The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, discusses Yoko Tadawa's The Emissary, translated by Margaret Mitsutani—a breathtakingly light-hearted meditation on mortality, and winner of the 2018 National Book Award in Translated Literature. About The Emissary Japan, after suffering from a massive irreparable disaster, cuts itself off from the world. Children are so weak they can barely stand or walk: the only people with any get-go are the elderly. Mumei lives with his grandfather Yoshiro, who worries about him constantly. They…Find out more »
Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning journalist and academic DUNCAN WHITE—Assistant Director of Studies in History & Literature at Harvard University—for a discussion of his latest book, Cold Warriors: Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities. About Cold Warriors During the Cold War, literature was both sword and noose. Novels, essays and poems could win the hearts and minds of those caught between the competing creeds of capitalism and communism. They could also lead to exile, imprisonment…Find out more »
Harvard Book Store welcomes AMY WALDMAN—the bestselling, critically acclaimed author of The Submission—for a discussion of her new novel, A Door in the Earth. About A Door in the Earth Parveen Shams, a college senior in search of a calling, feels pulled between her charismatic and mercurial anthropology professor and the comfortable but predictable Afghan-American community in her Northern California hometown. When she discovers a bestselling book called Mother Afghanistan, a memoir by humanitarian Gideon Crane that has become a bible for American engagement…Find out more »
Harvard Book Store welcomes MADELINE MILLER—the celebrated, critically acclaimed author of Song of Achilles—for a discussion of her #1 New York Times bestselling novel, Circe. About Circe In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters…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.