Harvard Book Store hosts award-winning author ANN BEATTIE—author of Chilly Scenes of Winter, Perfect Recall, and The State We're In: Maine Stories—for a discussion of her latest book, The Accomplished Guest: Stories. This is a collection of short stories from authors such as O. Henry and Pushcart. Surprising and revealing, set along the East Coast from Maine to Key West, ANN BEATTIE's astutely observed new collection explores unconventional friendships, frustrated loves, mortality, and aging. In some stories, as in life, what begins…Find out more »
How do you deal with being a representative for your religion when you struggle with your own faith? Harvard Book Store and the Harvard Islamic Society welcome the Shalom Hartman Institute's HAROON MOGHUL for a discussion of his book, How to Be a Muslim: An American Story—a memoir of his struggles to forge an American Muslim identity. How to Be a Muslim reveals a young man coping with the crushing pressure of a world that fears Muslims, searchign for intellectual forebears, and suffering the onset of bipolar…Find out more »
Harvard Book Store welcomes GrubStreet teachers CRYSTAL KING and TIM WEED for a discussion of their books, Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome and A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing: Stories. KING's novel Feast of Sorrow is set amongst the scandal, wealth, and upstairs-downstairs politics of a Roman family, Crystal King’s seminal debut features the man who inspired the world’s oldest cookbook and the ambition that led to his destruction. WEED's A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing…Find out more »
Harvard Book Store welcomes prize-winning poet ADRIENNE RAPHEL and Catenary Press co-editor DANIEL POPPICK for readings from their debut poetry collections, What Was It For and The Police. In her debut collection What Was It For, Adrienne Raphel revitalizes the topsy-turvy lyric and its evergreen sagacity. Charged with an electric syntax, haunted by lyric history, and “gripped in gravity’s mood,” the poems in The Police ask: How do we navigate the miasma that we call a common language? This event is not…Find out more »
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome PATRICK DACEY, author of the short story collection We’ve Already Gone This Far, for a discussion of his first novel, The Outer Cape. Robert and Irene Kelly were a golden couple of the late ‘70s—she an artist, he a businessman, each possessed by dynamism and vibrancy. But with two young boys to care for, Irene finds herself confined by the very things she’d dreamed of having. Robert, pressured by Irene’s demands and haunted…Find out more »
Do you pride yourself in being an armchair wine-critic? Join BIANCA BOSKER, former executive tech editor of The Huffington Post, at Harvard Bookstore for a look at her new book- Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste. With boundless curiosity, humor, and a healthy dose of skepticism, Bosker takes the reader inside underground tasting groups, exclusive New York City restaurants, California mass-market wine factories, and even a neuroscientist’s…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.