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April 18, 2015

News This Week: 
Let's Go, Runners!     
This week we felt it: SPRING!



news1Let's Go, Runners!   


Thanks to Twitter user @niccastillo1017 for this amazing shot of Meb Keflezighi high-fiving his way through the crowd, amid a standing ovation at our Old South Church event in Boston last night. (Find signed copies of Meb for Mortals in the bookstore this weekend.)   




We'll return to Old South for Born to Run author Christopher McDougall. Join us, just steps from the Boston Marathon finish line!  


Looking for more reading material for the running life? Check out our Marathon Monday Reads.



news2Shakespeare & Earth   


It's Shakespeare's birthday this week! Harvard Square is celebrating today (Saturday, April 18) with its 8th Annual Bookish Ball & Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration. Head to the square for bookstore strolls, music, dancing, performances of scenes from Midsummer, and birthday cake! Learn more here and at harvardsquare.com.  


The 45th anniversary of Earth Day is April 22; check out our display of ecology reads in the store and here at harvard.com.  



news3Indie Bookstore Day   


We're counting down to Indie Bookstore Day on May 2!  


Have you checked out all the cool exclusive merch we'll be selling that day, along with 400 participating indies across the country? (If not, check it out here.)


Sneak Peek: Independent Bookstore Day Merchandise
Sneak Peek: Independent Bookstore Day Merchandise

We're tossing in some exclusive merch of our own -- on May 2 we'll be unveiling a brand new Harvard Book Store mug design. Here's a look at just a snippet of the new illustration of our iconic facade.  






(Illustrated by Andrew J. Brozyna)  


We'll see you May 2 for Indie Bookstore Day!  



news4One More Note   


Heads up. Inventory of our Used Book Department will take place Monday, April 27 and Tuesday the 28th. We won't be doing used book buyback on those days.


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The Given World:
A Novel
by Marian Palaia


Simon & Schuster, hardcover

It is 1968. Riley is thirteen, and her brother Mick has gone missing in Vietnam. The Given World is a sweeping portrait of post-Vietnam America seen through the eyes of a young woman searching for the courage to go home again.

by Melissa Ann Pinney


Harper Design, hardcover
Two is an exquisite collection of captivating photographs by photographer Melissa Ann Pinney that contemplate the essence of duality in our relationships and in the world that surrounds us. The volume is filled with memorable images that encase rich stories.

A Significant Life:
Human Meaning in a Silent Universe
by Todd May


University of Chicago Press, hardcover

What makes for a good life, or a beautiful one, or, perhaps most important, a meaningful one? In A Significant Life, philosopher Todd May offers an exhilarating new way of thinking about these questions: life is a work in progress, a narrative.  

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Kids & Young Adult
The Death of a Hat:
A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects
by Paul B. Janeczko


Candlewick, hardcover

In The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects, anthologist Paul B. Janeczko presents his fiftieth book, offering young readers a tour of poets through the ages. Breathing bright life into each selection is Chris Raschka's witty, imaginative art.

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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

Navigating Your Surgical Career:
The AWS Guide to Success
by Susan Pories, Nancy Gantt, Christine Laronga, & Dixie Mills


Print on Demand, paperback

A career in surgery is immensely rewarding and challenging at the same time. This helpful and practical guide written by leaders in surgery is meant to inspire young surgeons and make their career journey a bit easier.


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.
They Called Her Styrene
by Ed Ruscha
$9.99, hardcover (originally $19.95)

This book reproduces close to 600 word artworks by Ed Ruscha, all of which characterize his artistic scope and identity. These images become a sort of novel without an obvious plot: a series of words with no narrative but, rather, with a life of their own.
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Alan Turing's Electronic Brain:
The Struggle to Build the ACE, the World's Fastest Computer
by B. Jack Copeland
$9.99, paperback (originally $28.95)

The first detailed history of Turing's contributions to computer science, this text is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the computer. It is designed to be highly accessible, and contains numerous diagrams, illustrations, and photographs. 
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The Second Book in the Leviathan Trilogy
by Scott Westerfeld
$5.99, hardcover (originally $18.99)

Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to end the war. But when disaster strikes, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory. 
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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 Cult of Saint Thecla:
A Tradition of Women's Piety in Late Antiquity
by Stephen J. Davis

Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2001

$30.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Thecla, a disciple of the apostle Paul, was perhaps the most celebrated female saint among Christians in late antiquity. In this volume, Stephen Davis shows that Thecla's cult was closely linked with communities of women as a means of empowerment.

Adventures in the Dream Trade

by Neil Gaiman

Originally published by NESFA Press in 2002

$20.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

The majority of this book is a journal covering February to September 2001, the time that Neil Gaiman's American Gods was going to press. It's a fascinating look inside the black box -- proofreading, rewriting, promotional tours, and everything else.


The Photographs of Duane Michals

by Linda Benedict-Jones

Originally published by Prestel in 2014

$40.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Accompanying a retrospective of the pioneering photographer, this volume of more than 75 original works will thrill Duane Michals aficionados, while introducing others to an innovative artist who redefined the role of photography in artistic expression. 

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:  

 Christopher McDougall
(Apr 18 at 2pm)
 T.C. Boyle (Apr 22)


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Christopher McDougall

Sat, Apr 18, 2PM

A one-of-a-kind stage show with the author of Born to Run, exploring knife-throwing, freerunning, foraging for free super-food, and tapping into body fat as performance fuel.
At Old South Church, Boston
$5 tickets
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Christopher McDougall

Sat, Apr 18, 7PM

The author of Born to Run joins us in the store (updated location) for a presentation and signing of his new book Natural Born Heroes: How A Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance.
At Harvard Book Store
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Joseph E. Stiglitz

Mon, Apr 20, 7PM

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz discusses his latest book The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them with Boston Globe economist Robert Kuttner.
At First Parish Church
$5 tickets
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Jennifer Teege

Tue, Apr 21, 7PM

Jennifer Teege discusses My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past.
At Harvard Book Store
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T.C. Boyle

Wed, Apr 22, 7PM

T.C. Boyle presents his acclaimed new novel The Harder They Come.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 tickets
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Jason Rodriguez

Wed, Apr 22, 7PM

Comics writer and editor Jason Rodriguez discusses Colonial Comics: New England 1620-1750 (a historical comic book for all ages) with local writer and historian J. L. Bell.
At Harvard Book Store
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Kate Bolick

Thu, Apr 23, 7PM

Contributing editor to The Atlantic Kate Bolick presents Spinster: Making A Life Of One's Own.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jennifer Ring

Fri, Apr 24, 3PM

Jennifer Ring and special guests discuss A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball.
At Harvard Book Store
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CÚdric Villani

Fri, Apr 24, 7PM

Mathematician CÚdric Villani discusses Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure.
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, April 27, 7PM    

The April selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Jill Lepore's Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary.
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