Signed First Edition Club
Each month, Harvard Book Store offers Signed First Edition Club members a signed first printing of a newly published book, selected for both its literary merit and potential collectibility.
Sign up for the monthly Signed First Edition Club today or give a gift membership! You may choose to give a gift membership for six months, one year, or indefinitely.
The Signed First Edition Club brings some of the most well-known and well-respected authors writing today to your bookshelf—renowned novelists, essayists, historians, memoirists, and poets—as well as acclaimed debut and emerging authors. Launched in 2007, the club has been a popular service for Harvard Book Store customers and readers across the country for over a decade! Check out the prestigious past selections that have been featured over the years here.
Looking for buzzworthy fiction? Learn about an additional club launched in Spring 2019, delivering four debut fiction titles each year, here. It's called the Signed New Voices in Fiction Club.
Each Signed First Edition Club pick is a first edition and first printing, signed by the author, delivered to you in pristine condition with its jacket in a transparent protective wrapping to extend the life of the book. You'll also receive a specially made Harvard Book Store "Signed First Edition Club" bookmark, featuring a few words from a Harvard Book Store staffer on why they loved this book.
Recent and Upcoming Selections
- July 2022: Cult Classic by Sloane Crosley
- August 2022: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
- September 2022: Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra
- October 2022: Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng
- November 2022: The Furrows by Namwali Serpell
- December 2022: Liberation Day by George Saunders
The Furrows by Namwali Serpell
How do you grieve an absence? A brilliantly inventive novel about loss and belonging, from the award-winning author of The Old Drift.
"Namwali Serpell’s second novel declares its intentions from the start: 'I don’t want to tell you what happened. I want to tell you how it felt.' This refrain guides us through a dizzying narrative of loss, trauma, and the inexorable pull of grief. Cassandra 'Cee' Williams is only twelve when her brother Wayne disappears, and though his body is never recovered, his presence consumes her life. Time pushes her forward, but the memories of that awful day reel her backwards, keeping her trapped in an ocean of regret and pain. Complicating her grief is the force of her mother’s denial, so powerful that it sows doubts in Cee herself. When a stranger bearing Wayne’s name and likeness enters her life, Cee is forced to consider the possibility that maybe, somehow, her mother is right. Against the backdrop of a deteriorating family and an uncertain way forward, Serpell constructs a painful yet poignant story about fractured pasts and hopeful futures; and, most importantly, the spaces in between." —Melissa S., Harvard Book Store
Liberation Day by George Saunders
MacArthur "genius" and Booker Prize winner George Saunders returns with a collection of short stories that make sense of our increasingly troubled world, his first since the New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist Tenth of December.
“Saunders has revealed himself to be nothing less than an American Gogol: funny, pointed, full of nuance, and always writing with a moral heart. This, his first book of short fiction in nearly a decade, only cements the validity of such a point of view. The nine pieces here are smart and funny, speculative yet at the same time written on a human scale, narratives full of love and loss and longing and the necessity of trying to connect.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Saunders’s vision of diabolically intrusive tyranny undermining democracy possesses the keen absurdity of Kurt Vonnegut, while his more subtle stories align with the gothic edge of Shirley Jackson. . . . Each of these flawless fables inspires reflection on the fragility of freedom and the valor of the human spirit.” —Booklist
What comes with membership?
Each month, members receive a premium book of recent publication. A collection of signed first editions will enhance any library, and many signed first editions appreciate in value. Also, your membership supports Harvard Book Store, a landmark literary institution, and helps ensure that the store will exist—and continue to host its award-winning author event series—for years to come.
In addition to regular monthly selections, members will also receive exclusive offers on other special limited-edition signed books.
What is a signed first edition? Why is it valuable?
A first edition is the original printing of a book. First editions are distinguished from subsequent printings, as they represent the closest edition in time and intent to the author's original work. A signed first edition is a unique addition to any library, and to dealers and collectors, a signed first edition is the most desirable—and valuable—edition.
What will I receive?
Harvard Book Store’s selections represent the forefront of literary fiction and nonfiction and reflect the acclaimed authors hosted by the store’s award-winning event series. Selections are personally chosen by our discerning staff of readers. View the complete archive of previous club selections here, view recent picks and see why our staff loved these books here, and check out upcoming selections at the top of this page.
The books in this program are guaranteed first editions, first printings, with the author's signature. Each book arrives in pristine condition with its jacket in a transparent protective wrapping to extend the life of the book. You'll also receive a specially made Harvard Book Store "Signed First Edition Club" bookmark, featuring a few words from a Harvard Book Store staffer on why they loved this book.
How much does membership cost?
There is no sign-up cost. All you pay is the publisher's list price on the book ($26 - $30 on average per month) plus a flat shipping and processing charge and Massachusetts sales tax (if applicable). Current terms can be found on the sign-up form.
Can I give a membership as a gift?
Of course! A gift subscription is a thoughtful, sui generis present for loved ones, recent grads, and newlyweds alike. You may choose to give a gift membership for six months, one year, or indefinitely, and you may cancel the membership at any time. You may download and print out a gift insert to give to the recipient. The inserts are available for six months, one year, and indefinite memberships.
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Is there a limit to how many people can sign up?
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Are there additional signed book clubs I can join?
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Our October 2022 Selection
Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng
From the number one bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere, a deeply suspenseful and heartrending novel about the unbreakable love between a mother and child in a society consumed by fear.
"In Our Missing Hearts, Celeste Ng writes us into a version of the United States that is terrifying in its plausibility. She calls out America’s willingness to select a focus for its fears, to blame and punish that group, and to couch such punishment in the language of safety and patriotism. But by showing us this version of ourselves through the eyes of twelve-year-old Bird, she also captures that transitional moment between childhood and adulthood, when the world is big and scary, but still full of magic and possibility. The result is an indictment, a warning, and a promise: this is what we are capable of, but we can prepare ourselves, and our children, to choose a different path." —Rachel C., Harvard Book Store
Our September 2022 Selection
Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra
The epic tale of a brilliant woman who must reinvent herself to survive, moving from Mussolini's Italy to 1940s Los Angeles—a timeless story of love, deceit, and sacrifice from the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.
"Mercury Pictures Presents opens on the studio lot of the eponymous Mercury Pictures International. It’s 1941 and these first scenes play out as wry screwball comedy—the dialogue cracks and sparkles. This buoyancy persists throughout Anthony Marra’s latest novel, and it’s a feat the way Marra extends this delicate and clever (yet deeply empathetic) touch throughout a narrative that spans the globe. From fascism's grip on Europe to America's wartime propaganda machine, we travel up and down family trees and across the interconnected lives of Hollywood filmmakers (many of them unsung and uncredited, many of them immigrants). Page by page, Mercury Pictures Presents shifts effortlessly from domestic melodrama, to spy thriller, to documentary exposé, to classical comedy of manners. The terror of wartime, the regret of youthful mistakes, the clash of ideologies, the push and pull of familial ties across time and oceans—it's all here, woven with care, indelible. And yet Marra also reminds us of the humbling truth that even the bigwigs, headline-makers, and brightest stars of yesteryear eventually fade with time." —Alex M., Harvard Book Store
Our August 2022 Selection
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
In this exhilarating novel by the best-selling author of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry two friends—often in love, but never lovers—come together as creative partners in the world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality.
"Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow follows thirty years in the lives of friends and collaborators who love playing and creating video games. And though I have been called a video game illiterate (truthfully!), it still felt like this was a novel written just for me, the author and I sharing secrets. The story’s perfectly-honed details of place and time filled me with nostalgia (my beloved Harvard station smoothie man!), and I cringed in recognition of the characters’ stubborn fallibility, offering the worst of themselves to those they love the most. I don’t often make broad recommendations—I’m afraid what resonates will be too peculiar, too connected to who I am at a particular moment–and yet there are, of course, works loved by many, sometimes over generations, with infinite shared secrets. It is my hope—my belief—that this is one of those special novels, so beautifully written, so carefully designed, so generous in its ideas and themes, that you, too, will feel like it was written just for you." —Lori K., Harvard Book Store
Our July 2022 Selection
Cult Classic by Sloane Crosley
Hilariously insightful and delightfully suspenseful, Cult Classic is an original: a masterfully crafted tale of love, memory, morality, and mind control, as well as a fresh foray into the philosophy of romance.
"We all wonder what an encounter with a past love would look like. Who would we be in their eyes? Have we changed much? Are we prettier? More successful? Happier? Do they look back on us fondly? We'd like to hope. This book is for all the intelligent, cult-documentary-loving women who will always wonder 'what if?' It is an introspective novel that gives both grace and criticism to the way we seek affection in this culture of excess and self-promotion. Crosley is clever yet subtle, relatable yet not pandering. Most of all, she gives love to all of us who have wondered if we could have had more—and feel guilt for wondering. And let's be honest, we all have." —Audrey S., Harvard Book Store
Our June 2022 Selection
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
“Since the brilliant, beautiful Station Eleven rocketed Emily St. John Mandel into the literary spotlight back in 2014, her books have each been subject to the question: can she keep this up? And each time, first with 2020’s The Glass Hotel and this year with the stunning Sea of Tranquility, Mandel has gracefully and handily answered, of course she can. In some ways, Sea of Tranquility is very different from Mandel’s previous books. It’s her first foray into time travel—moving from the 1912 Canadian wilderness all the way to a moon colony in 2401—and autofiction, as we follow novelist and mother Olive Llewellyn on book tour in 2203. And while it is gratifying and frankly awe inspiring to watch Mandel’s ambitious yet deft experimentation play out so beautifully, for every new direction she takes Sea of Tranquility, Mandel never loses sight of everything that made us fall in love with her work in the first place: deeply realized characters, hauntingly atmospheric prose, and something else harder to define, a way of narrating the world that somehow both elevates the mundane and brings the extraordinary within easy grasp. Plus, you won’t be able to put it down.” —Serena L., Harvard Book Store
“I could write a thousand words about Emily St. John Mandel, and this book, and this moment but I won’t dare spoil it. Truly soul-affirming.”
—Emma Straub, best-selling author of All Adults Here
Our May 2022 Selection
Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart
A story of queer love and working-class families, Young Mungo is the brilliant second novel from the Booker Prize-winning author of Shuggie Bain
"Douglas Stuart's latest novel Young Mungo is somehow even more vivid and expansive than his tremendous debut Shuggie Bain. A tender and loving portrait of Glasgow, the novel reaches into every corner of the city to expose the crushing realities of poverty, violence, and need: an alcoholic mother monstrously transformed by addiction, an older-than-her-years sister caged in by a deceitful affair, a fatherless gang leader with a new child of his own, and a doomed romance at the heart of it all. Two teenage boys from warring religions, one protestant and one catholic, Mungo and James are living under the threat of extreme violence if their relationship is discovered. Despite the risks and betrayals, they find a way to carve out their own little sanctuary in a city besieged by hardship. The warmth and hopefulness of their young love is elevated by Stuart's elegant writing. Every sentence is a joy to read, and every metaphor is more fertile than the last." —Melissa S., Harvard Book Store
Our April 2022 Selection
The Candy House by Jennifer Egan
From one of the most celebrated writers of our time, a literary figure with cult status, a “sibling novel” to her Pulitzer Prize- and NBCC Award-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad—an electrifying, deeply moving novel about the quest for authenticity and meaning in a world where memories and identities are no longer private.
"I loved The Candy House and its unsettling exploration of technology, privacy, and authenticity. Set in a near future where Mandala, a technology that allows users to externalize their memories—either for personal use or uploaded to a shared database—is ubiquitous. In interlocking narratives, we see the residents of this recognizable future as their lives and worldviews adjust, expand, and veer in new directions under the influence of a technology they may not even use. Egan excels at keeping her world grounded even as it disorients us into looking at our own world anew." —Rachel C., Harvard Book Store
- January 2022: These Precious Days: Essays by Ann Patchett
- February 2022: Lost & Found: A Memoir by Kathryn Schulz
- March 2022: The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed
- April 2022: The Candy House by Jennifer Egan
- May 2022: Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart
- June 2022: Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
- July 2022: Cult Classic by Sloane Crosley
- August 2022: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
- September 2022: Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra
- October 2022: Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng
- January 2021: Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley
- February 2021: My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee
- March 2021: Infinite Country by Patricia Engel
- April 2021: How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
- May 2021: Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
- June 2021: Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen
- July 2021: Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor
- August 2021: All's Well by Mona Awad
- September 2021: Bewilderment by Richard Powers
- October 2021: Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
- November 2021: What Storm, What Thunder by Myriam J. A. Chancy
- December 2021: Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lily King
- January 2020: Little Gods by Meng Jin
- February 2020: The Resisters by Gish Jen
- March 2020: Actress by Anne Enright
- Summer 2020: Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell
- Summer 2020: The Butterfly Lampshade by Aimee Bender
- Fall 2020: The Boy in the Field by Margot Livesey
- Fall 2020: Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write: An Autobiography in Essays by Claire Messud
- Fall 2020: Memorial by Bryan Washington
- January 2019: The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer
- February 2019: Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
- March 2019: The Heavens by Sandra Newman
- April 2019: Sing to It: New Stories by Amy Hempel
- May 2019: Memories of the Future by Siri Hustvedt
- June 2019: The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer
- July 2019: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
- August 2019: Chances Are. . . by Richard Russo
- September 2019: Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh
- October 2019: Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
- November 2019: Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry
- December 2019: The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
- January 2018: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
- February 2018: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
- March 2018: White Houses by Amy Bloom
- April 2018: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
- May 2018: Wrestling with the Devil by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
- June 2018: There There by Tommy Orange
- July 2018: Florida by Lauren Groff
- August 2018: Certain American States by Catherine Lacey
- September 2018: The Fighters by C.J. Chivers
- October 2018: Gone So Long by Andre Dubus III
- November 2018: She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore
- December 2018: The Library Book by Susan Orlean
- January 2017: Elizabeth Bishop by Megan Marshall
- February 2017: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
- March 2017: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
- April 2017: The Idiot by Elif Batuman
- May 2017: Out of Line by Barbara Lynch
- June 2017: The Leavers by Lisa Ko
- July 2017: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
- August 2017: You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
- September 2017: The Burning Girl by Claire Messud
- October 2017: Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides
- November 2017: Five-Carat Soul by James McBride
- December 2017: Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
- December 2016: Swing Time by Zadie Smith
- November 2016: The Mothers by Brit Bennett
- October 2016: Mercury by Margot Livesey
- September 2016: The Nix by Nathan Hill
- August 2016: The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams
- July 2016: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
- June 2016: LaRose by Louise Erdrich
- May 2016: Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
- April 2016: Until We Are Free by Shirin Ebadi
- March 2016: What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
- February 2016: The Past by Tessa Hadley
- January 2016: Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa
- December 2015: City on Fire by Garth Risk Halberg
- November 2015: The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
- October 2015: Sweet Caress by William Boyd
- September 2015: The Visiting Privilege by Joy Williams
- August 2015: The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
- July 2015: Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai
- June 2015: The Green Road by Anne Enright
- May 2015: Ordinary Light: A Memoir by Tracy K. Smith
- April 2015: From the New World: Poems 1976-2014 by Jorie Graham
- March 2015: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
- February 2015: Screening Room: Family Pictures by Alan Lightman
- January 2015: Let Me Be Frank with You by Richard Ford
- December: The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
- November: Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow
- October: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
- September: We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel by Matthew Thomas
- August: What Is Visible: A Novel by Kimberly Elkins
- July: The Rise & Fall of Great Powers: A Novel by Tom Rachman
- June: All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
- May: Casebook: A Novel by Mona Simpson
- April: Cambridge by Susanna Kaysen
- March: Book of Hours: Poems by Kevin Young
- February: Ripper: A Novel by Isabel Allende
- January: Radiance of Tomorrow: A Novel by Ishmael Beah
- December: The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
- November: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- October: The Men Who United the States by Simon Winchester
- September: MaddAddam: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
- August: The Realm of Last Chances: A Novel by Steve Yarbrough
- July: TransAtlantic: A Novel by Colum McCann
- June: The Son by Philipp Meyer
- May: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel by Anthony Marra
- April: The Book of My Lives by Aleksandar Hemon
- March: Red Doc> by Anne Carson
- February: Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories by Karen Russell
- January: Poems 1962-2012 by Louise Glück
- November: Flight Behavior: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
- October: Ancient Light by John Banville
- September: Winter Journal by Paul Auster
- August: The Collective: A Novel by Don Lee
- July: Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
- June: The Green Shore by Natalie Bakopoulos
- May: Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down by Rosecrans Baldwin
- April: The Cove: A Novel by Ron Rash
- March: Mudwoman: A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates
- February: The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel by Adam Johnson
- January: The Flight of Gemma Hardy: A Novel by Margot Livesey
- December: The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
- November: Blue Nights by Joan Didion
- October: The Marriage Plot: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
- September: The Submission: A Novel by Amy Waldman
- August: The Family Fang: A Novel by Kevin Wilson
- July: Ten Thousand Saints: A Novel by Eleanor Henderson
- June: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
- May: Caleb’s Crossing: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
- April: Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems by Billy Collins
- March: Townie: A Memoir by Andre Dubus III
- February: Ghost Light: A Novel by Joseph O'Connor
- January: The Fates Will Find Their Way: A Novel by Hannah Pittard
- December: Luka and the Fire of Life: A Novel by Salman Rushdie
- October: Great House: A Novel by Nicole Krauss
- September: Freedom: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen
- July: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell
- June: The Spot: Stories by David Means
- May: If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This: Stories by Robin Black
- April: Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
- March: The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee
- February: The Infinities by John Banville
- January: Where the God of Love Hangs Out: Fiction by Amy Bloom
- December: Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis by Al Gore
- November: The Year of the Flood: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
- October: A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
- September: Homer & Langley: A Novel by E.L. Doctorow
- August: That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
- July: Border Songs by Jim Lynch
- May: Brooklyn: A Novel by Colm Toibin
- April: Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud edited by Robert Pinsky
- March: The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
- February: Cutting for Stone: A Novel by Abraham Verghese
- November: Sea of Poppies: A Novel by Amitav Ghosh
- August: Man in the Dark: A Novel by Paul Auster
- July: The Enchantress of Florence: A Novel by Salman Rushdie
- June: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel by David Wroblewski
- March: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
- February: The Soul Thief: A Novel by Charles Baxter
- January: Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership by Madeleine Albright
- December: The Alphabet from A to Y With Bonus Letter Z! by Roz Chast
- November: Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks
- Introductory Title: Other Colors: Essays and a Story by Orhan Pamuk
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