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April 24, 2015

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May 2: Independent Bookstore Day!





Independent Bookstore Day is just a week away! Join us as Harvard Book Store joins bookstores across the country for a day of celebrating what makes indie bookstores special. We'll be selling exclusive merchandise (learn more here), debuting a brand new Harvard Book Store mug, showcasing displays of our booksellers' "Biographies in Books," snacking on fresh cookies from America's Test Kitchen, hosting a discussion on the power of fiction with literary critic James Wood, playing literary scavenger hunts, and more.


Also, please note: It's spring cleaning season, but before you bring in your boxes of used books to sell back to our Used department this week, take note: Inventory of our Used Book Department will take place Monday, April 27 and Tuesday the 28th. We will not be doing used book buyback on those days. 





The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced this week, including All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Winner for Fiction), The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe by David I. Kertzer (Winner for Biography), and The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert (Winner for General Nonfiction). Check out more Pulitzer winners, past and present, here on our website.  



news3Authors in the House  


The Muse in the Marketplace, GrubStreet's annual three-day literary conference, will take place in Boston starting May 1.  


Don't miss the "Authors in the House" presentation (Friday, May 1 at 7:30), debuting this year. In this national competition five self-published authors chosen by GrubStreet and Publishers Weekly will present a five-minute excerpt of their books before a panel of best-selling authors, noted editors, reviewers, and literary agents. Learn about book promotion, munch on snacks, get drinks at the cash bar, and maybe even win a door prize. This event is free for Muse and the Marketplace conference-goers and one guest. It is also open to the public: $10 for Grub members, $15 for non-members.



news4In Case You Missed It


Last Friday, marathoner Meb Keflezighi discussed his book Meb for Mortals as well as his career, family, and training with Runner's World editors David Willey, Amby Burfoot, and Scott Douglas and New York Road Runners President and CEO Mary Wittenberg in front of an audience of runners and Harvard Book Store customers at Boston's Old South Church.




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.


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New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The Daylight Marriage:
A Novel
by Heidi Pitlor


Algonquin Books, hardcover

She still had time before work. She could go food shopping. She could fold the laundry and get the car washed. Or Hannah could do something that she had never done -- drive to a part of town she had never been and pretend to be someone she was not.

Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
by Jon Krakauer


Doubleday, hardcover
Jon Krakauer chronicles the searing experiences of several women -- the nights they were raped; how they were treated by police, prosecutors, defense attorneys; the public vilification and private anguish; their bravery pushing forward; what it cost them.

Imperialism and the Origins of Mexican Culture
by Colin M. MacLachlan


Harvard University Press, hardcover

The Aztecs seemed poised on the brink of a golden age in the early sixteenth century, but the arrival of the Spanish changed everything. Imperialism and the Origins of Mexican Culture chronicles this violent clash of two empires.

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Kids & Young Adult
Have You Seen My Monster?
by Steve Light


Candlewick, hardcover

In this charming follow-up to Steve Light's highly praised Have You Seen My Dragon?, the county fair is filled with shapes -- and somewhere among them a monster is waiting to be found.  

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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

I Am the (noik, boik) Book of Steve the Navigator:
A Series of Observations and Astronomical Miscalculations
by Steve Mitchell


Print on Demand, paperback

An autobiographical sketch. A prose poem. A memoir. A philosophical treatise on love, life, liberty, the pursuit of the arts, tangled relationships, and a dog named Q. A muddled, meandering orbit around the bent handle of Ursa Major.


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 Empathy Exams:
by Leslie Jamison
$6.99, paperback (originally $15.00)

Leslie Jamison's visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others. By confronting pain -- real and imagined, her own and others' -- Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel.
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Rendezvous with Destiny: 
How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World
by Michael Fullilove
$6.99, paperback (originally $18.00)

In the dark days between Hitler's invasion of Poland in 1939 and Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, FDR sent five men on dangerous missions to Europe. The missions were highly unorthodox but crucial to the course of the Second World War.
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The Light Between Oceans:
A Novel
by M.L. Stedman
$5.99, hardcover

After four years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as a lighthouse keeper, bringing his wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, a boat washes onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
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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 Complete Mystical Works for Meister Eckhart
translated and edited by Maurice O'C. Walshe

Originally published by The Crossroad Publishing Company in 2010

$55.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Now available in a single-volume edition, this exhaustive collection has been completely revised and includes a new introduction by a leading Eckhart scholar. This treasury is the authoritative volume of Eckhart's enduring legacy to Christianity.

The Poems of Emily Dickinson:

Volumes I-III

edited by Thomas H. Johnson

Originally published by Belknap Press in 1955

$95.00 (hardcover, three volumes) in Very Good condition

From the Publisher's Preface: "The publication of this edition of the poems of Emily Dickinson is an epoch-making event, the culmination of more than a half-century of effort by Dickinson students, and thus a source of pride for all concerned."

Hans Christian Orsted:

Reading Nature's Mind

by Dan Charly Christiansen

Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2013

$36.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Hans Christian Orsted is of great importance as a scientist and philosopher far beyond the borders of Denmark and his own time. At the center of an international network of scholars, he was instrumental in founding the world picture of modern physics.  

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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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C?dric Villani

Fri, Apr 24, 7PM

Mathematician C?dric Villani discusses Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure.
At Harvard Book Store
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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.
Harvard Book Store
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David Downie

Tues, Apr 28, 7PM

David Downie seeks to uncover why Paris is the world's most romantic city in A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light.
At Harvard Book Store
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Dorie Clark

Wed, Apr 29, 7PM

Marketing and strategy consultant Dorie Clark discusses Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It.
At Harvard Book Store
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Cambridge Forum

Wed, Apr 29, 7PM

Political scientist Erin O'Brien and journalist Phillip Martin discuss "The Health of Democracy: Voter Suppression and Disenfranchisement."
At First Parish Church
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Elizabeth Alexander

Thu, Apr 30, 7PM

Pulitzer Prize finalist and inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander presents her memoir The Light of the World, a meditative story of love and loss upon the sudden death of her husband -- with an introduction by Florence Ladd.
At the Cambridge Public Library, RSVPs requested
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Matthew Pearl

Fri, May 1, 7PM

Award-winning local author of The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow Matthew Pearl debuts his latest work, The Last Bookaneer -- a historical novel set inside a lost world of literary outlaws.
At Harvard Book Store
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James Wood

Sat, May 2, 7PM

It's Independent Bookstore Day! James Wood, New Yorker staff writer and Professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism at Harvard, presents his new book, The Nearest Thing to Life -- a master class on the connections between fiction and life.
At Harvard Book Store
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