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January 31, 2015

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news1Get Writing!   


With the shortest month of the year upon us, our thoughts turn to short stories.   


Five years ago we launched print-on-demand services at Harvard Book Store with Paige, our state-of-the-art book-printing robot. We celebrated by making a book of short short stories, from scratch, in 28 days.  


Here in 2015 we have recently completely revamped and updated Paige's print-on-demand technology, and it's time to make Microchondria II: 42 More Short Short Stories Collected by Harvard Book Store. 


On February 1st we'll begin accepting your submissions of stories (500 words or fewer) and cover art designs. The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm on Friday, February 13th. Check out more details and submission guidelines here. Let's make this little month count!



news2Ishiguro and More    


Have you started exploring our March events calendar? Highlights include Erik Larson's latest narrative nonfiction masterwork, local author Nina MacLaughlin's story of quitting her newspaper job and becoming a carpenter, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade, and a one-of-a-kind memoir from the one-of-a-kind Barney Frank.  





news3Snow Day Reading  


Nothing makes for a better reading day than a snow day. Amid Tuesday's blizzard we asked our social media followers:




Your responses included:   

We've rounded up many more of what you read while snowed in here.  



news4In Case You Missed It   


"Woman of the Year" Amy Poehler paraded by the store earlier this week as a part of the annual Harvard Hasty Pudding extravaganza. Bookstore staff and Poehler fans greeted Amy waving copies of her book from the sidelines while chanting "YES PLEASE."

"Hi bookstore!" Amy responded with a grin and a wave, and we knew we would all be friends forever. Good to see you again, Amy!


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
Happy are the Happy
by Yasmina Reza

Other Press, hardcover

"Happy are the loved ones and the lovers and those who can do without love. Happy are the happy." --Jorge Luis Borges
This citation of Borges resonates with every character in Yasmina Reza's unusual new novel, except that they are never so lucky.

In These Times:
Living in Britain Through Napoleon's Wars, 1793-1815
by Jenny Uglow


Farrar, Straus and Giroux hardcover
Jenny Uglow follows the gripping back-and-forth of the first global war but turns the news upside down, seeing how it reached the people and crafting a beautifully observed history of the British home front during the Napoleonic Wars.

Who's Afraid of Academic Freedom?
edited by Akeel Bilgrami and Jonathan R. Cole


Columbia University Press, hardcover

In these seventeen essays, distinguished senior scholars discuss the conceptual issues surrounding the idea of freedom of inquiry and scrutinize a variety of obstacles to such inquiry that they have encountered in their personal and professional experience.  

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Kids & Young Adult
Cat & Bunny
by Mary Lundquist


Balzer + Bray, hardcover

It's always been just the two of them -- daydreaming, having adventures, until the day someone else asks, "Can I play?" 

Mary Lundquist captures all the charm and magic of first friendship in her delightful debut picture book. 

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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

Bench Notes II:
A Judge's Continued Reflections and Advice for his Grandchildren
by Paul A. Chernoff


Print on Demand, paperback

Judge Paul A. Chernoff has mined almost one hundred entertaining and inspiring vignettes from teachable moments on the bench. The result is a book which will be valuable to grandchildren, grandparents, and everyone in between.


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.
50 Foods:
The Essentials of Good Taste
by Edward Behr
$7.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)

With 50 Foods, noted authority Edward Behr has created the definitive guide to the foods every food lover must know. A culinary Baedeker, 50 Foods will delight and inform the connoisseur as well as the novice.
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The Ordinary Acrobat:
A Journey into the Wondrous World of the Circus, Past and Present
by Duncan Wall
$9.99, hardcover (originally $26.95)

The extraordinary story of a young man's plunge into the unique world of the circus -- taking readers deep into circus history and its renaissance as a contemporary art form, and behind the (tented) walls of France's most prestigious circus school. 
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To the Letter:
A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing
by Simon Garfield
$7.99, hardcover (originally $27.50)

The New York Times bestselling author of Just My Type offers an ode to letter writing and its possible salvation in the digital age. Simon Garfield traces the fascinating history of letter writing from the love letter and the business letter to the chain letter.
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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.
Inside the Visible:
An Elliptical Traverse of 20th Century Art in, of, and from the Feminine
edited by Catherine de Zegher

Originally published by The MIT Press in 1996

$50.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Published on the occasion of a major exhibition opening at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Inside the Visible presents a gendered reading of more than thirty women artists of vastly different background and experience.

Writing as Sculpture:


by Louwrien Wijers

Originally published by Wiley in 1996

$75.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Writing as Sculpture contains groundbreaking interviews with some of the most renowned artists, spiritual leaders and scientists of the late twentieth century, presenting a wide range of views on the possibility of world harmony.

Renaissance Self-Portraiture:

The Visual Construction of Identity and the Social Status of the Artist

by Joanna Woods-Marsden

Originally published by Yale University Press in 1998

$75.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

The autonomous self-portrait, a central mode of expression in western art, was a Renaissance invention. This book explores for the first time the genesis and development of this important genre as it took place in Italy in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. 

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now: 

 Nick Hornby (Feb 3)
Ian Bostridge (Feb 4)
Scott McCloud (Feb 5)
 David Axelrod (Feb 13)
Daniel Handler (Feb 20)


Ticket Pre-Sales
on Sale Feb 3:   

Erik Larson (Mar 12)


All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Mon, Feb 2, 7PM

Barbara Kellerman, Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, discusses Hard Times: Leadership in America.
At Harvard Book Store
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Tues, Feb 3, 7PM

The author of High Fidelity and About a Boy presents his latest novel, Funny Girl, a lively account of 1960s London, in conversation with Ethan Gilsdorf.
At First Parish Church
$5 Tickets
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The Harvard Square Book Circle

Tues, Feb 3, 7PM    

The January selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being. (Rescheduled from Jan 26.)
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, Feb 4, 6PM

Award-winning opera and Lieder singer Ian Bostridge discusses Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession. Co-sponsored by Longy School of Music and Boston Lyric Opera.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 Tickets
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Wed, Feb 4, 7PM

Journalist Murray Carpenter presents Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us.
At Harvard Book Store
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Thurs, Feb 5, 6PM

Scott McCloud, internationally-recognized authority on comics, presents his latest graphic novel, The Sculptor, in conversation with Hillary L. Chute.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 Tickets
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Thurs, Feb 5, 7PM

Marie Mutsuki Mockett is joined by local author Celeste Ng for a discussion of her memoir Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, Feb 6, 3PM

Harvard's Laurence Ralph discusses Renegade Dreams: Living through Injury in Gangland Chicago.
At Harvard Book Store
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Forrest Gander

Fri, Feb 6, 7PM

Forrest Gander presents his latest novel, The Trace, a poetic novel about a journey through Mexico taken by a couple recovering from a world shattered.
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.


This Month


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