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March 7, 2015

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» Signed by the Author     
Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant



news1Signed by the Author   


Our spring events season is in full swing (yes, we're calling it the "spring" season), and that means there's always someone new to see at Harvard Book Store (including authors of some of the season's most anticipated fiction; plus authors profiled on the last three New York Times Book Review covers: Erik Larson, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Helen MacDonald; and much more).  


Can't make it to a talk? We'll often feature event books, signed by the author, in the store and on our Signed Books page on harvard.com. There you'll find books signed by Jill Lepore, Sarah Waters, Daniel Handler, and more. You can even pre-order signed books from upcoming events and have them shipped throughout the country.  



We're pleased to announce that, thanks to Harvard University Press, we currently have signed copies of the authoritative Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the runaway bestseller that swept the world in 2014. Supplies are limited. Order online here or pick up your copy in the store.    



news2Your First Choice Indie Bookstore    


What a nice writeup we got from Emerson College's "Emertainment Monthly" this week:


"The Harvard Book Store draws in many different people. Whether you want to print your own novel, buy some remainders, go to a reading by a local professor, go to a reading by a famous author, or just support a Boston-area independent bookstore, the Harvard Book Store should be your first choice." 



news3Exploring Cuba   


Our latest display (in-store and online), takes us to Cuba: through travel guides, art, memoir, fiction, and more. Check out the exhibition catalog for Drapetomania: Grupo Antillano and the Art of Afro-Cuba, on view in Harvard's Cooper Gallery through May 29.





news4In Case You Missed It


In February we hosted renowned comics theorist Scott McCloud for his new graphic novel, The Sculptor


Scott McCloud
Scott McCloud and Hillary L. Chute


Browse the 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.


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
A Novel of the O.K. Corral
by Mary Doria Russell


Ecco, hardcover

Mary Doria Russell returns with Epitaph, a richly detailed and meticulously researched historical novel that continues the story she began in Doc, following Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday to Tombstone, Arizona, and to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Love and Other Ways of Dying:
by Michael Paterniti


The Dial Press, hardcover
In the seventeen wide-ranging essays collected for the first time in Love and Other Ways of Dying, master storyteller Michael Paterniti brings his full literary powers to bear, pondering happiness and grief, memory and the redemptive power of human connection.

The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History
edited by Joseph C. Miller


Princeton University Press, hardcover

This volume, the first encyclopedic reference work on Atlantic history, takes an integrated, multicontinental approach that emphasizes the dynamics of change and the perspectives and motivations of the peoples who made it happen.  

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Kids & Young Adult
B is for Boston
by Maria Kernahan


Dry Climate Studios, hardcover

With vivid, design-centric illustrations and short whimsical rhymes, B is for Boston shows off the iconic places and things of Boston. Whether on a coffee table or on the nightstand, this large-format book is sure to make any resident or visitor smile.

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Printed on Paige 
Each week we feature a book printed on Paige, our (newly updated!) 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

Microchondria II:
42 More Short Short Stories Collected by Harvard Book Store


Print on Demand, paperback

Between February 1 and February 28 the staff of Harvard Book Store made a book of fantastic new microfiction, from scratch, with contributions from writers and designers near and far. This week's featured cover (we picked four) is by Sarah Pruski; check out all four available cover designs here. (Join us for ourMicrochondria II launch party on March 7.)


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 Surgeon's Notes on Performance
by Atul Gawande,  read by John Bedford Lloyd
$6.99, audio CD (originally $34.99)

In Better, award-winning author Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of obstacles that sometimes seem insurmountable.
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Below Stairs:
The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey"
by Margaret Powell
$4.99, hardcover (originally $22.99)

Brilliantly evoking the long-vanished world of masters and servants, Margaret Powell's classic memoir of her time in service is the true story of an indomitable woman who, though she served in the great houses of England, never stopped aiming high.
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The Best of Connie Willis:
Award-Winning Stories
by Connie Willis
$6.99, hardcover (originally $28.00)

From a near future mourning the extinction of dogs to an alternate history in which invading aliens were defeated by none other than Emily Dickinson, here are the greatest stories by one of the greatest writers working in any genre 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.
Can We Survive Our Origins?:
Readings in René Girard's Theory of Violence and the Sacred
edited by Pierpaolo Antonello and Paul Gifford

Originally published by Michigan State University Press in 2015

$13.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Are religions intrinsically violent (as is strenuously argued by the 'new atheists')? Or, as Girard argues here, have they been rational instruments developed to manage the intrinsically violent runaway dynamic that characterizes human social organization? 

Idleness, Contemplation and the Aesthetic, 1750-1830

by Richard Adelman

Originally published by Cambridge University Press in 2014

$16.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Richard Adelman traces the ways in which Romantic writers responded to a debate over the dangers and rewards of idle contemplation taking place in the second half of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth centuries.

Thomas Aquinas on the Passions

by Robert Miner

Originally published by Cambridge University Press in 2011

$25.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

This volume provides an in-depth study of Aquinas' account of the passions. It argues that Aquinas' work is still important today, and shows why for Aquinas both the understanding and attainment of happiness requires prolonged reflection on the passions. 

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:  

»  Erik Larson (Mar 12)
»  Kazuo Ishiguro (Mar 21)
»  Barney Frank (Mar 24)
»  Malcolm Gladwell (Apr 13)


Ticket Pre-Sales
Now Available:    

»  Jon Ronson (Apr 2)
»  Lydia Davis (Apr 8)
»  Peter Singer (Apr 13)

Upcoming Pre-Sales, Available Mar 10:

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Microchondria II Launch Party

Sat, Mar 7, 7PM

Open to all, the launch party for our latest microfiction anthology (printed here in the store and assembled by our staff in the last month) will feature readings by selected contributors, refreshments, and demonstrations of our print-on-demand book machine.
At Harvard Book Store
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Cambridge Forum

Sun, Mar 8, 3PM

"The Health of Democracy: Privatizing Education"
At First Parish Church
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An Evening of New Fiction with John Boyne and David Vann

Mon, Mar 9, 7PM

Bestselling Irish novelist John Boyne reads from A History of Loneliness. Guggenheim fellow David Vann presents his new novel Aquarium.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jorie Graham

Tues, Mar 10, 7PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham reads from her much awaited retrospective of collected poems, From the New World: Poems 1976-2014.
At Harvard Book Store
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William Nicholson

Wed, Mar 11, 7PM

William Nicholson reads from Amherst, a novel about two love affairs -- one in the present, one in the past, and both presided over by Emily Dickinson.
At Harvard Book Store
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Erik Larson

Thurs, Mar 12, 7PM

The author of four national bestsellers, including Thunderstruck and The Devil in the White City, presents his latest nonfiction masterwork, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania.
At First Parish Church
$5 Tickets
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Gabriella Blum

Fri, Mar 13, 7PM

Harvard Law School's Gabriella Blum discusses The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones -- Confronting A New Age of Threat.
At Harvard Book Store
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Stephen Kurkjian

Fri, Mar 13, 7PM

Boston Globe veteran Stephen Kurkjian investigates the infamous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist in his new book Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist.
At Harvard Book Store
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Sarah Manguso

Sat, Mar 14, 7PM

Sarah Manguso confronts a meticulous diary that she has kept for twenty-five years in Ongoingness.
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, Mar 30, 7PM    

The March selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Haruki Murakami's novel A Wild Sheep Chase. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary.
Harvard Book Store
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