Joe Gould, a madman, believed he was the most brilliant historian of the twentieth century. Gould began his life’s work before the First World War, announcing that he intended to write down nearly everything anyone ever said to him. By 1942, when The New Yorker published a profile of Gould written by the reporter Joseph Mitchell, Gould’s manuscript had grown to more than nine million words. But when Gould died in 1957, in a mental hospital, the manuscript was nowhere to be found.…Find out more »
Harvard Book Store welcomes back DAVID SEDARIS, author of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls and Me Talk Pretty One Day, 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 Harvard…Find out more »
Harvard Bookstore welcomes ROXANE GAY at First Parish Church. Gay, the bestselling author of Bad Feminist, An Untamed State, and Difficult Women, will be presenting her latest book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. This event is ticketed, and includes a book signing.Find out more »
Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning novelist JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER—author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close—for the paperback release of his bestselling novel, Here I Am. How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others’? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel in eleven years—a…Find out more »
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.