged the full price of the textbook).

Tuesday, December 2nd at 4pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Professor Forrest Gander reads and discusses "The Trace"

“Gander’s poetic writing lends this adventure story a dense, brooding atmosphere; Dale and Hoa’s troubles unfold slowly in this carefully crafted novel of intimacy and isolation.”—A.D., The New Yorker

More information and reviews of The Trace

Forrest Gander, the Adele Kellenberg Seaver '49 Professor of Creative Writing, Professor of Literary Arts, and Professor of Comparative Literature has degrees in geology and English. The author of more than a dozen books of fiction and poetry, including the novels The Trace and As a Friend…Gander writes across the genres…He is a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow and recipient of fellowships from the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim, Howard, and Whiting Foundations.

See video

Tuesday, December 2nd at 5:30 p.m.
The Watson Institute presents
Serhii Plokhii - The Empire Strikes Back: History and Politics in the Russian-Ukrainian Crisis

Serhii Plokhii is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and the director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. His interests include intellectual, cultural and international history of Eastern Europe. A leading authority on the region, he has published extensively in English, Ukrainian and Russian...In 2013 Plokhii was named Walter Channing Cabot Fellow at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University for scholarly eminence in the field of history.

The talk will be followed by a signing of Plokhii's recently published book, The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union. Books are available at the Brown Bookstore and will be for sale at the lecture.

Watson Institute Event Information

Tuesday, December 9th at 5pm
The Brown Faculty Club & Brown Bookstore present
Discussion and tasting with Chef Jeremy Sewall, author of "The New England Kitchen"

Join the Brown Faculty Club and Brown Bookstore for our continuing Authors Series for a cooking demo with Jeremy Sewall, award-winning chef at Lineage in Brookline and author of The New England Kitchen.  Chef Jeremy Sewall presents contemporary versions of New England classics that capture the flavors of this time-honored cuisine.  In this first cookbook to explore contemporary New England fare, Jeremy Sewall adapts the region’s fresh, simple flavors into refined dishes for the home cook.

A book signing will follow.


For reservations and more information, please call 401-863-3023.

Saturday, December 20th at 11am
The Brown Bookstore presents
Story time with Michael Lewis, author of "The Great Pirate Christmas Battle"

"It's Christmas Eve, and Cap'n McNasty and his crew of rapscallions have a fiendish plan to steal every present. Stuffed with cookies and loaded down with toys, the pirates think they are unstoppable. That is, until Santa appears in the sky, making straight for them with sleigh bells a-ringing...Proving that fruitcake can actually be fun (if it's thrown at the right marauder), this madcap caper abounds with adventure, wordplay, and tinsel."--publisher description

Michael G. Lewis graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in English and minor in drama. He worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, California, for ten years…His 1998 independent film "Getting Personal" was accepted into numerous film festivals and aired nationwide. A proud father, Lewis lives with his wife and four sons in Massachusetts.

Available in the bookstore or online
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.

Available in the bookstore or order online.