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.

Textbooks, Dorm and School Supplies & More
Welcome Class of 2019 & Returning Students

As you settle into your dorms, come see us for all your dorm needs, including fans and lamps, as well as office supplies such as notebooks, pens, even art supplies and books to read in your spare time.

And don't forget the Bed, Bath & Beyond Pop-up Shop, here for a limited time.  Come in and check it out!

Bookstore Information
Lower Level: Textbooks
Main Level: Apparel, Books, Gifts & More
Mezzanine Level (2nd Fl): Technology Center;Dorm, School & Art Supplies; Misc. Sundries; Business Office 

Textbooks Now Alphabetical by Subject

The textbook department has been rearranged so textbooks are alphabetical by subject.  The alphabet starts at the bottom of the stairs, then wraps around the room.

Don't worry, there are still maps if you need them.  Also, look for the red signs listing courses to find your way around.  Or, ask our helpful textbook customer service!

Rentals can now be reserved online, as well as in the bookstore. Reserve your textbooks online and have them ready to pick up when you arrive.

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, September 3rd at 5:30 p.m.
The Brown Bookstore presents
Elizabeth A. Stone, Ph.D reads and discusses "The Better College Essay"

In The Better College Essay, Dr. Elizabeth Stone presents her strategies for helping students pen the best possible essays by prodding and encouraging them to dig deeply and think broadly.  Collections of sample essays written by students admitted to elite colleges abound, but Dr. Stone explores the actual process through which students--with the help of mentors--can craft essays that will help them gain admission to the schools best suited to their ambitions and academic strengths.

Elizabeth A. Stone, Ph.D. is the founder and Executive Director of Campanile College Counseling and is a popular speaker on college admissions.  Her extensive work as a mentor and counselor to prospective college students led to this invaluable guide on the College Essay. She lives in San Mateo, CA. 

Thursday, September 10th at 4:00 p.m.
The Watson Institute presents
Artist Talk with Photographer Dana Gluckstein

Photographer Dana Gluckstein will discuss her exhibition, "Dignity: Tribes in Transition."  The exhibition will be on display at the Watson Institute from September 10 to November 6, 2015.  Accompagning book for sale and signing to follow her talk.

"Dignity: Tribes In Transition" consists of 60 black-and-white portraits taken over three decades. According to the artist, the photographs aim to "capture the fleeting period of world history where traditional and contemporary cultures collide. The black and white portraits of Indigenous Peoples pay homage to these imperiled cultures, signaling our collective interdependence and fragility."

Gluckstein graduated from Stanford University, where she studied psychology, painting, and photography, and realized the power of images to shape consciousness. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

Watson Institute Event Information

Wednesday, September 16th at 12:00 p.m.
Middle East Studies presents
Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, author of "Security Theology, Surveillance and the Politics of Fear"

Light luncheon with registration.  Registration on Eventbrite will be required closer to the date.  Book signing to follow.

The core of the book is a reconsideration of “security” claims, surveillance, and fear.  It reveals the way fear and surveillance over otherized communities are turned into a new theology in our modern age.  Fear is defined by and perceived to be produced as a “productive” resource in the hands of Empire and its allies, and therefore it is subject to the laws of production.  Moreover, the book explores how the colonizer and those in power invest in the maintenance of such fear so as to ensure that fear is not a depreciating asset while they replenish the capital of this fear by fueling it with new epistemologies and warning the world of yet “newer dangers.” The book demonstrates the importance for colonizers to preserve fear and produce of paranoia, which allows for an increase in hegemony and so in power.  More importantly, the book sheds light on the way in which such an economy of fear constructs new gendered and raced boundaries and divisions—both psychic and material, all in the name of “biblical claims” and “national security”—which Shalhoub-Kervokian calls security theology.

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian is a longtime anti-violence, native Palestinian feminist activist and scholar.  She is the Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law at the Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Middle East Studies Event Information

Wednesday, September 16th at 4:00 p.m.
The Watson Institute presents
Book Panel featuring Alex Gourevitch, Asst. Prof. of Political Science

Alexander Gourevitch, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brown University and author of From Slavery to the Cooperative Commonwealth: Labor and Republican Liberty in the Nineteenth Century, will be featured in this Joukowsky Forum.  Other commentators on the panel will include Aziz Rana, Professor of Law at Cornell University and Aziz Rana, Professor of Law at Cornell University.

Freedom once presupposed slavery.  In the nineteenth century, some began to argue that freedom was opposed to slavery.  A true republic was one that had universalized republican liberty by eliminating slavery and extending economic independence to all.  Over time, the language of republican liberty became a critique not just of slavery but of wage-labor and supported a demand to replace the 'wages system' with a national economy based on producer and consumer cooperatives.  Freedom became the calling card not just for a new, cooperative economy, but for the dependent classes to emancipate themselves from their subjection.  From Slavery to the Cooperative Commonwealth is the story of how freedom became a radical idea.

Book signing and reception to follow.

Watson Institute Event Information

Friday, September 18th at 4:00 p.m.
The Brown Bookstore presents
Reif Larsen '02 gives multi-media presentation on "I am Radar"

Reif Larsen '02 will give a multi-media presentation about all his crazy travels while researching his book, I am Radar.

"[B]ig, beautiful, ambitious...Radical physicist puppeteers? It takes narrative magic to pull off such a loopy combination, and luckily, Reif Larsen has it to spare. His prose is addictive and enchanting...It's a worthy endeavor that Larsen, who could apply his gorgeous prose to more comfortable literary fictions, is engaging with distant and unfamiliar cultures...the book is striving for something stronger, and Larsen's ceaselessly lovely prose is matched by his many ambitions."--The Los Angeles Times

Reif Larsen's first novel, The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into twenty-seven languages.  A Montana Honor book, The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet was a finalist for the IndieBound Award, was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and is currently being released as a film in France and the United States.  He studied at Brown University and has taught at Columbia University, where he received his M.F.A. in fiction.

Story Time twice a week!
Story Time every Thursday and Saturday

Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. 
Saturdays 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.

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