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June 2, 2014

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news1Book Signings in June: David, John, Ben (+ ???)   


While nearly all of our events include book signings, we have some special signing-only events coming up in June worth noting.  


Our in-store David Sedaris reading and Brattle Theatre John Waters discussion are now both sold out (no standby lines for these events), but Mr. Sedaris will continue to sign for all after the ticketed reading on June 7, and we've just added a 2pm open-to-the-public signing with John Waters on June 14.  


Cambridge schools are out for summer on June 18, and bestselling local author Ben Mezrich is stopping by on June 25 to kick off summer vacation for the 8 to 12-year-old crowd out there. The author of Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires (which was adapted into the film The Social Network) will be signing copies of his new kids book Bringing Down the Mouse.  


Oh, and stay tuned for another addition to the June schedule, to be announced shortly. Just, seriously, yes. Stay tuned. It's... well...  


We're excited.  



news2Lena, Come to Boston!   


The forthcoming book by Lena Dunham (of Girls fame) was a big buzz book at Book Expo America this past week, and wow, we would love to host its author this fall.    




But we need your help. Tweet/Facebook/Instagram @lenadunham and @randomhouse and show them the warm welcome Lena would receive on book tour in Boston this fall. Use #lenacometoboston. Let's make this happen! 



news3Books Are Important    


The dispute between a certain online retailer and the publisher Hachette has continued to escalate in the last couple weeks. Here's some of what people are saying about this important moment in the publishing world: 

"How Book Publishers Can Beat Amazon" in The New York Times (read more)


"Right now bookstores, libraries, authors, publishers, and books themselves are caught in the crossfire of an economic war between publishers and online providers.... Amazon also, as you know, wants to control book selling, book buying, and even book publishing, and that is a national tragedy." --Author James Patterson at Book Expo America (read more


"Although we agree that retailers are entitled to bargain hard with their suppliers to achieve the best possible terms, books are not ordinary commodities." --Brad and Lissa of Politics & Prose Bookstore (read more)  


"If publishers make less money on every book, they are going to pay people less to write and edit them, and talented people will decide to do something else with their time.... If books do decline and become more generic because Amazon is hoarding the revenue, the readers will be slow to notice. How do you notice a great book that never gets written?" --Evan Hughes, "Bringing Down the Hachette" in Slate (read more)    


"Books aren't generic, interchangeable products like toothpaste or flatscreen TVs, and in the long run readers, authors and publishers all benefit most from a genuinely diverse marketplace.... If you can't buy the books you want at the everything store, then it's not really the everything store anymore, is it?" --Laura Miller, "Goodbye, Amazon: We're through!" in Salon (read more)  


Reminder: You can buy books, browse our shelves, have gifts shipped, and make wish lists on indie bookstore websites too (like harvard.com). You can make checklists, read reviews, and find out what's in stock with our new iPhone app AisleConnect. And we're open in Harvard Square 363 days a year.  


Now's a great time to make a stand and make a choice. Speech isn't a commodity. Books are important. Buy books from people who care about books.  



news4In Case You Missed It   


Timothy Geithner: Stress Test - Reflections on Financial Crises
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New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The Lobster Kings:
A Novel
by Alexi Zentner


W. W. Norton & Company, hardcover

Set in a fishing village and inspired by King Lear, The Lobster Kings is the story of a young woman's struggle to maintain her island's way of life in the face of danger from offshore and the rich, looming, mythical legacy of her family's namesake.

Tibetan Peach Pie:
A True Account of an Imaginative Life
by Tom Robbins

Ecco, hardcover
In Tibetan Peach Pie, Tom Robbins turns inward, stitching together stories of his unconventional life, from his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures -- all told in his unique voice that combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. 

The Barbara Johnson Reader:
The Surprise of Otherness
by Barbara Johnson


Duke University Press Books, hardcover

The Barbara Johnson Reader collects in a single volume some of the most influential essays written by Barbara Johnson over the course of her thirty-year career as a pioneering literary theorist and cultural critic. 

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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

by Jonathan Papernick


Print on Demand, paperback
XYXX is a limited-edition anthology of erotic short fiction by acclaimed short story writer Jonathan Papernick. The five stories in this collection are shot through with lust, adultery, sex, and all of the struggles and complications of eros in the modern world. 


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.
Revenge of the Lawn,
The Abortion,
So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away
by Richard Brautigan
$6.99, paperback (originally $17.95)
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Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America, The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster, and In Watermelon Sugar
by Richard Brautigan
$6.99, paperback (originally $15.95)
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These two volumes contain six of Richard Brautigan's counterculture classics, including novel Trout Fishing in America, short story collection Revenge of the Lawn, and poetry collection The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster.
Reinventing Bach
by Paul Elie
$6.99, hardcover (originally $30.00)

In Reinventing Bach Paul Elie tells the electrifying story of how musicians of genius have made Bach's music new in our time, at once restoring Bach as a universally revered composer and revolutionizing the ways that music figures into our lives. 
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Under the Dome
by Stephen King
$6.99, paperback (originally $19.99)

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when -- or if -- it will go away. 
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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.
Cognitive Architecture.
From Biopolitics to Noopolitics.
Architecture & Mind in the Age of Communication and Information
edited by Deborah Hauptmann and Warren Neidich

Originally published by 010 Publishers in 2010

$35.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Cognitive Architecture rethinks the relations between form and forms of communication, asking how evolving modalities -- from bio-politics to "noo-politics" -- can be mapped upon the city under the contemporary conditions of urbanization and globalization.


Peruvian Kitchen 

by Martin Morales

Originally published by Ten Speed Press in 2013

$15.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Ceviche is the first Peruvian cookbook published for US readers, featuring 100 recipes from the owner of London's acclaimed restaurant Ceviche, from sizzling barbecued beef anticucho skewers to superfood salads featuring quinoa and physalis. 

W. Eugene Smith:

Photographs 1934-1975  

edited by Gilles Mora and John T. Hill

Originally published by Harry N. Abrams in 1998

$50.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

This volume is the most complete monograph of the work of W. Eugene Smith, one of the heroes of American photojournalism. It features more than 350 duotone reproductions of both famous and never-before-published images.

Upcoming Events  

Upcoming Sales:
Fiction Fridays (Fridays All Summer Long!)
Our Summer Warehouse Sale (June 28 & 29)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Mon, June 2, 7PM 

Novelist and Rookie staff writer Emma Straub reads from The Vacationers, the story of a family in the midst of a maelstrom of change.
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Tues, June 3, 7PM

Poet and memoirist Richard Hoffman -- Senior Writer in Residence at Emerson College -- reflects on his upbringing in a post-World War II blue-collar family with Love & Fury: A Memoir.
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, June 4, 7PM 

Tufts University's Daniel Drezner discusses The System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression.
At Harvard Book Store
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Thurs, June 5, 7PM 

Nina Sankovitch, author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair, discusses Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing.
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Fri, June 6, 7PM 

Novelist Howard Norman, author of the National Book Award-nominated The Northern Lights and The Bird Artist, reads from Next Life Might Be Kinder -- a story of murder, desperate faith, the afterlife, and of love as absolute redemption.
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Fridays This Summer  

Fiction Friday is back!
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Sat, June 7, 5PM 

Our in-store reading with David Sedaris is SOLD OUT and will be closed to the public.
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Sat, June 7, 8PM 

This signing, opening to the public at approximately 8pm, will follow our SOLD OUT 5pm reading with Mr. Sedaris.
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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!  


The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, June 30, 7PM    

The June selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary.
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