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March 20, 2015

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news1We're Having a Party   


Harvard Book Store is joining 400 bookstores nationwide on Saturday, May 2, to celebrate what makes us special -- it's the first ever Independent Bookstore Day. We'll be posting the activities and festivities of the day over the next few weeks, but get excited now for some of the cool merch that is available only at participating indie bookstores that day -- an original, signed Chris Ware print; a limited edition Roxane Gay chapbook of essays; a heartwarming, profane, and signed Hyberbole & a Half broadside; and thirteen more exclusive items. Learn more at harvard.com and at indiebookstoreday.com.  



news2Marathon Weekend    


April is traditionally one of our busiest months of the year for author events, and this year is no exception. We're pleased to announce that this year we'll be hosting a very special event with Meb Keflezighi, last year's winner of the Boston Marathon and the first American man to win in over twenty years, for the kickoff of Boston Marathon Weekend.  


Our "Marathon Weekend" series continues with Born to Run author Christopher McDougall for two -- count 'em, two! -- events that explore the lost arts of the hero -- one in Boston (steps from the finish line) and one here in Harvard Square. Tickets go on sale for each of these events on Tuesday, though you can beat the rush for McDougall and buy pre-sales tickets (including the book) now. 



news3Lovin' Local   


That winter was rough! In an effort to reward the winter-weary locals who are getting out to shop and support local businesses, the City of Cambridge is launching the Lovin' Local raffle card game from March 16 to April 3, 2015.

Prizes include gift cards from local businesses, a Hubway membership, and the grand prize of lunch with Mayor David Maher. Download your game card and learn more at www.cambridgema.gov/lovinlocal.  



news4March is Women's History Month


Browse our "Women, Feminism, History" display in the store (or here online) this week.  




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New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The Dirty Dust:
Cré na Cille 
by Máirtín Ó Cadhain

Yale University Press, hardcover

Máirtín Ó Cadhain's The Dirty Dust is consistently ranked as the most important prose work in modern Irish, yet no English translation has been published. Alan Titley's new translation at last brings this great satiric novel to the audience it deserves.

The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity
by James J. O'Donnell


Ecco, hardcover
Pagans explores the rise of Christianity from a unique viewpoint: that of the people who witnessed their way of life destroyed by what seemed then a powerful religious cult. James O'Donnell explores various pagan rites and essential features of Roman life.

My Silver Planet:
A Secret History of Poetry and Kitsch
by Daniel Tiffany


Johns Hopkins University Press, paperback

My Silver Planet contends that the problem of elite poetry's relation to popular culture bears the indelible mark of its turbulent incorporation of vernacular poetry -- a legacy shaped by nostalgia, contempt, and fraudulence.  

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Kids & Young Adult
Paper Things
by Jennifer Richard Jacobson


Candlewick, hardcover

When forced to choose between staying with her guardian and being with her big brother, Ari chose her big brother. There's just one problem -- Gage doesn't actually have a place to live. Paper Things is a nuanced and authentic story of hiding in plain sight.

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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

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


Print on Demand, paperback

In the shortest month of the year, we made this cool little book of short short fiction from scratch. This week's featured cover (we picked four great designs from those submitted) is by Judy Dombrowski; check out all four available cover designs here.


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.
The Telling Room:
A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese
by Michael Paterniti
$5.99, hardcover (originally $27.00)

A moving exploration of happiness, friendship, and betrayal, The Telling Room introduces us to Ambrosio Molinos de las Heras, an unforgettable real-life literary hero, while also holding a mirror up to the world, fully alive to the power of stories that sustain us.
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The Silent History:
A Novel
by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, and Kevin Moffett
$7.99, paperback (originally $16.00)

It begins as a statistical oddity: a spike in children born with acute speech delays. As the number of cases grows, theories spread. Maybe it's related to antidepressants; maybe it's environmental. Or maybe these children have special skills all their own.
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The Art of Jaime Hernandez:
The Secrets of Life and Death
by Todd Hignite
$15.99, hardcover (originally $40.00)

Jaime Hernandez, a notoriously private artist, has opened his archives for the first time for this volume, revealing never-before-seen sketches, childhood drawings, and unpublished work, alongside his most famous Love and Rockets material.
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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.
Philosophical Fragments
by Friedrich Schlegel

Originally published by the University of Minnesota Press in 1991

$30.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

At a time when the function of criticism is coming under close skeptical scrutiny, Friedrich Schlegel's unorthodox, highly original Philosophical Fragments provides the critical framework for reflecting on contemporary experimental texts.


American Silent Motion Picture Photography

by David S. Shields

Originally published by the University of Chicago Press in 2013

$25.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

In the first history of still camera work generated by the American silent film industry, David S. Shields chronicles the evolution of silent film aesthetics, glamour, and publicity, and provides unparalleled insight into this influential body of popular imagery.

Fred Tomaselli

by Ian Berry and Heidi Zuckerman Jacobsen

Originally published by Prestel in 2009

$100.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

American artist Fred Tomaselli's large-scale assemblage paintings invite close viewing, and this beautiful large-format volume allows readers to study in brilliant detail the intricacies of each piece. 

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:  

» Kazuo Ishiguro (Mar 21)
»  Barney Frank (Mar 24)
»  Jon Ronson (Apr 2)
»  Lydia Davis (Apr 8)
»  Peter Singer (Apr 13)
» Malcolm Gladwell (Apr 13)


Ticket Pre-Sales
Now Available:    

»  Christopher McDougall in Boston (Apr 18, 2pm)
»  Christopher McDougall in Cambridge (Apr 18, 7pm)
»  Joseph E. Stiglitz (Apr 20)
»  T.C. Boyle (Apr 22)

Tickets on Sale Mar 24: 

» Meb Keflezighi (Apr 17)
» Christopher McDougall in Boston (Apr 18, 2pm)
» Christopher McDougall in Cambridge (Apr 18, 7pm)

RSVPs Requested: 

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GrubStreet Launch Lab: Family and Friends; Expect the Unexpected

Fri, Mar 20, 7PM

GrubStreet Launch Lab participants present their newly published work and reflect on the writing process. David Marshall Hunt presents Flower Girl; Dr. Alice LoCicero presents Why "Good Kids" Turn into Deadly Terrorists; Lori Reisenbichler presents Eight Minutes.
At Harvard Book Store
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Author Signings for Vericon XV: Harvard's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention

Sat, Mar 21, 1PM-4PM

Featuring signings with Ken Liu, Will McIntosh, Mary Kowal, Jo Walton, B.L. Marsh, Luke Scull, Daniel José Older, and M.L. Brennan.
At Harvard Book Store
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Kazuo Ishiguro

Sat, Mar 21, 4PM

The author of Never Let Me Go reads from his first novel in a decade, the fantastical The Buried Giant, and is joined in conversation by Robert Birnbaum.
At Memorial Church
$5 Tickets
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Jeffrey A. Lieberman and Ogi Ogas

Mon, Mar 23, 7PM

Jeffrey A. Lieberman, former President of the American Psychiatric Association, and Ogi Ogas discuss their book, Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry.
At Harvard Book Store
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Barney Frank

Tue, Mar 24, 7PM

Longtime congressman Barney Frank presents Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage.
At First Parish Church
$5 tickets
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Maureen Meister

Wed, Mar 25, 7PM

Local architectural historian Maureen Meister presents Arts and Crafts Architecture: History and Heritage in New England, with a focus on the architecture and personalities of Harvard and Cambridge.
At Harvard Book Store
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Cambridge Forum

Wed, Mar 25, 7PM

Colin Gordon and Michael Widmer discuss "The Health of Democracy: Economic Inequality"
At First Parish Church
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Sulmaan Wasif Khan

Fri, Mar 27, 3PM

Tufts University's Sulmaan Wasif Khan presents Muslim, Trader, Nomad, Spy: China's Cold War and the People of the Tibetan Borderlands.
At Harvard Book Store
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Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman

Fri, Mar 27, 7PM

Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman discuss Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet.
At Harvard Book Store
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