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September 26, 2014

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news1An Eventful October!   


^ ^ ^ Our Upcoming Ticketed Events ^ ^ ^


It's nearly October, and our upcoming author events schedule is packed! Get your tickets for those events requiring them here.  


Scroll through the lineup over in the right hand sidebar; you'll see everyone coming to Harvard Square in the next week. There's something for politicos and history buffs, activists, logophiles (you know, word-lovers!), bibliophiles of all ages (of course), and more.  

In the store on Tuesday (9/30), in partnership with GrubStreet, we'll be hosting Robin Black for her novel Life Drawing, deemed by The Bookseller "the nearest thing to a perfect novel that I have ever read." In the store on Thursday (10/2) you'll meet The Shallows author Nicholas Carr, presenting his meditative The Glass Cage , an exploration of the ways our "increasing reliance on technology is affecting our happiness and re-shaping our humanity" (Forbes).















news2Give a Signed Book   


Here in the full swing of events season, Harvard Book Store's shelves are full of books signed by their authors. We'd never go so far as to say that the holidays are just around the corner... BUT, we certainly do have some beautiful books signed by their acclaimed authors, and signed books make great gifts.  


Wouldn't a signed book by David Mitchell, Sarah Waters, Rick Riordan, or Steven Pinker delight someone on your list?  

  • Shop our Featured Signed Books online here.
  • Put in a signed pre-order here.
  • And come browse the shelves!  





This week, along with bookstores and libraries across the country, we're celebrating the right to read with Banned Book Week.  




How many of our roundup of frequently banned books have you read? 



news4New Arrivals     


Every Tuesday in the fall is a big day in the book world, as all the hotly anticipated new releases hit the shelves.

Last week, this little guy was introduced to the world.

Like all big new releases, he arrived on a Tuesday.

Welcome to the world, Martin! And congrats to Martin's parents, our colleague Emily and her husband Chris.


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
A Novel
by Lauren Oliver


Ecco, hardcover

The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall makes her adult debut with this mesmerizing story of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the world of the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways.

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe:
The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise
by Chris Taylor


Basic Books, hardcover
How Star Wars Conquered the Universe explains how a young filmmaker's fragile dream beat out its many rivals to gain a diehard, multigenerational fan base--and why it will be galvanizing our imaginations and minting money for generations to come.

Packaged Pleasures:
How Technology and Marketing Revolutionized Desire
by Gary S. Cross and Robert N. Proctor


University of Chicago Press, hardcover

In Packaged Pleasures, Gary S. Cross and Robert N. Proctor delve into an uncharted chapter of American history, shedding new light on the origins of modern consumer culture and how technologies have transformed human sensory experience.  

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Kids & Young Adult
I'll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson


Dial, hardcover

A luminous story of first love, family, and loss for fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell. At thirteen, twins Jude and Noah are incredibly close, but three years later, they're barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck each in a dramatic way.

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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.
Blessed and Beautiful:
Picturing the Saints
by Robert Kiely
$12.99, hardcover (originally $40.00)

Blessed and Beautiful
 treats saints seriously as human religious figures (not icons of perfection). This beautifully written book offers a searching meditation on their lives and the images of them painted by Renaissance artists in Italy.
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In Sunlight and In Shadow
by Mark Helprin
$6.99, hardcover (originally $28.00)

Can love and honor conquer all? Mark Helprin's enchanting and sweeping novel springs from this deceptively simple question, and from the sight of a beautiful young woman, dressed in white, on the Staten Island Ferry at the beginning of summer, 1946.
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Parallel Stores:
A Novel
by Peter Nadas
$9.99, paperback (originally $25.00)

Parallel Stories is a novel of extraordinary scope and depth, a masterwork that traces the fate of myriad Europeans--Hungarians, Jews, Germans, Gypsies--across the treacherous years of the mid-twentieth century. 
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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 Linda Connor

Originally published Woodrose Publishing in 1994

$50.00 (paperback, signed by author) in Very Good condition

Light--portrayed in both its brilliant forms and quieter presences--forms the basis for the work presented here, selected from photographs Linda Connor has made since 1978. In these pieces, she pays homage to light. This small book is a celebration of it.

Hayami Shiro

photographs by Shigeo Anzai

Originally published by Bijutsu Shuppan-sha in 1988

$50.00 (paperback, signed by artist) in Very Good condition

Hayami Shiro is a contemporary Jananese artist who specializes in Land Art and stone sculpture. This volume contains both black and white and full color photographs of some of his most compelling work, including both indoor and outdoor installations.


A Fifty-Year Retrospective

by Yousuf Karsh

Originally published by Little, Brown, and Company in 1983

$75.00 (hardcover, signed by author) in Very Good condition

Karsh is the record of a major artist whose portraits have made being "Karshed" a singular accomplishment. It is by far the largest publication on Karsh; nearly 200 images record the "faces of our time," from FDR to Sophia Loren.

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:   

» B.J. Novak (Oct 2, Tickets on sale online only)
» Katha Pollitt (Oct 16)
» Alan Doyle (Oct 29, Tickets on sale online only)


Tickets on Sale Sept 30: 

» Cornel West (Oct 23)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Laurie Penny

Fri, Sept 26, 7PM

Laurie Penny 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.
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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Steven Pinker

Tues, Sept 30, 6PM

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. View our Sold Out Event FAQ for details.  

At the Brattle Theatre
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Robin Black

Tues, Sept 30, 7PM

Robin Black reads from her novel Life Drawing, "a beautifully written meditation on the delicate balance of intimacy and isolation within a long marriage" (Alice Sebold).
At Harvard Book Store
New Voices in Fiction
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Stephin Merritt

Wed, Oct 1, 6PM

Singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt presents 101 Two-Letter Words, his one-of-a-kind celebration of the two-letter words allowed in Scrabble, in conversation with the Boston Globe's Ethan Gilsdorf and co-sponsored by 826 Boston.
At the Brattle Theatre
$22 tickets (include book)
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Nicholas D. Kristof

Wed, Oct 1, 7PM

Nicholas D. Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, discusses A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity.
At Memorial Church
in Harvard Yard
$5 Tickets
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Carbon Tax to Combat Climate Change

Wed, Oct 1, 7PM

Cambridge Forum hosts State Senator Mike Barrett, physicist and activist Dr. Gary Rucinski, and Anne Kelly, director of public policy at CERES.
At the First Parish Church
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B.J. Novak

Thurs, Oct 2, 6PM

B.J. Novak (of The Office fame) is back to present his first book for kids, the unique The Book with No Pictures, co-sponsored by 826 Boston.
At the Brattle Theatre
$21 tickets (include book) / $5 kids tickets
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Nicholas Carr

Thurs, Oct 2, 7PM

The Shallows author Nicholas Carr explores the hidden costs of granting software dominion over our work and our leisure in The Glass Cage: Automation and Us.
At Harvard Book Store
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We appreciate the feedback we get from readers of this e-newsletter. Please send any comments to Alex at newsletter@harvard.com. Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you in the store!


Alex W. Meriwether
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