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March 2, 2013

This week is going to be a big one for lovers of literature in Boston. The annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference is being held in Boston this year, and there are events happening all over town. If you're not attending the full conference, there is a schedule of public events, and many writing groups and journals are putting on readings around the city. We're thrilled to be the official bookseller for AWP this year, so if you're there, stop by our booth at the Bookfair, or say a friendly hello to our staff selling books at some of the featured events.

In other big book news, the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced this week. Winners include:
Fiction: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
General Nonfiction: Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon
Biography: The Passage of Power by Robert Caro
Autobiography: Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton
Stranger Magic by Marina Warner
Poetry: Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys by D.A. Powell

Phaidon is featured in our Publisher Focus window this week!

A big congrats to the Brattle Theatre, which met their fundraising goal and will soon be embarking on some upgrades, to both their projection system and their HVAC unit. In just over a month they raised close to $150,000. It's great to see such overwhelming support for a historic and independent part of our community.

There are still a couple weeks left to vote for us in The Boston Phoenix's Best of 2013 Awards. We're up for Best Bookstore (New), but take a minute to go through the list and vote for all your other favorite local businesses too. You can vote up to once a day, so keep voting, and spread the word!

'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell


St. Martin's Griffin, hardcover

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says. So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers. I'm not kidding, he says. You should be, she says, we're 16. What about Romeo and Juliet? Shallow, confused, then dead. I love you, Park says. Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers. I'm not kidding, he says. You should be. Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History
by William K. Klingaman and Nicholas P. Klingaman  
St. Martin's Press, hardcover
1816 was a remarkable year--there was no summer. As a result of a volcanic eruption in Indonesia, weather patterns were disrupted worldwide for months. In the U.S., the extraordinary weather caused food shortages, religious revivals, and mass migration from New England to the Midwest. In Europe, the cold, wet summer led to famine, food riots, and one of the worst typhus epidemics in history. The Year Without Summer examines not only the climate change engendered by this event, but its effects on politics, the economy, the arts, and social structures.
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 No Enchanted Palace:
The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations 
by Mark Mazower

Princeton University Press, paperback

No Enchanted Palace traces the origins and early development of the United Nations, one of the most influential yet perhaps least understood organizations active in the world today. Historian Mark Mazower forces us to set aside the popular myth that the UN miraculously rose from the ashes of World War II as the guardian of a new and peaceful global order, offering instead an original interpretation of the UN's ideological roots, early history, and changing role in world affairs.

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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.  
A Handful of Spells  
by Kimberley A. Shaw


Print on Demand, paperback

Who wouldn't want to go to a 300-year-old school of magic, wave a wand, and learn to fly? But Caitlin Leo falls off her broom, gets her spells wrong, and isn't sure her cat really is a familiar. All because her ears don't work as well as everyone else's. But once Caitlin finds her real community, everything changes.

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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 Prague Cemetery 
by Umberto Eco
$5.99, hardcover (originally $27)

Nineteenth-century Europe abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Conspiracies rule history. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies, both real and imagined, lay one lone man?
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War   
by Karl Marlantes
$5.99, hardcover (originally 16.99)
Young Marine lieutenant Waino Mellas and his comrades in Bravo Company are dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys and forced to fight their way into manhood. When the company finds itself surrounded and outnumbered by a massive enemy regiment, the Marines are thrust into the raw and all-consuming terror of combat.
The Shape of Inner Space: String Theory and the Geometry of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions
by Shing-Tung Yau and Steve Nadis
$6.99 hardcover (originally $30)
String theory says we live in a ten-dimensional universe, but that only four are accessible to our everyday senses. According to theorists, the missing six are curled up in bizarre structures known as Calabi-Yau manifolds. Shing-Tung Yau, the man who mathematically proved that these manifolds exist, argues that not only is geometry fundamental to string theory, it is also fundamental to the very nature of our universe.
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.
Romantic Days in Old Boston
by Mary Caroline Crawford
Originally published by Little, Brown, and Co. in 1910
$6.50 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
With chapters touching on the music, theatre, art, and social lives of Boston and its inhabitants in its early days as a city, in addition to chapters looking at the Great Boston Fire of 1872 and Boston's involvement in the Civil War, this books serves as a well-rounded introduction to historical Boston from the perspective of a young woman during the early 20th century.
Word by Word:
Emancipation and the Act of Writing
by Christopher Hager
Originally published by Harvard University Press in 2013
$20.50 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Forbidden to read and write, American slaves left very few records of their thoughts and feelings--or so we have long believed. Christopher Hager reveals the letters and diaries of these novice writers, unpolished and hesitant yet rich with voice, that show men and women across the South using pen and paper to make sense of their experiences.
Ethics for Enemies:
Terror, Torture, and War
by F.M. Kamm
Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2011
$25 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
Ethics for Enemies comprises three original philosophical essays on torture, terrorism, and war. F.M. Kamm deploys ethical theory in her challenging new treatments of these controversial issues, and examines ways in which the harms of war can be proportional to the achievement of the just cause and other goods that war can bring about, so as to make the declaration of war permissible.

Author Events


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Mary Robinson (3/7)
Anne Carson (3/11)
Whitey Bulger Panel (3/13)


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John Ruggie
Mon, March 4, 7PM    

The Kennedy School's John Ruggie discusses Just Business: Multinational Corporations and Human Rights. Co-sponsored with Amnesty International.
At Harvard Book Store
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Lawrence J. Friedman
Tues, March 5, 7PM  

Lawrence J. Friedman, member of Harvard's Mind/Brain/Behavior Institute, discusses The Lives of Erich Fromm: Love's Prophet, in conversation with Joshua Rubenstein. Co-sponsored with Amnesty International.
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AWP Women's Caucus Panel
Wed, March 6, 7PM    

Members of this network for women writers, associated with the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, read from their work. Speakers include Alicia Ostriker, Eloise Klein Healy, Nicole Terez Dutton, and Susan Kushner Resnick.
At Harvard Book Store
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Mary Robinson
Thurs, March 7, 7PM    

Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, discusses Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice, in conversation with WBUR's Robin Young. Co-sponsored with Amnesty International.
At First Parish Church
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Todd McLeish
Fri, March 8, 3PM    

Todd McLeish, whose nature writing has focused on wildlife and environmental issues, discusses Narwals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fire and Forget
Fri, March 8, 7PM    

Editors Matt Gallagher and Roy Scranton and contributors Colby Buzzell and Siobhan Fallon read from Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War.
At Harvard Book Store
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George Saunders
Sun, March 10, noon     

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. See our Sold Out Event FAQ
At the Brattle Theatre
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