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January 16, 2015

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news1Who Would Have Thought?   


In 2014 Megan Marshall -- local author, Emerson professor, and former Harvard Book Store staffer -- won the Pulitzer Prize for her brilliant biography Margaret Fuller: A New American Life.  


Marshall recounted her Harvard Book Store days in a recent interview with the Boston Globe's "Bibliophiles":


BOOKS: What is the most treasured book that you own? 


MARSHALL: Elizabeth Bishop's "The Complete Poems." I heard her read for the first time in Robert Lowell's class at Harvard, and then bought this secondhand paperback of her poems at the Harvard Book Store where I worked in the used book annex. I ran the cash register. The best perk of working there was we each had a shelf in the basement where we could stack used books to buy with our employee discounts. 


I was just down there because the store asked me to come in and sign some of my books. I was in the basement where I had hoarded Bishop's poems about 40 years before, and I'm signing my own book, which says Pulitzer Prize on it. Who would have thought?



news2Support Writers!   


Want to be a writer? There's no better place to do it than GrubStreet, a non-profit literary arts center right here in Boston.




GrubStreet launched their first scholarship crowdfunding campaign in December, and there are still a few more days left to donate to this worthy cause. Your donation will support access for all to the community of creative writers in GrubStreet's programs. Learn more and donate here. While they have met (and exceeded!) their initial goal, additional funds raised will provide scholarships for teens and writers in year-long programs.   

Donate $30 and get this swanky mug!



news3Resurgent Independents   


You may have seen Slate's article last month "Why Independent Bookstores are More Than Just Places to Buy Books," a look at photographer Bryan David Griffith's series, The Last Bookstores: America's Resurgent Independents.  




You can now see Griffith's work in person here in the Boston area at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, on view through March 1. 



news4Let's Plan for Next Year    


Gather 'round the fire.

Holiday cards are 75% off in the store through Monday, January 19. 2015 calendars and date books are now 50% off.


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
Almost Famous Women:
by Megan Mayhew Bergman


Scribner, hardcover

From the acclaimed author of Birds of a Lesser Paradise comes a new collection that explores the lives of unforgettable women in history, featuring fascinating characters defined by their creative impulses and fierce independence.

The Partnership:
Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink
by Pamela Katz


Nan A. Talese, hardcover
The Partnership is the first book to tell the full story of Brecht and Weill's impulsive, combustible partnership, and the first to give full credit where it is richly due to the three women whose creative gifts contributed enormously to their masterworks. 

Medieval Christianity:
A New History
by Kevin Madigan


Yale University Press, hardcover

For many, the medieval world seems dark and foreign, yet it also produced much that is part of our lives today. This new narrative history of medieval Christianity combines both what is unfamiliar and what is familiar to readers.

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Kids & Young Adult
Looking for Alaska:
Special 10th Anniversary Edition
by John Green


Dutton Juvenile, hardcover

To commemorate ten years in print, John Green's Printz Award-winning debut novel is being reissued in hardcover with a stunning new jacket by Rodrigo Corral and fifty pages of all-new content, including deleted scenes from the original manuscript. 

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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

by Nick Montfort


Print on Demand, paperback

Megawatt is based on passages from Samuel Beckett's novel Watt. The novel Megawatt leaves aside all of the more intelligible language of Beckett's novel and is based, instead, on that which is most systematic and inscrutable.


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.
Toby's Room:
A Novel
by Pat Barker
$4.99, hardcover (originally $25.95)

With this sequel to her widely praised previous novel Life Class, the incomparable Pat Barker confirms her place in the pantheon of Britain's finest novelists. Toby's Room is an indelible portrait of a family torn apart by war.
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Collected Stories
by Hanif Kureishi
$6.99, paperback (originally $25.00)

Hanif Kureishi's stories are, by turns, provocative, erotic, funny, and charming as they deal with the complexities of human relationships. This collection contains his controversial story "Weddings and Beheadings," among many others.
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The Woman Who Lost Her Soul
by Bob Shacochis
$7.99, hardcover (originally $28.00)

Set over fifty years and in four countries backdropped by different wars, Shacochis's ambitious novel is a magnum opus that brings to life an intricate portrait of catastrophic events that led up to the war on terror and the America we are today.
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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.
Anselm Kiefer:
Drawings from the Sonnabend Collection
by James Lawrence

Originally published by the Craig F. Starr Gallery in 2011

$15.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

From James Lawrence's introductory essay, "Legends in Disarray": "These works are poignant reminders that history, like artistic creativity, is in our hands even when much of it is beyond our grasp."

Buried in Shades of Night:

Contested Voices, Indian Captivity, and the Legacy of King Philip's War

by Billy J. Stratton

Originally published by the University of Arizona Press in 2013

$25.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Billy J. Stratton offers a critical examination of the captivity narrative of Mary Rowlandson, demanding a reconsideration of the role that the captivity narrative has played in the development of both American literary history and national identity.

Ezra Pound: Poet

Volume II, The Epic Years, 1921-1939

by A. David Moody

Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2014

$18.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

This second volume of A. David Moody's portrait weaves together into a single readable and challenging narrative the illuminating story of Ezra Pound's life, his achievement as a poet and a composer, and his one-man crusade for economic justice.  

Upcoming Events  


Ticket Pre-Sales
on Sale Now:   

 David Axelrod (Feb 13)
Daniel Handler (Feb 20)


Tickets on Sale Now: 

 Nick Hornby (Feb 3)
Ian Bostridge (Feb 4)
Scott McCloud (Feb 5)


Tickets on Sale Jan 20: 

David Axelrod (Feb 13)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Women in Clothes

Fri, Jan 16, 7PM

Jill Gallagher, Ren Jender, and Andrea Michelle Steele -- local contributors to Women in Clothes -- discuss how the garments we put on every day define and shape our lives, followed by a clothing swap with attendees.
At Harvard Book Store
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Stewart O'Nan

Tues, Jan 20, 7PM

Stewart O'Nan reads from his latest novel, West of Sunset, a story of the Golden Age of Hollywood and the final years of author F. Scott Fitzgerald.
At Harvard Book Store
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Julian E. Zelizer

Wed, Jan 21, 7PM

Princeton professor Julian E. Zelizer discusses The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society.
At Harvard Book Store
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Cambridge Forum

Wed, Jan 21, 7PM

Cambridge Forum presents "Duel Over Dinner: President Washington's Clash with Governor John Hancock Over State Sovereignty" with T. H. Breen.
At First Parish Church
Parish House
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Michael Bronski

Thu, Jan 22, 7PM

Harvard professor and activist Michael Bronski discusses Considering Hate: Violence, Goodness, and Justice in American Culture and Politics.
At Harvard Book Store
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Catherine Bell

Fri, Jan 23, 7PM

Catherine Bell reads from her award-winning historical novel Rush of Shadows, part of our "New Voices in Fiction" series with GrubStreet. Bell's novel is "a vividly imagined historical drama of racial tension on America's last frontier."
At Harvard Book Store
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Author Event Info 



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. 


The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, Jan. 26, 7PM    

The January selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary.
Harvard Book Store,
Lower Level
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