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September 19, 2014

"The alchemy of fiction is that it is a lie that produces in you truth."--Junot Díaz



news113 Days in September    


Among our upcoming author events you'll find Stephin Merritt, the hilarious, melancholic, and witty singer-songwriter of the Magnetic Fields, reading poetry about Scrabble-eligible two-letter words. You'll meet The Office star B.J. Novak presenting a picture-less picture book for kids. You'll learn how The Great Gatsby came to be from Gatsby lover extraordinaire and Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan.  


Coming up on September 29 we'll welcome back New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower and Going Clear, for his acclaimed new book Thirteen Days in September, a day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference.


Kirkus TV Interview with Pulitzer Prize Winner and Bestselling Author Lawrence Wright
Kirkus TV Interview with Pulitzer Prize Winner
and Bestselling Author Lawrence Wright


"A magnificent book... In his minute-by-minute account of the talks Wright intersperses a concise history of Egyptian-Israel relations dating from the story of Exodus. Even more important is Wright's understanding that Sadat, Begin and Carter were not just political leaders, but exemplars of the Holy Land's three internecine religious traditions."--Joe Klein, The New York Times Book Review  


Learn more and purchase tickets (for events that require them) on our "Ticketed Events" page and browse our complete listing of upcoming events



news2Join the Campaign for E-Fairness Now   




Harvard Book Store is joining indie bookstores and businesses across the nation -- like the good folks at Changing Hands Bookstore in Arizona -- to push for e-fairness now.  


We are spreading the word that the current sales tax inequity negatively impacts businesses and communities around the country. 


"Independent brick-and-mortar retailers are at a significant competitive disadvantage by virtue of the fact that they are required to collect state and local sales taxes, while many of their large online competitors are not . . . . We support both the Marketplace Fairness Act, which passed the U.S. Senate in May 2013, as well as state 'nexus laws,' which clarify the sales tax obligations of large online retailers and have passed in more than a dozen states." --Advocates for Independent Business    


We want your help too. Join the campaign, and post one of the campaign images on your Facebook or Twitter (or post your own!) using the hashtag #efairnessnow. Contact members of Congress; tweet to them; e-mail them; send them a letter. Thank you! 



news3Our New Pal Jason     

Oh, just the Harvard Book Store staff and our new pal Jason Segel
Wow. We had a blast at last Friday night's raucous, wildly entertaining, sold-out event with Jason Segel, Karen Sama of 826 Boston, and a room packed with kids, teens, and grown-ups.


Check out media coverage of the event along with your tweets, photos, and some priceless video clips in our Storify roundup of this amazing night. A few signed copies of Nightmares! are still available in the bookstore. 



news4In Case You Missed It   


Marc Abrahams: This Is Improbable Too
Marc Abrahams & Contributors: This Is Improbable Too

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HBS Channel, our video archive of author events, and consider buying the books from Harvard Book Store. Your purchases support our award-winning author series.


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New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
by Eliza Robertson


Bloomsbury USA, hardcover

Eliza Robertson can handle the shocking turn, but she also has a knack for the slow surprise. Her stories are deftly constructed and their perspectives -- often those of the loners and onlookers, distanced by their gifts of observation -- are unexpected.

This Changes Everything:
Capitalism vs. The Climate
by Naomi Klein


Simon & Schuster, hardcover
Perhaps the most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core "free market" ideology of our time and restructure the global economy.

SOS - Calling All Black People:
A Black Arts Movement Reader
edited by James H. Bracey Jr., Sonia Sanchez, and James Smethurst 

University of Massachusetts Press, paperback

This volume brings together a broad range of key writings from the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. It includes works of fiction, poetry, and drama in addition to critical writings on issues of politics, aesthetics, and gender. 

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Kids & Young Adult
I Remember Beirut
by Zeinia Abirached


Graphic Universe, paperback

Zeina Abirached, author of the award-winning graphic novel A Game for Swallows, returns with a powerful collection of wartime memories from her childhood in Beirut. 

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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 Ig Nobel Cookbook:
Volume 1
by Corky White, Gus Rancatore, and Marc Abrahams


Print on Demand, paperback

The Ig Nobel Cookbook is a science humor cookbook filled with recipes invented, inherited, devised, and/or improvised by winners of the Ig Nobel Prize, Nobel laureates, and organizers of the Ig Nobel Ceremony.

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.
A Novel
by Gary Shteyngart
$4.99, paperback (originally $15.00)

With the enormous success of The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Gary Shteyngart established himself as a central figure in today's literary world. In Absurdistan, he delivers an even funnier and wiser literary performance.
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Telling Times:
Writing and Living, 1954-2008
by Nadine Gordimer
$6.99, hardcover (originally $39.95)

Never before has Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer published a comprehensive collection of her nonfiction. Telling Times represents the full span of that work -- from the twilight of white rule in South Africa to the fight to overthrow the apartheid regime.
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Michelangelo, Drawing, and the Invention of Architecture
by Cammy Brothers
$19.99, hardcover (originally $65.00)

In this engaging and handsome book, Cammy Brothers takes an unusual approach to Michelangelo's architectural designs, arguing that they are best understood in terms of his experience as a painter and sculptor. 
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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.
Body and Spirit:
Tibetan Medical Paintings
edited by Laila Williamson and Serenity Young

Originally published by the University of Washington Press in 2009

$23.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

The first full set of Tibetan medical paintings were painted between 1687 and 1703. In a beautiful and unique artistic style, they illustrate Tibetan medical knowledge that drew on traditions from India, Greece, Persia, and China, while still rooted in Buddhism. 

Marcel Duchamp, Notes

arranged and translated by Paul Matisse

Originally published by G.K. Paul & Co in 1983

$350.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Much of what we can know about Marcel Duchamp, this illusive artist, is revealed in the notes he wrote to himself. This book presents a large group of Duchamp's writings, discovered posthumously and published here in black-and-white facsimile.

Acts of Memory:

Cultural Recall in the Present

edited by Mieke Bal, Jonathan Crewe, and Leo Spitzer

Originally published by University Press of New England in 1999

$10.00 (papberack) in Very Good condition

Acts of Memory presents 15 tightly integrated essays that illustrate the active role of individual and cultural memory in tying the past to the present. The authors, in fields ranging from philosophy to media studies, illustrate how memory serves many purposes.

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:   

» B.J. Novak (Oct 2, Tickets on sale online only)
» Alan Doyle (Oct 29, Tickets on sale online only)


Tickets on Sale Sept 23: 

»  Katha Pollitt (Oct 16)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Fri, Sept 19, 6PM

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. View our  Sold Out Event FAQ.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Fri, Sept 19, 7PM

Rowan Jacobsen, author of A Geography of Oysters, presents Apples of Uncommon Character: Heirlooms, Modern Classics, and Little-Known Wonders. (And, yes, there will be apples to taste!)
At Harvard Book Store
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Privacy Policy: Surveillance Poetics

Mon, Sept 22, 7PM

Poets Stephen Burt, Dan Chelotti, Jorie Graham, Robert Pinsky, and Thera Webb join us for for readings from Black Ocean's new poetry anthology Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics. Co-sponsored by Boston Review
At Harvard Book Store
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Charles Burns and Michael Cho

Tues, Sept 23, 7PM

Artist Charles Burns concludes the long, strange trip that began in X'ed Out with his new graphic novel Sugarskull; Michael Cho joins us for his graphic novel debut, Shoplifter, about a young woman's search for happiness and self-fulfillment in the big city.
At Harvard Book Store
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Heather Cox Richardson

Thurs, Sept 25, 7PM

Heather Cox Richardson, professor of history at Boston College and the author of Wounded Knee, discusses To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party.
At Harvard Book Store
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Laurie Penny

Fri, Sept 26, 7PM

Laurie Penny, the blogger behind Penny Red and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, presents Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution -- a fresh look at gender and power in the twenty-first century.
At Harvard Book Store
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Lawrence Wright

Mon, Sept 29, 6PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright discusses his latest acclaimed nonfiction work, Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 Tickets
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The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, Sept 29, 7PM

Our monthly in-store book club will discuss David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas. Registration is not required.
At Harvard Book Store
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The Philosophy Café

Mon, Sept 29, 7PM

The Philosophy Café discusses "Is the Ideal Man a Real Man?"
At Harvard Book Store (Lower Level)
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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 

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