Rhody Gem: Books on the Square Bookshop

September 2021


We’re on the hunt for Rhody Gems! Every neighborhood has that secret, hidden, cool and unusual, or hole-in-the-wall spot that locals love. Email or tag us on social media using #RhodyGem to suggest yours, and we might just feature it!


What it is:

Since 1992, Books on the Square has been one of Rhode Island’s premiere independent bookstores, with titles in all genres, plus games and gifts.


Where to find it:

Located in the historic Wayland Square, watch for the iconic green awning and a shop window brimming with books inside.


What makes it a Rhody Gem?

If this neighborhood shop wasn’t on your radar before, you might remember VP Kamala Harris’ surprise visit making headlines back in May. And she didn’t choose her book-browsing destination lightly: Books on the Square is an obvious choice for all sorts of interests, from literary new releases and gripping biographies to your next page-turner for beach reading. A dedicated kids’ section (both online and in-store) with books and brain games makes it a family-friendly stop, too. Peruse hand-written notes of personal recommendations from a shelf of “Staff Picks” if you’re having trouble deciding. Their book events with authors foster a community around reading, even if it’s virtual, like a June launch of In the Heights partnering with Random House to present Lin-Manuel Miranda and co-authors. When you visit this month, make sure you congratulate them on their 29th birthday!

Books on the Square 471 Angell Street, Providence • 331-9097 • BookSq.com • @books_on_the_square


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