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June 7, 2014

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» David Sedaris Day     
Hillary Rodham Clinton: June 16



news1June 7 is David Sedaris Day   


Today is David Sedaris Day! Please note that the store will be closed to the public from about 3:30 to 8:00pm-ish today for the ticketed in-store reading and signing. Once those who purchased tickets have gotten books signed, the line will open up to all!  


Those interested in the public signing: we'll start handing out numbers for that signing line at 6pm. We'll be posting what number the signing line is up to in the store and on our Twitter @HarvardBooks throughout the night.  



news2June 16 is Hillary Clinton Day     


Yesterday we announced the big news that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be stopping by the store on Monday, June 16, to sign her new memoir Hard Choices. Here's what you need to know.  

  • $38 tickets go on sale online only at hillaryclinton.eventbrite.com on Monday, June 9 at 9am.
  • Ticket price includes the cost of the book ($35), Massachusetts sales tax, and a Harvard Book Store handling fee.
  • Ticket holders will each receive a signing line wristband and one copy of Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton. This is a book signing only. 
Please review our complete event guidelines at Eventbrite or at harvard.com.




news3Celebrating Fiction All Summer   


Fiction Fridays is back! We'll be celebrating fiction all summer long with discounted new fiction in the bookstore, every Friday through August. And we'll be celebrating here in the weekly newsletter with recommended fiction reads from the staff.  


Staffer and ballet devotee Rachel C. recommends Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead:


"Shipstead's descriptions of dancers in action are some of the clearest and most lovely I've read and the atmosphere of artistry, routine, and competition she creates rings true. But while ballet dancers are physically and artistically rarefied beings, it is her characters' humanity that makes this book worth the time of any reader, regardless of how many left feet you may have."


Read more here, and pick up a copy (signed by the author!) in the store. 


And don't forget Dad! Father's day is next weekend. Find suggestions in the store and the perfect card to go with it. 



news4Support Authors    


This week Stephen Colbert weighed in on the ongoing Hachette-Amazon dispute (need a refresher? Here's "The dispute in 13 easy steps") and was joined by the wonderful and charming Sherman Alexie.

Authors -- from Robert Galbraith (pseudonym for J.K. Rowling) to debut authors like Edan Lepucki -- are among those most affected by the online retailer's removal of pre-order buttons from their site. Support authors. Pre-order California by Lepucki from your local indie bookstore (or from this one!) now. Pre-order Rowling's followup to The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm, here.


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You:
A Novel 
by Courtney Maum


Touchstone, hardcover

In this reverse love story set in Paris and London, a artist attempts to fall back in love with his wife and win her back after the end of his affair, an effort that is challenged by the sale of a personal painting and his wife's discovery of his infidelity.

My Salinger Year
by Joanna Rakoff


Knopf, hardcover
My Salinger Year is a memoir about literary New York in the late nineties, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing, where a young woman finds herself entangled with one of the last great figures of the century.
Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media
by Giuliana Bruno


University of Chicago Press, hardcover

What is the place of materiality in our visual age of rapidly changing materials and media? In Surface, cultural critic and theorist Giuliana Bruno deftly explores this question, seeking to understand materiality in the contemporary 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

The Reagan Memes
by Martin Long


Print on Demand, paperback

The Reagan Memes is an examination of how Republicans have applied the once successful themes of the Reagan presidency to radically different modern day circumstances.


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 Silver Star:
A Novel
by Jeannette Walls
$6.99, hardcover (originally $26.00)

In The Silver Star, Jeannette Walls has written a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world-a triumph of imagination and storytelling.
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Bring Up the Bodies:
A Novel
by Hilary Mantel
$6.99, hardcover (originally $28.00)

Bring Up the Bodies, winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize 
and sequel to Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller Wolf Hall, delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn.
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How to Cook Everything:
Simple Recipes for Great Food
by Mark Bittman
$10.99, paperback (originally $24.95)

Here's the one-stop cooking reference for today's generation of cooks. Nationally known cooking authority Mark Bittman shows how to prepare great food for all occasions using simple techniques, fresh ingredients, and basic equipment.
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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.
Wonderful Blood:
Theology and Practice in Late Medieval Northern Germany and Beyond
by Caroline Walker Bynum

Originally published by University of Pennsylvania Press in 2007

$13.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

In Wonderful Blood, Caroline Walker Bynum studies the saving power attributed to Christ's blood at north German cult sites, the theological controversy such sites generated, and the devotional art dedicated to Christ's wounds, scourging, and crucifixion.

Milos Sobaic 

by Edward Lucie-Smith

Originally published by Philip Wilson Publishers in 2013

$35.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Richly illustrated with over 250 color images, this is the first English language study of leading Serbian artist Milos Sobaic. Sobaic's work is a torrential outpouring of images in a wide variety of forms -- from paintings, sculptures, installations.

Agustín Fernandez:

The Metamorphosis of Experience

by Agustin Fernandez

Originally published by Five Continents Editions in 2012

$40.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

At the time of his death in 2006, Agustin Fernandez ranked among Cuba's most outstanding and inimitable artists. Today his work is most recognizable for its precariously balanced forms, erotic overtones, and surreal juxtapositions.

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale June 9:

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Sat, June 7, 5PM

Our in-store reading with David Sedaris is SOLD OUT and will be closed to the public.
At Harvard Book Store
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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.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jordan Ellenberg

Mon, June 9, 7PM

Mathematics professor Jordan Ellenberg presents How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking.
At Harvard Book Store
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Laurence Tribe

Tues, June 10, 7PM

Harvard constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe discusses Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution.
At Harvard Book Store
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Evan Osnos

Wed, June 11, 7PM

The New Yorker's Evan Osnos discusses Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China.
At Harvard Book Store
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Linda A. Hill and Emily Truelove

Thurs, June 12, 7PM

Linda A. Hill of Harvard Business School and Emily Truelove of the Sloan School of Management discuss Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation.
At Harvard Book Store
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Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner

Fri, June 13, 7PM

Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner examine the history of comics around the world from the late 1960s to the dawn of the 21st century.
At Harvard Book Store
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Sat, June 14, 2PM

John Waters signs copies of his new book Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America.
At Harvard Book Store
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Sat, June 14, 6PM

This event is SOLD OUT. There will be no standby line at this event.
At the Brattle Theatre
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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, 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.
At Harvard Book Store
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