Signed First Edition Club
Each month, Harvard Book Store offers Signed First Edition Club members a signed first printing of a newly published book, selected for both its literary merit and potential collectibility.
The Signed First Edition Club brings some of the most well-known and well-respected authors writing today to your bookshelf—renowned novelists, essayists, historians, memoirists, and poets—as well as acclaimed debut and emerging authors.
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Our Next Selection
"I can't imagine a better book to recommend in this moment. Exit West is set in a world that looks very much like our own (with one slightly magical twist), one experiencing global unrest, citizens moving from place to place looking for safety and a better life. The global politics are seen through a fog; date and place are incidental. Hamid is really interested in humanity, in the lives of his main characters, Nadia and Saeed. The way they make choices, and continue the quotidian conversations of everyday life, even in the most extreme circumstances. It is beautifully written, juxtaposing the quietly normal and the brutally, real moment to moment and page to page." —Rachel C., Head Buyer, Harvard Book Store
Recent and Upcoming Selections
- December 2016: Swing Time by Zadie Smith
- January 2017: Elizabeth Bishop by Megan Marshall
- February 2017: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
- March 2017: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
- April 2017: The Idiot by Elif Batuman
- May 2017: Out of Line by Barbara Lynch
What are the benefits of membership?
Each month, members receive a premium book of recent publication. A collection of signed first editions will enhance any library, and many signed first editions appreciate in value. Also, your membership supports Harvard Book Store, a landmark literary institution, and helps ensure that the store will exist—and continue to host its award-winning author event series—for years to come.
What is a signed first edition? Why is it valuable?
A first edition is the original printing of a book. First editions are distinguished from subsequent printings, as they represent the closest edition in time and intent to the author's original work. A signed first edition is a unique addition to any library, and to dealers and collectors, a signed first edition is the most desirable—and valuable—edition.
What will I receive?
Harvard Book Store’s selections represent the forefront of literary fiction and nonfiction and reflect the acclaimed authors hosted by the store’s award-winning event series. Selections are personally chosen by our discerning staff of readers. View previous selections here and upcoming selections at the top of this page.
The books in this program are guaranteed first editions, personally signed by the author. Each book arrives in pristine condition with its jacket in a transparent protective wrapping to extend the life of the book.
How much does membership cost?
Membership is free. All you pay is the publisher's list price on the book ($26 - $30 on average per month) plus a flat shipping charge. You may also choose to pick up your selection each month at Harvard Book Store at no additional charge.
May I give a membership as a gift?
Of course! A gift subscription is a thoughtful, sui generis present for loved ones, recent grads, and newlyweds alike. You may choose to give a gift membership for six months, one year, or indefinitely, and you may cancel the membership at any time. Harvard Book Store also offers free gift wrapping, provided at your request. You may download and print out a gift insert to give to the recipient. The inserts are available for six months, one year, and indefinite memberships.
Do I have to provide my credit card number?
Yes. In order to efficiently manage this unique program, Harvard Book Store requires that all members provide a credit card number upon sign-up.
What if I don't want a certain month's selection?
In order to bring you this exclusive club with no handling or service charges, Harvard Book Store stipulates that members with six month and one year memberships may not refuse selections. Those with ongoing memberships may refuse up to two (2) books in a calendar year. To refuse a selection, members must respond within ten days to the title announcement email.
May I return a selection?
All Signed First Edition titles, after purchase, are non-refundable and non-returnable. Those with ongoing memberships may refuse up to two (2) titles during a calendar year. To refuse a selection, members must respond within ten days to the title announcement email.
I’m signed up to pick up my books in the store. What happens if I forget to retrieve my book?
Harvard Book Store will hold books that are marked for pickup at the bookstore for three months. At that time, Harvard Book Store will charge you the flat shipping rate and ship the books to your home.
Is there a limit to how many people can sign up?
Yes. As signed first editions are difficult to procure in large quantities, Harvard Book Store must limit the number of members. If the member limit is exceeded, a wait list will be started.
I have a question that isn't answered here. Whom do I ask?
Ask a bookseller in the store, call us at (617) 497-1156 ext. 5, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- December 2016: Swing Time by Zadie Smith
- November 2016: The Mothers by Brit Bennett
- October 2016: Mercury by Margot Livesey
- September 2016: The Nix by Nathan Hill
- August 2016: The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams
- July 2016: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
- June 2016: LaRose by Louise Erdrich
- May 2016: Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
- April 2016: Until We Are Free by Shirin Ebadi
- March 2016: What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
- February 2016: The Past by Tessa Hadley
- January 2016: Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa
- December 2015: City on Fire by Garth Risk Halberg
- November 2015: The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
- October 2015: Sweet Caress by William Boyd
- September 2015: The Visiting Privilege by Joy Williams
- August 2015: The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
- July 2015: Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai
- June 2015: The Green Road by Anne Enright
- May 2015: Ordinary Light: A Memoir by Tracy K. Smith
- April 2015: From the New World: Poems 1976-2014 by Jorie Graham
- March 2015: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
- February 2015: Screening Room: Family Pictures by Alan Lightman
- January 2015: Let Me Be Frank with You by Richard Ford
- December: The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
- November: Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow
- October: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
- September: We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel by Matthew Thomas
- August: What Is Visible: A Novel by Kimberly Elkins
- July: The Rise & Fall of Great Powers: A Novel by Tom Rachman
- June: All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
- May: Casebook: A Novel by Mona Simpson
- April: Cambridge by Susanna Kaysen
- March: Book of Hours: Poems by Kevin Young
- February: Ripper: A Novel by Isabel Allende
- January: Radiance of Tomorrow: A Novel by Ishmael Beah
- December: The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
- November: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- October: The Men Who United the States by Simon Winchester
- September: MaddAddam: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
- August: The Realm of Last Chances: A Novel by Steve Yarbrough
- July: TransAtlantic: A Novel by Colum McCann
- June: The Son by Philipp Meyer
- May: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel by Anthony Marra
- April: The Book of My Lives by Aleksandar Hemon
- March: Red Doc> by Anne Carson
- February: Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories by Karen Russell
- January: Poems 1962-2012 by Louise Glück
- November: Flight Behavior: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
- October: Ancient Light by John Banville
- September: Winter Journal by Paul Auster
- August: The Collective: A Novel by Don Lee
- July: Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
- June: The Green Shore by Natalie Bakopoulos
- May: Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down by Rosecrans Baldwin
- April: The Cove: A Novel by Ron Rash
- March: Mudwoman: A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates
- February: The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel by Adam Johnson
- January: The Flight of Gemma Hardy: A Novel by Margot Livesey
- December: The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
- November: Blue Nights by Joan Didion
- October: The Marriage Plot: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
- September: The Submission: A Novel by Amy Waldman
- August: The Family Fang: A Novel by Kevin Wilson
- July: Ten Thousand Saints: A Novel by Eleanor Henderson
- June: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
- May: Caleb’s Crossing: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
- April: Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems by Billy Collins
- March: Townie: A Memoir by Andre Dubus III
- February: Ghost Light: A Novel by Joseph O'Connor
- January: The Fates Will Find Their Way: A Novel by Hannah Pittard
- December: Luka and the Fire of Life: A Novel by Salman Rushdie
- October: Great House: A Novel by Nicole Krauss
- September: Freedom: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen
- July: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell
- June: The Spot: Stories by David Means
- May: If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This: Stories by Robin Black
- April: Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
- March: The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee
- February: The Infinities by John Banville
- January: Where the God of Love Hangs Out: Fiction by Amy Bloom
- December: Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis by Al Gore
- November: The Year of the Flood: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
- October: A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
- September: Homer & Langley: A Novel by E.L. Doctorow
- August: That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
- July: Border Songs by Jim Lynch
- May: Brooklyn: A Novel by Colm Toibin
- April: Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud edited by Robert Pinsky
- March: The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
- February: Cutting for Stone: A Novel by Abraham Verghese
- November: Sea of Poppies: A Novel by Amitav Ghosh
- August: Man in the Dark: A Novel by Paul Auster
- July: The Enchantress of Florence: A Novel by Salman Rushdie
- June: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel by David Wroblewski
- March: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
- February: The Soul Thief: A Novel by Charles Baxter
- January: Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership by Madeleine Albright
- December: The Alphabet from A to Y With Bonus Letter Z! by Roz Chast
- November: Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks
- Introductory Title: Other Colors: Essays and a Story by Orhan Pamuk
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