Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome MENG JIN—Kundiman Fellow and Harvard alumna—for a discussion of her debut novel, Little Gods. About Little Gods On the night of June Fourth, a woman gives birth in a Beijing hospital alone. Thus begins the unraveling of Su Lan, a brilliant physicist who until this moment has successfully erased her past, fighting what she calls the mind’s arrow of time. When Su Lan dies unexpectedly seventeen years later, it is her daughter Liya who…Find out more »
Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning journalist and author KIM GHATTAS for a discussion of her latest book, Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East. About Black Wave Kim Ghattas seamlessly weaves together history, geopolitics, and culture to deliver a gripping read of the largely unexplored story of the rivalry between between Saudi Arabia and Iran, born from the sparks of the 1979 Iranian revolution and fueled by…Find out more »
Harvard Book Store welcomes JONATHAN ROSENBERG—professor and author of How Far the Promised Land?: World Affairs and the American Civil Rights Movement from the First World War to Vietnam—for a discussion of his latest book, Dangerous Melodies: Classical Music in America from the Great War through the Cold War. About Dangerous Melodies Dangerous Melodies vividly evokes a time when classical music stood at the center of twentieth-century American life, occupying a prominent place in the nation’s culture and politics. The…Find out more »
Harvard Book Store welcomes E. PATRICK JOHNSON—professor, scholar, performer, and author of the beloved book Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South—for a discussion of his latest book, Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women. He will be joined in conversation by ANGELA ARDS, Associate Professor of English at Boston College. About Honeypot E. Patrick Johnson's Honeypot opens with the fictional trickster character Miss B. barging into the home of Dr. EPJ, informing him that he has been chosen to…Find out more »
Harvard Book Store welcomes JESSICA STERN—acclaimed scholar of terrorism and author of Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill—for a discussion of her latest book, My War Criminal: Personal Encounters with an Architect of Genocide. About My War Criminal Between October 2014 and November 2016, global terrorism expert Jessica Stern held a series of conversations in a prison cell in The Hague with Radovan Karadzic, a Bosnian Serb former politician who had been indicted for genocide and…Find out more »
Harvard Book Store welcomes BETH BLUM—Assistant Professor of English at Harvard University—for a discussion of her new book, The Self-Help Compulsion: Searching for Advice in Modern Literature. She will be joined in conversation by fellow Harvard professor and Pulitzer Prize–winning author LOUIS MENAND. About The Self-Help Compulsion Samuel Beckett as a guru for business executives? James Joyce as a guide to living a good life? The notion of notoriously experimental authors sharing a shelf with self-help books might seem far-fetched, yet a…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.