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November 10, 2013

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Ivan Klima: Witness to "the most dramatic events in twentieth century Europe"news1  


Ivan Klima author event: Thursday, November 14

"My Crazy Century is the prizewinning memoir of a writer who, deprived of freedom for much of this life, never ceased to be free in his imagination, creativity, and art. Neither Nazi nor Communist rulers could rob Ivan Klíma of his amazing ability--and fierce determination--to distill drops of truth from the sea of experience." 
--Madeleine Albright 


Join us at the Brattle Theatre on Thursday, November 14 as Ivan Klima discusses his memoir My Crazy Century, co-sponsored by PEN New England. Find tickets and info at harvard.com and at Harvard Book Store. 



news2See Slavoj Zizek's The Pervert's Guide to Ideology at the Brattle Theatre 


Head over to the Brattle next week (November 15-21) for the area premiere of the new film The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, in which cultural theorist superstar Slavoj Zizek presents a stimulating, provocative, and often hilarious romp through the crossroads of cinema and philosophy. Harvard Book Store customers are invited to enter to win free pairs of tickets to a show! (Enter by Wednesday, November 13 at 3pm).  


The Pervert's Guide to Ideology: Theatrical Trailer
The Pervert's Guide to Ideology: Theatrical Trailer

You'll find Zizek's recent works Less Than Nothing and Demanding the Impossible on the bookshelf in our Academic New Arrivals section.    




Looking for more history and politics?news3  










United States: The Progressive Era   

On Friday, November 15, Doris Kearns Goodwin will present her next major work of history, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.  


China, 1898: The Boxer Rebellion 

On Thursday, November 21, Gene Luen Yang, a master of the comics form, discusses his ambitious new work Boxers & Saints. It's an exploration of the Boxer Rebellion, "a major historical episode about which most North Americans know very little and which provides some critical lessons in political relationships. . . . Read this, and come away shaking." (Gary Schmidt)  


United States: The 2012 Election 

Tickets will go on sale November 18 for Mark Halperin and John Heilemann discussing their followup to Game Change, their bestselling account of the 2008 presidential election. They'll present Double Down on December 13.  


Find tickets to these events, and many more, here


And thanks for reading!


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The Carpet People
by Terry Pratchett


Clarion Books, hardcover

First published in 1971, this hilarious and wise novel marked the debut of the phenomenal Sir Terry Pratchett. Years later, Sir Terry revised the work, and this special collectable edition includes the updated text, his original illustrations, and an exclusive story--a forerunner to The Carpet People created by the seventeen-year-old nascent writer who would become one of the world's most beloved storytellers.

The Book of Legendary Lands
by Umberto Eco


Rizzoli International, hardcover

Renowned writer and cultural critic Umberto Eco leads us on a beautifully illustrated journey through our lands of myth and invention. Illuminated with more than 300 color images, The Book of Legendary Lands is both erudite and thoroughly enjoyable, bringing together disparate elements of our shared literary legacy in a way only Umberto Eco can.
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Algerian Sketches
by Pierre Bourdieu

Polity Press, paperback

In the late 1950s, like tens of thousands of young men of his generation, Pierre Bourdieu found himself immersed in the Algerian war. This unique volume brings together the first texts written by Bourdieu in the midst of the Algerian conflict, as well as later writings and interviews in which he returns to the topic of Algeria and the decisive role it played in the development of his work.

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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

The C4 Lit Mag,
Issue 4: Fall 2013
by Chamber Four


Print on Demand, paperback

The fourth issue of Chamber Four's literary magazine features all-new fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and plays by award winners and first-timers alike. C4 strives to the best lit mag you haven't heard of but should be reading.    

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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.
Islamic Imperialism:
A History
by Efraim Karsh

$7.99, hardcover (originally $34.00)

The story of the Middle East has been a story of imperialist dreams, argues Efraim Karsh in this highly provocative book. Rejecting the conventional Western interpretation of Middle Eastern history as an offshoot of global power politics, Karsh contends that the region's history is the culmination of long-existing trends, passions, and patterns of behavior, and that foremost among these is Islam's millenarian imperial tradition.

by Roddy Doyle

$4.99, hardcover (originally $25.95)

The Man Booker Prize-winning author takes the pulse of modern Ireland with a masterful collection of stories. Roddy Doyle has earned a devoted following for his wry wit, his uncanny ear, and his ability to fully capture the hearts of his characters. Bullfighting, his second collection of stories, offers a series of bittersweet takes on men and middle-age, revealing a panorama of Ireland today.

The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist:
Understanding What Happens When We Write and Read Novels
by Orhan Pamuk

$6.99, hardcover (originally $26.20)

What happens within us when we read a novel? And how does a novel create its unique effects, so distinct from those of a painting, a film, or a poem? In this inspired, thoughtful, deeply personal book, Orhan Pamuk takes us into the worlds of the writer and the reader, revealing their intimate connections. Anyone who has known the pleasure of becoming immersed in a novel will enjoy, and learn from, this perceptive book.
Recentused Finds in the Used 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.
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing:
His Life, Works, and Thoughts

by H.B. Nesbet

Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2013

$75.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing is the most eminent literary figure of the German Enlightenment and a writer of European significance. This book sets his life and work in the context of the intellectual, social, and cultural background of eighteenth-century Europe. It is the first comprehensive account of Lessing's life for over a century, and it serves as a reference work on all aspects of Lessing's life, work, and thought.

A Picturesque Situation:

Mackinac Before Photography 1615 - 1860

by Brian Leigh Dunnigan

Originally published by Wayne State University Press in 2008

$45.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

From the era of European exploration to the beginning of the Civil War, the Straits of Mackinac were a crucial link in the westward water transportation system of the United States. A Picturesque Situation uses documents, maps, drawings, and prints to illustrate the unique history of the Straits from 1615 to 1860. Those interested in the pre-Civil War United States will appreciate this book's broad and striking picture.

Mario Testino:


edited and written by Patrick Kinmonth

Originally published by Bullfinch Press in 2002

$60.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Sexy, famous, beautiful: a Testino portrait is as unmistakable as his subject. Mario Testino: Portraits features the cream of the crop in our celebrity-obsessed age. It assembles his work as a portrait photographer and image-maker for the first time, and by doing so reveals his penetrating ability to turn a face into a legend.

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale now:
Ivan Klima (Nov 14)
Doris Kearns Goodwin
(Nov 15)
Matthew Berry (Nov 22)

Tickets on sale Nov 12:
Garrison Keillor (Dec 3)
America's Test Kitchen
(Dec 4)

Tickets on sale Nov 18:
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann (Dec 13)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Tues, Nov 12, 7PM 

An evening celebrating self-published authors -- Missy Carter, Darren Cormier, Barry Goldstein, Heidi Legg -- and Paige M. Gutenborg, our bookmaking machine! Including demos of the book machine in action.  

At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, Nov 13, 7PM    

Tom Nissley discusses A Reader's Book of Days:

True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year.

At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, Nov 13, 7PM    

Cambridge Forum and Club Passim present Stephen Wade, discussing The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience.
At Harvard Book Store
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Thurs, Nov 14, 6PM 

Czech novelist and playwright Ivan Klima discusses his memoir, My Crazy Century, in conversation with Richard Hoffman, Chair of PEN New England. $5 tickets.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Thurs, Nov 14, 7PM    

Italian food expert and food writer Maureen Fant presents Sauces & Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, Nov 15, 3PM    

Harvard's Gregory Nagy presents The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, Nov 15, 7PM    

Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin presents The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. $5 tickets.
At First Parish Church
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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!  



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