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September 28, 2012
We're excited to announce a new event on October 22 in anticipation of the November 6 presidential election. We're working with Boston Review and The Baffler to put on a panel discussion on the election, followed by a screening of the final presidential debate. Panelists include Harvard's Theda Skocpol and The Boston Globe's Juliette Kayyem, and more will be added in the coming days. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 3, and more details can be found here.

Next week is Banned Books Week, and we're proud to support the mission of liberating literature. We'll have a couple of displays in the store, including one for our Banned Books Project, a collection of previously banned books that we're printing on Paige M. Gutenborg, our book making robot, each with its own specially designed cover. See "New on Our Shelves" below for more details.

Once again this year the folks over at Cambridge READS are encouraging everyone in the city to read the same book and participate in 2012 Cambridge READS programming. This year the book is Three Weeks in December, by local novelist Audrey Schulman. You're all invited to hear Ms. Schulman speak at the Cambridge Public Library on October 25. Also, the Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, will be discussing Three Weeks in December on October 29.

For all you comics fans out there, we have a great October, with a presentation by Adrian Tomine on Oct. 4 and a Graphic Novels Panel on Oct. 11, featuring Charles Burns, Chris Ware, and Chip Kidd. You should also check out this weekend's Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, which focuses on independent and alternative comics. Schedule and more details here.

As I'm signing off, it's not exactly great window-shopping weather, so enjoy our most recent Publisher Focus window from the comfort and warmth of home. Happy 20th anniversary, New Press!


'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
by Terry Pratchett 


HarperCollins, hardcover

Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he knows a jewel when he sees one. In the midst of a storm, Dodger witnesses a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl--not even if her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England. From Dodger's encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd to his meetings with the great Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in Pratchett's narrative of adventure and mystery.

Nonfiction The Mortal Sea:
Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail 

by W. Jeffrey Bolster

Belknap Press, hardcover
Since the Viking ascendancy in the Middle Ages, the Atlantic has shaped the lives of people who depend upon it for survival. And just as surely, people have shaped the Atlantic. In his account of this interdependency, W. Jeffrey Bolster takes us through a millennium-long environmental history of our impact on one of the largest ecosystems in the world. Blending marine biology, ecological insight, and a remarkable cast of characters, from notable explorers to scientists to an army of unknown fishermen, Bolster tells a story that is both ecological and human: the prelude to an environmental disaster.
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No Enchanted Palace Topologies:
The Urban Utopia in France, 1960-1970 
by Larry Busbea

MIT Press, paperback

Amid the cultural and political ferment of 1960s France, a group of avant-garde architects, artists, theorists, and critics known as "spatial urbanists" envisioned a series of urban utopias--phantom cities of a possible future. In this new urban world, technology and automation were positive forces, providing for material needs as well as time and space for leisure. In this first study of the French avant-garde tendency known as spatial urbanism, Larry Busbea analyzes projects by architects and explores texts by Michel Ragon, the founder of the Groupe International d'Architecture Prospective, Victor Vasarely, and others.          

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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 Harvard Book Store Banned Books Project 


Print on Demand, paperback

In honor of Banned Books Week, Harvard Book Store is printing banned books! Choose from one of ten classic books that have been banned in the past, to be printed by our book making robot, Paige M. Gutenborg. Each book has its own uniquely designed commemorative cover. 

The banned books include: Sons and Lovers, The Awakening, Frankenstein, The Call of the Wild, Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Black Beauty, The Wizard of Oz, On the Origin of Species, and The Jungle (your choice; for online orders, specify your choice in the comments field).

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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.
The Battle That Changed Western Civilization
by Richard A. Billows
$7.99, hardcover (originally $29.85)
Marathon: The Battle That Changed Western Civilization traces the events leading up to the Battle of Marathon in 490 BCE. The decisive military confrontation between Greek and Persian forces led to an unexpected victory for the Greeks and the establishment of Greek cultural practices that became the basis for much of Western civilization.
City of Veils: A Novel
by Zoe Ferraris
$3.99, hardcover (originally $24.99)
Katya is one of few women who works in a medical examiner's office in Saudi Arabia. When a woman's body is found, detectives dismiss the case as unsolvable--chillingly common in a city where the veils of conservative Islam keep women as anonymous as the victim is in death. Only Katya is convinced that the victim can be identified and her killer found.      
Jamilti and Other Stories 
by Rutu Modan

$5.99 hardcover (originally $19.95)
From the creator of Exit Wounds, Jamilti and Other Stories collects graphic novelist Rutu Modan's short works, which lead the reader through unexpected turns of plot and unusual character portraits. Some are darkly fantastical and unsettling, others are more attuned to surprising discoveries that shape personal identity, and some address political violence.          
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.
European Years:
The Letters of an Idle Man (Familiar Letters of a Bostonian Living Abroad)
edited by George Edward Woodberry
Originally published by Houghton Mifflin in 1911
$10 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
This collection of letters, written in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, details the travels of Hermann Jackson Warner. From the familiar European locales of Spain, Denmark, Italy, and Switzerland to India and Japan, Warner spent much of his life traveling, and his observations of the lands he visited are eye opening.
Dr. Holmes's Boston
edited by Caroline Ticknor
Originally published by Houghton Mifflin in 1915
$40 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
In this edited collection, readers will find every reference Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes made to Boston in his vast array of written works, including poetry, essays, and novels. A prominent Boston figure, Dr. Holmes was perhaps as accomplished a poet as he was a physician, and he had friendships with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Jacob Holdt: United States, 1970-1975
by Jacob Holdt
Originally published by Steidl in 2007
$20 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
In the early 1970s, Jacob Holdt left his native Denmark and arrived in the U.S. He was so shocked and fascinated by what he saw that he decided to stay a while. His family, skeptical of the poverty he described, shipped him a cheap camera, asking for proof. He used it to document poor families, millionaires, junkies, and members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Author Events


On sale now:
Salman Rushdie (10/9)   

A Panel Discussion on Graphic Novels (10/11)

John Banville (10/12)    

Camille Paglia (10/16)  


On sale Wed, Oct. 3:

A Presidential Election Panel (10/22) 


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All Upcoming Events 

Jill Lepore
Mon, Oct 1, 7PM   

Harvard historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore discusses The Story of America: Essays on Origins.
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Luisa Weiss
Tues, Oct 2, 7PM   

Food writer and blogger Luisa Weiss discusses her first book, the memoir My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes).
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Max Gladstone
Wed, Oct 3, 7PM  

Local writer Max Gladstone reads from his debut fantasy novel, Three Parts Dead.
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Adrian Tomine
Thurs, Oct 4, 7PM  

Cartoonist and illustrator Adrian Tomine discusses and shows images from New York Drawings.
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David Ferry
Fri, Oct 5, 3PM  

Award-winning poet David Ferry reads from his most recent collection, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations.
At Harvard Book Store 
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Steven Strogatz
Fri, Oct 5, 7PM  

Cornell University mathematician and New York Times blogger Steven Strogatz The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity.
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