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.

Saturday, May 2nd at 9:00 a.m.
The Rhode Island Center for the Book presents
Reading Across RI - May Breakfast with Robin Sloan

Last week to register for the Rhode Island Center for the Book's May Breakfast with Robin Sloan, author of the Reading Across Rhode Island selection, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore.  Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased using the link below.

Click here to to pre-register

Join Co-Chairs Robin Kall of Reading with Robin and Dyana Koelsh, Principal, DK Communications, as well as hundreds of Rhode Islanders as we celebrate the 12th year of Reading Across Rhode Island!

Enjoy breakfast, browse books for sale, bid on penny social items and hear Robin Sloan speak about the 2014 Reading Across Rhode Island book Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. The author will be available for book signing after the event. 

For more information, contact RI Center for the Book at

Rhode Island Center for the Book 2014 Selection

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Pl, Cranston, RI
Thursday, May 8th at 6:00pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Colson Whitehead reads & signs "The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death"

“I have a good poker face because I am half dead inside.” So begins the hilarious and unexpectedly moving adventures of an amateur player who lucked into a seat at the biggest card game in town—the World Series of Poker.

In 2011 Grantland magazine sent award-winning novelist Colson Whitehead to brave the harrowing, seven-day gauntlet of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.  It was the assignment of a lifetime, except for one hitch—he’d never played in a casino tournament before…With just six weeks to train, our humble narrator plunged into the gritty subculture of high-stakes Texas Hold’em…In a world full of long shots and short odds, The Noble Hustle is a sure bet, a raucously funny social satire whose main target is the author himself. Whether you’ve been playing cards your whole life or have never picked up a hand, you’re sure to agree that this book contains some of the best writing about beef jerky ever put to paper. 

Colson Whitehead was born in 1969, and was raised in Manhattan.  After graduating from Harvard College, he started working at the Village Voice, where he wrote reviews of television, books, and music.  His first novel, The Intuitionist, concerned intrigue in the Department of Elevator Inspectors, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway and a winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Award.  He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, A Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

Friday, May 9th at 5:30pm
The John Carter Brown Library presents
JCB Annual Meeting featuring John Demos, author of "The Heathen School"

The guest at the John Carter Library's Annual Meeting will be John Demos, author of The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic.

"Demos manages a sly, significant feat in this historical study/personal exploration…In 'interludes' alternating with his historical narrative, Demos chronicles his visits to the places involved—e.g., Hawaii, Cornwall—in order to impart a personal commitment to this collective American tragedy.  A slow-building saga that delivers a powerful final wallop."-—Kirkus, starred review

John Demos is the Samuel Knight Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University.  His previous books include The Unredeemed Captive, which won the Francis Parkman Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Entertaining Satan, which won the Bancroft Prize.  He lives in Tyringham, MA. 

Now through July 31, 2014
Springer Yellow Sale 2014

The Springer Yellow Sale is on now through July 31, 2014.  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.

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 Every Saturday at 11:00am
Get ready for a reading adventure!

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

Cub Explorers meet at 3:00 p.m. on select Wednesdays.  Keep checking our Bookstore Events listings for upcoming Cub Explorer events.

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Caldecott Medal & Honors Books
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