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.

Through Fall Semester 2015
Frog & Toad Pop-up Shop in the Bookstore

Now through the end of the fall semester, stop by the Frog & Toad pop-up shop in the bookstore, near the College Hill Cafe.  Find RI-made gifts, jewelry, and other fun stuff curated by a local, independent gift shop.

Post a photo of yourself and your purchase to Twitter or instagram using #BrownShopsLocal for a chance to win prizes.

Brown & Providence

Now through Monday, October 12th
Reading with Robin & the Brown Bookstore present
Pre-Order "All the Stars in Heaven" by Adriana Trigiani and get a chance to win...

Reading with Robin and the Brown Bookstore are giving Adriana Trigiani fans a special chance to win!

Pre-order your copy of Adriana Trigiani’s new book All the Stars in the Heavens at the Brown Bookstore by Monday, October 12 and  you will be entered into a drawing for a free pair of tickets to a special event featuring Big Stone Gap author Adriana Trigiani in Providence, RI on Tuesday, October 13 at Temple Beth El.

The event will include a discussion with Adriana Trigiani about her upcoming film "Big Stone Gap" and new novel All the Stars in the Heavens.  Various actors from "Big Stone Gap" will also be in attendance for a Q&A.

All pre-orders will be entered in a raffle to win a pair of tickets, but will also be given a special code to purchase  a $15 ticket to the event.

Please come into the bookstore or call us at 401-863-3168 to pre-order during business hours.

Event Flyer

Friday, October 9th at 5:00pm
The Providence Athenaeum presents
A Salon featuring Professor Cedric de Leon

Providence College Associate Professor of Sociology Cedric de Leon on the 19th century origins of the separation of the labor movement from the civil rights movement, and how the repercussions of that separation are still felt today, as described in his new book, The Origins of Right to Work: Antilabor Democracy in Nineteenth-Century.

In his new book, de Leon argues that political parties since the U.S. Civil War have prompted the American labor movement ​​​to see the struggle for black civil rights as past or passing, and therefore less ​urgent than the needs of white working class men. Join us for a conversation about how the history of the political isolation of labor ​from civil rights affects the way we view class and race relations today.   

Providence Athenaeum Programs

Tuesday, October 13th at 4:00pm
The Watson Institute presents
A Book Panel with Lyle J. Goldstein, author of "Meeting China Halfway"

The Watson Institute presents a book panel featuring Lyle J. Goldstein, an associate professor in the Strategic Research Department at the US Naval War College (NWC). He was also the founding director of the NWC's China Maritime Studies Institute.

Mr. Goldstein's explicit focus in almost every chapter is on laying bare both US and Chinese perceptions of where their interests clash and proposing new paths to ease bilateral tensions through compromise.  Goldstein makes one hundred policy proposals over the course of this book, not because these are the only solutions to arresting the alarming course toward conflict, but rather to inaugurate a genuine debate regarding cooperative policy solutions to the most vexing problems in US-China relations.

Watson Institute Events

Thursday, October 22nd at 6:00pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Reading and Discussion with Bob Morris '82, author of "Bobby Wonderful"

In the tradition of bestselling memoirs by Christopher Buckley, Joan Didion, and with a dash of David Sedaris, Bobby Wonderful: An Imperfect Son Buries His Parents recounts two poignant deaths and one family's struggle to find the silver lining in them. As accessible as he is insightful, Bob Morris infuses each moment of his profound emotional journey with dark comedy, spiritual inquiry and brutally honest self-examination. 

Bob Morris is the author of Crispin the Terrible and Assisted Loving, which received honors from the American Library Association, Lambda Literary Awards and was a New York Times editor's choice.  A frequent contributor to the Times, he has also been a commentator on NPR's All Things Considered...He is a graduate of Brown University and has a masters in creative writing from Stony Brook Southampton.  He lives with his husband, Ira and their dog Zoloft in Manhattan and Bellport, NY.

Saturday, October 24th at 4:00pm
The Providence Athenaeum presents
Goat Hill Writers - What's Happening in Children's Publishing?

A conversation between Francesco Sedita, President and Publisher of a Penguin Young Readers imprint, and writer Ann Hood.  Francesco Sedita will talk with Ann Hood about his career in children's publishing and what's happening in the children’s publishing world, offering insights and advice for writers of picture books, middle grade fiction, nonfiction, and young adult fiction—and those interested in the publishing industry.  Ample time will be allowed for questions and a cocktail reception will take place immediately after the talk. 

Francesco Sedita is also the author of Miss Popularity in the Candy Apply Books series.  Ann Hood is the author of The Treasure Chest series, as well as many books for adults, including The Italian Wife and The Red Thread.

The Goat Hill Writers are based in Providence and are comprised of writers Ann Hood, Hester Kaplan, and Taylor Polites.  They invite you to join them at Goat Hill for workshops, seminars, literary events, and sociability.

Providence Athenaeum Programs

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