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May 2017

Kill It to Save It: An Autopsy of Capitalism’s Triumph over Democracy

May 4, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Everybody seem a tad nihilistic these days? Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome Stonehill College's Professor of Sociology COREY DOLGON. Dolgon, the former president of the Association for Humanist Sociology, will be discussing his latest book- Kill It to Save It: An Autopsy of Capitalism's Triumph over Democracy. Tackling the interconnected issues of globalization, neoliberalism, and declining public institutions, Corey Dolgon argues that American citizens now accept reform policies that destroy the public sector (seemingly in the public interest) and a political culture…

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RAKESH SATYAL’s new novel: No One Can Pronounce My Name

May 9, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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In a suburb outside Cleveland, a community of Indian Americans has settled into lives that straddle the divide between Eastern and Western cultures. For some, America is a bewildering and alienating place where coworkers can’t pronounce your name but will eagerly repeat the Sanskrit phrases from their yoga class. Harit, a lonely Indian immigrant in his mid forties, lives with his mother who can no longer function after the death of Harit’s sister, Swati. In a misguided attempt to keep…

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The Global Novel: Writing the World in the 21st Century

May 11, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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What will 21st century fiction look like? Acclaimed literary critic Adam Kirsch examines some of our most beloved writers, including Haruki Murakami, Elena Ferrante, Roberto Bolano, and Margaret Atwood, to better understand literature in the age of globalization. The global novel, he finds, is not so much a genre as a way of imagining the world, one that allows the novel to address both urgent contemporary concerns—climate change, genetic engineering, and immigration—along with timeless themes, such as morality, society, and…

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The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family

May 12, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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The Lowells of Massachusetts were a remarkable family. They were settlers in the New World in the 1600s, revolutionaries creating a new nation in the 1700s, merchants and manufacturers building prosperity in the 1800s, and scientists and artists flourishing in the 1900s. For the first time, Nina Sankovitch tells the story of this fascinating and powerful dynasty in The Lowells of Massachusetts. Though not without scoundrels and certainly no strangers to controversy , the family boasted some of the most astonishing individuals…

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Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.