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April 18, 2014

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news1Pulitzer Prize Winners    

Megan Marshall joined us for
"Indies First" last fall, a celebration of indie bookstores with many of our wonderful local authors


First off this week -- we're tipping our collective hats to local author and friend of the store Megan Marshall!


Megan Marshall is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for her richly researched book Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, the remarkable story of a nineteenth century author, journalist, critic, and pioneering advocate of women's rights who died in a shipwreck.  


Find signed copies of Margaret Fuller -- new to paperback -- in the store this week! (Browse all our featured signed books here.) 


See the complete list of prizewinners here, including the staff of The Boston Globe and Donna Tartt, author of The Goldfinch



news2Happy Big 4-5-0    


April 23 marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth (observed), and Harvard Square is celebrating next Saturday (April 26) with the seventh annual Bookish Ball and Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration. The day will feature bookstore strolls, live music, Shakespearean performances, birthday cake, and more.  


Throughout next week we're celebrating the Bard with a Shakespeare display up on the information desk and two author events of note to Bardophiles. On Wednesday we'll welcome Harvard Renaissance scholar and Will in the World author Stephen Greenblatt for a discussion of Shakespeare's Montaigne. On Saturday Dan Falk stops by to discuss the connections between Shakespeare and the beginnings of the Scientific Revolution (and how, together, they changed the world forever).  



news3(Belated) Correction from a Marketing Manager 


Well, we all make mistakes, but it's not every day that one of those errors is turned into a work of literature by a master of the form -- into part of "the most revolutionary collection of stories by an American in twenty-five years." MacArthur Fellow (and one of our staff's very favorite short story writers) Lydia Davis has published a gorgeous new collection Can't and Won't, which includes a piece titled "Letter to a Marketing Manager."  


Dear Harvard Book Store Marketing Manager. This particular marketing manager's heart stopped upon reading that first line.  




Thanks to Ms. Davis for all that you do, and apologies for what seems to be an unfortunate biographical mistake in a 2002 newsletter from Harvard Book Store.  


We haven't unearthed a copy of the newsletter in question, but Davis explains the background of the story in this interview with Kirkus. We regret and apologize for the decade old error, but it's a thrill to be a small part of this new collection. 



news4In Case You Missed It   


Browse the HBS Channel, our video archive of author events. This week we're featuring our recent discussion with Annalee Newitz and Seth Mnookin on "How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction."
Annalee Newitz: Scatter, Adapt, and Remember
Annalee Newitz: Scatter, Adapt, and Remember


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New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The Steady Running of the Hour:
A Novel
by Justin Go


Simon & Schuster, hardcover

In this mesmerizing debut, a young American discovers he may be heir to the unclaimed estate of an English World War I officer, which launches him on a quest across Europe to uncover the elusive truth.

The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings
by Craig L. Symonds


Oxford University Press, hardcover
In this gripping account of D-Day, Craig L. Symonds now offers the complete story of the Olympian effort that lead to success in securing the foothold for the eventual campaign to Berlin, and the end of the most terrible war in human history.

Reclaiming American Cities:
The Struggle for People, Place, and Nature since 1900
by Rutherford H. Platt


University of Massachusetts Press, paperback

In Reclaiming American Cities, Rutherford H. Platt examines the long struggle against patricians and technocrats of earlier decades and the recent sprouting of grassroots efforts to make metropolitan America more humane and sustainable. 

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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

Wind in the Fire
by Bobbi Gibb


Print on Demand, paperback

The journey of Bobbi Gibb is one of the most unique stories of our time. In Wind in the Fire the first woman to run the Boston Marathon shares the excitement of her adventures and the passion of her discoveries in a heartwarming and humorous narrative.


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.
The Little House Books:
The Library of America Collection
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
$32.99, hardcover boxed set (originally $75.00)

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books are classics of children's literature, beloved by millions. Here, for the first time in two collectible hardcover volumes, are all eight novels plus the posthumous novella The First Four Years, which recounts the early years of the author's marriage to Almanzo Wilder. 
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American Noir:
11 Classic Crime Novels of the 1930s, 40s, & 50s
edited by Robert Polito
$37.99, hardcover boxed set (originally $70.00)

This adventurous two-volume collection presents a rich vein of modern American writing too often neglected in mainstream literary histories. Tapping deep roots of the American imagination, the novels in these volumes explore themes of guilt, deception, passion, murder, and the disintegrating psyche. 
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Rebel Cities:
From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution
by David Harvey
$7.99, hardcover (originally $19.95)

Rebel Cities places the city at the heart of both capital and class struggles. Drawing on the Paris Commune as well as Occupy Wall Street and the London Riots, Harvey asks how cities might be reorganized in more socially just and ecologically sane ways -- and how they can become the focus for anti-capitalist resistance.
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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.
The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid:
In Which Coloured Diagrams and Symbols are Used Instead of Letters for the Greater Ease of Learners
by Oliver Byrne

Originally published by Taschen America LLC in 2013

$20.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Nearly a century before Mondrian made red, yellow, and blue lines famous, Oliver Byrne employed the color scheme for the diagrams in his unusual 1847 edition of Euclid's Elements.  This remarkable example of Victorian printing has been described as one of the oddest and most beautiful books of the 19th century.

How Literature Changes the Way We Think

by Michael Mack

Originally published by Bloomsbury in 2011

$15.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

In this book, Durham University's Michael Mack maintains that the arts, and literature in particular, do not merely describe our world but that they also have the unique and underappreciated power to make us aware of how we can change accustomed forms of perception and action. 

Athens - Sparta

edited by Nikolaos Kaltsas

Originally published by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation in 2006

$12.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

This catalog, published with the exhibition of the same name held at NYC's Onassis Cultural Center in 2007, "negotiates one of the most seminal issues of Greek Antiquity, the history, cultural identity, and parallel course of the two most important city-states in the ancient Greek world." --from the preface

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale now:
Matt Taibbi in conversation with Robin Young (May 1)
Roz Chast (May 7)
Michael Cunningham
(May 8)

Ruth Reichl in conversation with Barbara Lynch (May 9)

Tickets on sale April 22:
Michael Pollan (May 12)
Glenn Greenwald in conversation with Noam Chomsky (May 15)
Philippe Petit (May 19)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Fri, April 18, 3PM

Paris School of Economics professor Thomas Piketty discusses his landmark work Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
At Harvard Book Store
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Mon, April 21, 7PM  

Historian Ian Morris discusses War! What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots.
At Harvard Book Store
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Kristie Macrakis

Tues, April 22, 7PM 

Historian of espionage Kristie Macrakis discusses her book Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda.
At Harvard Book Store
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Stephen Greenblatt

Wed, April 23, 7PM 

Harvard's Stephen Greenblatt explores the echoes and significant tensions between Shakespeare's and Montaigne's world visions with Shakespeare's Montaigne: The Florio Translation of the Essays, A Selection.
At Harvard Book Store
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Thurs, April 24, 7PM 

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. View our Sold Out Event FAQ. We are also taking pre-orders for signed books.
At the First Parish Church
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Fri, April 25, 3PM 

Richard B. Primack, professor of biology at Boston University, discusses Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's Woods.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, April 25, 7PM 

Local author and former chief book critic of the Boston Globe Gail Caldwell presents her latest memoir, New Life, No Instructions.
At Harvard Book Store
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Sat, April 26, 7PM 

Journalist Dan Falk explores The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright's Universe. Part of Harvard Square's annual Bookish Ball & Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration.
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, April 28, 7PM    

The April selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Louise Erdrich's novel The Round House. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary.
At Harvard Book Store
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This Month


Browse our April "Recommended This Month" newsletter, with picks from our featured titles, staff recommendations, new paperbacks, and more. Click "Join Email List" at the top of the page to receive our forthcoming May selections. 

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