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October 21, 2012
We're smack in the middle of one of the busiest times of the literary season, so here's a scorecard of all the dates you should have on your calendar.
  • Cambridge READS  -- This year's citywide reading selection is Three Weeks in December, by Brookline-based novelist Audrey Schulman. Buy a copy at 20% off through the rest of October and hear her read at the Cambridge Public Library on Thursday, October 25.   
  • Boston Book Festival -- The fourth annual Boston Book Festival kicks off on Friday, October 26 with the Page to Screen panel and proceeds with events all day on Saturday, October 27. Find the full schedule here.  
  • Frequent Buyer Sale -- Our annual Frequent Buyer Sale is coming up on Sunday, November 4. Make sure you're signed up for a Frequent Buyer account BEFORE November 4 to receive 20% off all purchases made in the store that day. Find full details and the (very few) restrictions here
It's also the middle of literary award season. Congratulations to Hilary Mantel, who this week won the Man Booker Prize for Bring Up the Bodies, her sequel to her 2009 Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall. And I neglected to mention the Nobel Prize in Literature, awarded last week to Chinese writer Mo Yan. Stock up on these and other important fall titles in the store or online at harvard.com.

Lastly, stop by the store this week to browse our selection of fall and Halloween greeting cards. We have both cute and creepy options, so pick one out to send today!


'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 Thousand Mornings
by Mary Oliver 


Penguin Press, hardcover

In A Thousand Mornings, Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has come to define her life's work, transporting us to the marshland and coastline of her beloved home in Provincetown, Massachusetts. In these pages, Oliver shares the wonder of dawn, the grace of animals, and the transformative power of attention. Whether studying the leaves of a tree or mourning her adored dog, Percy, she is ever patient in her observations and open to the teachings contained in the smallest of moments.

Nonfiction The Old Ways:
A Journey on Foot 

by Robert MacFarlane

Viking Adult, hardcover
Robert MacFarlane sets off from his Cambridge, England, home to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, and sea paths that crisscross both the British landscape and its waters and territories beyond. The result is an exploration of the ghosts and voices that haunt old paths, of the stories our tracks keep and tell, and of pilgrimage and ritual. MacFarlane's walks take him from the chalk downs of England to the bird islands of the Scottish northwest, from Palestine to the landscapes of the Himalayas.
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No Enchanted Palace Life after New Media:
Mediation as a Vital Process 
by Sarah Kember and Joanna Zylinska

MIT Press, paperback

Sarah Kember and Joanna Zylinska make a case for a significant shift in our understanding of new media. They argue that we should move beyond our fascination with objects--computers, smart phones, iPods--to an examination of the interlocking technical, social, and biological processes of mediation. Doing so, they say, reveals that life itself can be understood as mediated--subject to the same processes of reproduction, transformation, flattening, and patenting undergone by other media forms.             

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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 Quantum Mechanics in Everyday Life
by Dr. Wilton L. Virgo  


Print on Demand, paperback
The energies and interactions between atoms and molecules can be described using the mathematics of matrices and quantized angular momentum. The seemingly esoteric mathematical language and quantum behavior of atoms and molecules have directly led to modern technology such as compact fluorescent bulbs, lasers, global positioning system (GPS), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Quantum Mechanics in Everyday Life provides an introduction to the language of quantum and leads the reader to a deeper understanding of familiar, widely used technology at the atomic and molecular level.
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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.
Jazz Interpretations Volumes 1-3
by Mark Elf
$2.99 each, paperback (originally $9.95 each)
Mark Elf is a jazz guitarist who has toured the world over with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis. He also owns his own record label and teaches guitar and theory regularly. These volumes focus on original tudes based on familiar, popular music.
First Studies for the Oboe
First Studies for the Saxophone
by William Lindenmuth
$3.99 each, paperback (originally $9.95 each)
These books of sheet music contain original compositions in order to encourage those who are first learning to play an instrument to truly read the music, as opposed to playing familiar music by memory. The books contain sheet music, descriptions and explanations of the instruments themselves, and various musical vocabulary.        
E-Flat Harmonica Book
D-Flat Harmonica Book
F Harmonica Book
B Harmonica Book
by James Major

$2.99 each, paperback (originally $7.95 each)
Part of The Complete 10-Hole Diatonic Harmonica Series, these books help the reader to understand basic musical fundamentals and the vast musical capabilities of the harmonica in various keys. They are appropriate for players of all skill levels.       
We have these and many more sheet music books available, including books featuring music for guitar (including ensemble, classical, blues, and jazz guitar), piano, keyboard, fiddle, drums, and bassoon.
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.
Essentially Japanese:
Cooking and Cuisine
by Hideo Dekura
Originally published by New Holland in 2008
$20 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
There is so much more to Japanese cuisine than sushi. Hideo Dekura takes you on a tour from Honshu to Kyusho, tasting the food, meeting the people, cooking, and sharing the special regional ingredients that make Japanese cuisine one of the world's most beautiful and spiritual.
Turkish Bakery Delight
by Deniz Gktrk Akakanat
Originally published by New Holland in 2010
$13 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Turkish Bakery Delight includes a mixture of traditional Turkish baking recipes, both savory and sweet, along with recipes developed with a contemporary touch. Each recipe is introduced with information about the origin of the dish and how to serve it. Includes a basic guide to Turkish pronunciation and a glossary of terms for names and ingredients.
The West Point Atlas of American Wars, Vol. I and II
edited by Colonel Vincent J. Esposito
Originally published by Frederick A. Praeger, Inc. in 1959
$25 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
In his prefatory letter to this out-of-print first edition text for military personnel and historians, Dwight D. Eisenhower comments on the usefulness of studying prior campaigns in preparing for future ones. Containing numerous maps, the books also follow the development of military theory and practice from the prewar to the League of Nations period.

Author Events


On sale now:
A Presidential Election Panel (10/22)  


On sale Tues, Oct 23:

Barbara Kingsolver (11/13) 


Subscribe to the Harvard Book Store Google Event Calendar here.

All Upcoming Events 

Panel Discussion on the Presidential Election
Mon, Oct 22, 7PM   

A panel of experts discusses the presidential campaign and upcoming election, followed by a screening of the final presidential debate.
At the Brattle Theatre Learn More

Joanna Luloff
Tues, Oct 23, 7PM   

Short story writer and Harvard Book Store alum Joanna Luloff reads from her debut collection, The Beach at Galle Road: Stories from Sri Lanka.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Evan Thomas
Wed, Oct 24, 7PM  

Journalist and bestselling history author Evan Thomas discusses Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World.
Co-sponsored with Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Elsa Dorfman
Thurs, Oct 25, 7PM  

Local portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman celebrates the rerelease of Elsa's Housebook: A Woman's Photojournal, now being printed again using Paige, Harvard Book Store's book-printing robot.
At Harvard Book Store
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Audrey Schulman 
Thurs, Oct 25, 7PM  

Local novelist and environmentalist Audrey Schulman reads from Three Weeks in December, this year's Cambridge READS selection.
At the Cambridge Public Library, Main Branch
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Sandy Lerner
Fri, Oct 26, 7PM  

Sandy Lerner, founder of the Chawton House Library, reads from her Pride and Prejudice sequel, Second Impressions.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Boston Book Festival
Sat, Oct 27, All Day   

The fourth annual Boston Book Festival includes literary events for all ages. Visit bostonbookfest.org for the full schedule.
In Copley Square       Learn More

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 only guarantees you a seat until 5 minutes before an event begins.

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