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May 1, 2015


news1May 2nd is Independent Bookstore Day 


This week's newsletter is dedicated to the first ever Independent Bookstore Day, taking place tomorrow, May 2 (plus, of course, you'll find the usual roundup of the next week in author events). Read on! 


Join us May 2 as Harvard Book Store joins bookstores across the country for Independent Bookstore Day, a day for celebrating what makes indie bookstores special!


We'll be selling exclusive merchandise, debuting a brand new Harvard Book Store mug, snacking on fresh cookies from America's Test Kitchen, hosting a discussion of the power of fiction with literary critic James Wood, collecting your love notes to bookstores, and more.




Please note, with the exception of a new Harvard Book Store mug, all Independent Bookstore Day merchandise is very limited in quantity and can only be purchased in the store starting Saturday when we open doors at 9am. Learn more below about just a few of the exclusive items we'll be selling on Saturday, and get details about all sixteen items here.  


And when you stop by, make sure to explore our epic display of our booksellers' "Biographies in Books" -- our staff picks of some of the most important, meaningful, and memorable reading experiences of our lives.   

We'll see you soon in the bookstore. 


Thanks for reading,


Exclusive IBD Merchandisenewshelves
Only at Harvard Book Store: New Mug Design!
Harvard Book Store Illustrated Mug
by Andrew J. Brozyna


New mug design to be unveiled on May 2!

Here's one item that is not a limited edition, but it is a brand new mug design. We're pretty excited. Illustrator Andrew Brozyna has created a lovely depiction of our iconic storefront. 

Signed & Numbered Chris Ware Print
Building: Stories
by Chris Ware

12" x 18"

Original, signed and numbered, gallery quality limited edition print from Chris Ware.

Created by Chris Ware especially for Independent Bookstore Day:
a wordless print about reading, parenting, and education consisting of images from his award-winning Building: Stories. A limited edition of 500 signed, numbered giclée prints were printed on 100% acid-free fine art paper, shrink wrapped on acid-free foam core, and we'll have just a few! Due to extremely limited quantity this item will be limited to two per customer.  

Signed Roxane Gay Chapbook
Urgent, Unheard Stories
by Roxane Gay


36 pages

A limited edition chapbook, signed by the author.

A mini-collection of essays on books, reading, and the world
of contemporary literature by Roxane Gay -- available as a limited edition, signed chapbook.   

Literary Coloring Book for Grown-Ups
Hemingwasted Coloring Book:
A Loving Look at Literary Lushes 
by the staff of Brazos Bookstore

16 pages

An irreverent look at some of history's literary geniuses.

Hemingwasted, a limited edition coloring book created to celebrate the first national Independent Bookstore Day, features legendary authors paired with quotes on the subject of drinking (e.g., Ogden Nash: "Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker").  

Margaret Atwood Stencil
The "Bad Citizen" Stencil
quoting Margaret Atwood


12" x 16" on 1/8" thick craft wood with detailed
laser cutting

Suitable for use as a stencil or as a stand-alone art piece, this Indie Bookstore Day stencil quotes Margaret Atwood's poem "Spelling": A word after a word after a word is power

Signed Allie Brosh Broadside
Hyperbole & a Half Broadside
by Allie Brosh


14" x 9" horizontal

Bring a little Allie Brosh home with this signed four-color print from her remarkable debut, Hyperbole and a Half. A perfect collectible for Allie Brosh's legions of fans, this high quality print is suitable for framing. Limited print run of 1500. Due to extremely limited quantity this item will be limited to two per customer.  

"I Love to Read" Onesie
Guess How Much I Love to Read "Bunsie"
from Candlewick


One size-9 months

Made of 100% soft European quality cotton.

This onesie has snaps at the bottom making it easy to change and dress little ones. Each onesie comes with a specially designed hang-tag reading "Made exclusively in support of indie bookstores for Independent Bookstore Day 2015" with IBD logo. Start 'em early!

Essay Collection
Days Like This:
Good Writers on Bad Luck, Bum Deals and Other Torments

by Anne Lamott, James Patterson, Yiyun Li, Willy Vlautin, Mary Roach, and many more!



A collection of personal essays (and a few short stories) by many of our favorite writers who were given the prompt, "My ________ From Hell" and set loose. The results -- which cover everything from online dating to the death of a childhood classmate -- are often laugh-out-loud, frequently heart-rending and sometimes downright jaw-dropping.

Full-color, Gallery Quality Map
A Literary Map
of the Seas

by 3Fish Studios


14" x 18" giclee print

Following on the heels of the successful Literary Map of California created by 3Fish Studios in San Francisco for California Bookstore Day 2014, comes the Literary Map of the Seas, a hand drawn fine art print of 24 great books set in the ocean. Includes classics from The Odyssey and Moby Dick to modern favorites like The Life of Pi, Plover, Pippi in the South Seas, and Swamplandia!. A full-color, gallery quality giclee print suitable for framing.

And, of course, Tote Bags
Independent Bookstore Day
Tote Bags

Sturdy canvas bags that celebrate indie bookselling! 

Also available: "Time-to-Spare Book Club" totes (available in red and blue), with artwork by Roz Chast, made exclusively for Independent Bookstore Day.

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:  

» David McCullough (May 18)
» Richard H. Thaler with Daniel Gilbert and Robin Young (May 20)


RSVPs Requested

Ticket Pre-Sales
Now Available:   

»  Jane Smiley (June 4)


Upcoming Pre-Sales Available Soon:

» Lev Grossman with Gregory Maguire (June 10)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

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 -- an historical novel set inside a lost world of literary outlaws.
At Harvard Book Store
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Dan Souza

Sat, May 2, 1PM-2PM

Dan Souza, test cook for America's Test Kitchen, provides shortbread cookies (yum!) and signs The Science of Good Cooking Cookbook for Independent Bookstore Day.
At Harvard Book Store
 Learn More
James Wood

Sat, May 2, 7PM

James Wood presents The Nearest Thing to Life -- a master class on the connections between fiction and life.
At Harvard Book Store
Learn More
Viet Thanh Nguyen

Mon, May 4, 7PM

In The Sympathizer, it is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. Viet Thanh Nguyen presents his debut novel --  a gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and a moving love story.
At Harvard Book Store
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Leonard Mlodinow

Tue, May 5, 6PM

The author of The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives and Subliminal, Leonard Mlodinow, discusses The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 tickets
Learn More
An Evening with Transition Magazine

Tue, May 5, 7PM

Marame Gueye, John Warner Smith, and Patrick Sylvain celebrate the launch of Transition's 117th issue, "New African Fiction."
At Harvard Book Store
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Beth Shapiro

Wed, May 6, 7PM

Evolutionary biologist and pioneer in "ancient DNA" research Beth Shapiro discusses How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction
At Harvard Book Store
Learn More
John Palfrey

Thu, May 7, 7PM

John Palfrey discusses BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google.
At Harvard Book Store
Learn More
Susanna Rankin Bohme

Fri, May 8, 3PM

Susanna Rankin Bohme discusses Toxic Injustice: A Transnational History of Exposure and Struggle
At Harvard Book Store
Learn More
David Roberts

Fri, May 8, 7PM

David Roberts discusses The Lost World of the Old Ones: Discoveries in the Ancient Southwest.
At Harvard Book Store
Learn More

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.


We appreciate the feedback we get from readers of this e-newsletter. Please send any comments to Alex at newsletter@harvard.com. Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you in the store!


Alex W. Meriwether
Marketing Manager

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