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April 22, 2016

Viet Thanh Nguyen at Harvard Book Store

The Pulitzer Prize  news1

At 3:15 on Monday, an excited voice rang through the Harvard Book Store offices. " THE SYMPATHIZER JUST WON THE PULITZER!" Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of the new nonfiction book Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, had been awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Sympathizer, new to paperback this month.

While we book-folk are always excited to learn what recent literature has been newly honored, this was an unusual circumstance. The newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner would be reading at the bookstore in four hours.

Photo by Linda Greenhouse for The Boston Globe

Responding to the news, Professor Nguyen posted to his website:

"I felt queasy and struck by literary lightning. I went to do a book talk at Harvard Bookstore and was so pleased to have a conversation with so many people. I just want to say to all of you who are reading this what I've tried to say to the press. Of course it's wonderful for me to get this prize. But within minutes of getting it, I knew that I owed tremendous thanks to everyone who has gone before me in the great, ongoing struggle for social justice, for peace, for genuine equality, for representation for all at every level of every society. I think of the enormous debts I owe to everyone who fought for civil rights, for radical power, for economic equity, and how all these issues are inseparable from justice in the literary world. No minority writer, no writer of color, can claim that he or she accomplished anything purely on their own merit. We all owe so much to the collective struggles and activists that preceded us, that laid the foundations for our individual achievement, to everyone lucky enough to be remembered and so many who have been forgotten."

Congratulations to Viet Thanh Nguyen. Read his entire statement "On Winning the Pulitzer" here, and read The Sympathizer.

Speaking of the Pulitzer Prize. . . our further congratulations (and more gleeful cheering) go to local author Kelly Link, whose story collection Get in Trouble was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer for Fiction.

Kelly, joined by author Samantha Hunt, will be here at the bookstore for a very special, very weird, very wonderful late-night event on Independent Bookstore Day. Check out our complete Bookstore Day lineup here, and get tickets for "After Hours at the Bookstore" while they last.

Check out the many more ticketed events we have coming up this April/May! Learn more and purchase tickets here.

» Diane Rehm with Robin Young (Apr 24) 
» Robert C. Berwick and Noam Chomsky (Apr 25)  
» NOFX Book Signing (Apr 28)  Book included
» After Hours at the Bookstore for Independent Bookstore Day with Samantha Hunt and Kelly Link (Apr 30)  
» Chris Anderson (May 3) 
» Rick Riordan (May 3)
» Angela Duckworth with Amy Cuddy (May 4) 
» Sidney Blumenthal (May 13)  
» Nathaniel Philbrick (May 15)  
» Joe Hill (May 17)   
» Siddhartha Mukherjee (May 18)
Online pre-sales (ticket + book) on sale now
» Cass R. Sunstein (May 23)
Online pre-sales (ticket + book) on sale now
» Eric Ripert (May 31)
Online pre-sales (ticket + book) on sale now

400 Years of Shakespeare  news3

April 23rd marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. We're celebrating William Shakespeare this week with a display of books on the bard.

Also, on Saturday, April 23rd, from 12pm to 5pm, you're invited to join the bookstores of Harvard Square, the Harvard Square Business Association, and Cambridge Historical Tours for the 9th Annual Bookish Ball and Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration. This free, family-friendly festival will feature bookstore strolls, Shakespearian performances, birthday cake, and more.

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