SAM GRAHAM-FELSEN Presents Green: A Novel
Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome journalist and Harvard graduate SAM GRAHAM-FELSEN for a discussion of his debut novel, Green.
Book signing included!
Infectiously funny about the highs and lows of adolescence, and sharply honest in the face of injustice, SAM GRAHAM-FELSEN’s debut is a wildly original take on the struggle to rise in America.
MIRA T. LEE Presents Everything Here Is Beautiful: A Novel
Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome celebrated local writer MIRA T. LEE for a discussion of her debut novel, Everything Here Is Beautiful. She will be joined in conversation by journalist and New York magazine editor LISA MILLER.
Book Signing included!
Told in alternating points of view, Everything Here Is Beautiful is, at its heart, the story of a young woman’s quest to find fulfillment and a life unconstrained by her illness. But it’s also an unforgettable, gut-wrenching story of the sacrifices we make to truly love someone—and when loyalty to one’s self must prevail over all.
Midwinter Fire: A Poetry Reading with JOY LADIN, GAIL THOMAS, and LESLEA NEWMAN
Poets JOY LADIN, GAIL THOMAS, and LESLEA NEWMAN who have all had recent books published by Headmistress Press will read new and forthcoming work. JOY LADIN is the author of Fireworks in the Graveyard; GAIL THOMAS is the author of Odd Mercy, and LESLEA NEWMAN is the author of Lovely.
Award-Winning Poet/Critic KEVIN YOUNG on the History of “Bunk”
Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning poet and critic KEVIN YOUNG for a discussion of his latest book, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.
This event is free and open to the public!
Bunk traces the history of the hoax as a peculiarly American phenomenon, examining what motivates hucksters and makes the rest of us so gullible. Disturbingly, Young finds that fakery is woven from stereotype and suspicion, race being the most insidious American hoax of all. He chronicles how Barnum came to fame by displaying figures like Joice Heth, a black woman whom he pretended was the 161-year-old nursemaid to George Washington, and What Is It?, an African American man Barnum professed was a newly discovered missing link in evolution.
Bunk then turns to the hoaxing of history and the ways that forgers, plagiarists, and journalistic fakers invent backstories and falsehoods to sell us lies about themselves and about the world in our own time, from pretend Native Americans Grey Owl and Nasdijj to the deadly imposture of Clark Rockefeller, from the made-up memoirs of James Frey to the identity theft of Rachel Dolezal. In this brilliant and timely work, Young asks what it means to live in a post-factual world of “truthiness” where everything is up for interpretation and everyone is subject to a pervasive cynicism that damages our ideas of reality, fact, and art.
Poet DAVID FERRY on Virgil’s Aeneid
Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning poet and translator DAVID FERRY for a discussion of his translation of Virgil’s Aeneid. He will be joined in conversation by award-winning poet and critic, former poet laureate, and Boston University professor ROBERT PINSKY. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.
This event is free and also includes a book signing. Doors close at 6:00pm!
About The Aeneid
“I sing of arms and the man . . . ”
So begins the Aeneid, greatest of Western epic poems. Virgil’s story of the journey of Aeneas has been a part of our cultural heritage for so many centuries that it’s all too easy to lose sight of the poem itself—of its brilliantly cinematic depiction of the sack of Troy; the monstrous hunger of the harpies; the intensity of Dido’s love for the hero, and the blackness of her despair; and the violence that Aeneas and his men must endure before they can settle in Italy and build the civilization whose roots we still claim as our own.
This new translation brings Virgil’s masterpiece newly to life for English-language readers. It’s the first in centuries crafted by a translator who is first and foremost a poet, and it is a glorious thing. DAVID FERRY has long been known as perhaps our greatest contemporary translator of Latin poetry, his translations of Virgil’s Eclogues and Georgics having established themselves as much-admired standards. He brings to the Aeneid the same genius, rendering Virgil’s formal metrical lines into an English that is familiar and alive. Yet in doing so, he surrenders none of the feel of the ancient world that resonates throughout the poem and gives it the power that has drawn readers to it for centuries. In FERRY’s, the Aeneid becomes once more a lively, dramatic poem of daring and adventure, of love and loss, of devotion and death. Never before have Virgil’s twin gifts of poetic language and urgent, compelling storytelling been presented so powerfully for English-language readers. FERRY’s Aeneid will be a landmark, a gift to longtime lovers of Virgil, and the perfect entry point for new readers.
The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov, Reading & Discussion with ANI TUZMAN
The Temple Beth Zion in Brookline hosts a reading with ANI TUZMAN, author of The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov. The reading will be followed by discussion and book signing.
The Tremble of Love is an historical novel inspired by the legendary healer and spiritual master, Rabbi Yisroel ben Eliezar, who became known as the Baal Shem Tov, the Master of the Good Name. Set in the richly textured Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of the 1700s, this exquisite reimagining of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary mystics transports readers back in time to experience the true meaning of power and the timeless grace of love.
THIS EVENT IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
“The message of the Baal Shem Tov―ecstatic seeker, compassionate healer, mediator, mystical teacher, and peacemaker―is as needed today as it was in his lifetime: our capacity to love and care for the other is the path to lasting peace and harmony.”
~Dr. Paula Green, Founder and Senior Advisor, Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
“The Tremble of Love is a book that nourishes the spirit, a book for people of all faiths―as well as for those who have lost faith.”
~Father Gilbert Aranha, Executive Secretary for the Bishops’ Conference for Ecumenism and founder of JPK House of Love (Prema Nilaya), Mysore, India
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TREMBLE OF LOVE AND ANI TUZMAN, please visit http://anituzman.com
ANNE FADIMAN presents The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir
Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning writer ANNE FADIMAN—author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down—for a discussion of her latest book, The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir.
This event is free and open to the public.
About The Wine Lover’s Daughter
In The Wine Lover’s Daughter, Anne Fadiman examines―with all her characteristic wit and feeling―her relationship with her father, Clifton Fadiman, a renowned literary critic, editor, and radio host whose greatest love was wine.
An appreciation of wine―along with a plummy upper-crust accent, expensive suits, and an encyclopedic knowledge of Western literature―was an essential element of Clifton Fadiman’s escape from lower-middle-class Brooklyn to swanky Manhattan. But wine was not just a class-vaulting accessory; it was an object of ardent desire. The Wine Lover’s Daughter traces the arc of a man’s infatuation from the glass of cheap Graves he drank in Paris in 1927; through the Château Lafite-Rothschild 1904 he drank to celebrate his eightieth birthday, when he and the bottle were exactly the same age; to the wines that sustained him in his last years, when he was blind but still buoyed, as always, by hedonism.
Wine is the spine of this touching memoir; the life and character of Fadiman’s father, along with her relationship with him and her own less ardent relationship with wine, are the flesh. The Wine Lover’s Daughter is a poignant exploration of love, ambition, class, family, and the pleasures of the palate by one of our finest essayists.
DENIS LEARY on “Why We Don’t Suck”
From the actor/comedian and author of the bestselling Why We Suck, Denis Leary comes a searing comic look at these divisive times, skewering liberals and conservatives alike with a signature dose of sarcasm and common sense, Why We Don’t Suck.
This event, sponsored by the Brookline Booksmith, will take place at the Wilbur Theatre. Tickets are $38 and are to be ordered online. Each ticket includes a signed copy of Why We Don’t Suck.
An Evening with Cherry Bombe
Harvard Book Store welcomes KERRY DIAMOND, co-founder and editorial director of Cherry Bombe, for a moderated panel discussion with TRACY CHANG, JOANNE CHANG, JENNIFER BROUTIN FARAH, and ASHLEY STANLEY. The evening will include refreshments and a book signing of the debut cookbook Cherry Bombe.
Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook is the first-ever cookbook from the team behind the hit indie magazine about women and food, and the Radio Cherry Bombe podcast. Inside are 100+ recipes from some of the most interesting chefs, bakers, food stylists, pastry chefs, and creatives on the food scene today.
Tickets: $5 for only entrance into the event itself; $34.75 for the book & entrance into the event. Tickets are to be purchased online. Doors close at 6:30PM.
WALTER ISAACSON on Leonardo da Vinci
Was Leonardo da Vinci history’s most creative genius? Was he also a Florentine spy in foreign courts? Find out when Harvard Book Store welcomes celebrated writer and journalist WALTER ISAACSON—author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs and Benjamin Franklin—for a discussion of his latest biography: Leonardo da Vinci.
This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.
Tickets: $5 for only entrance into the event itself; $34.75 for the book & entrance into the event. Please purchase your tickets online.