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April 14, 2013

We've been busy this week making plans for a pretty amazing spring. Three events you should be sure to add to your calendar are:
  • World Book Night Party (4/17) -- Celebrate this year's World Book Night givers and learn more about this literacy project in an evening that will include brief remarks by past and current participants, a raffle, and refreshments. 
  • Bookish Ball and Shakespeare's Birthday (4/20) -- The annual Bookish Ball recognizes the literary heritage and many bookstores of Harvard Square. We'll have a promotion all day, activities, and a cake cutting and other refreshments celebrating Harvard Book Store and Grolier Poetry Bookshop's eight decades in Harvard Square. Find full details here
  • Slate Political Gabfest Live Show (5/9) -- The Slate Political Gabfest is coming to Boston! We'll be co-sponsoring their first Boston live show on May 9 at First Parish Church, and selling copies of panelist Emily Bazelon's new book, Sticks and Stones. Tickets are available at slate.com/bostongabfest.  
And don't forget about the other dates we've already announced:

On April 30, we're very pleased to be co-sponsoring a local book launch event for Behind the Kitchen Door: What Every Diner Should Know About the People Who Feed You, by Saru Jayaraman, co-founder and co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. Find full details here.

And the 2013 Massachusetts Poetry Festival will be held May 3 through May 5 in Salem, MA. Find full schedule details here, and purchase a copy of the festival anthology, Common Threads 2013, on our website here.

'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
The Interestings
by Meg Wolitzer


Riverhead, hardcover

The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. "Like Virginia Woolf in The Waves, Meg Wolitzer gives us the full picture here, charting her characters' lives from the self-dramatizing of adolescence, through the resignation of middle age . . . The wit, intelligence, and deep feeling of Wolitzer's writing are extraordinary." --Jeffrey Eugenides

The Art of Controversy:
Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power
by Victor S. Navasky    
Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover
As a former editor of The New York Times Magazine and the longtime editor of The Nation, Victor S. Navasky knows just how transformative--and incendiary--cartoons can be. Here Navasky guides readers through some of the greatest cartoons ever created, including those by George Grosz, David Levine, Herblock, Honor Daumier, and Ralph Steadman. He recounts how cartoonists and caricaturists have been censored, threatened, incarcerated, and even murdered for their art, and asks what makes this art form, too often dismissed as trivial, so uniquely poised to affect our minds and our hearts.
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 Evil Men
by James Dawes

Harvard University Press, hardcover

Drawing on firsthand interviews with convicted war criminals from the Second Sino-Japanese War, James Dawes leads us into the frightening territory where soldiers perpetrated some of the worst crimes imaginable: murder, torture, rape, and medical experimentation on living subjects. Transcending conventional reporting, Dawes's narrative weaves together segments from the interviews with consideration of the troubling issues they raise. Evil Men asks hard questions about the most disturbing capabilities human beings possess, and acknowledges that these questions may have no comforting answers.   

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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.  
Urban Foraging:
Finding and Eating Wild Plants in the City   
by David Craft


Print on Demand, paperback

Urban Foraging walks readers through the seasons, discussing which plants in the city are edible and which parts are the tastiest. It includes recipes and anecdotes, both historical and personal, as well as special sections on herbal teas, edible garden weeds, mushrooms, and more.  

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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 Masque of Africa:
Glimpses of African Belief 
by V.S. Naipaul     
$5.99, hardcover (originally $26.95)
A cultural travelogue by Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul analyzes the role of religion, mythology, and other belief systems in Africa, tracing his journeys from Uganda and Nigeria through the Ivory Coast and South Africa.
The Archimedes Codex    
by Reviel Netz and William Noel
$5.99, hardcover (originally 27.50) 
Part archaeological detective story, part science, and part history, The Archimedes Codex tells the story of the earliest surviving manuscript by Archimedes, the greatest mathematician of antiquity. The manuscript revealed, for the first time, the full range of his mathematical genius, which was two thousand years ahead of modern science.
As If an Enemy's Country   
by Richard Archer     
$7.99 hardcover (originally $24.95)     
In the dramatic few years when colonial Americans were galvanized to resist British rule, perhaps nothing did more to foment anti-British sentiment than the armed occupation of Boston. As If an Enemy's Country is Richard Archer's gripping narrative of those critical months between October 1, 1768 and the winter of 1770 when Boston was an occupied town.
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.
Visual Art and Education in an Era of Designer Capitalism: Deconstructing the Oral Eye
by Jan Jagodzinski 
Originally published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010
$16.50 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
The oral eye is a metaphor for the dominance of global designer capitalism. It refers to the consumerism of a designer aesthetic and draws on Badiou, Bellmer, Deleuze, Guattari, Lacan, Rancire, Virilio, Ziarek, and Zizek to explore contemporary art (post-Situationism) and visual cultural education.
The Blue Annals
translated by George N. Roerich
Originally published by Motilal Banarsidass in 1949
$40 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
The Blue Annals is a landmark in the historical literature of Tibet. Composed by scholar G Lotsāwa Zhnnu Pel (1392-1481 A.D.), it is the main source of information for all later historical compilations in the ''Land of Snows'' and establishes a firm chronology of events of Tibetan history. It was first published in English in 1949.
Max Ernst and Alchemy:
A Magician in Search of Myth
by M.E. Warlick  
Originally published by University of Texas Press in 2001
$15 (paperback) in Very Good Condition 
Surrealist artist Max Ernst, one of Germany's most significant artists of the twentieth century, defined collage as the "alchemy of the visual image." M.E. Warlick persuasively demonstrates that the artist had a profound and abiding interest in alchemical philosophy and often used alchemical symbolism in works created throughout his career.

Author Events


On sale now:

Paul Farmer (5/2)
Eve Ensler (5/6)
Daniel C. Dennett
w/ Steven Pinker


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All Upcoming Events 

Adam Grant
Mon, April 15, 7PM 

Award-winning Wharton School professor Adam Grant discusses Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success. Co-sponsored with Boston International.
At Harvard Book Store
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Andr Aciman
Tues, April 16, 7PM    

Novelist and editor of The Proust Project Andr Aciman reads from his new novel, Harvard Square.
At Harvard Book Store
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World Book Night Party
Wed, April 17, 7PM    

Join us for a party celebrating this year's World Book Night participants. The evening will include short remarks by past and current World Book Night givers, refreshments, a raffle, and lots of readerly fellowship!
At Harvard Book Store
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Victoria Brittain
Wed, April 17, 7PM 

Journalist and playwright Victoria Brittain discusses Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror.
A Cambridge Forum event
At the First Parish Church Parlor Room
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The Philosophy Caf
Wed, April 17, 7:30PM   

This month's topic: "Property Rights and the Commons"
At Harvard Book Store, Lower Level
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Nathaniel Rich
Thurs, April 18, 7PM 

Novelist and essayist Nathaniel Rich reads from his newest novel, Odds Against Tomorrow.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jason Ānanda Josephson
Fri, April 19, 3PM 

Williams College religion professor Jason Ānanda Josephson discusses The Invention of Religion in Japan.
At Harvard Book Store
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Becky Cooper
Fri, April 19, 7PM     

Writer, cartographer, and recent Harvard grad Becky Cooper discusses Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers.
At Harvard Book Store
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The Bookish Ball
Sat, April 20, all day      

The 6th Annual Bookish Ball and Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration recognizes the many bookstore's of Harvard Square. This year's festivities include a (slightly belated) joint anniversary celebration for Harvard Book Store and the Grolier Poetry Bookshop. Find schedule and promotion info here.
At Harvard Book Store and throughout Harvard SquareLearn More

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