The Baffler Launch Party

Celebrate the long-awaited 19th issue of legendary journal The Baffler with new editor John Summers, veteran editor Chris Lehmann, and founder Thomas Frank.

This event includes a book signing


April 9, 2012
7:00 PM


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


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is thrilled to welcome editors JOHN SUMMERS and CHRIS LEHMANN and founder THOMAS FRANK for the launch of the dazzling new issue of The Baffler, returning after a two-year hiatus.

The Baffler #19 features Thomas Frank on making a career out of mistakes, Barbara Ehrenreich on animal spirits, David Graeber on flying cars, Rick Perlstein on Ronald Reagan, James Agee on cotton tenants, and Maureen Tkacik on The Atlantic.

The Baffler is giving away twenty free limited edition Baffler tote bags, register now at and be entered to win! 

“The Bafflers have, in their writing styles, the buoyancy of Mencken, but in substance, they’re in the tradition of the old-time muckrakers, those who challenged the power pillars of our society. I’ve a hunch that Lincoln Steffens, Upton Sinclair, and I. F. Stone would have approved.” —Studs Terkel

Chris Lehmann
Chris Lehmann

Chris Lehmann

Chris Lehmann is a senior editor at CQ and a co-editor at Bookforum. He was formerly a columnist of the New York Observer and deputy editor of Washington Post Book World. He is a long-time editor of The Baffler.

John Summers
John Summers

John Summers

John Summers is editor of The Baffler. He writes and lectures widely on American history and culture.

Thomas Frank
Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank is the author of Listen, LiberalPity the BillionaireThe Wrecking Crew; and What's the Matter with Kansas?. A former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper's, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler and writes regularly for The Guardian. He lives outside Washington, D.C.

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.

Unable to attend a Harvard Book Store author event? You can still pre-order a signed book by one of our visiting authors.

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

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  • Specify in Order Comments that you want a signed copy of the book.
  • Please note: online orders for signed copies must be placed at least one business day before the event. If you are ordering the day of, please call us instead.

Ordering a signed book by phone:

  • Call us at (617) 661-1515 and one of our booksellers will take your order. Specify you'd like a signed copy.
  • If you are requesting a personalized inscription and/or requesting your book be shipped, we'll need to take down credit card information. If you are planning to pick up the signed book in the store, you can pay on pick-up.


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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