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Providence, RI
(401) 863-3168

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Tuesday, April 28th at 5:00pm - Part 1
Friday, May 1st at 2:00pm - Part 2
OP Jindal Distinguished Lectures featuring William Dalrymple

The Brown-India Initiative is pleased to welcome the Spring 2015 OP Jindal Distinguished Lecturer, William Dalrymple.  He will be presenting this semester's series titled "Forgetting the past/Prefiguring the present: Contemporary South Asian meditations on East India Company history."

Tuesday, April 28 at 5:00 p.m. - OP Jindal Distinguished Lecture Series
The East India Company: The original corporate Raiders
Commentator: Maya Jasanoff, Harvard University


Friday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m. - OP Jindal Distinguished Lecture Series
Afganistan: Return of a King, Redux The lessons of a 19th century catastrophe
Commentator: Faiz Ahmed, Brown University

The series, organized by the Brown-India Initiative, was endowed in perpetuity by Sajjan and Sangita Jindal to promote a serious discussion of politics, economics, social and cultural change in modern India.

Brown-India Initiative Event Information

Wednesday, April 29th at 5:00pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Kay Scheidler, author of "Standards Matter"

In Standards Matter, Kay Scheidler lifts the veil of mystery surrounding Common Core Standards to spell out each Reading and Writing Standard. Standards are simply the high level literacy skills and understandings that top level courses have traditionally taught, but only for some students...In this brief volume, the author spells out each Reading and Writing Standard to show that the Common Core State Standards simply guide high-level achievement for all students, invite teacher innovation and creativity, and make school a more exciting place of learning.

Kay Scheidler taught in Providence, RI for over twenty years.  She also served as clinical professor at the Brown University Education Department for eight years, teaching Methods of Teaching and supervising all Brown seniors and graduate program Master of Arts in Teaching student teachers in fifteen different schools, concurrent with her public school teaching…Kay is currently an Instructor at Framingham State University teaching integration of Common Core State Standards into curriculum and instruction for all content areas and grade levels.  She also teaches courses for the French River Education Center in Common Core Standards and Race to the Top rationale and expectations, including the advantages to teachers. 

Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00pm
The Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice and Reading with Robin present
An Evening with Sarah McCoy, author of "The Mapmaker's Children"

Join the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice in partnership with Reading with Robin for the launch of the novel The Mapmaker’s Children with New York Times bestselling author, Sarah McCoy.

Sarah Brown, the vibrant, talented daughter of abolitionist John Brown, is dynamically changed when she stumbles onto her father’s work on the Underground Railroad shortly after being told the shocking news that she won’t ever bear children. Realizing that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the movement’s leading mapmakers, hiding maps within her paintings while bigotry and hatred steer the country toward a bloody civil war.--book description

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Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00pm
The Providence Athenaeum presents
João de Melo reads and discusses "Happy People in Tears"

"Happy People in Tears is an award-winning tale of diaspora that takes the reader on a voyage through five worlds—the island home of São Miguel, mainland Portugal, California, New England, and Canada—experienced and suffered through the obsessive search for happiness of a poor Azorean family of nine…It is a timely book that addresses the loss of the familiar, family separation and alienation, the anxiety of displacement, and alterity in an increasingly complex and interdependent world.  The book also offers a fascinating vision of Portugal during the time of the Salazar dictatorship and its colonial wars in Africa, when the political collusion of church and state fomented a patriarchal society that became mirrored in the violence of the family ruled by an abusive father."--book description

João de Melo was born in the Azores in 1949.  He has written over 20 books, including the novels My World Is Not of This Kingdom and, most recently, Lugar caído no Crepúsculo.  First published in 1988, Happy People in Tears won multiple literary awards in Portugal including the Grande prémio de romance e novela da Associação Portuguesa de Escritores and the Prémio Fernando Namora.  Elizabeth Lowe is professor and director of the Center for Translation Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Providence Athenaeum Programs

Thursday, May 7th at 6:00pm
The Providence Athenaeum presents
Ted Widmer reads and discusses "Brown: History of an Idea"

“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).

Providence Athenaeum Programs

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

The Imagine Brown 250+ blanket can be personalized with up to 35 characters, including spaces.  A special gift to present to your favorite alum!

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.

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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 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.

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