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October 19, 2013

The Harvard Square turkey browsing our new paperbacks.
Turkeys love books too. (via @diane_xy)



It's Boston Book Fest! Saturday, October 19bbf13 



Once again this year, Harvard Book Store joins the Boston Book Festival, our city's annual (and free!) celebration of reading and ideas. There's a very full schedule of events throughout the day on a variety of literary topics, and you'll be home in time for the first pitch of the Sox-Tigers game (8:07 PM ET). Cheer on the home team with a stack of freshly purchased signed books by literary icons.



I Am Malala: Signed Copies in the Bookstoremalala 




Our thanks go out to publisher Little, Brown and Co, who recently sent over a limited number of signed bookplates by Malala Yousafzai, author of I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (and the youngest person ever nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize). Stop by the store or order a copy online (specify "signed copy" in the comments field of your order) and we'll ship your book anywhere in the U.S. 


The Daily Show: Extended Interview: Malala Yousafzai
The Daily Show: Extended Interview: Malala Yousafzai


Donna Tartt presents The Goldfinch: October 31tartt    


"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind. I read it with that mixture of terror and excitement I feel watching a pitcher carry a no-hitter into the late innings. You keep waiting for the wheels to fall off, but in the case of The Goldfinch, they never do." -- Stephen King for The New York Times 


Donna Tart, author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend, will present her acclaimed forthcoming novel at the Brattle Theatre on Thursday, October 31. $5 tickets are on sale now.


Thanks for reading, and Go Sox!


New on Our Shelvesnewonshelves
The Lion Seeker
by Kenneth Bonert


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover

Haunted by his mother's questions about his character, Isaac Helger, the son of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants in World War II-era Johannesburg, evolves from a hooligan to a striving young man while struggling with a dark family secret. A thrilling ride through the life of one fumbling young hero, The Lion Seeker is a glorious reinvention of the classic family and coming-of-age sagas.

Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years
by Tom Standage


Bloomsbury USA, hardcover


Tom Standage chronicles social media from papyrus letters in ancient Rome to Twitter today, recalling how modern behavior echoes that of prior centuries. As engaging as it is visionary, Writing on the Wall draws on history to cast new light on today's social media and encourages debate and discussion about how we'll communicate in the future.

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The Triumph of Human Empire: Verne, Morris, and Stevenson at the End of the World
by Rosalind Williams

University of Chicago Press, hardcover

Rosalind Williams shows how Verne, Morris, and Stevenson experimented with romance and fantasy as a powerful way of grappling with the political, technical, and environmental situations of modernity. As environmental consciousness rises in our time, along with evidence that our seeming control over nature is pathological and unpredictable, Williams's history is one that speaks very much to the present.

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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

Games for Hallowéen  
by Mary E. Blain
Print on Demand, paperback

From the introduction of Games for Hallowéen, published in 1912: "No holiday in all the year is so informal or so marked by fun both for grown-ups as well as children as this one. On this night there should be nothing but laughter, fun and mystery. . . .  In getting up a Hallow-e'en Party everything should be made as secret as possible, and each guest bound to secrecy concerning the invitations."      

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Bargain Booksbargain

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 Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World
by Ben Wildavsky

$9.99, hardcover (originally $26.95)

In The Great Brain Race, Ben Wildavsky presents the first popular account of how international competition for the brightest minds is transforming the world of higher education--and why this revolution should be welcomed, not feared. Wildavsky argues that the scholarly marketplace is creating a new global meritocracy, one in which the spread of knowledge benefits everyone--both educationally and economically.

The Way the World Works: Essays
by Nicholson Baker

$6.99, hardcover (originally $25.00)

The Way the World Works, Nicholson Baker's second nonfiction collection, ranges over the map of life to examine what troubles us, what eases our pain, and what brings us joy. Through all these pieces, Baker shines the light of an inexpugnable curiosity. The Way the World Works is a keen-minded, generous-spirited compendium by a modern American master.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia: Eleven
by Philip-Lorca diCorcia

$34.99, hardcover (originally $70.00)

Between 1997 and 2008, Philip-Lorca diCorcia completed eleven photographic portfolios in collaboration with W magazine's creative director Dennis Freedman. In their epic scope and visual luxuriance, these enigmatic and glamour-soaked photographic narratives stand as one of the most ambitious editorial projects of the last decade.

Recent Finds in the Used Departmentuseddept

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.

An Aramaic Handbook
edited by Franz Rosenthal

Originally published by Porta Linguarum Orientalium in 1967 

$120.00 (paperback, in four parts) in Very Good condition

"The obvious purpose of this Aramaic Handbook is to provide, within a small compass, an opportunity for the student of any one Aramaic dialect to become acquainted with other Aramaic dialects and to learn what help they can possibly give him toward a better understanding of his own field." from the Foreword. With contributions by Z. Ben-Hayyim, A. Dupont-Sommer, H.L. Ginsberg, and R. Macuch, among others.

The Ghost Story, 1840-1920: A Cultural History

by Andrew Smith

Originally published by Manchester University Press in 2010

$15.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

The Ghost Story examines the British ghost story within the political contexts of the nineteenth century. It is the first full-length study of this subject in over 30 years and will be of great interest to academics, graduate students, and anyone else interested in placing the ghost story within the economic, national, colonial, and gendered contexts of this period.

Gerhard Richter: Selected Works 1963-1987

edited by Massimo Martino 

Originally published by LuhringAugustine in 1995

$200.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

This very rare find is number 107 of only 500 copies, specially printed and numbered from 1 to 500. Complete with a foreword by Lawrence Luhring and Roland Augustine and an essay by Jim Lewis, this book immortalizes a remarkable 1995-1996 exhibition of Gerhard Richter's selected works at the Luhring Augustine gallery in New York City.

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale now:
Donna Tartt (Oct 31)
Alan Dershowitz (Nov 6)

Tickets on sale Oct 22:
Ivan Klima (Nov 14)
Doris Kearns Goodwin
(Nov 15)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Sat, Oct 19  

A full day of author events and signings at the fifth Boston Book Festival.  

Copley Square, Boston
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Mon, Oct 21, 7PM    

Novelist and poet Kim Triedman reads from her novel The Other Room.
At Harvard Book Store
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Tue, Oct 22, 7PM    

President of Barnard College Debora Spar discusses Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection.
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, Oct 23, 7PM 

Cambridge Forum welcomes Dr. Vincent Tuhoy and Dr. Beatriz Pogo discussing Cancer in America: From Lab to Life.
At First Parish Church Parish House
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Wed, Oct 23, 7PM    

Chris West presents A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps, "a splendid reminder of the philatelic glories of the past."
At Harvard Book Store
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Thu, Oct 24, 7PM    

Aminatta Forna presents The Hired Man, a novel of a small town and its dark wartime secrets.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, Oct 25, 3PM    

Ben Urwand discusses his book, The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler. Co-sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves.
At Harvard Book Store
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Andre Dubus III and Tom Perrotta

Fri, Oct 25, 6PM    

Andre Dubus III and Tom Perrotta read from and discuss their new books Dirty Love and Nine Inches: Stories. $5 tickets.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Author Event Info 



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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Alex W. Meriwether
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