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May 12, 2017

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Tickets on Sale Now news1

We've got a really exciting slate of events this spring! Get your tickets now, for those events requiring them, below.


» Stephen Kennedy Smith & Douglas Brinkley with Samantha Power, Ron Suskind, and Fredrik Logevall (May 14)
»  Dennis Lehane (May 15)
» Colm Tóibín (May 18)
» Jill Lepore (May 31)
» David Sedaris (Jun 4)
»  Roxane Gay (Jun 14)
»  Jonathan Safran Foer (Jun 15) Online pre-sales (ticket + book) on sale now
»  Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland (Jun 19) Online pre-sales (ticket + book) on sale now
»  And on sale soon, tickets for  Arundhati Roy, Sherman Alexie, and  Andrew McAfee & Erik Brynjolfsson.

To highlight just a few:
This Sunday at 6pm we are pleased to host a panel that includes Stephen Kennedy Smith, presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, former UN Ambassador Samantha Power, and journalist Ron Suskind. Smith and Brinkley have edited a new compendium of JFK speeches, with contributions to the volume by Power and Suskind. Among other topics, these distinguished speakers will discuss the Kennedy years in light of the (often bewildering) current state of American politics. Learn more here about this event taking place at First Parish Church.

Next Friday at 7pm we'll host a discussion with Washington Speakers Bureau co-founder Bernie Swain joined by renowned historian and Team of Rivals author Doris Kearns Goodwin (contributor to Swain's book What Made Me Who I Am) for a discussion of their leadership stories. As Swain writes, "We live in an era of polarization. . . . Doris taught me how vital it is to open one's mind to the possibilities of the other side of any argument."  Learn more  here  about this event taking place at First Parish Church.
Partner Events news2

There's plenty going on here on the Harvard Book Store calendar, but please check out some other notable events hosted by our partners this May/June.

On Wednesday, May 17th, Cambridge Forum welcomes Mugambi Jouet for his book Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other. Learn more here

Following our upcoming event with  
Colm Tóibín­
 at the Brattle Theatre this Thursday, he'll stick around to introduce a screening of the Best Picture-nominated film Brooklyn , based on his novel. Signed books will be available for sale before the screening. Find tickets for the screening and learn more here .

On Thursday, June 22nd, John Hancock Hall in Boston will host Eddie Izzard for a bit of stand-up, personal photos, stories from his personal and professional life, a reading from his new memoir Believe Me, and questions from the audience. Tickets are still available

In Case You Missed It news3

In April we hosted Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman for a conversation about income inequality in America and Chomsky's book Requiem for the American Dream. Check out the video, courtesy of the  Forum Network.

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Alex W. Meriwether
Harvard Book Store
New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories
by Penelope Lively


Viking, hardcover

In such acclaimed novels as The Photograph, Family Album, and How It All Began, Penelope Lively has captivated readers with wisdom and humor. Now, in her first story collection in decades, she takes up themes of history, family, and relationships across varied and vividly rendered settings.

Almost Human:
The Astonishing Tale of Homo naledi and the Discovery That Changed Our Human Story

by Lee Berger and John Hawks


National Geographic, hardcover

A story of defiance and determination by a controversial scientist, this is Lee Berger's own take on finding Homo naledi, an all-new species on the human family tree and one of the greatest discoveries of the 21st century. 

Tough Enough:
Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil

by Deborah Nelson


University of Chicago Press, paperback 

This book focuses on six women who are often seen as tough-minded: Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Diane Arbus, and Joan Didion. Deborah Nelson traces the careers of these women and their challenges to the preeminence of empathy as the ethical posture from which to examine pain.
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Kids & Young Adult
Ramona Blue
by Julie Murphy


Balzer + Bray, hardcover

From Julie Murphy, the bestselling author of  Dumplin'  and  Side Effects May Vary , comes another fearless heroine in a novel about family, friendship, and how sometimes love can be more fluid than you first think.
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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

The Book of Talismans Amulets and Zodiacal Gems
by William Thomas & Kate Pavitt


Print on Demand, paperback

This book details the history, uses, and characteristics of various talismans, symbols, gems, and amulets across many cultures and continents. This second edition was originally published in 1922 and has been made available as a facsimile thanks to the Google Books Database and our book machine 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.
The Dark Side of the Enlightenment:
Wizards, Alchemists, and Spiritual Seekers in the Age of Reason
by John V. Fleming
$6.99, hardcover (originally $27.95)
John V. Fleming shows how the impulses of the European Enlightenment -- generally associated with great strides in the liberation of human thought -- were challenged by tenacious religious ideas or channeled into the "darker" pursuits of the esoteric and the occult.
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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
by Ernest J. Gaines
$5.99, paperback (originally $16.00)
Ernest J. Gaines's classic novel -- written as an autobiography -- spans one hundred years of heroine Miss Jane's remarkable life, from her childhood as a slave on a Louisiana plantation to the Civil Rights era of the 1960s.
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The Daemon Knows:
Literary Greatness and the American Sublime
by Harold Bloom
$6.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)
Pairing Walt Whitman with Herman Melville, Ralph Waldo Emerson with Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne with Henry James, and more, Harold Bloom places writers' works in conversation with one another, exploring their relationship to the "daemon" -- the spark of genius -- in their creation.
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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.
Ed Ruscha:
Course of Empire
by Donna De Salvo, Linda Norden, Joan Didion, and Frances Stark
Originally published by Hatje Cantz Publishers in 2005
$30.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition
Inspired by the layout of the American Pavilion's Neoclassical architecture, Ed Ruscha installed this ten-painting exhibition at the 2005 Venice Biennale. Essays by Linda Norden, the U.S. Commissioner for the Venice Biennale, artist Frances Stark, and writer Joan Didion celebrate Ruscha's work.
Imagine Yoko
by Yoko Ono
Originally published by Bakhal in 2006
$45.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
Yoko Ono shares her inner thoughts with the reader on such themes as what art really is and how art can make the world a better place. A bonus DVD contains seven-minute excerpts of two films.
Jacques Henri Lartigue:
The Invention of an Artist
by Kevin Moore
Originally published by Princeton University Press in 2004
$25.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
The Fogg Art Museum's Kevin Moore dispels the myth of modernist photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue as a naïve boy genius. He examines Lartigue's father's role in teaching him the latest techniques as well as the turn-of-the-century craze for amateur photography.
Upcoming Events
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Nina Sankovitch
Fri, May 12, 7PM
Nina Sankovitch discusses The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family, a multibiography of some of the most astonishing individuals in America's history.
At Harvard Book Store
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J. Courtney Sullivan
Sat, May 13, 2PM
Maine and The Engagements author J. Courtney Sullivan presents her latest novel, Saints for All Occasions, in conversation with the Boston Globe's Meredith Goldstein.
At the Cambridge Public Library
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Stephen Kennedy Smith and Douglas Brinkley with Samantha Power and Ron Suskind
Sun, May 14, 6PM
Joined by contributors Ambassador Samantha Power and journalist Ron Suskind, Stephen Kennedy Smith and Douglas Brinkley present their new compendium of JFK speeches -- JFK: A Vision for America. The conversation will be moderated by Harvard's Fredrik Logevall.
At First Parish Church
$5 Tickets
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Dennis Lehane
Mon, May 15, 6PM

Boston-favorite, bestselling author Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island) presents his latest psychological thriller, Since We Fell
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 Tickets
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Guy Delisle
Mon, May 15, 7PM
Cartoonist Guy Delisle -- creator of an acclaimed series of comics travelogues -- returns with the harrowing nonfiction story Hostage. Delisle will be joined in conversation by comics scholar Hillary L. Chute.
At Harvard Book Store
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Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Tue, May 16, 7PM
Public policy lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School and GrubStreet writing teacher Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich presents The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir.
At Harvard Book Store
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Lisa Ko
Wed, May 17, 7PM
Lisa Ko reads from her highly anticipated debut novel, The Leavers -- winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction.
At Harvard Book Store
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Colm Tóibín
Thu, May 18, 6PM
Award-winning author Colm Tóibín reads from House of Names -- a retelling of the Greek legend of Clytemnestra. Following our event, Toibin will introduce a separately ticketed screening of the acclaimed film Brooklyn, based on his novel of the same name.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 Tickets
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Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg
Fri, May 19, 7PM
Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg reads from her debut novel, Eden -- a saga set amid a family's last season at their Long Harbor summer home.
At Harvard Book Store
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Bernie Swain and Doris Kearns Goodwin
Fri, May 19, 7PM
Bernie Swain, co-founder of Washington Speakers Bureau and today's foremost authority on the lecture industry, and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin discuss Swain's book, What Made Me Who I Am -- a collection of profiles on thirty-four remarkable leaders, including Goodwin, and the influences that shaped them. 
At First Parish Church
$5 Tickets
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An Afternoon with Granta Magazine: Best of Young American Novelists
Sat, May 20, 2PM
Every ten years Granta magazine publishes a special issue of new fiction from the most exciting American writers under the age of forty. This issue's honorees include Mark Doten (The Infernal), Rachel B. Glaser (Paulina & Fran), Greg Jackson (Prodigals), Sana Krasikov (The Patriots and One More Year), joining us to read from their work.
At the Cambridge Public Library
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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.
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