Adam Grant


The Gift Inside the Box

in conversation with DANIEL GILBERT

This event includes a book signing


October 4, 2019
6:00 PM ET
(Doors at 5:30)


First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


$20.25 (book bundled)

Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling author and influential organizational psychologist ADAM GRANT on tour for his new picture book, The Gift Inside the Box, co-authored with his wife, Allison Sweet Grant. He will be joined in conversation by DANIEL GILBERT, renowned psychologist, bestselling author, and Harvard professor.

Are you a giver or a taker? How about your children? With Give and Take, Grant smashed the “greed is good” myth and revealed how generosity can revolutionize the way we approach work. Now he has teamed up with his wife Allison, a writer and psychiatric nurse practitioner, to bring these innovative ideas into the heart of our homes. In a fireside chat, Adam will share why and how they wrote the book—and what they’ve learned from psychology evidence and personal experience about how we can care for others and ourselves, teach that value to kids, and prepare them to lead lives of meaning.

About The Gift Inside the Box

A mysterious gift box finds himself in search of someone to open him, but nobody seems to be the right one. After disheartening interactions with grabby kids, selfish siblings, and other single-minded would-be recipients, the box wonders if he'll ever find someone deserving of him. Could that someone be the very person who's reading the book itself? 

With The Gift Inside the Box, the Grants deliver a clever, earnest book about generosity—a new and nourishing fable for every child's library.

Adam Grant
Adam Grant

Adam Grant

Adam Grant is a psychologist and the New York Times best-selling author of Originals and Give and Take. As Wharton’s top-rated professor for five straight years, Adam is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers and received distinguished scholarly achievement awards from the American Psychological Association and the National Science Foundation. Adam received his B.A. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He serves as a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times on work and psychology.

Photo credit: Matt Albiani

Daniel Gilbert
Daniel Gilbert

Daniel Gilbert

Daniel Gilbert, the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, has won numerous awards for his research and teaching.  His popular book, Stumbling on Happiness, spent 6 months on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into more than 35 languages and sold over a million copies worldwide, and was awarded the Royal Society’s General Book Prize for best science book of the year. He hosted and co-wrote the award-winning PBS television series This Emotional Life, the premiere of which was seen by more than 10 million viewers. In the last few years he has appeared in a series of television commercials meant to help Americans overcome the psychological obstacles to saving for retirement. He is a contributor to TIME, the New York Times, and NPR's All Things Considered, and in 2014 Science named him one of the world’s 50 most-followed scientists on social media. In 2017 he was named one of The 50 Most Influential Living Psychologists in the World. His TED talks have been seen more than 26 million times and remain among the most popular of all time.

Tickets are available online only at and All tickets include a copy of The Gift Inside the Box. Books bundled with tickets may only be picked up at the venue the night of the event, and cannot be picked up in-store beforehand.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.

First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes

As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and look for the newsstand called Crimson Corner. Turn right and proceed north along Mass. Ave. going toward the Cambridge Common. You will pass the Harvard Coop, Bank of America, and CVS. The First Parish Church is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Church St. Please enter through the front door of the church.

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