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October 5, 2013

Get out your calendars!Our Annual Frequent Buyer Sale

You'll want to be sure to mark down Sunday, November 3. It's our highly anticipated Frequent Buyer Sale, the perfect opportunity to kick off (yes, we're gonna say it) that holiday shopping--or maybe just a chance to fill out your bookshelf with some fall and winter reading. Virtually everything in the store will be 20% off. And with a coupon code on harvard.com, you can take advantage of the November 3 sale even if you can't make it into the store that day. Sign up for a Frequent Buyer account by November 3, and learn more here.

You'll also want to make note of October 17-19--this year's Boston Book Festival. Start circling your must-see panels on the always impressive BBF schedule now. We'll be recovering from our recent Stephen King event by checking out Writing Terror: An Exploration of Fear on Thursday, October 17, with panelists Wes Craven, Mary Louise Kelly, Jessica Stern, Valerie Plame Wilson, and moderator Joe Klein. Buy tickets through the BBF now.

Okay now. Drop everything. It's time to make your way over to the final Warehouse Weekends of the fall at our Somerville book wonderland--er, warehouse. On Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, all used and bargain art, craft, and comic books from our warehouse stock are 15% off. And we've got a splendid array of partners tabling and food trucking with us each day, 10am to 6pm. Check out the lineup and come visit!

Plus, tickets are on sale now for the authors of these new and forthcoming titles:
October event books
October event books! Tickets on sale now.
It will be a busy October! Thanks for reading,



The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%
New on Our Shelves
Mrs. Poe:
A Novel
by Lynn Cullen

Gallery Books, hardcover

Set amidst the fascinating world of New York's literati, this vivid and compelling novel offers a unique view into the life of one of history's most unforgettable literary figures. Award-winning author Lynn Cullen delivers a pitch-perfect rendering of Edgar Allan Poe, his mistress's tantalizing confession, and his wife's frightening revenge.

Shakespeare's Restless World:
A Portrait of an Era in Twenty Objects

by Neil MacGregor


Viking Press, hardcover


In this brilliant work of historical reconstruction Neil MacGregor and his team at the British Museum bring us twenty objects that capture the essence of Shakespeare's universe. A perfect complement to A History of the World in 100 Objects, MacGregor's landmark New York Times bestseller, Shakespeare's Restless World highlights a turning point in human history.

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Lost Enlightenment:
Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane

by S. Frederick Starr


Princeton University Press, hardcover


In this sweeping and richly illustrated history, S. Frederick Starr tells the fascinating but largely unknown story of Central Asia's medieval enlightenment through the eventful lives and astonishing accomplishments of its greatest minds--remarkable figures who built a bridge to the modern world.

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Printed on Paige 
Each week we feature a book printed 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

Women Rising  
by Leslie Karen Hammond 


Print on Demand, paperback

The challenges all women face frame this collection of inspirational stories and fresh insights. Women Rising celebrates the accomplishments of all women, and brings awareness to the importance of their journey. 

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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.
Harlem Renaissance:
Five Novels of the 1920s
edited by Rafia Zafar

$16.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)

Harlem Renaissance:
Four Novels of the 1930s
edited by Rafia Zafar

$16.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)

In this definitive two-volume set, the greatest works of the Harlem Renaissance novelists are presented in a handsome collector's edition featuring authoritative texts and a chronology, biographies, and notes reflecting the latest scholarship. Together, these nine works form a vibrant and contentious collective portrait of African American culture in a moment of tumultuous change and tremendous hope.

Gerhard Richter:
by Gerhard Richter

$28.99, hardcover (originally $60.00)

This monumental publication maps the ideas, processes, life and times of one of the most important painters of the late twentieth century. Conceived and closely edited by Gerhard Richter himself, Atlas cuts straight to the heart of the artist's work, presenting the photographs, drawings and sketches that he has compiled or created since the moment of his creative breakthrough in 1962.

Blessed and Beautiful:
Picturing the Saints
by Robert Kiely

$9.99, hardcover (originally $40.00)

This book offers a powerful and searching meditation on the lives of the saints and the images of them painted by Renaissance artists in Italy. Robert Kiely treats saints seriously as human religious figures (not icons of perfection) brought to life by great Italian paintings in dialogue with scripture, legend, and poetry.
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.

White Writing:   

On the Culture of Letters in South Africa

by J.M. Coetzee

Originally published by Yale University Press in 1988

$25.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

One of the most distinguished novelists of our time offers here his first book of criticism, discussing major white South African writers in the years before World War II. Describing early narratives of exploration, melancholy pastoral novels, and landscape poetry obsessed with emptiness, Coetzee paints a picture of a developing literature trying uneasily to appropriate through imagination a corner of Africa for the white man.

What Is Pastoral?

by Paul Alpers

Originally published by the University of Chicago Press in 1996

$12.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Ranging from Virgil's Eclogues to Sarah Orne Jewett's The Country of the Pointed Firs, from Shakespeare and Cervantes to Hardy and Frost, this work brings the story of the pastoral tradition, previously limited to classical and Renaissance literature, into the twentieth century.

Weimar Germany:  

Promise and Tragedy

by Eric D. Weitz

Originally published by Princeton University Press in 2007

$13.50 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Weimar Germany still fascinates us, and now this complex and remarkably creative period and place has the history it deserves. Eric Weitz's Weimar Germany reveals the Weimar era as a time of strikingly progressive achievements--and even greater promise. With a rich thematic narrative and detailed portraits of some of Weimar's greatest figures, this comprehensive history recaptures the excitement and drama as it unfolded, viewing Weimar in its own right, not as a mere prelude to the Nazi era.

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale now: 
Donna Tartt (Oct 31)

Subscribe to the Harvard Book Store Google Event Calendar here.


All Upcoming Events 

Sat, Oct 5 & Sun, Oct 6, 10AM-6PM  

It's our final fall weekend of books, culture, and community at our warehouse! Join us for workshops, zines, indie comics, and more.
At Harvard Book Store
Warehouse, 14 Park St.,
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Mon, Oct 7, 7PM    

Parenting specialists ML Nichols, Carolyn Dalgliesh, and Donna Pincus -- participants in Grub Street's Launch Lab program -- discuss strategies for parents, teachers, and families.

At Harvard Book Store
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Kevin Barry

Tue, Oct 8, 7PM    

Irish author Kevin Barry presents Dark Lies The Island: Stories, in conversation with Boston College's Joseph Nugent.
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, Oct 9, 7PM 

Colin Fleming reads from his story collections Between Cloud and Horizon and Dark March.
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, Oct 9, 7PM    

Cambridge Forum presents filmmaker Will Tiao discussing the role of Taiwan in U.S. relations with China.
At First Parish Church Parish House
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Jonathan Lethem

Thurs, Oct 10, 6PM    

Jonathan Lethem presents his political new novel, Dissident Gardens.
$5 tickets on sale now.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Carla Kaplan

Fri, Oct 11, 3PM    

Northeastern's Carla Kaplan

discusses Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance.

At Harvard Book Store
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Andrew Bacevich

Fri, Oct 11, 7PM    

Boston University's Andrew Bacevich discusses Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country.
At Harvard Book Store
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Things to know about our author events...


Featured event books at Harvard Book Store author talks are now 20% off on the day of the event!  


$5 tickets are also coupons good for $5 off a purchase at Harvard Book Store. Coupons expire 30 days after the event, and cannot be used for already-discounted items, online purchases, event tickets, or gift certificates.  


Please note that tickets only guarantee admission until 5 minutes before an event begins, after which we may open any open seats to a standby line.   

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