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September 9, 2011

Event season at Harvard Book Store is officially in full swing! We've recently posted information about some intriguing upcoming events, including a conversation with renowned physicist (and Stephen Hawking's collaborator) Leonard Mlodinow debating faith and science with world-famous spiritual writer Deepak Chopra. Harvey Cox, the recently retired Harvard theologian, will moderate this formidable battle of great minds. Tickets for this event go on sale next Wednesday, September 14th, alongside tickets for other October events including Booker Prize-winning writer Anne Enright in conversation with esteemed writer Gish Jen, award-winning science writer Dava Sobel, and children's literature expert Maria Tatar discussing Peter Pan.

Swing by the store to see our Publisher Focus window. This week, it zeros in on Cambridge University Press, publisher of fine academic and educational writing from around the world. They are the oldest printer and publisher in the world, and stay relevant today publishing great work including Rorty's Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity, Jerome Kagan's The Three Cultures, and The Cambridge Companion to Baseball.


Happy reading,


The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%  

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books, & In Store Book Printing
 Lightning People: A Novel
by Christopher Bollen

Soft Skull Press, hardcover
"Christopher Bollen's ambitious Lightning People sets an ensemble cast of transplanted 30-somethings in Manhattan, the place 'where anyone looking to escape their trapped beginnings went. . . . No one in New York has parents. Or families for that matter. We're all pretty much immigrants taking shelter here.' Such casual yet incisive dialogue is Mr. Bollen's strength, and he uses it to illustrate the different routes each character takes to find meaningful connections. . . . [Bollen] has written a nervy debut illuminated by flashes of insight." --The Wall Street Journal
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 What I Don't Know About Animals
by Jenny Diski

Yale University Press, hardcover
"What I Don't Know About Animals is a socio-philosophical investigation of immense skill, erudition, and subtlety, charmingly disguised as a travel book. Diski walks into an idea like no one else and here is journeying into the dark continent of our relationship with animals. . . . The deep allure of Diski's writing is its combination of dry wit, rapier thinking, a disarmingly engaging conversational tone, and moral clarity. Her book is a wonderful and necessary read, sparkling, funny, and warm. It is also a hard-hitting moral argument which lets nobody off the hook, not even its author." --The Guardian (UK)
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Scholarly Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age
by Kenneth Goldsmith

Columbia University Press, paperback
Can techniques traditionally thought to be outside the scope of literature, including word processing, databasing, identity ciphering, and intensive programming, inspire the reinvention of writing? Confronted with an unprecedented amount of texts and language, writers have the opportunity to move beyond the creation of new texts and manage, parse, appropriate, and reconstruct those that already exist. Examining a wide range of texts and techniques, including the use of Google searches to create poetry, the appropriation of courtroom testimony, and the possibility of robo-poetics, Goldsmith joins this recent work to practices that date back to the early twentieth century.
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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
 Postcards From Distant Lands
by Zeren Earls

Print on Demand, paperback
Part memoir, part travel book, and part anecdotal adventure, this book is a compilation of Zeren Earls's travel writing from 2003 to 2011. Accompanied by personal photographs, the stories include impressions and cultural discoveries of over thirty fascinating lands on four continents. They highlight itineraries, include landmarks and school and home visits, touch upon local flavors and unique crafts, and provide insight into the urban, rural, and tribal life of various destinations.
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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.
A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment
by Phillipp Blom
$12.99, harcover (originally $29.95)
The acclaimed author of The Vertigo Years tells the remarkable story of the Parisian salon that hosted the eighteenth century's greatest minds and changed the course of Western philosophy. A startlingly relevant work of narrative history, A Wicked Company forces us to confront with new eyes the foundational debates about modern society and its future.
Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons, 1978-2006 
by Roz Chast
$9.99, hardcover (originally $45)
This wonderfully comprehensive collection spanning nearly three decades and arranged chronologically--and drawn from the pages of magazines including Scientific American and Redbook as well as The New Yorker--brings together, for the first time, the very best of Roz Chast, whom O Magazine called "the wryest pen since Dorothy Parker's."

The Ladies of Grace Adieu 
by Susanna Clarke
$4.99, paperback (originally $14)
The heroines and heroes bedevilled in these fairy tales include a conceited Regency clergyman, an eighteenth-century Jewish doctor and Mary, Queen of Scots, as well as two characters from Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: Strange himself and the Raven King.

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.

Chaucer's Pardoner and Gender Theory: Bodies of Discourse 

by Robert S. Sturges  

Originally published by St. Martin's Press in 2000

$25 (hardcover) in Very Good condition 
"Chaucer's Pardoner and Gender Theory manages at once to be the necessary starting point from which all future discussion of Chaucer's Pardoner must proceed, and a primer of postmodern approaches to gender, an astonishing achievement." --Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, George Washington University
Jim Dine: New Paintings
by Jim Dine                                                                          

Originally published by The Pace Gallery in 1978

$10 (paperback) in Very Good condition  

An exceptionally prolific artist and subject of hundreds of museum exhibitions, Dine originally studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This long out-of-print book includes twenty-six color illustrations published by one of modern art's premier galleries.


The Harari Collection of Paintings and Drawings
by Michael Harari

Originally published by Boston Book and Art in 1970

$100 (two volume set in slipcase) in Very Good condition  
This robust two-volume set traces the expansion of Japanese art during the Edo period (1600-1868) in magnificent detail. The first book includes woodblock prints from obscure masters and the second examines the career of Hokusai, the "Japanese artist who projected the most powerful image."

Author Events


Tickets for events with Craig Thompson (9/21), Randall Kennedy with Tou (9/29), and John Lithgow (9/30) 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. Subscribe to the Harvard Book Store Google Event Calendar here.
All Upcoming Events  

FRONTLINE Screening and Panel Event
Saturday, Sept 10, 2PM

Tickets for this event are now sold out.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Alexander Maksik 
Mon, Sept 12, 7PM

Debut novelist Alexander Maksik reads from his Europa Edition novel, You Deserve Nothing.
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Sven Birkerts
Tues, Sept 13, 7PM

Essayist, literary critic, and Harvard Book Store alum Sven Birkerts takes us through his most recent collection of essays, The Other Walk.
At Harvard Book Store
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Justin Torres 
Wed, Sept 14, 7PM

Debut novelist and Stegner Fellow Justin Torres reads from We the Animals.
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Theda Skocpol
Wed, Sept 14, 7PM

"The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism"
A Cambridge Forum event
At First Parish Church
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Tahmima Anam  
Thurs, Sept 15, 7PM

Harvard PhD and prizewinning novelist Tahmima Anam reads from her newest work of fiction, The Good Muslim.
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Scott Alarik
Thurs, Sept 15, 6PM

Harvard Book Store and Club Passim are excited to host a book release party for local folk musician and critic Scott Alarik, whose first novel is Revival.
At Club Passim
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Thomas Ponniah 
Fri, Sept 16, 3PM

Acclaimed scholar Thomas Ponniah discusses his new co-edited collection, The Revolution in Venezuela: Social and Political Change Under Chávez.
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Myla Goldberg 
Fri, Sept 16, 7PM

Bestselling novelist Myla Goldberg reads from The False Friend, her most recent novel, newly out in paperback.
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