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June 11, 2012

Apologies for the late mailing this week, but I'm still catching up from a full week in NYC, where a small group of HBS staffers attended Book Expo America. We had a great time hanging out with authors, publishers, and fellow indie booksellers from around the country, and we heard about some amazing books due out this fall. While I'm not one to wish away my summer, I'm looking forward to a stellar fall literary season. Stay tuned for news and updates over the next few weeks!

For the last-minute planners among you, tonight is the launch of 826 Boston's newest book, A Place for Me in the World. The event, which takes place at Mission Hill School in Roxbury, is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for sale, and will also be available soon through Harvard Book Store!


Also, don't forget that Tuesday is the 10th annual Taste of Cambridge, taking place in Central Square. Tickets are still available, so join all your favorite neighborhood restaurants for a celebration of Cambridge's food culture. 


Update: The deadline for the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans is has been extended to July 15. Hosted by The Iowa Review, this writing contest is open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre about any subject. Contest rules and additional information can be found here.

And finally, come by this week to pick up a Father's Day card and gift. Whether your dad's the kind who would appreciate the new Douglas Brinkley biography of Walter Cronkite (limited signed copies available) or the kind who would prefer Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, we've got you covered.


'Til Next Week,

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New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
Fiction The Dream of the Celt 
by Mario Vargas Llosa


Farrar, Straus & Giroux, hardcover

In 1916, Irish nationalist Roger Casement was hanged by the British government for treason. Casement had dedicated his life to improving the plight of oppressed peoples--especially in the Belgian Congo and the Amazon--but when he dared to draw a parallel between the injustices he witnessed in African and American colonies and those committed by the British in Northern Ireland, he became involved in a cause that led to his imprisonment and execution. Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa tackles this controversial man whose story has long been neglected, and, in so doing, pushes at the boundaries of the historical novel.

Nonfiction Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll
by Marc Dolan

W.W. Norton and Co., hardcover
A biography of one of the greatest rock 'n' rollers, the America that made him, and the America he made. This book takes us through Springsteen's life by tracing the cultural, political, and personal forces that shaped his music.
"Marc Dolan has written a book of rock criticism at its finest. He brings to the story of Bruce Springsteen an encyclopedic knowledge; a clean, fast-moving prose style; and an irrepressible love of his subject. The Boss deserves no less, and he could ask for no better." --John Matteson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Lives of Margaret Fuller
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No Enchanted Palace The Intellectual and His People: Staging the People, Volume 2
by Jacques Rancière

Verso, paperback

Following the previous volume of essays by Jacques Rancière from the 1970s, Staging the People: The Proletarian and His Double, this second collection focuses on the ways in which radical philosophers understand the people for whom they profess to speak. The Intellectual and His People engages with current political and cultural issues, including the "discovery" of totalitarianism by the "new philosophers," the relationship of Sartre and Foucault to popular struggles, nostalgia for the ebbing world of the factory, and the slippage of the artistic avant-garde into defending corporate privilege.                     

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Printed on Paige
Each week, we feature a book printed in Harvard Book Store on Paige, our book-making machine. Featured books range from fresh works from local authors to near-forgotten titles discovered in our extensive print-on-demand database.  
Paige Shifting Gears:
Remembering Miles

by K. Peddlar Bridges
edited by J. Raven Hawk Sky 


Print on Demand, paperback
Shifting Gears: Remembering Miles includes stories, poems, and memories from the days when hot rods, custom cars, and stock cars were the rulers of the road and our dreams were wrapped in sheet metal and chrome and our music was Rock n' Roll and dual exhaust.
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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.
Colonial New England on Five Shillings a Day
by Bill Scheller
$5.99, paperback (originally $18.95)
Written as a travel guide to New England circa 1765, this book is an informational goldmine about what life was like for colonists in the decade before the American Revolution. Including sections detailing travel (by land and by sea), food and drink, and souvenir shopping (silversmith Paul Revere made nice keepsakes, but they usually cost more than 5 shillings), the book takes a humorous and informative look at U.S. history.
Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury

$5.99 paperback (originally $13.25) 
Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) was one of the most imaginative science fiction writers of our time, and Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian classic taught and read throughout the world. Often cited as a critique of government censorship and control, Bradbury noted in a 2007 interview that the book is really about television destroying people's interest and ability to read literature.
The Illustrated Man 
by Ray Bradbury

$5.99 paperback (originally $18.40)
A collection of eighteen of Ray Bradbury's short stories, The Illustrated Man brings together a variety of science fiction tales exploring humanity and technology. Mr. Bradbury is often credited with bringing science fiction and fantasy writing to mainstream literature.     
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.
Theravada Buddhism and Modernist Reform in Thailand
by Peter A. Jackson
Originally published by Silkworm Books in 1987
$15 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
The Buddhist monk Buddhadasa began to reinterpret Theravada Buddhist teachings in the 1930s, and his views began taking hold in the 60s and 70s in Thailand. This text examines the theoretical and the social implications of Buddhadasa's work, both throughout Thailand and in the rest of the world.
The Art of Jacques-Louis David After the Terror

by Ewa Lajer-Burcharth 
Originally published by Yale University Press in 1999
$20 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Known for such masterpieces as Oath of the Horatii and The Death of Marat, French painter Jacques-Louis David was put in prison twice after the fall of Robespierre, leading to a personal and professional crisis. This book details his success at recasting his career and life after the Reign of Terror.
The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship
by Kim S. Cameron and Gretchen M. Spreitzer
Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2012
$100 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) draws from positive psychology and looks at how to develop human strength in corporations, foster resiliency in employees, and cultivate strong individual and organizational performance. From the Oxford Library of Psychology, this text is the first major resource for scholars and professionals interested in POS.

Author Events


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Francesca Segal 
Mon, June 11, 7PM

Debut novelist and Harvard grad Francesca Segal reads from The Innocents.
At Harvard Book Store
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Pablo Medina
Tues, June 12, 7PM

Novelist, poet, translator, and Emerson College professor Pablo Medina reads from his most recent novel, Cubop City Blues
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Natalie Bakopoulos
Wed, June 13, 7PM

Natalie Bakopoulos, award-winning short story writer and contributing editor to Fiction Writers Review, reads from her debut novel, The Green Shore. Co-sponsored with The Greek Institute.
At Harvard Book Store
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Ted Widmer
Wed, June 13, 7PM

Ted Widmer discusses
"A Test Case for America: Washington, Longfellow, and the Jewish Community at Newport."

A Cambridge Forum event.
At First Parish Church,
Parlor Room
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Deni Y. Béchard
Thurs, June 14, 7PM

Deni Y. Béchard discusses his two recently released books, Cures for Hunger: A Memoir, and the novel Vandal Love. 
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Simon Mawer
Fri, June 15, 7PM  

Simon Mawer, author of Mendel's Dwarf and the Booker Prize-shortlisted The Glass Room, reads from his new WWII novel, Trapeze.
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