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April 26, 2014

Signing with economist Thomas Piketty



From time to time we like to politely point out that, sure, a certain web behemoth sells books too -- but when was the last time Amazon brought an award-winning author, literary living legend, intellectual superstar, or political icon to your neighborhood for a reading and discussion? 


Thank you to so many of you for attending and buying books at our events this spring! There's been a lot going on, and even more to come. This past week alone we had the pleasure of hosting events for some of the most talked about and bestselling books of the day.


news1Capital in the Twenty-First Century  


Last Friday, it was as if Harry Potter 8 had arrived at Harvard Book Store, in the form of a landmark work of economics from Harvard University Press and French economist Thomas Piketty. Nearly 150 gathered for the afternoon Friday Forum discussion of Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

Thomas Piketty: Capital
Thomas Piketty: Capital in the Twenty-First Century



news2A Fighting Chance  


On Thursday night, hundreds packed the pews of Harvard Square's First Parish Church for the senior senator from Massachusetts presenting her memoir A Fighting Chance.


Couldn't make the event? Books signed by Elizabeth Warren are on sale now in the store (and online here, for shipment throughout the U.S. or in-store pickup).


"To Harvard Bookstore: Thanks for helping
give us all a fighting chance. Elizabeth"
For a sample of the evening's discussion, watch video of Warren weighing in on none other than Thomas Piketty's work in this recent entry by The Huffington Post.

Watch the complete event, thanks to the the Forum Network, below.

Elizabeth Warren: A Fighting Chance
Elizabeth Warren: A Fighting Chance


news3Proud to Be a World Book Night Bookstore  


Lastly this week, a big thanks to all the World Book Night volunteers who gave away books all over the country (generously provided by publishers and delivered to volunteer "givers" via bookstores like us) on Wednesday, April 23. (Learn more about World Book Night here.)




Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
'Til the Well Runs Dry
by Lauren Francis-Sharma


Pub, hardcover

A moving multi-generational, multicultural saga that begins in the 1940s and sweeps through the 1960s in Trinidad and the United States, 'Til the Well Runs Dry is a story of grit and imperfection and love that has not been told before.

I Can Hear You Whisper:
An Intimate Journey through the Science and Sound of Language
by Lydia Denworth


Dutton Adult, hardcover
I Can Hear You Whisper is an investigation into the science of hearing, child language acquisition, neuroplasticity, brain development, and deaf culture. Lydia Denworth deftly shows how sound sculpts children's brains and the life changing consequences of that delicate process. 
by Benoit Peeters


Polity Press, paperback

This biography of Jacques Derrida tells the story of a Jewish boy from Algiers, excluded from school at the age of twelve, who went on to become the most widely translated French philosopher in the world.

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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

Off the Beaten Path:
A Traveler's Guide From the 1960s
by Anne Wyman


Print on Demand, paperback

Off the Beaten Path, a selection of Anne Wyman's travel articles published in The Boston Globe in the 1960s through 1970, offers a unique and fascinating insight into the world and its people at a time when the technologies and affordability of modern travel were about to transform everything.


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.
Richard Wright:
Early Works
by Richard Wright
$16.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)
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Richard Wright:
Later Works
by Richard Wright
$15.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)
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These two titles are Library of America collector's editions of Richard Wright's work. Included in the first volume: Lawd Today!, Uncle Tom's Children, and Native Son. Included in the second volume: Black Boy (American Hunger), and The Outsider.
Henry David Thoreau:
A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
Walden; Or, Life in the Woods
The Maine Woods
Cape Cod
by Henry David Thoreau
$17.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)

Thoreau wrote four full-length works, collected here for the first time in a single volume. Subtly interweaving natural observation, personal experience, and historical lore, they reveal his brilliance as a writer, naturalist, scholar, historian, poet, and philosopher. 
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The Cultural Tool
by Daniel L. Everett
$4.99, hardcover (originally $27.95)

A provocative study that presents language not as an innate component of the brain but as a tool unique to each culture worldwide, Language: The Cultural Tool gives us an unprecedented elucidation of the society-defined nature of language.
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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.
Medusa: A Portrait
by H.P. Lovecraft

Originally published by The Oliphant Press in 1975

$15.00 (paperback chapbook) in Very Good condition

H.P. Lovecraft's satirical poem, Medusa: A Portrait, was first published under the pseudonym Theobaldus Senectissimus in November of 1921. This limited edition twine-bound chapbook version is one of only 526 copies printed and is hand-numbered as number 170.

Stenberg Brothers:

Constructing a Revolution in Soviet Design

by Christopher Mount

Originally published by the Museum of Modern Art in 1997

$40.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

The Stenberg brothers were artists of immensely varied interests and eclectic skills. As seen in this book's superb colorplates, they brought to film poster design an extraordinary dynamism, originality, and contrast of scale, employing many of the artistic conventions of the Constructivist movement to great effect.

This Might Work:

Seth Godin Collected Work 2006-2012

compiled by Bernadette Jiwa

Originally published by Do You Zoom, Inc. in 2012

$125.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Seth Godin is the author of 15 bestselling books, more than 4,500 blog posts and numerous e-books. This beautifully produced, strikingly formatted (and giant!) volume represents the best of his blog and online writing from 2006 to 2012.

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)
» Michael Pollan (May 12)
» Glenn Greenwald in conversation with Noam Chomsky (May 15)
» Philippe Petit (May 19)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

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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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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Mon, April 28, 7:30PM

The Philosophy Café is a monthly gathering meant for the informal, relaxed, philosophical discussion. This month's topic is Roots of Morality.
At Harvard Book Store, Lower Level
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Tues, April 29, 7PM 

Historian and columnist Ramachandra Guha discusses his new book Gandhi Before India in conversation with Pratap Bhanu Mehta. Co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute at Harvard University.
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, April 30, 7PM 

Novelist David Chariandy and poet Danielle Legros Georges join the launch of Transition Magazine's issue #113, "What is Africa to me now?"
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, April 30, 7PM 

Cambridge Forum welcomes renowned art critic Sebastian Smee and art history professor Paul Tucker for a discussion of their respective works Lucian Freud and Kenneth Noland: Paintings, 1958-1968.
At First Parish Church Parish House
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Thurs, May 1, 7PM 

Matt Taibbi, author of The Great Derangement and Griftopia, discusses The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap with WBUR's Here and Now host Robin Young. Co-sponsored by Boston Review.
At the First Parish Church
$5 Tickets
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Fri, May 2, 3PM 

Harvard University Professor of Ukrainian History Serhii Plokhy discusses The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, May 2, 7PM 

Anne Fadiman, author of the introduction, and the friends and family of Marina Keegan will present and celebrate Keegan's posthumously published The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories.
At Harvard Book Store
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Sat, May 3, 4PM 

Slate staff writer Ben Blatt and president of The Harvard Lampoon Eric Brewster present their book I Don't Care if We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever.
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!  



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