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October 24, 2014

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news1Boston Book Fest 2014   




Head over to Copley Square in Boston on Saturday for the daylong Boston Book Festival! It's Boston's most bookish time of year.  


WBUR's "The Artery" points out ten events they're looking forward to, but check out the whole schedule here (or pick up the handy program guide in Harvard Book Store or around the festival).




We'll be camped out at the Boston Common Hotel selling books for panels on historical fiction, libraries of the future, memoir, and for "Twenty Questions with Steve Almond," among others, so come say hi! 



news2Martin Parr, This Saturday   




Also on Saturday: over on this side of the river at Harvard, we'll be helping out as Phaidon Press hosts famed British photographer Martin Parr, one of the great chroniclers of the contradictions and absurdities of life and leisure in the age of late capitalism.  




Martin Parr joins Paul Larosa in conversation about the making of The Photobook: A History, Volume III, for a free event on Saturday at 3pm at Harvard's Carpenter Center, followed by a book signing.  


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news3Mayor Menino Event Canceled   


Regretfully we must announce that Mayor Menino's Mayor for a New America appearance at the First Parish Church on Monday, October 27, has been canceled. His book tour will be postponed indefinitely. We send our regrets for any inconvenience, and send the former mayor of Boston our very best wishes.   


John S. said it well in a comment  on our Facebook page last night:  

"I am sorry to hear the news about Mayor Menino. His book tour would have been a fitting victory lap for his many years of public service. We are all hoping he returns to good health."  



news4Crummy Outside, Cozy Inside   


Pretty crummy weather these last few days, eh? But hey, it's nice and cozy here inside Harvard Book Store.


We'll see you in the store soon. Perhaps on Sunday, November 2, for our annual Frequent Buyer Sale? Learn more here




Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
Gretel and the Dark:
A Novel
by Eliza Granville

Riverhead, hardcover

Gretel and the Dark is Eliza Granville's captivating and atmospheric historical novel about a young girl in Nazi Germany, a psychoanalyst in fin-de-siècle Vienna, and the powerful mystery that links them together.
My Favorite Things
by Maira Kalman


Harper Design, hardcover
From Maira Kalman comes this beautiful pictorial and narrative exploration of the significance of objects in our lives, drawn from her personal artifacts, recollections, and selections from the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Love & War:
How Militarism Shapes Sexuality and Romance
by Tom Digby


Columbia University Press, paperback

Tom Digby's new book Love and War describes the making and manipulation of gender in militaristic societies and the sweeping consequences for men and women in their personal, romantic, sexual, and professional lives. 

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Kids & Young Adult
How It Went Down
by Kekla Magoon


Henry Holt and Co., hardcover

When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white. Tariq's friends, family, and community struggle to make sense of the tragedy.

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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.
Telegraph Avenue:
A Novel
by Michael Chabon
$6.99, hardcover (originally $27.99)

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon takes us to Telegraph Avenue in a big-hearted and exhilarating novel that explores the profoundly intertwined lives of two Oakland, California families, one black and one white. 
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How About Never -- Is Never Good for You?:
My Life in Cartoons
by Bob Mankoff
$9.99, hardcover (originally $32.50)

This memoir in cartoons by longtime editor of The New Yorker Bob Mankoff collects his most popular illustrations and a selection of myriad images in a tribute to the form that traces his youth and career while assessing the psychology of cartooning.
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The Brick Chronicle of Attempts on the Lives of Twelve US Presidents
by Brendan Powell Smith
$9.99, hardcover (originally $9.99)

Creator of the bestselling The Brick Bible series, author Brendan Powell Smith turns his acclaimed storytelling and illustrative talents to bring to life some of the most shocking, pivotal, and bizarre moments in the history of the United States.
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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.
The Practice of Dzogchen:
Longchen Rabjam's Writings on the Great Perfection
translated and annotated by Tulku Thondup

Originally published by Snow Lion in 2000

$25.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

This volume is a classic collection of writings on the meditation practice and theory of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, by the celebrated fourteenth-century scholar and adept Longchen Rabjam (Longchenpa).

The Tuning of Place:

Sociable Spaces and Pervasive Digital Media

by Richard Coyne

Originally published by The MIT Press in 2010

$15.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

How do pervasive digital devices influence the way we use spaces? In The Tuning of Place, Richard Coyne argues that these ubiquitous devices become the means of making incremental adjustments within spaces -- of tuning place. 

The Soul at Work:

From Alienation to Autonomy

by Franco "Bifo" Berardi

Originally published by Semiotext(e) in 2009

$8.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

In this, his newest book, Franco "Bifo" Berardi, key member of the Italian Autonomist movement, presents an examination of new forms of alienation in our never-off, plugged-in culture -- and a clarion call for a 'conspiracy of estranged people.'

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:    

» Alan Doyle (Oct 29)
» Anne Rice (Signing, Nov 4, Tickets Online Only)
» Megan Amram (Nov 10)
» Richard Ford (Nov 13)


Tickets on Sale Oct 28:  

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Judith E. Smith

Fri, Oct 24, 3PM

Professor Judith E. Smith discusses Becoming Belafonte: Black Artist, Public Radical.
At Harvard Book Store
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Vikram Chandra

Fri, Oct 24, 7PM

Vikram Chandra presents Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty.
At Harvard Book Store
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Boston Book Festival

Thurs-Sat, Oct 23-25 

The Boston Book Festival has something for everyone with dozens of authors and events.
Copley Square, Boston
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Jeremy Sewall

Mon, Oct 27, 7PM

Boston chef Jeremy Sewall presents The New England Kitchen: Fresh Takes on Seasonal Recipes.
At Harvard Book Store
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Thomas M. Menino

Mon, Oct 27, 7PM

At the First Parish Church
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The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, Oct 27, 7PM    

Our monthly in-store book club discusses Robert Graves' 1929 autobiography, Good-bye to All That.
At Harvard Book Store (Lower Level)
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Alan Wolfe

Tues, Oct 28, 7PM

Boston College's Alan Wolfe discusses At Home in Exile: Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews.
At Harvard Book Store
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Alan Doyle

Wed, Oct 29, 6PM

Alan Doyle, lead singer in the Canadian folk-rock band Great Big Sea, discusses his memoir, Where I Belong.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 tickets
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Amy Poehler

Wed, Oct 29, 8PM

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. There will be no standby line.
At Back Bay Events Center
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Val Wang

Thurs, Oct 30, 7PM

Local author and documentarian Val Wang discusses her memoir Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China.
At Harvard Book Store
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Leila Tarazi Fawaz

Fri, Oct 31, 3PM

Tufts University's Leila Tarazi Fawaz discusses A Land of Aching Hearts: The Middle East in the Great War.
At Harvard Book Store
Friday Forum
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Timothy Verstynen

Fri, Oct 31, 7PM

Halloween at Harvard Book Store means zombies and neuroscience! Timothy Verstynen presents Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?: A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain.
At Harvard Book Store
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