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October 2019

Roy Scranton presents I ❤ OKLAHOMA!: A NOVEL in conversation with David Levine at Harvard Book Store

October 21, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed writer and Notre Dame English professor ROY SCRANTON for a discussion of his latest novel, I ❤ Oklahoma! He will be joined in conversation by award-winning performance and visual artist DAVID LEVINE. About I ❤ Oklahoma! Suzie’s seen it all, but now she’s looking for something she lost: a sense of the future. So when the chance comes to work with a maverick video artist on his road movie about Donald Trump’s America, she’s pretty sure…

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Elizabeth Earley presents LIKE WINGS, YOUR HANDS: A NOVEL at Harvard Book Store

October 22, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author and editor ELIZABETH EARLEY for a discussion of her new novel, Like Wings, Your Hands. Her reading will feature opening performances by acclaimed Boston-based poets and activists ZENAIDA PETERSON and COLE RODRIGUEZ. About Like Wings, Your Hands Kalina, born in Bulgaria and now living in Boston, has always been a spiritual seeker. Her fourteen-year-old son, Marko, who has spina bifida and is partially paralyzed, shares her curiosity about larger metaphysical questions, but also has…

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Jami Attenberg presents ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS in conversation with Laura Van Den Berg at Harvard Book Store

October 23, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes JAMI ATTENBERG—bestselling author of The Middlesteins and All Grown Up—for a discussion of her anticipated new novel, All This Could Be Yours. She will be joined in conversation by acclaimed local writer LAURA VAN DEN BERG. About All This Could Be Yours “If I know why he is the way he is then maybe I can learn why I am the way I am,” says Alex Tuchman, strong-headed lawyer, loving mother, and daughter of Victor Tuchman—a…

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Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne presents HOLDING ON TO NOTHING: A NOVEL at Harvard Book Store

October 24, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome local debut author ELIZABETH CHILES SHELBURNE for a discussion of her new novel, Holding On To Nothing. About Holding On To Nothing Lucy Kilgore has her bags packed for her escape from her rural Tennessee upbringing, but a drunken mistake forever tethers her to the town and one of its least-admired residents, Jeptha Taylor, who becomes the father of her child. Together, these two young people work to form a family, though neither has…

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Serhii Plokhy presents FORGOTTEN BASTARDS OF THE EASTERN FRONT: AMERICAN AIRMEN BEHIND THE SOVIET LINES AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE GRAND ALLIANCE at Harvard Book Store

October 25, 2019 | 3:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning Eastern Europe historian and Harvard professor SERHII PLOKHY—author of Chernobyl—for a discussion of his latest book, Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front: American Airmen behind the Soviet Lines and the Collapse of the Grand Alliance. About Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front At the conference held in in Moscow in October 1943, American officials proposed to their Soviet allies a new operation in the effort to defeat Nazi Germany. The Normandy Invasion was already in…

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Carly Simon Book Signing- TOUCHED BY THE SUN: MY FRIENDSHIP WITH JACKIE at Harvard Book Store

October 26, 2019 | 4:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning musician and writer CARLY SIMON for a signing of her latest book, Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie. Please Note This is a book signing event only. See the event's signing guidelines below. Each ticket includes 1 copy of Touched by the Sun and admission to the signing line for 2 people. Tickets and Book Pickup Tickets are required to join the signing line. Each ticket includes one (1) copy of Touched by the Sun. Tickets are…

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Harvard Square Book Circle discusses Shirley Jackson’s THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE: A NOVEL at Harvard Book Store

October 28, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, discusses Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, one of the greatest horror novels ever written. About The Haunting of Hill House First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a…

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Azra Raza presents THE FIRST CELL: AND THE HUMAN COSTS OF PURSUING CANCER TO THE LAST at Harvard Book Store

October 29, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes oncologist and author AZRA RAZA—Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Medicine and Director, MDS Center at Columbia University—for a discussion of her new book, The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last. She will be joined in conversation by DR. PETER D. KRAMER, psychiatrist, writer, and Brown Medical School professor. About The First Cell We have lost the war on cancer. We spend $150 billion each year treating it, yet—a few innovations notwithstanding—a patient…

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Laura van den Berg and Claire Messud present EAT JOY: STORIES AND COMFORT FOOD FROM 31 CELEBRATED WRITERS at Harvard Book Store

October 30, 2019 | 7:30 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes celebrated local authors and contributors LAURA VAN DEN BERG and CLAIRE MESSUD for a discussion of Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers. They will be joined in conversation by artist and writer NATALIE EVE GARRETT, the editor of Eat Joy. About Eat Joy This collection of intimate, illustrated essays by some of America’s most well-regarded literary writers explores how comfort food can help us cope with dark times―be it the loss of a…

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Christopher McDougall presents RUNNING WITH SHERMAN: THE DONKEY WITH THE HEART OF A HERO at Harvard Book Store

October 31, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes CHRISTOPHER MCDOUGALL—the bestselling author of Born to Run—for a discussion of his latest book, Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero. About Running with Sherman When Chris McDougall agreed to take in a donkey from an animal hoarder, he thought it would be no harder than the rest of the adjustments he and his family had made after moving from Philadelphia to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. But when he arrived,…

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November 2019

Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth present THE ETHICAL ALGORITHM: THE SCIENCE OF SOCIALLY AWARE ALGORITHM DESIGN at Harvard Book Store

November 1, 2019 | 3:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed professors and authors MICHAEL KEARNS and AARON ROTH for a discussion of their new co-authored book, The Ethical Algorithm: The Science of Socially Aware Algorithm Design. About The Ethical Algorithm Over the course of a generation, algorithms have gone from mathematical abstractions to powerful mediators of daily life. Algorithms have made our lives more efficient, more entertaining, and, sometimes, better informed. At the same time, complex algorithms are increasingly violating the basic rights of individual citizens.…

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Gail Mazur, Major Jackson, Didi Jackson, Nausheen Eusuf, and Lloyd Schwartz present THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2019 at Harvard Book Store

November 1, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome guest editor MAJOR JACKSON and celebrated poets and contributors GAIL MAZUR, DIDI JACKSON, NAUSHEEN EUSUF, and LLOYD SCHWARTZ for a reading from the The Best American Poetry 2019. About The Best American Poetry 2019 Since 1988, The Best American Poetry has been the leading anthology of contemporary American poetry. The Washington Post said of the 2017 edition, “The poems. . . have a wonderful cohesion and flow, as if each contributes to a larger…

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Paul Tough presents THE YEARS THAT MATTER MOST: HOW COLLEGE MAKES OR BREAKS US at Harvard Book Store

November 4, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes PAUL TOUGH, the bestselling author of How Children Succeed, for a discussion of his latest book, The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us. He will be joined in conversation by professor ANTHONY ABRAHAM JACK, author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students. This event is co-sponsored by OneGoal Massachusetts. About The Years That Matter Most Does college still work? Is the system designed just to protect the privileged and leave…

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Lawrence Weschler presents AND HOW ARE YOU DR. SACKS?: A BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR OF OLIVER SACKS at Harvard Book Store

November 6, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed author and veteran New Yorker staff writer LAWRENCE WESCHLER for a discussion of his latest book, And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?: A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks. About And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? The author Lawrence Weschler began spending time with Oliver Sacks in the early 1980s, when he set out to profile the neurologist for his own new employer, The New Yorker. Almost a decade earlier, Dr. Sacks had published his masterpiece Awakenings―the account…

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Mark Haber presents REINHARDT’S GARDEN: A NOVEL in conversation with Kit Schluter at Harvard Book Store

November 7, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes MARK HABER—author, bookseller, and operations manager of Brazos Bookstore—for a discussion of his new novel, Reinhardt's Garden. He will be joined in conversation by poet, translator, and bookmaker KIT SCHLUTER. About Reinhardt's Garden At the turn of the twentieth century, as he composes a treatise on melancholy, Jacov Reinhardt sets off from his small Croatian village in search of his hero and unwitting mentor, Emiliano Gomez Carrasquilla, who is rumored to have disappeared into the South…

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Christopher P. Heuer presents INTO THE WHITE: THE RENAISSANCE ARCTIC AND THE END OF THE IMAGE and Andrei Pop presents A FOREST OF SYMBOLS: ART, SCIENCE, AND TRUTH IN THE LONG NINETEENTH CENTURY at Harvard Book Store

November 8, 2019 | 3:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed authors and art historians CHRISTOPHER P. HEUER and ANDREI POP for a discussion of their latest books, Into the White: The Renaissance Arctic and the End of the Image and A Forest of Symbols: Art, Science, and Truth in the Long Nineteenth Century. Their discussion will be moderated by JOSEPH LEO KOERNER, Harvard professor and fellow art historian. About Into the White European narratives of the Atlantic New World tell stories of people and things:…

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Jack Goldsmith presents IN HOFFA’S SHADOW: A STEPFATHER, A DISAPPEARANCE IN DETROIT,AND MY SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH at Harvard Book Store

November 8, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes JACK GOLDSMITH—author and Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University—for a discussion of his latest book, In Hoffa's Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth. About In Hoffa's Shadow As a young man, Jack Goldsmith revered his stepfather, longtime Jimmy Hoffa associate Chuckie O’Brien. But as he grew older and pursued a career in law and government, he came to doubt and distance himself from the man long suspected…

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Jana Prikryl presents NO MATTER: POEMS in conversation with James Wood at Harvard Book Store

November 12, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed poet and editor JANA PRIKRYL—author of The After Party—for a reading from her latest collection, No Matter: Poems. She will be joined in conversation by celebrated writer, New Yorker critic, and Harvard professor JAMES WOOD. About No Matter Jana Prikryl’s No Matter guides the reader through cities—remembered and imagined—toppling past the point of decline and fall. Conjured by voices alternately ardent, caustic, grieving, but always watchful, these soliloquies move from free verse through sonnets and invented…

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Samuel Shem presents MAN’S 4TH BEST HOSPITAL: A NOVEL at Harvard Book Store

November 13, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes novelist and playwright SAMUEL SHEM for a reading from his new novel, Man's 4th Best Hospital—the long-awaited sequel to his bestselling, highly acclaimed The House of God. About Man's 4th Best Hospital Years after the events of The House of God, the Fat Man has been given leadership over a new Future of Medicine Clinic at what is now only Man's 4th Best Hospital, and has persuaded Dr. Roy Basch and some of his intern cohorts to join…

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Thomas Travisano presents LOVE UNKNOWN: THE LIFE AND WORLDS OF ELIZABETH BISHOP at Harvard Book Store

November 14, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes author, professor, and eminent Elizabeth Bishop scholar THOMAS TRAVISANO for a discussion of his latest book, Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop. About Love Unknown Elizabeth Bishop's friend James Merrill once observed that "Elizabeth had more talent for life—and for poetry—than anyone else I've known." This new biography reveals just how she learned to marry her talent for life with her talent for writing in order to create a brilliant array of poems, prose,…

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Arthur Isak Applbaum presents LEGITIMACY: THE RIGHT TO RULE IN A WANTON WORLD at Harvard Book Store

November 15, 2019 | 3:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics welcome ARTHUR ISAK APPLBAUM—Adams Professor of Democratic Values at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government—for a discussion of his new book, Legitimacy: The Right to Rule in a Wanton World. About Legitimacy What makes a government legitimate? The dominant view is that public officials have the right to rule us, even if they are unfair or unfit, as long as they gain power through procedures traceable to the consent of the…

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Howard Eiland presents THE ARCADES PROJECT BY WALTER BENJAMIN in conversation with Lindsay Waters at Harvard Book Store

November 15, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes critic, translator, and Walter Benjamin scholar HOWARD EILAND for a discussion commemorating the 20th anniversary of Harvard University Press's publication of The Arcades Project. He will be joined in conversation by LINDSAY WATERS, the Benjamin editor at Harvard University Press. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities. About The Arcades Project “To great writers,” Walter Benjamin once wrote, “finished works weigh lighter than those fragments on which they labor their entire lives.” Conceived in Paris in…

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Niki Segnit presents LATERAL COOKING: ONE DISH LEADS TO ANOTHER at Harvard Book Store

November 16, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes food writer NIKI SEGNIT—the award-winning author of The Flavor Thesaurus—for a discussion of her latest book, Lateral Cooking: One Dish Leads to Another. About Lateral Cooking Niki Segnit used to follow recipes to the letter, even when she'd made a dish a dozen times. But as she tested the combinations that informed The Flavor Thesaurus, she detected the basic rubrics that underpinned most recipes. Lateral Cooking offers these formulas, which, once readers are familiar with them, will…

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Lizabeth Cohen presents SAVING AMERICA’S CITIES: ED LOGUE AND THE STRUGGLE TO RENEW URBAN AMERICA IN THE SUBURBAN AGE at Harvard Book Store

November 18, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author LIZABETH COHEN—Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies at Harvard University—for a discussion of her new book, Saving America's Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age. About Saving America's Cities In twenty-first-century America, some cities are flourishing and others are struggling, but they all must contend with deteriorating infrastructure, economic inequality, and unaffordable housing. Cities have limited tools to address these problems, and many must rely on the…

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Nina MacLaughlin presents WAKE, SIREN: OVID RESUNG at Harvard Book Store

November 19, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome NINA MACLAUGHLIN—the acclaimed local author of the memoir Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter—for a discussion of her highly anticipated fiction debut, Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung. About Wake, Siren I am the home of this story. After thousands of years of other people’s tellings, of all these different bridges, of words gotten wrong, I’ll tell it myself. Seductresses and she-monsters, nymphs and demi-goddesses, populate the famous myths of Ovid's Metamorphoses. But what happens…

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Erin Eileen Almond presents WITCHES’ DANCE: A NOVEL in conversation with Steve Almond at Harvard Book Store

November 20, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome local author ERIN EILEEN ALMOND for a discussion of her debut novel, Witches' Dance. She will be joined in conversation by her husband, bestselling writer STEVE ALMOND. About Witches' Dance Hilda Greer's love affair with the violin began at the age of seven, when she attended a performance by the virtuoso Phillip Manns. She believed him with a child’s faith when he declared himself the reincarnation of Niccolò Paganini and then dashed from the…

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Richard J. King presents AHAB’S ROLLING SEA: A NATURAL HISTORY OF MOBY-DICK at Harvard Book Store

November 21, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed writer, marine science educator, and literary scholar RICHARD J. KING for a discussion of his latest book, Ahab's Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities. About Ahab's Rolling Sea Although Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is beloved as one of the most profound and enduring works of American fiction, we rarely consider it a work of nature writing—or even a novel of the sea. Yet Pulitzer Prize–winning author Annie Dillard avers…

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Stéphane Vial and Patsy Baudoin present BEING AND THE SCREEN: HOW THE DIGITAL CHANGES PERCEPTION at Harvard Book Store

November 22, 2019 | 3:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes professor, author, and editor STÉPHANE VIAL and translator, editor, and former MIT Media Lab librarian PATSY BAUDOIN for a discussion of Stéphane's new book, Being and the Screen: How the Digital Changes Perception, translated from the French by Patsy. About Being and the Screen Digital technologies are not just tools; they are structures of perception. They determine the way in which the world appears to us. For nearly half a century, technology has provided us with…

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Jeffrey Zuckerman presents THE LIVING DAYS BY ANANDA DEVI in conversation with Annabel L. Kim at Harvard Book Store

November 22, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes editor and translator JEFFREY ZUCKERMAN for a discussion of his experience translating ANANDA DEVI's acclaimed novel The Living Days for an English-reading audience. He will be joined in conversation by ANNABEL L. KIM, Harvard professor and scholar of French fiction. About The Living Days A chance encounter on Portobello Road incites an unsettling, magnetic attraction between Mary, a seventy-five-year-old white British spinster, and Cub, a thirteen-year-old Jamaican boy from Brixton. Mary clings increasingly to phantoms as dementia…

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Works in Translation – THE LIVING DAYS at Harvard Book Store

November 22, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Translator Jeffrey Zuckerman will appear in conversation with Annabel Kim on Friday, November 22 as part of Harvard Book Store’s Works in Translation series to promote the English language publication of THE LIVING DAYS, winner of a French Voices Award. This novel, by Francophone master Ananda Devi, follows an unsettling, magnetic attraction between Mary, a seventy-five-year-old white British spinster, and Cub, a thirteen-year-old Jamaican boy from Brixton. Mary increasingly clings to phantoms as dementia overtakes her reality, latching on to…

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Harvard Square Book Circle discusses Ali Smith’s HOW TO BE BOTH: A NOVEL at Harvard Book Store

November 25, 2019 | 7:00 pm
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The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, discusses Ali Smith's award-winning novel How to be both: a formally inventive, emotionally resonant examination of art and the many dualities of human experience. About How to be both Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith’s novels are like nothing else. Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, How to be both is a novel all about art’s versatility. It’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times,…

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