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June 27, 2014

Warehouse Sale This Weekend!



news1Shelves of Treasures Gleam   


Our Summer Warehouse Sale is upon us! This weekend at 14 Park Street, Somerville, you'll find thousands of books (used books, remainders, and collectors titles), all 15% off their already marked down prices.  


Huzzah! We are now ready to announce the winners of our golden ticket haiku promotion. We put out the call for haiku inspired by bookstore browsing and book discovery; we received dozens and dozens of your fantastic responses. The following five winners have won Taza chocolate and early entry to the Warehouse Sale on Saturday, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-style. Doors then open to all at 10am (and close each day at 6pm).


A haiku by Margaret W.

Shelves of treasures gleam--
Aladdin can keep his lamp;
My rug's book-laden.


"Bookstore" by John D.

rooms of words on trees--
a printed, bound Amazon
for real-life leafing


A haiku by Ian F.

In grade school math class
Remainders frustrated me
Now I live for them


"At the Register" by Marcy E.

Osmotic uptake?
Sell Furniture? Displace cat?
Oh! Pile of new books!


A haiku by Amanda D.

Teasing spines, I vow,
"Just window shopping today."
But one book can't hurt.


It was tough to pick just five. Read our honorable mention selections here. (They'll win chocolate by Chocolove.)  


Thank you to all who entered; we'll see you at the sale



news2Attention Writers   


Our partner GrubStreet is now accepting applications for its unique Launch Lab program.

Are you a fiction or nonfiction writer with a book coming out in the next calendar year? Are you hoping to make your book launch as successful as possible but aren't sure how to go about setting up a marketing strategy? GrubStreet's Launch Lab equips writers with upcoming book launches with the knowledge and tools they need to be effective in their marketing efforts, while also providing community so that the process is fun, not daunting.

During three weekend sessions from October through December, 2014, participants will get PR and marketing advice from industry professionals, personalized coaching, media training, and access to an engaged and motivating community of fellow writers at the same stage as you. You'll walk away with a strategic plan for your writing career that feels right for you. Learn more about the program and apply before August 15th. Applicants must have completed manuscripts and have an assigned publication date for some time in the next 12 months. Books may be traditionally published or self-published.

Harvard Book Store's next author event for GrubStreet Launch Lab is July 11. Come check it out!




news3Recommended by Kari    


Longtime staffer Kari P. is moving to the midwest this summer, and we will miss her!  


Before she goes, she is recommending two more of her very favorite books for young readers, Tuck Everlasting and The Thief of Always.  


Browse Kari's complete collection of staff recommendations here.   


Good luck, KP! 



news4July 4th, Fiction Fridays, Going to the Beach      


Please note: On July 4 we'll be closing up shop at 8pm. We'll be back to regular hours on Saturday.

July 4 also happens to be another Fiction Friday in the store. Staffer Brad recommends Smith Henderson's acclaimed new novel, Fourth of July Creek:

"This book knocked me over. Completely wasn't expecting it. Then it proceeded to kick me while I was down, again and again. Then it helped me up and bought me a beer. It's a stand up book, you should get to know it."

Need more suggestions? Staffer Rachel was on WBUR's Radio Boston last week to recommend summer reads. Browse the list and listen to the complete program here.

Finally, next week I'll be heading to a beach somewhere to finally read Moby-Dick. (At long last, after all these years. I discovered this gorgeous edition in our fiction section a while back and couldn't resist.)

Check out the sidebar or harvard.com/events for our author schedule for the next two weeks (including local writers Kim Elkins and James Carroll), and check your inbox for our next "News from Harvard Book Store" on July 11!


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The Arsonist: A Novel
by Sue Miller


Knopf, hardcover

From the best-selling author of While I Was Gone and The Senator's Wife comes a new novel about a family and a community tested when an arsonist begins setting fire to the homes of the summer people in a small New England town.

Unreal City: Las Vegas, Black Mesa, and the Fate of the West
by Judith Nies


Nation Books, hardcover
Unreal City explores how and why resources have been taken from native lands, what it means in an era of climate change, and why, in this city divorced from nature, the only thing more powerful than money is water.

Existence: Essays in Ontology
by Peter van Inwagen


Cambridge University Press, hardcover

The problem of the nature of being was central to ancient and medieval philosophy, and continues to be relevant today. In this collection of thirteen recent essays, Peter van Inwagen applies the techniques of analytical philosophy to a wide variety of problems in ontology and meta-ontology.

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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

Yonder is the Gong
by Septima


Print on Demand, paperback

An intimate glimpse into the lives of a family of seven sisters and four brothers, children of a Church of Ireland Rector. They all grew up in Ardrahan, a small township in County Galway, in the last decade of Queen Victoria's reign. "Yonder is the Gong" is a memoir of those years written by one of the sisters, Georgina Trotter ("Septima"), which takes us back to what reads now like a charmed 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.
The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
by Boris Kachka
$7.99, hardcover (originally $28)

Boris Kachka deftly reveals the era and the city that built one the most influential publishing houses of the modern era. Junot Díaz calls Hothouse "Mad Men for the literary world."
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The Infinity of Lists
by Umberto Eco
$9.99, paperback

The Infinity of Lists is a lavishly illustrated celebration of lists in art and literature by one of Europe's most influential writers and thinkers.
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The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone -- Especially Ourselves
by Dan Ariely
$5.99, hardcover (originally $26.99)

Dan Ariely, behavioral economist and the New York Times bestselling author of The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational, examines the contradictory forces that drive us to cheat and keep us honest, in this groundbreaking look at the way we behave.
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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.
Fish and Fish Dishes of Laos
by Alan Davidson

Originally published by Charles E. Tuttle Co., Inc. in 1975

$50.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Alan Davidson's study of the fish cookery of Laos has been out of print for more than two decades. This reprinting contains a catalogue of species, a collection of recipes, and information on cooking materials and ingredients.


The Persian Book of Kings

by Abolqasem Ferdowsi; translated by Dick Davis

Originally published by Mage Publishers in 2009

$13.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Composed by the poet Ferdowsi in the late tenth century, the Shahnameh tells the story of pre-Islamic Iran, beginning in the mythic time of creation and continuing forward to the Arab invasion in the seventh century.

Fifty-One Years

by David Goldblatt

Originally published by Actar Publishers in 2002

$80.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Goldblatt's work is uncompromising in its critical exploration of South African society, Apartheid and post-apartheid. His photographs of South African architecture eloquently address the inequalities of the nation.

Upcoming Events  


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

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Bill Scheft

Fri, June 27, 7PM

Bill Scheft, longtime staff writer for David Letterman, reads from his comedic novel Shrink Thyself.
At Harvard Book Store
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Sat & Sun, June 28 & 29, 10AM-6PM 

Featuring a wide selection of discounted used, remaindered, and collectors books!
At Harvard Book Store Warehouse, 14 Park St., Somerville
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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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Mon, June 30, 7:30PM

This month's Philosophy Café gathers for a discussion about the intersection of mythology and philosophy.
At Harvard Book Store, Lower Level
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Tues, July 1, 7PM

Journalist and pop culture historian Dan Epstein discusses Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76.
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, July 2, 7PM

Matthew Stewart, the author of The Courtier and the Heretic, explores the origins of American democracy with Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fiction Fridays

Fri, July 4, 9AM-8PM 

All summer long, fiction purchases at Harvard Book Store will be 15% off on Fridays.

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Tues, July 8, 7PM

Debut novelist Kim Elkins reads from her novel What Is Visible, based on the life of the first deaf and blind person to learn language, blazing a trail for Helen Keller.
At Harvard Book Store
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Thurs, July 10, 7PM

Local author James Carroll presents his latest novel, Warburg in Rome, a World War II story of desperate fugitives, runaway Nazis, Jewish resisters, and criminal Church figures.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, July 11, 7PM

Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome local authors Michael Blanding, Christine Cipriani, Jennifer De Leon, and Deborah Halber for a panel discussion on the true stories of people who charted new territory.
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! 


The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, July 28, 7PM    

The July selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Adam Johnson's novel The Orphan Master's Son. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary.
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