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September 2017

Rethinking the Cold War with Kennedy School scholar ODD ARNE WESTAD

September 5, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes Harvard Kennedy School's ODD ARNE WESTAD for a discussion of his latest book, The Cold War: A World History. We tend to think of the Cold War as a bounded conflict: a clash between two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union, born out of the ashes of World War II and coming to a dramatic end with the collapse of the Soviet Union. But in this major new work, Bancroft Prize-winning scholar ODD ARNE WESTAD…

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Award-winning author ALEX GILVARRY at Harvard Book Store

September 6, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes ALEX GILVARRY, the Hornblower Award–winning author of From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, for a discussion of Eastman Was Here—a novel set in the literary world of 1970's New York, following a washed-up writer in an errant quest to pick up the pieces of his life. The year is 1973, and Alan Eastman, a public intellectual, accidental cultural critic, washed-up war journalist, husband, and philanderer; finds himself alone on the floor of his study in an existential crisis.…

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VANESSA GRIGORIADIS: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus

September 7, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes VANESSA GRIGORIADIS, contributing editor of the New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair, for a discussion of her book, Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus. A new sexual revolution is sweeping the country, and college students are on the front lines. Women use fresh, savvy methods to fight entrenched sexism and sexual assault even as they celebrate their own sexuality as never before. Many "woke" male students are more sensitive to women’s concerns than previous generations ever…

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Historian YURI SLEZKIN and TERRY MARTIN on the Russian Revolution

September 8, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes National Jewish Book Award–winning historian YURI SLEZKINE for a discussion on his latest book, The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution.  Professor Slezkine will be joined in conversation by TERRY MARTIN, George F. Baker III Professor of Russian Studies at Harvard University. On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, historian Yuri Slezkine tells the epic story of an enormous apartment building where Communist true believers lived before their destruction. The House of Government is unlike any…

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ROBIN SLOAN returns with his latest novel, Sourdough

September 11, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore author ROBIN SLOAN for a reading from his latest novel, Sourdough. Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois:…

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Foreign correspondent/author DEBORAH CAMPBELL: A Disappearance in Damascus

September 13, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes foreign correspondent DEBORAH CAMPBELL for a discussion of her prize-winning book, A Disappearance in Damascus: Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War. In the midst of an unfolding international crisis, renowned journalist Deborah Campbell finds herself swept up in the mysterious disappearance of Ahlam, her guide and friend. Campbell’s frank, personal account of a journey through fear and the triumph of friendship and courage is as riveting as it is illuminating. This event is not ticketed. A…

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EILEEN MYLES on “Afterglow: a Dog Memoir”

September 14, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes renowned author and poet EILEEN MYLES for a discussion of their latest book, Afterglow (a dog memoir). In 1990, Myles chose Rosie from a litter on the street, and their connection instantly became central to the writer’s life and work. During the course of their sixteen years together, Myles was madly devoted to the dog’s wellbeing, especially in her final days. Starting from the emptiness following Rosie’s death, Afterglow (a dog memoir) launches a heartfelt and fabulist investigation into…

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HENRY LOUIS GATES Jr. at Harvard Book Store

September 15, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.—the founding Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, author or co-author of twenty-one books, and Emmy Award-winning creator fifteen documentary films—for a discussion of The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers, a landmark collection documenting the social, political, and artistic lives of African American women throughout nineteenth century. Professor Gates will be in conversation with EVELYN BROOKS HIGGINBOTHAM, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of…

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NATHAN ENGLANDER shares his latest novel, Dinner at the Center of the Earth

September 15, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed writer and translator NATHAN ENGLANDER—author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—for a discussion of his latest novel, Dinner at the Center of the Earth. Dinner at the Center of the Earth is a political thriller that unfolds in the highly charged territory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pivots on the complex relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard. This event is not ticketed. Dinner at the…

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Attention fantasy-lovers: MAX GLADSTONE is back with The Ruin of Angels

September 21, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Fantasy lovers, take note!  Harvard Book Store welcomes MAX GLADSTONE, local author of the Hugo-nominated Craft Sequence, for a discussion of The Ruin of Angels, the sixth novel in the series. The God Wars destroyed the city of Alikand. Now, a century and a half and a great many construction contracts later, Agdel Lex rises in its place. Dead deities litter the surrounding desert, streets shift when people aren’t looking, a squid-like tower dominates the skyline, and the foreign Iskari Rectification Authority…

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The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought

September 22, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes Tufts University's DENNIS C. RASMUSSEN for a discussion of his latest book, The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought. David Hume is widely regarded as the most important philosopher ever to write in English, but during his lifetime he was attacked as “the Great Infidel” for his skeptical religious views and deemed unfit to teach the young. In contrast, Adam Smith was a revered professor of moral philosophy, and…

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Neuroscientist TALI SHAROT on “The Influential Mind”

September 22, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes cognitive neuroscientist TALI SHAROT—founder and director of the Affective Brain Lab at University College London—and Harvard Law School's CASS R. SUNSTEIN for a discussion of Sharot's latest book, The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others. In The Influential Mind, neuroscientist TALI SHAROT takes us on a thrilling exploration of the nature of influence.  We all have a duty to affect others―from the classroom to the boardroom to social media.  But how skilled are…

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ANDREA PITZER on One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps

September 26, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and the Nieman Foundation welcome Nieman Storyboard founder ANDREA PITZER—author of The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov—for a discussion of her latest book, One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps. In this harrowing work based on archival records and interviews during travel to four continents, PITZER reveals for the first time the chronological and geopolitical history of concentration camps.  Beginning with 1890's Cuba, she pinpoints concentration camps around the world and across decades.  Often justified as a measure to protect…

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How does addiction impact family? A conversation between Granta publisher/editor SIGRID RAUSING and GISH JEN

September 27, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes Granta magazine editor SIGRID RAUSING—author of History, Memory, and Identity in Post-Soviet Estonia and Everything is Wonderful—and bestselling author GISH JEN for a discussion of Mayhem, Rausing's memoir of the impact of addiction on family. In the summer of 2012 a woman named Eva was found dead in the London townhouse she shared with her husband, Hans K. Rausing. The couple had struggled with drug addiction for years, often under the glare of tabloid headlines. Now, writing with singular clarity and restraint, Hans’…

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Folk/Rock legend ART GARFUNKEL on his memoir

September 27, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes folk rock legend ART GARFUNKEL for a discussion of his memoir, What Is It All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man.  This event, taking place at First Parish Church, is co-sponsored by Harvard Square's Club Passim.  GARFUNKEL will be joined in conversation by JARED BOWEN, WGBH's Emmy Award-winning Executive Editor and Host for Arts. GARFUNKEL writes about his life before, during, and after Simon & Garfunkel...about their folk-rock music in the roiling age that embraced and was…

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DANIEL MENDELSOHN, “An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic”

September 28, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning memoirist and critic DANIEL MENDELSOHN (The Lost) for a discussion of his latest book, An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic. When eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn decides to enroll in the undergraduate Odyssey seminar his son teaches at Bard College, the two find themselves on an adventure as profoundly emotional as it is intellectual.  For Jay, a retired research scientist who sees the world through a mathematician's unforgiving eyes, this return to the classroom is his "one last…

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Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century

September 29, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes KATHRYN SIKKINK—the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study—for a discussion of her latest book, Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century. Evidence for Hope makes the case that, yes, human rights work.  Critics may counter that the movement is in serious jeopardy or even a questionable byproduct of Western imperialism.  They point out that Guantánamo…

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