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August 8, 2016

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It's pretty astonishing when you stop and think about it -- the number of wildly talented writers, readers, and thinkers who pass through Harvard Square and Harvard Book Store each year. Many stand up at the podium and read from their works; many attend the local universities and visit to browse our shelves; and let's not forget the super smarties who work here.

This week we welcome former staffer Annie DeWitt back to Harvard Book Store, as she reads from her first novel. Annie worked at the store as a bookseller for several years and left in 2005 to pursue her writing at Bread Loaf in Sante Fe. Join us for this and many more author events coming up -- including Terry Tempest Williams celebrating our National Parks. Our events calendar is now updated through September.

Wow, what a night. A huge thank you to the hundreds upon hundreds of witches, wizards, and Muggles who joined us July 30th and patiently waited until midnight for a much anticipated copy of the eighth Harry Potter story,  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child The joy and love and excitement were palpable throughout the store as we introduced a new generation to the magic of a Harry Potter midnight release party.

Congratulations to Gryffindor, winner of our house trivia contest! It was a close contest, but the halls of Hogwarts Book Store will be decked out in scarlet and gold this year. All Gryffindors who submitted trivia sheets should stay tuned for a special prize coming soon to their email inboxes. 

Couldn't make to the party? We have plenty of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in stock!

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Harvard Book Store head buyer Rachel Cass joined local author Margot Livesey on Radio Boston last week for a discussion of the best fiction to explore this summer. Their picks included Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee, The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl, and How To Set A Fire And Why by Jesse Ball. Check out the whole list and listen to the show archive here.

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We appreciate the feedback we get from readers of this newsletter. Please send any comments to Alex at newsletter@harvard.com.

Our events and newsletter team will be taking the second half of August off to prepare for our bustling September schedule. Enjoy your August, and we'll be back with the regular weekly "News & Events" email in two weeks.

Thanks for reading,
Alex W. Meriwether
Harvard Book Store
New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The Underground Railroad 
by Colson Whitehead


Doubleday, hardcover

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora, an outcast even among her fellow Africans. When a recent arrival from Virginia tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape.

Fire This Time:
A New Generation Speaks about Race 
edited by Jesmyn Ward


Scribner, hardcover
National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping off point for this collection of essays and poems about race from some of the most important voices of our time.

Austere Gardens:
Thoughts on Landscape, Restraint, & Attending 
by Marc Treib


ORO Editions, paperback
Austere Gardens suggests another way to look at the landscape, the garden, and the world around us. Marc Treib writes that being open to other ways of observing can yield new rewards, and that interest can be found in places unassuming and overlooked.
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Kids & Young Adult
Feminist Folktales from Around the World
by Ethel Johnston Phelps


The Feminist Press at CUNY, hardcover
From Japan to Norway, Scotland to Sudan, Tatterhood brings readers twelve folk tales -- and twelve women whose cunning, hard work, and physical strength are celebrated in each story.
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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

Thoughts After Spenser:
Collected Light Verse
by Victor Howes


Print on Demand, paperback

"Victor Howes has the knack of light verse. . . . Delicate, bawdy, corrosive, exalting, straightforwardly alert, his poems laugh at, laugh off, laugh down, or smile gently on the frauds, faiths, fatuities, and fads of cultures high and low." --Guy Rotella


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.
American Spring: 
Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution
by Walter R. Borneman
$8.99, paperback (originally $18.00)
Focusing on colorful heroes John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, Benjamin Franklin, and Patrick Henry, American Spring follows a fledgling nation from the first shots fired to the culminating moment of George Washington taking command of colonial forces on July 3, 1775.
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The Bascombe Novels
by Richard Ford
$12.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)
This volume collects Richard Ford's trilogy of novels -- The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land -- that charts the life and times of one of the most beloved and enduring characters in modern fiction, Frank Bascombe.
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American Musicals: 
The Complete Books and Lyrics of 16 Broadway Classics, 1927-1969
edited by Laurence Maslon
$36.99, hardcover (originally $75.00)
Now in a landmark two-volume collection, The Library of America presents sixteen enduring masterpieces charting the Broadway musical's narrative from the groundbreaking Show Boat through the Golden Age to its response to the turbulent 1960s with Tony Award-winning shows Cabaret and 1776
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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 Chess Biography of Marcel Duchamp 1887-1968: Volume 1: The Early Chess Career of Marcel Duchamp 1887-1925
by Vlastimil Fiala
Originally published by Publishing House Moravian Chess in 2002
$35.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
The Chess Biography of Marcel Duchamp is the detailed account of the chess career of the prominent artist Marcel Duchamp in the period 1887-1925. This volume covers his stays and chess playing in Argentina, America, Belgium, and France. 
The Cleveland Apollo 
by Michael Bennett
Originally published by the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2013
$75.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition
The Cleveland Apollo is most likely the only surviving original sculpture by Praxiteles. This volume is both a personal account of an acquisition and a rigorous re-examination of one of the most significant works to survive from antiquity.
The Seven Deadly Sins
by William S. Burroughs
Originally published by Lococo Fine Art Publisher in 1991
$125.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
This elegant William S. Burroughs art book contains seven color screenprint reproductions (one for each sin) of "shotgun paintings" interleaved with brief texts by the noted Beat literary figure turned artist.
Upcoming Events
Our events calendar is now updated through September, with a full slate of newly announced author visits. Browse our complete upcoming events lineup.
Tickets on Sale Now:  
»  Carl Hiaasen (Sep 8) Online pre-sales (ticket + book) on sale now
»  Lawrence Wright (Sep 12) Online pre-sales (ticket + book) on sale now
Tickets on Sale Soon: 
» Mara Wilson (Sep 15)
» Tracy Kidder (Sep 19)
» Ian McEwan (Sep 21)
» Emma Donoghue (Sep 23)
» Alan Cumming (Sep 25)
» Ann Patchett (Sep 29)
All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Margaret Malone and Chris McCormick
Mon, Aug 8, 7PM
PEN Hemingway Award finalist Margaret Malone reads from People Like You; Hopwood Award winner Chris McCormick reads from Desert Boys: Fiction.
At Harvard Book Store
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Annie DeWitt
Tue, Aug 9, 7PM
Former Harvard Book Store staffer Annie DeWitt reads from her acclaimed debut novel, White Nights in Split Town City.
At Harvard Book Store
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Louise Miller
Wed, Aug 10, 7PM

Louise Miller, Boston pastry chef and debut novelist, presents The City Baker's Guide to Country Living.
At Harvard Book Store
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Terry Tempest Williams
Thu, Aug 11, 7PM
Terry Tempest Williams presents her latest book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks, just as the National Park Service celebrates its Centennial this month.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fiction Fridays
Fridays This Summer
15% off new fiction!
At Harvard Book Store
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Liz Moore and Nellie Hermann
Mon, Aug 15, 7PM
Liz Moore reads from her novel The Unseen World, the story of a daughter uncovering her father's secrets. Nellie Hermann reads from The Season of Migration, a novel of Vincent Van Gogh's early years.
At Harvard Book Store
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Harvard Book Store is locally owned and independently run, and has been since 1932. Thank you for your continued support.
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The Next Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, Aug 22, 7PM
This month our in-store book club will discuss Annie Baker's play The Flick, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
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