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