Grub Street Launch Lab: Thieves, Idealists, Scholars, and Sleuths

featuring 

MICHAEL BLANDING
CHRISTINE CIPRIANI 
JENNIFER DE LEON
DEBORAH HALBER

This event includes a book signing

Date

Jul
11
Friday
July 11, 2014
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store and Grub Street welcome local authors MICHAEL BLANDING, CHRISTINE CIPRIANI, JENNIFER DE LEON, and DEBORAH HALBER for a panel discussion on the true stories of people who charted new territory. Their books tell the stories of an obsessive rare-map dealer gone bad, amateur detectives insinuating themselves into law enforcement, first-generation Latina college students, and ambitious modern architects in a historic Cape Cod town.

The event will celebrate the recent publications of The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless MapsCape Cod Modern: Midcentury Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape, Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, and The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America's Coldest Cases.

Christine Cipriani
Christine Cipriani

Christine Cipriani

Christine Cipriani has written about architecture, design, and culture for Dwell, Architectural Record, ArchitectureBoston, Modernism, and other publications. Previously, she edited nonfiction at book publishers including Beacon Press and Penguin India. She has vacationed on Cape Cod since early childhood, and lives near Boston with her husband and daughter. 

Deborah Halber
Deborah Halber

Deborah Halber

Deborah Halber started out as a daily newspaper reporter, then turned to the dark side to do public relations. She worked as a writer and editor for Tufts and as a science writer for MIT, where she chronicled everything from quantum weirdness (that’s the technical term) to snail slime. A freelance journalist since 2004, her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, Inked, Technology Review, Symbolia, and other publications. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the National Association of Science Writers, she lives near Boston in a house with a lot of former pets buried out back.

Jennifer De Leon
Jennifer De Leon

Jennifer De Leon

Jennifer De Leon is the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education. Selected as a tuition scholar in fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2015, De Leon was also named the 2015–2016 writer-in-residence by the Associates of the Boston Public Library. She is using her office space in the Boston Public Library and stipend to work on her young adult novel, Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From. Jennifer’s short story “Home Movie,” originally published in the Briar Cliff Review, was also chosen as the 2015 One City One Story pick as part of the Boston Book Festival. DeLeon is now a freelance writer, editor, and consultant, as well as a creative writing instructor at Emerson College, GrubStreet creative writing center, and elsewhere. She also has an active career as a public speaker on issues of diversity, college access, and the power of story.

Michael Blanding
Michael Blanding

Michael Blanding

Michael Blanding is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, whose articles have appeared in The NationThe New Republic, SlateThe Boston Globe Magazine, and Boston Magazine. His first book, The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World's Favorite Soft Drink, was published by Avery/Penguin in 2010.

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes

As you exit the station, reverse your direction and walk east along Mass. Ave. in front of the Cambridge Savings Bank. Cross Dunster St. and proceed along Mass. Ave for three more blocks. You will pass Au Bon Pain, JP Licks, and TD Bank. Harvard Book Store is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Plympton St.

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While we can't guarantee fulfillment of a signed book pre-order, our authors are almost always able to sign extra books to fulfill such orders.

Ordering a signed book on harvard.com:

  • Add the book to your shopping cart and then click Checkout.
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  • Call us at (617) 661-1515 and one of our booksellers will take your order. Specify you'd like a signed copy.
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FAQ:

Can I request a personalized inscription?
Unless otherwise noted, we are happy to take requests for the author to sign your book to a specific person, but we can't guarantee it. If you do get a personalized inscription, the book will be non-returnable. We will require credit card information when you place the order.

Do signed books cost more?
There is no extra fee for a signed book!

Do I have to pick it up in the store, or can you deliver my signed book?
As with all web or phone orders, we can hold your book for in-store pickup, or ship it anywhere in the country.

I am planning to attend an author event. Do I need to pre-order a book?
No need. We'll be selling books at the event, and nearly all of our events include a signing at the end of the talk.

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Event Series: GrubStreet Launch Lab

GrubStreet is one of the nation's leading creative writing centers, offering 500+ classes a year in all genres, for writers of all levels. We believe that narrative transforms lives, builds bridges, and produces empathy. By rigorously developing voices of every type and talent and by removing barriers to entry, GrubStreet fosters the creation of meaningful stories and ensures that excellent writing remains vital and relevant. To learn more or find a class, visit grubstreet.org.

These days, authors, no matter how they are published, are frequently on their own when it comes to marketing and promoting their books. Publishers now expect their authors to be active partners in the marketing process, cultivating their audience with all the new tools available to them via social media and innovative marketing. In the midst of all these changes and this unavoidable reality, GrubStreet seeks to build community and share expertise around these crucial new responsibilities.

The Launch Lab is a pioneering program that will equip writers with the knowledge and tools they need to be effective in their efforts while also facilitating friendships and community so that they remain inspired, connected, and engaged in the process. Learn more about the Launch Lab at https://grubstreet.org/programs/the-launch-lab/.

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Featured event books will be for sale at the event for 20% off. Thank you for supporting this author series with your purchases.
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