Award-winning author PAUL YOON at Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author PAUL YOON—Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University and author of Once the Shore and Snow Hunters—for a reading from his latest book, The Mountain: Stories.

In The Mountain, Paul Yoon displays his subtle, ethereal, and strikingly observant style with six thematically linked stories, taking place across several continents and time periods and populated with characters who are connected by their traumatic pasts, newly vagrant lives, and quests for solace in their futures. Though they exist in their own distinct worlds (from a sanatorium in the Hudson Valley to an inn in the Russian far east) they are united by the struggle to reconcile their traumatic pasts in the wake of violence, big and small, spiritual and corporeal.

This book will be for sale at the event for 20% off.  There will also be a signing after the event.

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Ghost of the Innocent Man, a true story by BENJAMIN RACHLIN

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome local author BENJAMIN RACHLIN for a discussion of his debut book, Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption.

During the last two decades, more than two thousand American citizens have been wrongfully convicted. Ghost of the Innocent Man brings us one of the most dramatic of those cases and provides the clearest picture yet of the national scourge of wrongful conviction and of the opportunity for meaningful reform.

This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.

This book will be for sale at the event for 20% off.  There will also be a signing after the event.

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Award-winning poet FRANK BIDART reads Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016

Harvard Book Store welcomes Wellesley College professor and award-winning poet FRANK BIDART—author of DesireStar DustWatching the Spring Festival, and Metaphysical Dog—for a reading from his latest poetry collection, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016.

Gathered together, the poems of FRANK BIDART perform one of the most remarkable transmutations of the body into language in contemporary literature. His pages represent the human voice in all its extreme registers, whether it’s that of the child-murderer Herbert White, the obsessive anorexic Ellen West, the tormented genius Vaslav Nijinsky, or the poet’s own. And in that embodiment is a transgressive empathy, one that recognizes our wild appetites, the monsters, the misfits, the misunderstood among us and inside us.

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Equally Wed: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your LGBTQ+ Wedding

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning editor and writer KIRSTEN PALLADINO, cofounder of EquallyWed.com, for a discussion of her book, Equally Wed: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your LGBTQ+ Wedding.

By and large, most wedding books in the market are still centered around one bride and one groom. And yet, the advent of full marriage equality in the United States has made a new, polished wedding planning book dedicated to guiding LGBTQ couples both timely and essential.  KIRSTEN OTT PALLADINO will fill that need with this definitive book to inspire couples everywhere who are seeking a meaningful, personal ceremony and a momentous beginning to legally married life.

This book will be for sale at the event for 20% off.  There will also be a signing after the event.

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HILDA WERSCHKUL’s Reflections on Masterpieces

Harvard Book Store hosts School of Visual Arts professor HILDA WERSCHKUL for a discussion of her book, Experiences of Art: Reflections on Masterpieces.

Experiences of Art: Reflections on Masterpieces is a book that explores themes in the history of art through the insights of students.  The book engages themes such as the origins of creativity in prehistoric art, the meaning and significance of the classical paradigm in art history since antiquity, the actual application of Renaissance art theory to an examination of famous masterpieces, an exploration of a new area of philosophical inquiry that reexamines the 18th century as both a period of rationalism and anti-rationalism (rather than the “Age of Reason”), and the tradition of individual subjectivity and expression in modern art reaching back to van Gogh.

This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.

This book will be for sale at the event for 20% off.  There will also be a signing after the event.

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New Voices in Fiction: IAN BASSINGTHWAIGHTE in conversation with ANDREW KRIVAK

Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome award-winning writer IAN BASSINGTHWAIGHTE and The Signal Flame author ANDREW KRIVÁK for a discussion of BASSINGTHWAIGHTE’s debut novel, Live from Cairo.

From a hugely talented, award-winning young author, a brilliant, lively debut novel about an impulsive American attorney, a methodical Egyptian translator, and a disillusioned Iraqi-American resettlement officer trying to protect a refugee who finds herself trapped in Cairo during the turbulent aftermath of the January 25 revolution.

This book will be for sale at the event for 20% off.  There will also be a signing after the event.

This event is part of Harvard and GrubStreet’s New Voices in Fiction event series.

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ALLEGRA GOODMAN Talks “The Chalk Artist” at Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store hosts ALLEGRA GOODMAN for a discussion of her latest novel, The Chalk Artist.

A tender affair and the redemptive power of art are at the core of The Chalk Artist, from National Book Award finalist Allegra Goodman, who The Wall Street Journal calls “a romantic realist who dazzles with wit [and] compassion.”

Allegra Goodman’s novels include The Cookbook Collector and Intuition. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and The Best American Short Stories. She is a winner of the Whiting Writer’s Award and a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This book will be for sale at the event for 20% off.  There will also be a signing after the event.

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Award-winning novelist ANDREW SEAN GREER reads “Less” about love at the age of fifty

Join Harvard Book Store as they welcome award-winning novelist ANDREW SEAN GREER for a discussion of his latest work, Less.

What would possibly go wrong? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last.  Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, Less is, above all, a love story.

This book will be for sale at the event for 20% off.  There will also be a signing after the event.

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JAMES MCGRATH MORRIS on Hemingway and Dos Passos During WW1

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities are joined by bestselling biographer JAMES MCGRATH MORRIS—author of the National Book Prize–winning Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press and Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power—for a discussion of his latest book, The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War.

After meeting for the first time on the front lines of World War I, two aspiring writers forge an intense twenty-year friendship and write some of America’s greatest novels, giving voice to a “lost generation” shaken by war.

Eager to find his way in life and words, John Dos Passos first witnessed the horror of trench warfare in France as a volunteer ambulance driver retrieving the dead and seriously wounded from the front line. Later in the war, he briefly met another young writer, Ernest Hemingway, who was just arriving for his service in the ambulance corps.

This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities

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Gork, the Teenage Dragon by GABE HUDSON

Harvard Book Store welcomes Sue Kaufman Prize–winning author GABE HUDSON, author of Dear Mr. President, for a discussion of his latest novel Gork, the Teenage Dragon.  HUDSON’s novel is wacky, exuberant, and a heartfelt debut: the unholy child of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Harry Potter, and Sixteen Candles— but, this time, with dragons.

Gork isn’t like the other dragons at WarWings Military Academy. He has a gigantic heart, two-inch horns, and an occasional problem with fainting. His nickname is ‘Weak Sauce’ and his Will to Power ranking is Snacklicious—the lowest in his class. But he is determined not to let any of this hold him back as he embarks on the most important mission of his life: tonight, on the eve of his high school graduation, he must ask a female dragon to be his queen. If she says yes, they’ll go off to conquer a foreign planet together. If she says no, Gork becomes a slave.

This book will be for sale at the event for 20% off.  There will also be a signing after the event.

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