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Heat Wave News from Harvard Book Store
July 22, 2011

Next week, join the Boston Book Festival for a summer fundraiser. Awesome local novelist Tom Perrotta will read from his forthcoming novel and attendees will get the very first glimpse of the Boston Book Festival's 2011 author lineup. Click here for details.  

Grub Street Inc., the fabulous non-profit writing center, is offering a slew of partial scholarships for their newly expanded daytime classes. The scholarships are for writers who have been impacted by the economic downturn. Click here to learn how to apply--the deadline is on Monday! 


Harvard Book Store has launched 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 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. 


Happy reading--hopefully in air-conditioning,


P.S. Despite the record-breaking heat, it is still Fiction Friday here at the store! 


The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%  

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books, & In Store Book Printing
 Disaster Was My God: A Novel of the Outlaw Life of Arthur Rimbaud
by Bruce Duffy

Doubleday, hardcover
"Based on the life of the 19th-century enfant terrible of French symbolist poetry, Arthur Rimbaud, Duffy's story opens up the poet's psychological depths, emotional torments, and sexual proclivities. The author alternates his narrative between vignettes of Rimbaud's early life . . . and the last year of his life, ill and traveling back to France from Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) to get treatment for his cancerous leg. . . . Because Duffy quotes Rimbaud's poetry generously, this novel serves as a good introduction to his life and work." --Kirkus Reviews
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 Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s
by Hunter Drohojowska- Philp

Henry Holt, hardcover
"After decades of neglect, Los Angeles art history is a hot topic. The most immediate reason is 'Pacific Standard Time: L.A. Art 1945-1980,' an enormous collaborative venture spearheaded by the Getty Foundation and Getty Research Institute. . . . Rebels in Paradise is an independent project--served up just in time to be savored as an appetizer for the upcoming feast. . . . It's an affectionate, deliciously gossipy account of the decade when a convergence of renegade artists, entrepreneurs, curators, collectors, and writers put Los Angeles on the art world's map." --The Los Angeles Times
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Scholarly Saving God: Religion after Idolatry
by Mark Johnston

Princeton University Press, paperback
"This book demolishes, with far greater precision and elegance than anything by Richard Dawkins, all reasons for conventional religious belief--which Johnston considers idolatry, and a form of 'resistance' to real religious apprehension. Johnston has no time for any aspect of supernaturalism . . . but he does believe in 'salvation'. . . . It is rare to read a contemporary philosopher (and a logician, at that, who studied under the formidable Saul Kripke) so passionate about what is effectively a form of redemption. I don't agree with Johnston's theist conclusion, but I am moved by the way he reaches it; which is the exact opposite of how I feel about the work of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens." --James Wood for The New Yorker
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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
 Around the World on a Bicycle
by Thomas Stevens

Print on Demand, paperback
Twenty years before the Tour de France began, Thomas Stevens became the first person to cover the globe by bike. With eighty illustrations and a day-by-day itinerary, his journey will fascinate historians, travelers, and racing fans alike. Originally published in 1887, the book was hailed by The Boston Saturday Gazette as "rich in incident and adventure. . . and always crisp and frank in the telling."
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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.
House of War
by James Carroll
$6.99, paperback (originally $15.95)
This landmark, myth-shattering work chronicles the Pentagon, the most powerful institution in America and the people who created it. Carroll argues that the Pentagon is the largest loose cannon in American history, and no institution has changed this country more.
The Illustrated Quick Cook
by Heather Whinney
$14.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)  
Family food is about flexible eating and straightforward dishes. The Illustrated Quick Cook is here to make planning, cooking, and serving easier. Extra features include notes, simple recipe variations, and practical information to help busy cooks save time.

Bridge of Sighs
by Richard Russo
$5.99, paperback (originally $14.95)
Bridge of Sighs, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls, is a moving novel about small-town America that expands Russo's previous achievement. The New York Times Book Review hails Russo as "one of the best novelists around."

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.

Guillaume de Machaut  

by Elizabeth Eva Leach

Originally published by Cornell University Press in 2011
$35 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
At once royal secretary, poet, and composer, Guillaume de Machaut was one of the most creative figures of the late Middle Ages. Elizabeth Eva Leach illuminates the richness of his work in a distinctively interdisciplinary light and accurately describes the special place of musico-literary performance in the courts of fourteenth-century France.
Overture to Revolution: The 1787 Assembly of Notables and the Crisis of France's Old Regime
by John Hardman
Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2010
$60 (paperback) in Very Good condition

The Assembly of Notables which met between 22 February and 25 May 1787 was a major turning point in French, even world history: it was the first link in an unbroken chain which led to the French Revolution, which itself formed the template for the modern world.

ARTiculations: Undefining Chinese Contemporary Art 
edited by Jerome Silbergeld and Dora C.Y. Ching
Originally published by Princeton University Press in 2010  

 $16 (paperback) in Very Good condition     

Through words and images, this book challenges the narrowly conceived definitions of Chinese contemporary art that dominate current discussion and reveals the diversity of Chinese art today.

The key contributions from six artists and eight scholars broaden and enrich our understanding of Chinese contemporary art.


Author Events

Tickets for our event with 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  

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.
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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.
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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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