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.

Bookstore Exclusive until September 2015
The Brown 250th Committee presents
"Brown: The History of an Idea" by Ted Widmer

The Brown Bookstore has the exclusive to sell Brown: The History of an Idea by Ted Widmer before its official publication date in September 2015.  Available in the bookstore or order online.

“Ted Widmer’s history is as lively as it is learned. Brown alumni who read it will be continually enriched by new and fascinating information, and those unacquainted with the university will be impressed—and even moved—by the way Widmer intertwines Brown’s story with the nation’s.”
--Thomas Mallon ‘73, author of Watergate

Ted Widmer served as the Assistant to the President for Special Projects at Brown University and the Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library.  From 2012 to 2013, he also served as a senior adviser to Secretary of State Clinton.  He has written or edited many works of history, including Ark of the Liberties and American Speeches (Library of America).

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Thursday, June 4th at 5:30pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Joseph Luzzi reads and discusses "In a Dark Wood"

In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love, grows out of [Mr. Luzzi's] lifelong dream to write a book about Dante for general readers, to show how his Divine Comedy can have such a profound impact on our lives – its most difficult as well as joyous moments.

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.

Thursday, June 18th at 5:30pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Ann Hood, editor of "Providence Noir" with Amity Gaige '95, Hester Kaplan, and Marie Myung-Ok Lee '86

Ann Hood, editor, will be joined by three of the contributors, Amity Gaige '95, Hester Kaplan, and Marie Myung-Ok Lee '86 on Thursday, June 18th at 5:30 p.m. to read and discuss Providence Noir.

Ann Hood has managed to curate a contributor list of a highly impressive caliber. At least three of the contributors — Dawn Raffel '79, Marie Myung-Ok Lee '86, and Amity Gaige '95 — are graduates of Brown University, and Pablo Rodriguez is currently a professor at the Warren Alpert Medical School. Other contributors include John Searles, Elizabeth Strout, Taylor M. Polites, Hester Kaplan, Robert Leuci, Peter Farrelly, Bruce DeSilva, Luanne Rice, Thomas Cobb, and LaShonda Katrice Barnett.

Ann Hood, editor - Contributors: Amity Gaige '95, Hester Kaplan, and Marie Myong-Ok Lee '86

Akashic's groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies began in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir, and now has over sixty volumes offering sinister literary tours of national and international cities.  Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.  The series has been recognized with nominations and awards throughout the mystery and literary world.

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 40% off

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.

Exclusive Pricing for Brown University
Available in the Bookstore and Online
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 at 11:00am twice a week!
Story Time every Thursday and Saturday

Story Time twice a week, Thursday and Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Get ready for a reading adventure!

Join us for a story on Thursday or Saturday (or possibly both) in our new Children's Section on the mezzanine level (2nd floor) of the bookstore.

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Caldecott Medal & Honors Books
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