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September 5, 2014

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news1September in Full Swing   


Our Fall 2014 events series is officially in full swing. Check out our complete September calendar here. Get your tickets now for Muppets star Jason Segel, historical novelist Sarah Waters, New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright, and linguist Steven Pinker. Among ticketed events going on sale next week, singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields will discuss his book of poems about all the two-letter words allowed in Scrabble.   


And that's to say nothing of all the remarkable historians, debut novelists, comics artists, poets, bee and apple experts, and the MIT professor behind several works of computer generated texts -- all of them coming in September.      



news2Signed, Sealed, Delivered   


You can always order a signed book by one of our upcoming event authors, and sometimes we're lucky to have authors also stop by to sign books for stock. We feature many of the signed books we have available on harvard.com; check in to our Featured Signed Books page, and perhaps pre-order a personalized copy of a book we are featuring on our Featured Signed Pre-Orders page.


This week we're pleased to announce a special promotion for the next (much-anticipated) book for young readers by Rick Riordan.


Cambridge and Somerville residents: Pre-order a signed copy of The Blood of Olympus, part of the Heroes of Olympus series, and we will deliver it (with the alacrity of Hermes himself!) to your door on the day it is published, signed by the author, and personalized to a youngster in your life. Order here by Thursday, October 2 at 11:59pm.    



news3Don't Panic   


It's nearly fall. We have 2015 calendars. They are pretty. You are organized. Come on by.





news4In the Absence of Sparrows    


On a more serious note.

A poem by writer Daniel Johnson -- Executive Director of local youth writing center 826 Boston -- was published this week by the Academy of American Poets, as part of its Poem-a-Day series. "In the Absence of Sparrows" is a serial poem about his friend James Foley.

Daniel remembers their friendship:

"American reporter James Foley, who was killed in Syria on August 19, was -- and is -- a brother to me. In the wake of his senseless slaughter, I am publishing 'In the Absence of Sparrows,' which I wrote during his 656-day captivity. In so doing, I intend to reclaim his image and memory.... When I sit down to write these days, I look at a picture of Jim with a pen in his hand, a combat helmet cocked back on his head. I will miss him forever."
Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Photo by John Tlumacki/Boston Globe Staff

Read "In the Absence of Sparrows" here. Daniel remembers the life and writing of his friend in a Boston Globe interview here.  


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The Secret Place
by Tana French


Viking Adult, hardcover

The photo shows a boy who was found murdered on the grounds of a girls' boarding school in Dublin. The caption says I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM. The Secret Place is haunting exploration of loyalty and a gripping addition to the Dublin Murder Squad series.

100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write:
On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater
by Sarah Ruhl


Faber & Faber, hardcover
100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write is a book in which chimpanzees, Chekhov, and child care are equally at home. A vibrant examination of the possibilities of the theater, it is also an unexpected guide for anyone who has chosen an artist's life.

by Giacomo Leopardi


Yale University Press, hardcover

Freshly translated into English by master translator Tim Parks, Giacomo's Leopardi's Passions presents 164 entries reflecting the full breadth of human passion. The volume offers a fascinating introduction to Leopardi's arguments and insights. 

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Kids & Young Adult
A Little Valkyrie's First Day of School
by Adam Auerbach


Henry Holt & Co, hardcover

Edda is a Valkyrie. She lives in a magical land called Asgard where she has everything she wants. Well, almost everything. Edda wants a friend her own age and her papa knows of a place where she can make friends: a place on Earth called "school." 

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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 Kingmaker's Daughter
by Philippa Gregory
$4.99, hardcover (originally $16.00)

In this New York Times bestseller, Philippa Gregory tells the tale of Anne Neville, a beautiful young woman who must navigate the treachery of the English court as her father uses her and her sister as pawns in his political game.
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The Eve of Destruction:
How 1965 Transformed America
by James T. Patterson
$7.999, hardcover (originally $28.99)

At the beginning of 1965, the U.S. seemed on the cusp of a golden age. But that sense of harmony soon dissipated. In The Eve of Destruction, James T. Patterson traces the year's events, showing how they reset the course of American life.
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The Crisis of Islamic Civilization
by Ali A. Allawi
$5.99, paperback (originally $20.00)

Islam as a religion is central to the lives of over a billion people, but Ali A. Allawi argues that its outer expression as a civilization has been undergoing a crisis. Buffeted by powerful adverse currents, Islamic civilization today is a shadow of its former self. 
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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.
by Jean-Paul Sartre, translated by Chris Turner

Originally published by Seagull Books in 2010

$10.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Set in Malaya during the British protectorate, Sartre's Typhus is both a turbulent love story in the best traditions of Western popular cinema and an existentialist tale of moral redemption that shares many parallels with Albert Camus' novel The Plague.

The Scapegoat

by Rene Girard, translated by Yvonne Freccero

Originally published by The Johns Hopkins University Press in 1989

$10.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

In The Scapegoat, Rene Girard turns to classical mythology, medieval narrative, and the New Testament to explore the senses behind "texts of persecution," documents that recount collective violence from the standpoint of the persecutor.

My Sweet Mexico:

Recipes for Authentic Pastries, Breads, Candies, Beverages, and Frozen Treats

by Fany Gerson

Originally published by Ten Speed Press in 2010

$15.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

After years spent traveling and sampling sweets throughout her native Mexico, celebrated pastry chef Fany Gerson shares the secrets behind her beloved homeland's signature desserts in this highly personal and authoritative cookbook.  

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:   

Jason Segel (Sept 12, Tickets on sale online only)
Sarah Waters (Sept 18)
 Rainbow Rowell (Sept 19)
Lawrence Wright (Sept 29)
Steven Pinker (Sept 30)


Tickets on Sale Soon:  

Stephin Merritt (Oct 1, Tickets on sale Sept 9)
Nicholas D. Kristof (Oct 1, Tickets on sale Sept 9)
B.J. Novak (Oct 2, Tickets on sale Sept 9, online only)
Atul Gawande (Oct 9, Tickets on sale Sept 16)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Jeffrey T. Schnapp and Matthew Battles

Fri, Sept 5, 3PM

Jeffrey T. Schnapp and Matthew Battles, of Harvard University's metaLAB, discuss the future of libraries and their book The Library Beyond the Book.
Friday Forum
At Harvard Book Store
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Marc Abrahams

Fri, Sept 5, 7PM

Marc Abrahams presents This Is Improbable Too: Synchronized Cows, Speedy Brain Extractors and More WTF Research.
At Harvard Book Store
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Mon, Sept 8, 7PM

Edward E. Baptist, history professor at Cornell, discusses The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism.
At Harvard Book Store
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Matthew Thomas

Tues, Sept 9, 7PM

Matthew Thomas reads from his multigenerational debut novel of an Irish-American family, We Are Not Ourselves. Co-sponsored by GrubStreet.
New Voices in Fiction
At Harvard Book Store
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Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell

Wed, Sept 10, 7PM

Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell present Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jessie Burton

Thurs, Sept 11, 7PM

London native and debut novelist Jessie Burton reads from The Miniaturist, set in seventeenth century Amsterdam. Co-sponsored by GrubStreet.
New Voices in Fiction
At Harvard Book Store
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Noah Wilson-Rich

Fri, Sept 12, 7PM

Noah Wilson-Rich, founder of The Best Bees Company, discusses The Bee: A Natural History, co-sponsored by Follow the Honey
At Harvard Book Store
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Jason Segel

Fri, Sept 12, 7PM

Actor, writer, and musician Jason Segel discusses his frightening middle-grade novel Nightmares!
Tickets are $20 for adults (Includes Book) / $5 for kids (Ages 16 and Under)
At the First Parish Church
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Author Event Info 



Continuing this fall, featured event books at Harvard Book Store author talks are 20% off on the day of the event. Thank you for supporting this author series with your purchases.


Tickets & Coupons 

$5 tickets are also coupons good for $5 off a purchase at Harvard Book Store. Coupons expire 30 days after the event.


The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, Sept 29, 7PM    

Our next selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary. Join us in September!
At Harvard Book Store
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