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Friday, February 12th at 5:00pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Jean Kristeller, PhD reads and discusses "The Joy of Half a Cookie"

“If you take it to heart, which means if you incorporate its various practices into your daily life, you will find that this book is an ever-giving gold mine.  As its valuable and freeing recommendations are internalized, eating in a happy and healthy way for you and mindfulness will become synonymous.  This approach can transform your relationship to food, to your body, to your mind, and to life.”—Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction), and author of Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for Beginners

Jean Kristeller, Ph.D. is professor emeritus of psychology at Indiana State University and the creator of the NIH-funded Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT).  Self, Redbook, NPR’s “The Salt,” The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, and many other outlets interview her regularly and cover her research.

Wednesday, February 24th at 12:00pm
The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice presents
Book Launch for "The Slave's Cause" by Professor Manisha Sinha

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice are holding a book launch for The Slave's Cause: A HIstory of Abolition by Professor Manisha Sinha.  

Received historical wisdom casts abolitionists as bourgeois, mostly white reformers burdened by racial paternalism and economic conservatism.  Manisha Sinha overturns this image, broadening her scope beyond the antebellum period usually associated with abolitionism and recasting it as a radical social movement in which men and women, black and white, free and enslaved found common ground in causes ranging from feminism and utopian socialism to anti-imperialism and efforts to defend the rights of labor. 

Manisha Sinha is Professor of Afro-American Studies and History at theUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She was born in India and receivedher doctorate from Columbia University where her dissertation was nominated for the Bancroft prize.

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Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00pm
The Brown Center for Students of Color presents
Margo Jefferson, author of "Negroland"

The Brown Center for Students of Color presents Margo Jefferson, author of Negroland, part of the Black Heritage Series, Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m.

“Powerful and complicated…power dwells in the restraint of Negroland.  Ms. Jefferson gets a lot said about her life, the insults she has weathered, her insecurities, even her suicidal impulses.  There’s sinew and grace in the way she plays with memory, dodging here and burning there, like a photographer in a darkroom…. Ms. Jefferson will not be denied…. With luck, there will be a sequel to this book.”--Dwight Garner, The New York Times

The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Margo Jefferson was for years a theater and book critic for Newsweek and The New York Times.  Her writing has appeared in, among other publications, Vogue, New York magazine, and The New Republic.  She is the author of On Michael Jackson and is a professor of writing at Columbia University School of the Arts.

Thursday, February 25th at 6:00pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Patrick Dacey reading and book signing of "We've Already Gone This Far"

"Patrick Dacey is one of my favorite young American writers.  The stories in We've Already Gone This Far are dangerous, funny, sometimes savage (the phrase 'lyrical hammers' comes to mind), but underneath it all beats a strangely kind and hopeful heart...Fast, poetic, edgy, and full of tremendous affection for the things of the world."-George Saunders, Dacey's mentor

"The stories in We’ve Already Gone this Far reflect Dacey’s impressions of the Post-9/11 middle-America that was rocked by the recession. Based in the fictional Cape Cod town of Wequaquet, the interconnected cast of characters and their universal struggles could easily be based in any town in America." --publisher description

Patrick Dacey holds an MFA from Syracuse University.  He has taught English at several universities in the U.S. and Mexico, and has worked as a reporter, landscaper, door-to-door salesman, and most recently on the overnight staff at a homeless shelter and detox center.  His stories have been featured in Zoetrope All-Story, Guernica, Bomb magazine, and Salt Hill among other publications.  Originally from Cape Cod, he currently lives in Virginia.

Wednesday, March 2nd at 5:30p.m.
The Brown Bookstore presents
Mona Awad '14 MFA reads and discusses "13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl"

“This book sparkles with wit and at the same time comes across as so transparent and genuine--Awad knows how to talk about the raw struggles of female friendships, sex, contact, humanness, and her voice is a wry celebration of all of this at once.”--Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Mona Awad received her MFA in Fiction from Brown University, where she was awarded the Feldman and John Hawkes prizes for her short stories.  Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Walrus, Joyland, Post Road, St. Petersburg Review, and elsewhere.  She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and English literature at the University of Denver.

Friday, March 4th at 5:00pm
The Providence Athenaeum presents
Salon Series featuring Poet Dwayne Reginald Betts

The Providence Athenaeum's continuing Salon Series presents poet Dwayne Reginald Betts on Friday, March 4th at 5:00 p.m.  The poems in his newest collection describe the experiences of the men he got to know during his eight years of incarceration, and trace his arduous path from a living in prison to graduating from Prince George’s Community College, the University of Maryland, and the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College, and finally to Yale Law School, where he is now a student.

Dwayne Reginald Betts is the author of two collections of poetry, Shahid Reads His Own Palm (2010) and Bastards of the Reagan Era (2015), as well as an award-winning memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison (2009), which detailed how a poetry anthology given to him in prison, The Black Poets, changed his life by empowering him to begin to write poetry himself.

Book sale and signing to follow.

Providence Athenaeum Events

Wednesday, March 9th at 6:30pm
Brown RISD Hillel presents
Reading and discussion with Kevin Roose '09.5, author of "The Unlikely Disciple"

Brown RISD Hillel presents a reading and discussion with Kevin Roose '09.5, author of The Unlikely Disciple and Young Money, on Wednesday, March 9th at 6:30 p.m.

"What happens when a Brown undergrad goes undercover at Liberty University?  If he's a writer as insightful and open-minded as Kevin Roose, he ends up learning as much about himself as he does about the evangelical Christians he lives with.  The Unlikely Disciple provides a funny, compassionate, and revealing look at Jerry Falwell's 'Bible Boot Camp,' and the surprisingly diverse band of true believers who make it their home."--Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author of Little Children and The Abstinence Teacher

Kevin Roose graduated from Brown University in 2009, where he studied English literature and wrote regular columns for the Brown Daily Herald.  His work has been featured in Esquire, SPIN, mental_floss, and other publications.

Thursday, March 10th at 5:30pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Caroline Kepnes '99 reads and discusses "Hidden Bodies"

"The story reads like the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman but without the gore and misogyny, which means nothing stands in the way of the reader enjoying Joe’s cynical, murderous charm.  Though it is a sequel to You (2014), Hidden Bodies may be even better on its own." -Booklist

Caroline Kepnes '99 is a native of Cape Cod and the author of many published short stories.  She has covered pop culture for Entertainment Weekly, Tiger Beat, E! Online, and Yahoo.  She has also written for television shows, including "7th Heaven" and "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."  Her directorial debut short film, "Miles Away," premiered at the Woods Hole Film Festival.  Caroline is a Brown University graduate now residing in Los Angeles in the same building that the Hillside Strangler once called home. 

Friday, March 11th at 5:00pm
The Providence Athenaeum presents
Lauret Savoy, author of "Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape"

Sand and stone are Earth’s fragmented memory.  Yet each of us, too, is a landscape inscribed by memory and loss.  In this provocative mosaic of historical inquiry and personal journeys across a continent and time, Savoy explores how we are shaped by memory in place and how the country’s still unfolding history marks a person as well as the land.  From twisted terrain within the San Andreas Fault zone to a South Carolina plantation, from national parks to burial grounds, from “Indian Territory” and the U.S.-Mexico Border to the U.S. capital, Trace grapples with a searing national history to reveal the often unvoiced presence of the past.

Lauret Edith Savoy is a woman of mixed heritage, and a professor of environmental studies and geology at Mount Holyoke College, where she explores the intertwinings of natural and cultural histories.  She writes about the stories we tell of the origins of the American land and the stories we tell of ourselves in this land. Her books include The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity and the Natural World; Bedrock: Writers on the Wonders of Geology; and Living with the Changing California Coast. She lives in Leverett, MA.

Providence Athenaeum Events

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
Third Tuesday of the Month
Robin Kall's Point Street Reading Series

Author lineup for Tuesday, March 16, 2016:
Caroline Leavitt, author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You
Howard Axelrod, author of The Point of Vanishing
Rachel Cantor, author of Good on Paper and A Highly Unlikelly Scenario
Local author Tamara Valentine, author of What the Waves Know 

Reading with Robin's Robin Kall is starting a new reading series that will meet on the third Tuesday of the month starting on Tuesday, March 15th.  The Point Street Reading Series will be held at Point Street Dueling Pianos in Davol Square from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (times may vary).

There will be four authors a month and the Brown Bookstore will be the official bookseller for this series.

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Reading with Robin

Point Street Dueling Pianos, 3 Davol Square, Providence