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Monday, October 20th at 4:00pm
The Watson Institute presents
Okey Ndibe, author of "Foreign Gods, Inc." to the Africa Initiative Speaker Series

The Africa Initiative Speaker Series welcomes Okey Ndibe, author of Foreign Gods, Inc.  Commentors on the panel include: Patricia Agupusi, Keith Brown, Anani Dzidzienyo, Lina Fruzzetti, Glenn Loury, Okey, Ndibe, and Daniel Smith.

Foreign Gods, Inc., tells the story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian cab driver who sets out to steal the statue of an ancient war deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery.  Ike's plan is fueled by desperation.  Despite a degree in economics from a major American college, his strong accent has barred him from the corporate world.  Forced to eke out a living as a cab driver, he is unable to manage the emotional and material needs of a temperamental African American bride and a widowed mother demanding financial support.  When he turns to gambling, his mounting losses compound his woes.  And so he travels back to Nigeria to steal the statue, where he has to deal with old friends, family, and a mounting conflict between those in the village who worship the deity, and those who practice Christianity.  A meditation on the dreams, promises and frustrations of the immigrant life in America; the nature and impact of religious conflicts; an examination of the ways in which modern culture creates or heightens infatuation with the "exotic," including the desire to own strange objects and hanker after ineffable illusions; and an exploration of the shifting nature of memory, Foreign Gods is a brilliant work of fiction that illuminates our globally interconnected world like no other.

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Wednesday, October 22nd at 4:30pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Ainissa Ramirez '90 PhD reads and discusses "Newton's Football"

"The authors have done a worthy job of combining popular science and sports into a work that features enough expertise on each topic to satisfy nerds and jocks alike…The writers succeed in their task thanks to in-depth scientific knowledge, a wonderful grasp of football’s past and present, interviews with a wide array of experts, and witty prose…[Newton’s Football is] fun and thought-provoking, proving that football is a mind game as much as it is a ball game.”—Publishers Weekly

Ainissa G. Ramirez '90, Ph.D. is a science evangelist who is passionate about getting the general public excited about science.  She co-authored (with Allen St. John) Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America’s Game (Random House); and, authored Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists (TED Books)…As a graduate student she wrote as a science correspondent for Time magazine’s Washington D.C. bureau, which ignited her passion for communicating science.  Now, she speaks internationally on the importance of making science fun and has served as a science advisor to the American Film Institute, WGBH/NOVA, and several science museums.

Thursday, October 23rd at 6:30pm
The Providence Public Library presents
Book talk and signing: "Latino History in Rhode Island" by Marta V. Martinez

Join the PPL during Latino Heritage Month as we welcome Marta Martínez, author of Latino History in Rhode Island.  Ms. Martínez turns a collection of oral histories into a fascinating story of the birth of Rhode Island’s vibrant Latino community.

Marta V. Martínez founded the Hispanic Heritage Committee of Rhode Island in 1988 and served as the chair until 2013, at which time she was hired as executive director of the organization (now called Rhode Island Latino Arts). She founded the Latino Oral History Project of Rhode Island and is a member of the National Oral History Association, the National Storytellers Network and the American Folklife Society.

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Thursday, October 23rd at 7:30pm
Literary Arts presents
Visiting Lecturer Franny Howe and Bradford Morrow

Visiting Lecturer in Literary Arts Fanny Howe has written numerous books of fiction and poetry and has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lenore Marshall Award, and the Ruth Lilly Lifetime  Achievement Award, among others.  Her most recent collections of poetry, Second Childhood and Come & See, were published by Graywolf Press.




Bradford Morrow is the author of seven novels, including the literary thriller The Forgers (just out with The Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic), The Diviner’s Tale, Trinity Fields, and Giovanni’s Gift, as well as a short story collection, The Uninnocent.  He is the founding editor of "Conjunctions" and has contributed to many anthologies and journals.  A Bard Center Fellow and professor of literature at Bard College, he lives in New York City.

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Monday, October 27th at 4:00pm
The Swearer Center & Social Innovation Initiative present
"Thinking Differently": David Flink '02, founder of Eye to Eye

David Flink ’02 grew up with dyslexia and ADHD, without role models to support him through his education. After coming to Brown, he co-founded Eye to Eye with four other students in 1998, but he never expected that he would one day be at the helm of a national nonprofit that is paving the way for an emerging learning rights movement.

Join the Social Innovation Initiative for a conversation with David Flink '02, recently named Ashoka Fellow and author of Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabiltiies, for his story of personal empowerment, academic success, and an educational revolution for people who think differently.

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Sunday, November 2nd at 1:30pm
The Providence Public Library & the Providence Athenaeum present
Crossing Paths: Novel writing and historical research

Join local writers and librarians as they discuss the crossroads of historical fact and fiction. Their conversation will explore how researching the past often leads the novelist and historian in surprisingly different directions. 

Panel members: Tom O'Donnell, Director of the West Warwick Library (moderator), Jordan Goffin, Special Collections Librarian at the PPL, and three authors: Taylor Polites, Bob Geake, and Padma Vekatraman.

This program is hosted by the HiFi (Historical Fiction) Collaborative — A Providence Writing Group

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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.

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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 Saturday at 11:00am
Story Time returns on Saturday, September 20th!

Get ready for a reading adventure!

Story time returns on Saturday, September 20th! Join us for a story every Saturday in our new Children's Section on the mezzanine level (2nd floor) of the bookstore.

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