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October 5, 2012
A fresh new stock of canvas bags arrived in the store recently, and they're looking great! I'm a big fan of the purple and fuchsia shown here, and there's a great new version of our typewriter design. We also still have the classic black and burgundy bags, so there's sure to be one for you. Pick one up today, or shop for them online here (along with other gifts available only at Harvard Book Store).

It's been a big week for some of our favorite local authors. MIT creative writing professor (and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist) Junot Diaz was named one of the twenty-three recipients of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Grants. Check out video from last week's sold-out event, where he discussed his new collection, This Is How Your Lose Her. We even have a limited number of signed copies still available! And Harvard professor and poet  Jorie Graham (also a Pulitzer Prize winner), became the first American woman to win the Forward Prize for her latest collection, P L A C E. Find a lovely write-up from Harvard Magazine here. Congratulations to them both!

Congratulations are also due to customer Rory, who won two free front-row seats to our upcoming event with John Banville. Enter to win front-row seats to future events with Camille Paglia (10/16) and Barbara Kingsolver (11/13), just by pre-ordering their new books. Full details can be found here. And we're just starting to hear about great winter and spring books, so keep an eye on our Buzz List for coming updates about featured pre-orders.


'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
A Working Theory of Love
by Scott Hutchins 


Penguin Press, hardcover

"Scott Hutchins's wonderful new novel is right on the border of what is possible: a computer is programmed to be the reincarnation of the narrator's dead father, and the narrator, a charming thirty-something American, learns what it is to be human and to love. The book is brilliantly observant about the way we live now, and its comic and haunting story will stay lodged in the reader's memory."
--Charles Baxter, author of The Feast of Love

Nonfiction Vogue:
The Editor's Eye 

from Conde Nast

Abrams, hardcover
Vogue: The Editor's Eye celebrates the pivotal role the fashion editor has played in shaping America's sense of style since the magazine's launch 120 years ago. Drawing on Vogue's exceptional archive, this book focuses on the work of eight of the magazine's legendary fashion editors who collaborated with photographers, stylists, and designers to create the images that have had an indelible impact on the fashion world. Featuring the work of world-renowned photographers such as Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Annie Leibovitz and model/muses including Marilyn Monroe, Verushka, and Linda Evangelista.
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No Enchanted Palace High Schools, Race, and America's Future:
What Students Can Teach Us About Morality, Diversity, and Community 
by Lawrence Blum

Harvard Education Press, paperback

Lawrence Blum offers an account of a rigorous high school course on race and racism. Set in a racially and economically diverse high school, the book chronicles students'engagement with one another, with a rich and challenging academic curriculum, and with questions that relate powerfully to their daily lives. Blum, an acclaimed moral philosopher whose work focuses on issues of race, reflects on the challenges and surprises encountered in teaching: the unexpected turns in conversation, the refreshing directness of students questions, the aha moments, and the awkward ones.          

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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 A Treatyse of Fysshinge wyth an Angle
by Dame Juliana Berners 


Print on Demand, paperback
This facsimile edition (originally published in London in 1880) reproduces the first book on the subject of fishing printed in England, in 1496. "Besides giving the earliest account of the art of fishing, the estimate which the authoress forms of the moral value of the craft is not only very high, but has served to strike the keynote for all subsequent followers of the art both in their praises and their practice of it. To this little treatise more than to any other belongs the credit of having assigned in popular estimation to the angler his meditative and gentle nature." --from the preface
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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 Skating Rink
by Roberto Bolao
$5.99, paperback (originally $14)
The Skating Rink is told by three male narrators and revolves around a beautiful figure skating champion, Nuria Mart. When she is suddenly dropped from the Olympic team, a pompous but besotted civil servant secretly builds her a skating rink using public funds. But Nuria has affairs, provokes jealousy, and the skating rink becomes a crime scene.
A Stubbornly Persistent Illusion:
The Essential Scientific Writings of Albert Einstein
edited by Stephen Hawking
$9.99, hardcover (originally $29.95)
This book features the most groundbreaking works by Albert Einstein together in one volume. From the text that revealed the famous Theory of Relativity to his works on quantum theory, statistical mechanics, and the photoelectric effect, these writings changed physics and the way we view the world. Many of Einstein's philosophical essays are also included.       
The Whites of Their Eyes:
Bunker Hill, the First American Army, and the Emergence of George Washington
by Paul Lockhart

$6.99 hardcover (originally $27.99)
Historian Paul Lockhart shows, by revisiting old evidence and drawing on new research, that the historic Battle of Bunker Hill was a clumsy engagement pitting one inexperienced army against another. A mob of armed civilians became America's first army, and George Washington set aside his comfortable patrician life to take command.           
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.
Alphonse Mucha: Masterworks
by Rosalind Ormiston
Originally published by Flame Tree Publishing in 2007
$50 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Though very much an individual and spiritual artist, Alfonse Mucha was a defining figure of the Art Nouveau era and is loved for his distinctive lush style and images of beautiful women in arabesque poses. This title focuses on his "Masterworks," the work he created between 1893 and 1903, and discusses how he bridged commercial and high art.
Jasper Johns/In Press
by Jennifer L. Roberts
Originally published by Harvard Art Museums in 2012
$30 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Centering on Jasper Johns's signature "crosshatch" works in the Harvard Art Museums' collections, this catalog explores the history, character, and impact of print on his work. It examines Johns's experiments in printmaking, and also looks at print as a medium of information transfer, tracing his frequent use of newsprint.
History Repeating
by Ori Gersht
Originally published by Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 2012
$35 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
The first comprehensive survey of this up-and-coming Israeli-born photographer and video artist, this book presents Ori Gersht's photographs and videos, and explores how he intertwines narrative imagery with personal and collective memory. Gersht pushes photography to the limits and works in innovative ways with film and video.

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)    

A Presidential Election Panel (10/22) 


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All Upcoming Events 

Sarah S. Kilborne
Mon, Oct 8, 7PM   

Historian Sarah S. Kilborne discusses her new biography of her great-great-grandfather, American Phoenix: The Remarkable Story of William Skinner, A Man Who Turned Disaster into Destiny.
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Salman Rushdie
Tues, Oct 9, 7PM   

Award-winning author Salman Rushdie discusses his memoir Joseph Anton in conversation with fellow novelist Gish Jen.
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Caleb Daniloff
Wed, Oct 10, 7PM  

Runner and journalist Caleb Daniloff discusses Running Ransom Road: Confronting the Past, One Marathon at a Time.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

John de Graaf
Wed, Oct 10, 7PM  

Activist John de Graaf discusses What's the Economy For, Anyway? Why It's Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness.
A Cambridge Forum event.
At the First Parish Church Parlor Room
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A Panel Discussion on Graphic Novels
Thurs, Oct 11, 6PM  

Charles Burns, Chris Ware, and Chip Kidd discuss the graphic novel form and new works The Hive by Charles Burns and Building Stories by Chris Ware.
At the Brattle Theatre 
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David R. Slavitt
Fri, Oct 12, 3PM  

Local poet, novelist, translator David R. Slavitt discusses his very personal new novel, Overture.
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John Banville
Fri, Oct 12, 6PM  

Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville reads from Ancient Light.
At the Brattle Theatre Learn More

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