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.

Wednesday, November 2nd at 4:00pm
The Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies presents
Yoss, sci-fi author of "Super Extra Grande" and "A Planet for Rent"

The Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies presents Yoss, the Cuban, sci-fi author of Super Extra Grande and A Planet for Rent on Wednesday, November 2nd at 4:00 p.m.

Born José Miguel Sánchez Gómez, Yoss assumed his pen name in 1988, when he won the Premio David in the science fiction category for his novel Timshel.  Together with his peculiar pseudonym, the author's aesthetic of an impentinent rocker has allowed him to stand out amongst his fellow Cuban writers.  Earning a degree in Biology in 1991, he went on to graduate from the first ever course on Narrative Techniques at the Onelio Jorge Cardoso Center of Literary Training in 1999.  Today, Yoss writes both realistic and science fiction works. Alongside these novels, the author produces essays, reviews, and compilations, and actively promotes the Cuban science fiction literary workshops, Espiral and Espacio Abierto.

New York Times article on Yoss 

Friday, November 4th at 5:00pm
The Providence Athenaeum presents
Salon: Akiko Busch on “Writing Nature”

As part of the Pulitzer Campfires Initiative, Akiko Busch discusses the way that essay form promotes a kind of collaborative thinking, accommodating both sciences and humanities.Mining the works of groundbreaking naturalists for their ruminations on the relationship of science, literature, and human emotion, she looks for evidence of how the practice of citizen science, as it is practiced by naturalists today, generates a new manner of observation and documentation.

Book sale to follow program.

Providence Athenaeum Calendar

This project is part of a collaborative series of programs facilitated by the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes in 2016. 

Sunday, November 6th at 3:00pm
The Goat Hill Writers present
Ruth Reichl and Michael Ruhlman at Chez Pascal's Wurst Kitchen

This event has sold out. Please email the Goat Hill Writers to be added to the waitlist.

Don’t miss this chance to hear legendary food writers Ruth Reichl andMichael Ruhlman talk about their lives, their books and their love of foodin conversation with Ann Hood at this event hosted by Chez Pascal. Bar and the Wurst Kitchen will be available to quench your appetites. Seating is limited.

Goat Hill sponsors events that bring writers and writing communities together. We want to celebrate writing--and bring the expertise and insight of writing professionals from outside of Southern New England to Providence to share what they know. We are proud that these events are free and open to the public.

Goat Hill Event Information

Sunday, November 6th at 4:00pm
Temple Beth-El presents
Annual World Series of Thanksgiving Favorites - Everything except the Turkey

Temple Beth-El presents the annual World Series of Thanksgiving Favorites - Everything Except the Turkey on Sunday, November 6th at 4:00 p.m.  25 local chefs, individuals or families, will share their favorite Thanksgiving recipes (no meat of shellfish).  

Along with tastings, you can buy one of the 5 cookbooks shown above.  All proceeds benefit the Rabbi Leslie Yale Gutterman Religious School.

Thursday, November 10th at 4:00pm
The Watson Institute presents
Elias Khoury, author of "Gate of the Sun"

Elias Khoury is a Lebanese novelist, playwright, critic, and prominent public intellectual. He has published 10 novels, which have been translated into several foreign languages, including English, as well as several works of literary criticism. He has also written three plays. Between 1993 and 2009, he served as editor of Al-Mulhaq, the weekly cultural supplement of the Lebanese daily newspaper Al-Nahar.

Thursday, November 17th at 6:00pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Robert Geake and Lorén Spears discuss "From Slaves to Soldiers"

Robert Geake, local historian, and Lorén Spears, the Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, will dicuss his new book From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution.

"Known as the 'black' regiment, the story of the first Continental army unit composed of African American and Native American enlisted men...In December 1777, the Continental army was encamped at Valley Forge and faced weeks of cold and hunger…Plans were made to enlist more men, but as the states struggled to fill quotas for enlistment, Rhode Island general James Mitchell Varnum proposed the historic plan that a regiment of slaves might be recruited from his own state, the smallest in the union, but holding the largest population of slaves in New England…In From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution, historian Robert A. Geake tells the important story of the 'black regiment' from the causes that led to its formation, its acts of heroism and misfortune, as well as the legacy left by those men who enlisted to earn their freedom."--publisher description

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.

Special Guest on Saturday, June 25th at 11:00 a.m. - Local author, nancy Cote, will read from her books Watch the Birdie! and Watch the Cookie!  (see event lising above for more information)


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