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March 21, 2014

Don't be a sloth... Read a book!
(artwork from new staff pick Sparky!)


news1It's Time for Vericon


Every year we play host to author signings for Harvard's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention. We've also decked out our Used Book window display and stretches of our Remainders in-store displays with discounted sci-fi/fantasy literature.   




Vericon guest of honor Patrick Rothfuss will kick off the signing on Saturday at 1pm. Staffer Ben F. says of Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind, "This inspired first installment of The Kingkiller Chronicle deserves to be read not only by fantasy lovers but also by anyone who just enjoys a good story," and Emily P. suggests you pick up The Wise Man's Fear (Book #2) at the same time as The Name of the Wind. "I promise you, once you finish one, you won't want to wait to start the second."  



news2And It's Time to Count the Books   


Our annual inventory is on Monday night, so many of our staff will be up late counting all the books in the store (and also possibly enjoying Bartley's frappes while doing so, into the wee hours -- it's tradition!)


What this means for you is that we'll be closing at 9pm (rather than 11) on Monday, March 24.  



news3This March, Read Your Way to Spring    


Each month we send out a curated selection of suggested reads from among our monthly featured books, staff recommendations, new paperbacks, and more.  


Browse our March suggestions (books on Beethoven to Dickens to A Walk in the Woods) and click that "Join Email List" at the top of the page to become a subscriber. 



news4In Case You Missed It   


This week we were pleased to host theoretical physicist and writer Alan Lightman. This and many other recent talks are available to view online at the HBS Channel on harvard.com

The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew

A limited number of signed copies of Lightman's The Accidental Universe are still available (order here). Thanks, as always, for purchasing books from Harvard Book Store! Book sales ensure the future of this acclaimed author series.


And thanks for reading!


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
Raising Steam:
A Discworld Novel
by Terry Pratchett

Doubleday, hardcover

This latest installment in Terry Pratchett's best-selling Discworld series traces the remarkable changes occurring in Ankh-Morpork with the arrival of the first steam engine, which culminates in a new, challenging, and above all greasy job for Moist von Lipwig.

The Scarlet Sisters:
Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age
by Myra MacPherson


Twelve, hardcover
This book is a fresh look at the life and times of Victoria Woodhull and Tennie Claflin, two sisters whose radical views on sex, love, politics, and business threatened the white male power structure of the nineteenth century and shocked the world. 
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In Spite of Everything
by Élisabeth Roudinesco


Verso, paperback

To recall Lacan's career, now that the age of psychoanalysis is over, is to remember an intellectual adventure that occupies a founding place in our modernity. Here, Élisabeth Roudinesco revisits his life and work: what it was -- and what it remains.

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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

Bird Envy:
Flash Fiction 
by Meg Pokrass


Print on Demand, paperback

"Sassy, sexy and smart, Meg Pokrass's flash stories are addictive for their startling leaps of an imagination brilliantly at play." --Pamela Painter, author of Wouldn't You Like to Know (Carnegie Mellon University Press) and three-time Pushcart Prize winner

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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 Remainders page.
Ryszard Kapuscinski
by Artur Domoslawski
$6.99, hardcover (originally $34.95)

The Polish journalist and writer Ryszard Kapuscinski was one of the most influential eyewitness journalists of the twentieth century. In this definitive biography, Artur Domoslawski shines a new light on the personal relationships of this intensely charismatic, deeply private man.
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The Essential Kierkegaard
by Søren Kierkegaard
$16.99, paperback (originally $35.00)

This is the most comprehensive anthology of Søren Kierkegaard's works ever assembled in English. Drawn from the volumes of Princeton's authoritative Kierkegaard's Writings series, the selections represent every major aspect of Kierkegaard's extraordinary career.
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What Neuroscience Tells Us About Our Morality
by Patricia S. Churchland
$8.99, paperback (originally $17.95)

In Braintrust, neurophilosophy pioneer Patricia Churchland argues that morality originates in the biology of the brain. The result is a provocative genealogy of morals that asks us to reevaluate the priority given to religion, absolute rules, and pure reason in accounting for the basis of morality.
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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.
Christopher Wool
edited by Katherine Brinson

Originally published by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2013

$30.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Published on the occasion of the artist's retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, this exhibition catalog presents a rich selection of paintings, photographs and works on paper, forming the most comprehensive examination of Christopher Wool's career to date. 

Autobiographical Sketches

by Maxwell Fry

Originally published by Elek Books Limited in 1975

$25.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

One of the founders of modern architecture looks back with the sensibility of a poet to scenes from his boyhood and youth in a series of autobiographical sketches which were written at home and abroad over a period of twenty years. Illustrated with 26 drawings by the author. 

Sargent's Venice 

edited by Julia Moore

Originally published by Yale University Press in 2006

$55.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

This gorgeously illustrated book presents nearly seventy of John Singer Sargent's oil and watercolor paintings of Venice, many of them famous but others only rarely seen. The book also contains fascinating new photographs of actual sites depicted in Sargent's paintings.

Upcoming Events  


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Fri, March 21, 7PM

Three young American hikers captured by Iranian forces in 2009 and held in captivity for two years tell their story with A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran.
At Harvard Book Store
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Author Signings for Vericon XIV:
Harvard's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention

Sat, March 22, 1PM-3:45PM 

Harvard Book Store hosts signings (open to all!) for Harvard's annual Vericon convention, featuring authors Patrick Rothfuss (1-2pm), Jo Walton and Scott Lynch (1:45-2:15), M.L Brennan, Saladin Ahmed, and Max Gladstone (2:30-3:00), Luke Scull and Greer Gilman (3:15-3:45).
At Harvard Book Store
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Tue, March 25, 7PM 

Historian and Stanford University professor Estelle B. Freedman discusses Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation.
At Harvard Book Store
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Susanna Kaysen

Wed, March 26, 7PM 

Susanna Kaysen, acclaimed author of Girl, Interrupted, presents her new novel Cambridge -- an exploration of memory and nostalgia set in the 1950s among the academics and artists of Cambridge, Massachusetts..
At Harvard Book Store
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Helene Atwan and Danielle Ofri

Wed, March 26, 7PM

Cambridge Forum welcomes Beacon Press director Helene Atwan and Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD for a discussion of Ofri's book What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine.
At the First Parish Church Parish House
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Anthony De Sa

Thurs, March 27, 7PM 

Anthony De Sa presents his debut novel Kicking the Sky, a "well-realized coming-of-age story . . . distinguished by its setting in a traditional Portuguese community on the brink of change." --Booklist
At Harvard Book Store
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Susan Cheever

Fri, March 28, 7PM    

Biographer and novelist Susan Cheever discusses E.E. Cummings: A Life. Co-sponsored by Mass Poetry, Woodberry Poetry Room, and Grolier Poetry Bookshop.
At Harvard Book Store
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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.   

The 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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Alex W. Meriwether
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