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January 23, 2012
Last week several of us spent four days in sunny New Orleans at the American Booksellers Association's annual Winter Institute. In addition to eating a lot of seafood and beignets, we spent the time discussing new ideas with booksellers from around the country, talking to authors about  their upcoming books, and generally getting excited about another year in the book world. Although the weather was lovely, I think we're all glad to be back home and ready to put some of those great ideas into action.

One of the big topics of conversation was this
year's World Book Night, which I mentioned in the last newsletter. The deadline is February 1 to sign up to be a book giver, so please click here to fill out their online application. Harvard Book Store will be participating as a pick up location, so keep an eye out for further details.

And lastly, a big thank you to all of you who read and responded to the letter that owner Jeff Mayersohn sent out last week. It's great to see so many people supporting local business, and especially local bookstores. Thank you! (If you missed the letter, find it here.)


'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%
New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
Fiction Hope: A Tragedy
by Shalom Auslander 


Riverhead, hardcover

 The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing: No one was born there, nothing of any historical import has ever happened there, which is why Solomon Kugel, like other urbanites fleeing their pasts and histories, decided to move his wife and young son there. To begin again. To start anew. But it isn't quite working out that way. The critically acclaimed writer Shalom Auslander's debut novel is an examination of the burdens of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm mordant wit.

Nonfiction The Annotated Emerson 
edited by David Mikics

Belknap Press, hardcover
 A brilliant essayist and a master of the aphorism ("Our moods do not believe in each other"; "Money often costs too much"), Emerson has inspired countless writers. He challenged Americans to shut their ears against Europe's "courtly muses" and to forge a new, distinctly American cultural identity. But he remains one of America's least understood writers. Now, in this annotated selection of Emerson's writings, David Mikics instructs the reader in a larger appreciation of Emerson's essential works and the remarkable thinker who produced them.
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No Enchanted Palace Visual Culture 
by Richard Howells and Joaquim Negreiros

Polity, paperback

This is a revised, expanded, and updated edition of the highly successful Visual Culture. Like its predecessor, this new version is about visual literacy, exploring how meaning is both made and transmitted in an increasingly visual world. It is designed to introduce students and other interested readers to the analysis of all kinds of visual text, whether drawings, paintings, photographs, films, advertisements, television, or new media forms. The book is illustrated with examples that range from medieval painting to contemporary advertising images.     

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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.  
Paige Flying, Volume Six
from the Aero Club of America

Print on Demand, paperback
Items in the Table of Contents of this trade journal and exposition program from 1917 include "Characteristics of the Leading American Aeroplane Motors"; "Hunting from the Air"; "Address by Orville Wright at the National Parks Conference"; and "Kite Balloons in the War."
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Bargain Books
Bargain Books are new books at used-book prices. We have a limited number of copies 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.
Cola Madnes
by Gary Panter
$12.99 hardcover (originally $24.95)
The graphic novel Cola Madnes is the legendary lost work of comic artist Gary Panter. Drawn in 1983, the graphic novel remained unpublished for eighteen years while Panter became an important contemporary American artists. This edition also contains an essay by John Carlin exploring Cola Madnes in the context of the artistic culture of the time period.
Citizens of London
by Lynn Olson
$6.99 hardcover (originally $28) 
A work of WWII history that recounts how the United States came to be allied with Great Britain in the early days of the way, Citizens of London focuses on the perspective of three Americans in London at the time: Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant.  
The Swan Thieves
by Elizabeth Kostova
$6.99 hardcover (originally $26.99)
This novel of art and obsession tells the story of Robert Oliver, a renowned painter who, in a fit of hysteria, attacks a painting in a museum. His psychiatrist, Andrew Marlow, must attempt to unravel Oliver's madness through his patient's silence and embarks on a journey to find the woman who drove Oliver mad.      
Recent 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.
by Viggo Mortensen
Originally published by Perceval Press in 2008
$45 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Viggo Mortensen, known largely for his acting work in such films as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and A History of Violence, has produced a beautiful volume of his photographs and poetry. Skovbo, which means "home in the forest" in Danish, is filled with photographs celebrating the beauty of the natural world and poetry examining our relationship with nature.
Louis Althusser and the Traditions of French Marxism
by William S. Lewis
Originally published by Lexington Books in 2005
$15 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Part theoretical treatise on some of Louis Althusser's more complicated and less explored ideas, part intellectual history of the French Marxist tradition, this book explores the pre- and postwar French Communist intellectual climate in a relevant and fascinating way.
The Complete Poetical Works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti
by William M. Rossetti
Originally published by Roberts Brothers in 1887
$20 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
Dante Gabriel Rossetti was a poet, translator, and artist. He founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and paved the way for the European Symbolists. His art and his writing were very closely intertwined and he often created poems and paintings that were inspired by each other. In this volume, edited by his brother, we get a chance to see all of his poetry in one place.

Author Events


Tickets on sale now: 

Jonathan Gruber (1/25)

William Bratton and Zachary Tumin (2/1)    

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All Upcoming Events 

Gary Marcus
Mon, Jan 23, 7PM

Award-winning psychology professor Gary Marcus discusses Guitar Zero:The New Musician and the Science of Learning.
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Piotr Naskrecki
Tues, Jan 24, 7PM

Harvard entomologist Piotr Naskrecki discusses Relics: Travels in Nature's Time Machine.
At Harvard Book Store        Learn More

Jonathan Gruber
Wed, Jan 25, 6PM

MIT professor of economics Jonathan Gruber discusses Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, and How It Works.
At the Brattle Theatre Learn More

Dan Cryer
Wed, Jan 25, 7PM

Pulitzer Prize finalist Dan Cryer discusses Being Alive and Having to Die: The Spiritual Odyssey of Forrest Church.
A Cambridge Forum event.
At the First Parish Church Parlor Room Learn More

David Scheffer
Thurs, Jan 26, 7PM

Ambassador David Scheffer discusses his book All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals in conversation with Amnesty International's Northeast Regional Director Joshua Rubenstein.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

David Weinberger
Fri, Jan 27, 3PM

Technologist David Weinberger discusses Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room.
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Things to know about our $5 tickets...


$5 tickets are also coupons good for $5 off a purchase at events or at Harvard Book Store. Coupons expire 30 days after the event, and cannot be used for online purchases, event tickets, or gift certificates. Please note that your ticket guarantees you a seat until five minutes before an event begins.

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