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Comics Contest | News from Harvard Book Store
July 8, 2011

Calling all comic artists and graphic novelists! Harvard Book Store is launching its first ever COMICS CONTEST. Submit your one-to-four page cartoon, comic, or graphic story by Friday, August 19th. Winning entries will be compiled in an original Comics Contest!collection printed on Paige, our in-store book-making robot, with grand prize winners receiving gift certificates to the bookstore! Learn more--and submit your work--here. 


Speaking of Paige, last night we hosted a celebration of the authors who have published their books using our book machine. We discussed many amazing titles and had readings from four local authors who have recently published work on Paige. What a fun and engaging evening: Jess Martin, Sharon Pywell, Ronald Richardson, and Vittorio Palumbo all discussed their diverse work with a huge crowd. It was such a lovely time that we'll no doubt have another Paige celebration soon!   


Tickets are still available for next week's event with Booker Prize-winner John Banville, who will appear as Benjamin Black, his mystery writing alter-ego, to read from his latest book, A Death In Summer. Learn more and get your tickets here


Globe Pequot Press is currently featured in our Publisher Focus window. Take a look and discover some of their fine travel and destination titles, including The Boston Chef's Table, The AIA Guide to Boston, and (a personal favorite) The Soul of Yosemite: Portraits of Light and Stone.


I'm off to the bookstore to pick out a book to take to the beach this weekend. Shouldn't you do the same? After all, it is FICTION FRIDAY! (All fiction purchases are 15% off!) 


Happy reading,



The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%  

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books, & In Store Book Printing
 The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown: A Novel

by Paul Malmont

Simon & Schuster, hardcover
"Malmont, whose Chinatown Death Cloud Peril turned noted science-fiction and pulp writers of the past into intellectual action heroes, returns with a lively tale involving 'death rays,' secret underground crypts, vanishing objects, and mysterious boxes. . . . A larkish imagining of sci-fi greats becoming part of one narrative they can't control. A fun novel, and an informative one in tracing the origins of the genre." --Kirkus Reviews
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 Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty

by Mustafa Akyol

W. W. Norton, hardcover
Mustafa Akyol traces the roots of political Islam. The years following the death of Muhammad saw an intellectual "war of ideas" rage between rationalist, flexible schools of Islam and the more dogmatic, rigid ones. The traditionalists won, fostering perceptions of Islam as antithetical to modernity. However, Akyol traces a flourishing of liberalism in the nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire and explores the unique "Islamo-liberal synthesis" of present-day Turkey.
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Scholarly The Art of Cruelty:
A Reckoning

by Maggie Nelson

W. W. Norton, hardcover
"In an era when a role for the avant-garde in society isn't always immediately clear, Maggie Nelson draws a marvelous web of connections, ranging from painters to poets, politics to pop culture, carving out a newly meaningful space not only for art but, as important, for nuanced thinking about the world we live in. A rare marriage of the encyclopedic and personal, totally wanted today." --Tim Griffin, editor-at-large for Artforum
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Printed on Paige
Each week, we'll feature a book printed in Harvard Book Store on Paige, our book-making machine. Featured books will range from fresh works from local authors to near-forgotten titles discovered in our extensive print-on-demand database.  
Printed on Paige
 Lightening in My Wires
by Caitlin Avery

Print on Demand, paperback
Avery lives with a boyfriend who's totally loaded. They both seek escape through drugs, but when her deviance becomes more than he can handle, he boots her out of his mansion. She turns her back on her days of excess and sets out to calm the "lightning in her wires"--a journey that's about learning from her mistakes and learning how to accept herself.
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Bargain Books
Bargain Books are new books at used book prices. Limited copies are available of these titles, so if you see something that you're interested in, come in and check it out soon. To see more of our Bargain Books section, visit our Bargain Books page.
The Case for Books
by Robert Darnton
$5.99, hardcover (originally $23.95)  
In The Case for Books, Robert Darnton, an intellectual scholar in the history of books and director of Harvard University's Library, examines the book from its earliest beginnings to its shifting role today in popular culture, commerce, and the academy.
The American Civil War: A Military History
by John Keegan
$8.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)  
The great historian John Keegan shares his perceptive insights into the psychology, ideology, demographics, and economics of the American Civil War. The Boston Globe calls it "a thoroughly satisfying account for the general reader. . . [with] a multitude of intriguing insights for the Civil War buff."

Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel
$9.99, hardcover (originally $27.00)  
In Mantel's 16th century monarchy, individuals must fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. With a vast array of characters, overflowing with incident, the novel re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth. Wolf Hall won both the Booker Prize and the National Book Award in 2009.

Finds Downstairs in the Used Book Department


Featured used books go fast, so if any titles interest you, stop in to check them out soon. We will hold the book if you are the first caller to reserve it. To reserve a book, call (617) 661-1515 and ask for our Used Department. We're also always looking for books to buy. Learn about selling your used books, including textbooks, here.

The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art
by Ann Millett-Gallant
Originally published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010
$40.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art is the first book to cross the disciplines of art history and disability studies. Millet-Gallant visually analyzes images of the body in visual culture--painting, sculpture, photography, and performance art--placing the work of disabled and non-disabled artists in critical dialogue.
Intrepid Women:
Cantinières and Vivandières of the French Army
by Thomas Cardoza
Originally published by Indiana University Press in 2010
$25.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
This groundbreaking account of women's activities in the nineteenth-century blurs the line between women's and military history, and dramatically enhances and revises our understanding of women's roles in French society. Margaret Darrow, the Chair of History at Dartmouth, calls the book "a richly detailed account, well-written and continually engaging from start to finish."


The Knoedler Booklets
by Campbell Dodgson, Max Geisberg, and Emil Waldmann
Originally published by M. Knoedler & Co., Inc. in 1928
$15.00 (for the set) in Good condition
This handsome set includes black and white reprints of Duerer's woodcuts. Illustrations are reproductions from the esteemed art collection of M. Knoedler & Company, long considered to be among the finest private art galleries.

Author Events

Tickets for our events with Benjamin Black (7/14) and Sapphire (7/28) are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased at Harvard Book Store, online at harvard.com, or over the phone with a credit card at 617.661.1515.


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All Upcoming Events  

Benjamin Black  
Thurs, July 14, 6PM

Benjamin Black, the crime-writing alter ego of Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville, will read from his newest mystery, A Death in Summer.
At the Brattle Theatre Learn More

Nina Sankovitch
Wed, July 20, 7PM

Ambitious book blogger Nina Sankovitch discusses her memoir, Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading, which tells the story behind her blogging project to read and review a book a day for an entire year. 
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Justin Martin
Thurs, July 21, 7PM

Acclaimed biographer Justin Martin discusses his newest work, Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Harvard Square Book Circle 
Mon, July 25, 7PM


Our in-store book club will discuss Jane Austen's classic novel Sense and Sensibility.
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John Burnham Schwartz Wed, July 27, 7PM

Bestselling novelist John Burnham Schwartz reads from his most recent book, Northwest Corner.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Thurs, July 28, 7PM

Novelist and poet Sapphire reads from her new book, The Kid, a follow-up to her debut novel Push. The reading will be followed by a screening of the Academy Award-winning Precious, the film adaptation of Push.
At the Brattle TheatreLearn More

Kevin Wilson 
Mon, Aug 22, 7PM

Award-winning short story writer Kevin Wilson reads from his debut novel, The Family Fang.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Gail Caldwell
Thurs, Aug 25, 7PM

Memoirist and former Boston Globe book critic Gail Caldwell reads from her memoir, Let's Take the Long Way Home, newly out in paperback.
At Harvard Book Store
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Heather Gain
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