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March 8, 2014

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news1Announcing Our April Calendar 


April is National Poetry Month, and we're anticipating NaPoMo with a series of events this March. "The Road to Poetry Month" series includes events with poets Kevin Young and Dan Chiasson as well as biographer Susan Cheever for her new book on the life of e. e. cummings. And next week former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky will be be appearing at Harvard in POEMJAZZ, a duet performance of poetry and jazz.

We've posted our (almost) complete April calendar of events on harvard.com this week. Browse the list and start to mark your calendar for discussions of new literature, baseball biography, groundbreaking economic theory, a life in cartoons, and much more.

We'll be announcing one more very exciting talk in the next few days, so stay tuned for that.



news2Birds, Wizards, and Dragons 


Join us on Friday at the Brattle Theatre for naturalist, illustrator, and bird guide creator David Allen Sibley, presenting his new edition of "the finest guide to North American birds." ($5 tickets are on sale now.)


Can't make it but have a bird lover in your life? Order a signed copy (with a personalized inscription!) here.  


We're also taking pre-orders for signed paperbacks by Patrick Rothfuss, who will be joining us for an open-to-the-public signing on March 22 as a part of Vericon XIV: Harvard's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention. Check out the complete list of authors who will be signing here



news3Join the Harvard Square Book Circle  


Our very own in-store book club got a lovely writeup in The Harvard Crimson this week. Join us this month for a discussion of Bill Bryson and in April for Louise Erdrich's The Round House.



videoIn Case You Missed It: Trapped Under the Sea 


On February 26 we hosted local journalist Neil Swidey for his book Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness.

Neil Swidey: Trapped Under The Sea
Neil Swidey: Trapped Under The Sea

If you like the talk, we hope you'll consider buying the book from Harvard Book Store or here on harvard.com. Book sales ensure the future of this acclaimed author series! And check out our video archive of select author events for more discussions filmed by WGBH's Forum Network.


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
Night in Shanghai
by Nicole Mones


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover

In Night in Shanghai, a stunningly researched novel, Nicole Mones not only tells the forgotten story of black musicians in the Chinese jazz age, but also weaves in a startling true tale of Holocaust heroism little-known in the West. 

The Fishing Fleet:
Husband-Hunting in the Raj
by Ann de Courcy


Harper, hardcover

From the author of the critically acclaimed biographies Diana Mosley and The Viceroy's Daughters comes a fascinating, hugely entertaining account of the Victorian women who traveled halfway around the world on the hunt for a husband.
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The Humanities and Public Life
edited by Peter Brooks


Fordham University Press, paperback

This volume brings together a group of distinguished scholars and intellectuals to debate the public role and importance of the humanities. It  tests the proposition that the humanities can, and at their best do, represent a commitment to ethical reading. 

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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

Chemical Reaction Equilibrium Theory:
Pathways to a Better Understanding
by Barry D. Josephs


Print on Demand, paperback

Different derivations of the equilibrium equation and equilibrium constant for gaseous and liquid phase reactions are presented using the Gibbs and Helmholtz energy functions. This book is intended to help students better understand reaction equilibrium theory. 

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Remainders are bargain books, 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 Remainders section, visit our Remainders page.
by Lauren Groff
$4.99, hardcover (originally $30.65)

In the fields of western New York State in the 1970s, a few dozen idealists set out to found a commune centered on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House. Arcadia follows this romantic, rollicking, and tragic utopian dream from its hopeful start through its heyday and after.
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The Pale King
by David Foster Wallace
$6.99, hardcover (originally $27.99)

The Pale King remained unfinished at the time of David Foster Wallace's death, but it is a deeply compelling and satisfying novel, hilarious and fearless and as original as anything Wallace ever undertook. It grapples directly with the ultimate questions through characters imagined with interior force and generosity.
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The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics 
4th Edition
edited by Roland Greene
$24.99, paperback (originally $49.50)

Through three editions over more than four decades, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics has built a reputation as the most comprehensive and authoritative reference on all aspects of its subject.  Now this landmark work has been revised and updated for the twenty-first century. 
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usedRecent 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.
Auguste Rodin
by Rainer Maria Rilke

Originally published by Archipelago Books in 2004

$15.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Sculptor Auguste Rodin was fortunate to have as his secretary Rainer Maria Rilke, one of the most sensitive poets of our time. These two pieces discussing Rodin's work and development as an artist are as revealing of Rilke as they are of his subject. They mark the entry of the poet into the world of letters.

World Views:

Maps & Art

by Robert Silberman

Originally published by the Weisman Art Museum in 2000

$13.50 (paperback) in Very Good condition

This book was published in conjunction with the 1999 exhibition "World Views: Maps and Art," organized by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum. Both the book and the exhibition explore the rich relationship between art and maps that has persisted from the first century A.D. to the present moment.

Film Architecture:

From Metropolis to Blade Runner

edited by Dietrich Neumann

Originally published by Prestel in 1996

$60.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Through a series of contributions from major scholars, this book examines visionary architecture in films by focusing on original set designs from filmmakers across Europe and the United States. It is illustrated with many familiar backdrops and combines set designs with publicity stills from actual footage.

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale now:
David Allen Sibley
(March 14)
Simon Schama
(March 31, tickets through the New Center)

Tickets on sale
March 18:
Bob Mankoff (April 9)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Kevin Young

Mon, March 10, 7PM

Prize-winning poet Kevin Young reads from his latest collection, Book of Hours: Poems.
At Harvard Book Store
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Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld

Tue, March 11, 7PM 

Yale Law School's Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld discuss their provocative book The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America.
At Harvard Book Store
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Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Wed, March 12, 7PM 

Philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein considers the question "is philosophy obsolete?" with her new book Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away.
At Harvard Book Store
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Dan Chiasson

Thurs, March 13, 7PM

Poet and literary critic Dan Chiasson presents his new poetry collection Bicentennial: Poems.
At Harvard Book Store
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David Allen Sibley

Fri, March 14, 6PM 

Ornithologist and illustrator David Allen Sibley discusses his updated and expanded second edition of The Sibley Guide to Birds with Mass Audubon's Christopher Leahy.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 tickets
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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.   

Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, March 31, 7PM

The March selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary. Join us March 31!
At Harvard Book Store
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