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April 28, 2017

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Indie Presses news1

We're a proud independent bookstore. And we proudly support independent presses. Starting this weekend, in conjunction with Independent Bookstore Day, check out the display in the store ( and here on harvard.com) featuring some of our staff's favorite books from indie publishers.

Newly Announced: David Sedaris news2

This week we're thrilled to announce that David Sedaris is returning to Harvard Book Store. On June 4th we'll welcome back David Sedaris for a reading from his latest book, Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002). One of the most anticipated books of 2017 (as noted by the Boston Globe, the New York Times Book Review, New York's "Vulture", and BookRiot), Theft by Finding has been, literally, a lifetime in the making.

David Sedaris bookstore events are like no other bookstore event, and we're thrilled to welcome him back to Harvard Book Store this June! Please review our guidelines and tips for attending the event. Tickets go on sale May 4th.

Exclusive Bookstore Day Merch news3

Independent Bookstore Day isn't just a great opportunity to browse and shop for new books -- though it is certainly that.

We'll join participating bookstores across the country in selling cool exclusive merch starting Saturday morning when we open at 9am. The following merchandise will be available in-store, in-person only, beginning at 9am on April 29. Quantities are limited.

(And check out the Independent Bookstore Day passport for those visiting all five participating Boston-area bookstores this Saturday! Learn more here.)

$6 Story: The Sandmeyer Reaction
A special SIGNED edition of Indie Bookstore Day's ongoing "$6 Story" series featuring a cut from Michael Chabon's latest novel, Moonglow. $6.00

A Literary Cocktail Party
This fun and useful book contains funny anecdotes and witty stories along with cocktail recipes from some of our favorite writers. $16.99
Welcome to Night Vale Vinyl Record

A vinyl edition of the bestselling Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. $24.95  

"Lost & Found" Coloring Prin
This original, SIGNED black and white drawing by Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) is inspired by her forthcoming activity book, You Are Here. $17.99

A Literary Map of the U.S.
A SIGNED giclee print created by 3Fish Studios, creators of Bookstore Day's A Literary Map of California and A Literary Map of the Seas. $42.00

An Author's Best Friend Canvas Pouch
This handy 100% cotton canvas zippered pouch features portraits of real author dogs like Sparky Patchett and Jennie Sendak. $14.00

Literary Condoms (pack of 12)

These cleverly beautiful literary condoms are perfect counter-top impulse buys. Each pack of 12 contains 6 "Give Me That Darcy" Jane Austen condoms and 6 "Great Expectations" condoms. $3.99 ($47.88 for 12)

"Bad Citizen" Graffiti Stencil
This year's stencil features a quote from professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.: CENSORSHIP IS TO ART AS LYNCHING IS TO JUSTICE. $35.00

Literary Tea Towels

This year's flour sack tea towels feature two food-related literary quotes from Virginia Woolf and Oscar Wilde. $22.00

Elephant & Piggie "READ" Onesie
This soft cotton onesie features Mo Willems' wonderful Elephant and Piggie and an encouragement to READ. $22.00

"Child of Books" Fine Art Print
The acclaimed New York Times bestselling authors of A Child of Books, Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston, offer an exclusive SIGNED fine art print for book lovers of all ages. $29.99

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Harvard Book Store
New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
I'd Die For You:
And Other Lost Stories

by F. Scott Fitzgerald


Scribner, hardcover

This collection includes the last complete unpublished short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the iconic American writer who is more widely read today than ever.

In the Shadow of the Moon:
The Science, Magic, and Mystery of Solar Eclipses

by Anthony Aveni


Yale University Press, hardcover

In anticipation of solar eclipses visible in 2017 and 2024, astronomer and anthropologist Anthony Aveni explores the scientific and cultural significance of this cosmic phenomenon.

The Tar Baby:
A Global History

by Bryan Wagner


Princeton University Press, hardcover

Bryan Wagner offers a fresh analysis of the deceptively simple story about a fox, a rabbit, and a doll made of tar and turpentine, tracing its history and its connections to slavery, colonialism, and global trade.
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Kids & Young Adult
Ugly Cat & Pablo
by Isabel Quintero


Scholastic Press, paperback 

Ugly Cat and his impeccably dressed mouse friend, Pablo, are an unlikely and dynamic duo who will win young readers over with their silly antics and their search for tasty treats.
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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

Elsa's Housebook:
A Woman's Photojournal

by Elsa Dorfman


Print on Demand, paperback

Originally published in 1974, Elsa's Housebook is a photographic record of family and friends who visited Elsa Dorfman at her Cambridge home in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Many famous writers and thinkers are featured in this new edition of the book, printed exclusively by our book-making robot Paige M. Gutenborg.


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.
On the Move:
A Life
by Oliver Sacks
$6.99, hardcover (originally $27.95)
Oliver Sacks reflects on his famously active life, including his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s, his love affairs, his guilt over leaving his family to come to America, and the writers and scientists who influenced him.
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The Reef: A Passionate History:
The Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change
by Iain McCalman
$6.99, paperback (originally $16.00)
Historian and explorer Iain McCalman takes us on a new adventure into the Great Barrier Reef to reveal how our shifting perceptions of the natural world have shaped this seascape.
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T he Third Reich:
A New History
by Michael Burleigh
$10.99, paperback (originally $26.00)
Filled with human and moral considerations that are missing from theoretical accounts, Michael Burleigh's book gives full weight to the experience of ordinary people who were swept up in, or repelled by, Hitler's Nazi movement.
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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.
Primary Stein: 
Returning to the Writing of Gertrude Stein
edited by Janet Boyd and Sharon J. Kirsch
Originally published by Lexington Books in 2014
$50.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
Following Stein's own efforts throughout her lifetime to shift the focus from her personality to her writing, these essays turn the lens back to a wide range of her texts, including novels, plays, lectures, and poetry.
The Maldive Islands:
Monograph on the History, Archaeology, and Epigraphy 
by H. C. P. Bell
Originally published by Novelty Printers & Publishers Pvt. Ltd. in 2002
$100.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
H. C. P. Bell, the acknowledged father of Maldivian studies, visited the Maldive Islands a number of times throughout his life. These three monographs by Bell focus mainly on Maldivian archaeology, history, and culture.
Double Solitaire:
The Surreal Worlds of Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy
by Stephen Robeson Miller and Jonathan Stuhlman
Originally published by The Katonah Museum of Art/The Mint Museum in 2011
$75.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
Yves Tanguy and Kay Sage were two of Surrealism's leading painters, who together elaborated de Chirico's world of isolate and obdurate forms into eerie landscapes. Here, for the first time, the work of this dynamic couple is explored in depth.
Upcoming Events
Browse our upcoming events calendar, updated through May.
Tickets on Sale Now:  
»  Richard Ford (May 5)
»  Richard Russo (May 8)
» Stephen Kennedy Smith & Douglas Brinkley with Samantha Power, Ron Suskind, and Fredrik Logevall (May 14)
»  Dennis Lehane (May 15)
» Colm Toibin (May 18)
Tickets on Sale Soon: 
» Jill Lepore (May 31)
All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Yascha Mounk
Fri, Apr 28, 3PM
Yascha Mounk, Harvard University Lecturer on Political Theory, discusses The Age of Responsibility: Luck, Choice, and the Welfare State.
At Harvard Book Store
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Chris Dempsey and Andrew Zimbalist
Fri, Apr 28, 7PM
Chris Dempsey and Andrew Zimbalist discuss their book No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch.
At Harvard Book Store
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Independent Bookstore Day
Sat, Apr 29, 9AM-11PM
Independent Bookstore Day is a day to support and celebrate your local indie bookstore. Join us!
At Harvard Book Store
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Cory Doctorow
Mon, May 1, 6:30PM

Cory Doctorow, coeditor of Boing Boing and author of the bestselling book Little Brother, discusses his new novel Walkaway, a multi-generation sci-fi thriller. Doctorow will be joined in conversation by MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito.
At the Cambridge Public Library
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Mary Collins and Donald Collins
Tue, May 2, 7PM
Professor Mary Collins and trans advocate Donald Collins discuss their book At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces.
At Harvard Book Store
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GrubStreet Launch Lab: Mothers -- The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Wed, May 3, 7PM
Writing center GrubStreet welcomes memoirist Nadine Kenney Johnstone and historical novelist J. K. Knauss for a discussion of the real and fictional mothers in their books, Of This Much I'm Sure and Seven Noble Knights.
At Harvard Book Store
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Corey Dolgon
Thu, May 4, 7PM
Stonehill College's Corey Dolgan discusses Kill It to Save It: An Autopsy of Capitalism's Triumph over Democracy.
At Harvard Book Store
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Benjamin W. Goossen
Fri, May 5, 3PM
Harvard religious history scholar Benjamin W. Goossen discusses Chosen Nation: Mennonites and Germany in a Global Era.
At Harvard Book Store
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Richard Ford
Fri, May 5, 6PM
Richard Ford, the award-winning author of The Sportswriter and many more bestselling books, discusses his new memoir, Between Them: Remembering My Parents -- joined in conversation by Radio Open Source's Christopher Lydon.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 Tickets
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The Next Harvard Square Book Circle
Tue, May 30, 7PM
In May the Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, will discuss the Folger Shakespeare Library edition of William Shakespeare's classic tragedy Julius Caesar.
At Harvard Book Store
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