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October 10, 2011

As you can see from the massive list to the right, we have a stellar line-up for our fall author event series. Just this week we host award-winning science writer Dava Sobel (of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter fame) for her new book on Copernicus, and Harvard folklorist Maria Tatar, discussing her new annotated edition of Peter Pan. For tickets and more information click here.

To celebrate the launch of Hillary Jordan's highly anticipated new novel, When She Woke, Algonquin Books is breaking digital barriers. Purchase a copy of the book by Monday, October 31, and receive a code to download a free e-book version. Ask at the register for details.

With the days getting darker, we all need a little extra laughter in our lives, so mark your calendar for an appearance by favorite humorist David Sedaris. In what's sure to be a blockbuster event at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, he'll read from new and unpublished materials, take audience questions, and meet with fans after the show! Get more details and purchase tickets here.

And as Heather told you last week, she's off to new adventures, and I'll be taking over her role as marketing manager and e-newsletter guru. They're big shoes to fill, but I'm excited for the challenge! I know that Harvard Book Store has many exciting months and years ahead of it, and I'm looking forward to sharing them with all of you.

'Til Next Time,


The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%  

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books, & In Store Book Printing
 The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams

New Directions, hardcover
The Glass Menagerie marked a crucial turning point in American theater, and forever changed the life of its then unknown author. Williams's elegiac masterpiece brought a radical new lyricism to Broadway; the tragedy, fragility, and tenderness of this memory play have made it one of America's most powerful, timeless, and compelling plays. Tony Kushner's introduction to this centennial edition sparkles with the kind of rich, unique insight that only a fellow playwright could convey.
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 Worm: The First Digital World War
by Mark Bowden

Atlantic Monthly Press, hardcover
"Bestselling Black Hawk Down author Bowden follows a group of white-hat computer experts who came together to fight Conficker, malware that surfaced in late 2008 and appeared poised to take over millions of computers. . . . The author takes readers behind the scenes, showing the security specialists' increasing frenzy, not to mention occasional infighting, as they worked to defeat the worm. Along the way, the author lucidly explains how malware can take over computers as well as how the very openness of the Internet makes it vulnerable to attack." --Publishers Weekly
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Scholarly Political Evil: What It Is and How to Combat It
by Alan Wolfe

Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover
"Politics, Alan Wolfe wants us to understand, is not a morality play. Our world is not divided into the forces of light and the forces of darkness, the good and the evil, the righteous and the damned, the saved and the sinners. In a world understood politically, all motives are mixed; all intentions are impure, and the teams on the field of international politics do not reliably divide into good guys and bad. All victims are not innocent, all perpetrators are not without justifying motive; and all properly political solutions to the problem of evil involve supping with the devil and eating with a long spoon." --Slate
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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
 The Leghorns:

edited by John Henry Drevenstedt

Print on Demand, paperback

This find is a fully-illustrated book from 1910 "by America's Leading Authorities"--"contributed to by the best known and most expert breeders and judges in America."
"This new breed book, devoted to the Leghorn race of domesticated poultry, is published at a time when thousands of poultry raisers are taking up the different varieties of Leghorns for the purpose of supplying the ever-increasing demand for white eggs--a demand not local, but extending from the Atlantic to the Pacific Coast and from the Dominion of Canada to the Gulf of Mexico." --from the introduction    

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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.
Young Stalin
by Simon Sebag Montefiore
$7.99, hardcover (originally $30)

Based on ten years of research in newly opened archives in Russia and Georgia, Young Stalin is a brilliant prehistory of the USSR, a chronicle of the Revolution, and an intimate biography. A thrilling work of history, unparalleled in its scope, full of astonishing new evidence and utterly fascinating: this is how Stalin became Stalin.  

The Numerati   
by Stephen Baker
 $4.99, hardcover (originally $26.00)  
"Steve Baker puts his finger on perhaps the most important cultural trend today: the explosion of data about every aspect of our world and the rise of applied math gurus who know how to use it." --Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired Magazine

Lovecraft Unbound
edited by Ellen Datlow
$5.99, paperback (originally $19.95)
In Lovecraft Unbound, more than twenty of today's most prominent writers of literature and dark fantasy tell stories set in or inspired by the works of H. P. Lovecraft. Featured contributors include: Michael Chabon, Joyce Carol Oates, and award-winning writer Brian Evenson.

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.

Pianist Lost: Excesses and Excuses

by Peter Halstead     

Originally published by The Adrian Brinkerhoff Company in 2010

$11.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition  
The descriptive notes in this book inform each of the included twelve pieces: stories of why it was written, what the composer means to say, what pianists feel about it, and what is communicated from composers to performers. Includes a dozen piano pieces played in a warm and personal way in high-resolution sound.
The Function of Law in the International Community
by Sir Hersch Lauterpacht                                        

Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2011

$30.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

First published in 1933, this is the seminal work on international law, written by a legendary scholar in the field. Featuring a new introduction by Professor Martti Koskenniemi, it continues to influence international lawyers today.   

Nicolas Poussin:
The A.W. Mellon Lectures in Fine Arts,
by Anthony Blunt

Originally published by Bollingen Foundation in 1967

$50.00 (hardcover) for two volumes in Very Good condition  
This two-volume publication holds the ideas of a pivotal scholar of French art and Blunt's lectures offer a rich account of Poussin's life and development. The text volume is illustrated by 271 comparative subjects and the plates volumes by 265 halftones.

Author Events


Tickets for events with Dava Sobel (10/10), Maria Tatar (10/12), Jeffrey D. Sachs (10/21), Jaclyn Friedman (10/26), The Chronicles of Harris Burdick Panel (10/28), Jim Lehrer (11/1), Tom Brokaw (11/4), Joan Didion (11/7), Lisa Randall (11/8), Jonathan Lethem (11/9), Adam Gopnik (11/10), and Umberto Eco (11/12) 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  

Dava Sobel 
Mon, Oct 10, 6PM

Dava Sobel
 Award-winning science writer and journalist Dava Sobel discusses her most recent foray into the history of science, A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Siddhartha Deb
Tues, Oct 11, 7PM

Siddhartha Deb
Novelist and journalist Siddhartha Deb discusses his new work of narrative journalism and cultural analysis, The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India.
At Harvard Book Store
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Maria Tatar
Wed, Oct 12, 6PM

Maria Tatar
Chair of Harvard's Program in Folklore and Mythology Maria Tatar discusses her new annotated edition of J.M. Barrie's classic of children's literature, Peter Pan.
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Tayari Jones  
Thurs, Oct 13, 7PM

Tayari Jones
Novelist and new Radcliffe Institute Fellow Tayari Jones reads from her most recent novel, The Silver Sparrow.
At Harvard Book Store
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Stephen Mitchell
Fri, Oct 14, 3PM

Stephen Mitchell
Acclaimed translator and scholar Stephen Mitchell discusses his new translation of Homer's The Iliad.
At Harvard Book Store
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Boston Book Festival
Sat, Oct 15, All Day 

The third annual Boston Book Festival features the likes of Mo Willems, Michael Ondaatje, Jennifer Egan, Walter Isaacson, Annette Gordon-Reed, Kelly Link, and many more!
In and around Copley Square in Boston
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Rachel Cass
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