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, March 15th at 4:00pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Sophie Houser '19 and Andrea Gonzales, authors of "Girl Code"

The Brown Bookstore presents Sophie Houser '19 and Andrea Gonzales on Wednesday, March 15th at 4:00 p.m. They will be reading and discussing their book Girl Code.

Sophie Houser '19 and Andrea "Andy" Gonzales were invited to give a moving TEDx talk about being young girls in the coding world, and were featured everywhere from TIME to Cosmopolitan to CNN.  Through the success of their video game, they got unprecedented access to some of the biggest start-ups and tech companies, so get ready for an inside look at the tech industry, the true power of coding, and some of the amazing women who are shaping the world.  Now they want to tell their story to other teen girls who may be curious about coding but don’t know where to start, so they’ve written Girl Code to tell the true story behind "Tampon Run" and share what they’ve learned.

Thursday, March 16th at 5:30pm
The Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice presents
Robert Geake and Lorén Spears discuss "From Slaves to Soldiers"

The Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice presents Robert Geake, local historian, and Lorén Spears, the Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, who will be discussing his new book From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution on Thursday, March 16th at 5:30 p.m.

"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

Monday, March 20th at 5:30pm
The Department of Classics presents
Karen Van Dyck reads and discussses "Austerity Measures"

The Department of Classics presents Karen Van Dyck, author of Austerity Measures, on Monday, March 20th at 5:30 p.m. in Rhode Island Hall.  Book sale and signing to follow.

Since the crisis hit in 2008, Greece has played host to a cultural renaissance unlike anything seen in Southern Europe for over 30 years.  Poems of startling depth and originality are being written by native Greeks, émigrés and migrants alike.  They grapple with the personal and the political; with the small revelations of gardening and the viciousness of streetfights; with bodies, love, myth, migration and economic crisis.  The very best of the writing to emerge from that creative ferment—much of it never before translated into English—is gathered for the first time, divided into six sections which make the landscape of different venues and "school" immediately comprehensible.  The result is a map to the complex territory of a still-evolving scene, and a unique window onto the lived experience of Greek society now.

Karen Van Dyck's edited and co-edited translation collections include A Century of Greek Poetry, Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke's Selected Poems, and The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present.

Classics Department

Friday, March 24th at 4:00pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Kelly Jensen, editor of "Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World"

The Brown Bookstore presents Kelly Jensen, author of the YA anthology Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World on Friday, March 24th at 4:00 p.m.

“Kelly Jensen’s anthology is too good to pass up.  In Here We Are, Jensen collects a ton of great pieces from authors, actresses, dancers, and more, all centered around the theme of feminism.  Nova Ren Suma?  Brandy Colbert?  Mindy Kaling?  Oof, this book is fantastic.”—Paste Magazine, A Most Anticipated Young Adult Book of 2017 

Forty-four writers, dancers, actors, and artists contribute essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about everything from body positivity to romance to gender identity to intersectionality to the greatest girl friendships in fiction.  Together, they share diverse perspectives on and insights into what feminism means and what it looks like.  Come on in, turn the pages, and be inspired to find your own path to feminism by the awesome individuals in Here We Are.

Kelly Jensen is a former librarian-turned-editor for Book Riot and Stacked.  She's the author of It Happens: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader.  She loves black licorice and debating genre. Follow her on Twitter: @veronikellymars.

Friday, March 24th at 5:00pm
The Providence Athenaeum presents
Salon: Abby Smith Rumsey on her new book "When We Are No More"

The Providence Athenaeum in partnership with the John Carter Brown Library present a Friday Salon with Abby Smith Rumsey on March 24th at 5:00 p.m.  Book sale and signing to follow.

In a time of abundance of information dueling with the scarcity of human attention, Our stories, ideas, and innovations – in a word, our “culture” – can be recorded and passed on to future generations.  Author Abby Smith Rumsey discusses her new book When We Are No More, exploring human memory from pre-history to the present to shed light on the grand challenge facing our world.  Serving as a call to consciousness, When We Are No More explains why data storage is not memory; why forgetting is the first step towards remembering; and why memory is about the future, not the past.

Providence Athenaeum Events

Story Time twice a week!
Story Time every Thursday and Saturday

Due to the incoming winter storm, story time has been canceled on Thursday, February 9th.

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.




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