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June 2016

Yaa Gyasi reads from her acclaimed debut novel, HOMEGOING

June 10, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Harvard Bookstore and GrubStreet welcome debut novelist Yaa Gyasi for a reading from her anticipated first book, HOMEGOING: A NOVEL. Called "an inspiration" by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and "hypnotic" by Isabel Wilkerson, Gyasi's multi-generational novel explores the long-term costs of human trafficking in Ghana, Europe and America. The reading will be followed by a book signing. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

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Ian Frazier discusses his latest book, HOGS WILD: SELECTED REPORTING PIECES

June 13, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Called "a master of both distilled insight and utter nonsense," New Yorker contributor Ian Frazier is one of the finest chroniclers of contemporary America. HOGS WILD assembles a decade's worth of his best essays and reportage, including a look at the relationship between feral hog populations and republican voting, a study of a New York City police detective who's fascinated with rap-music-related crime, and more. In each discovery, HOGS WILD unearths the joy of inquiry without agenda and curiosity without calculation. This event is…

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GrubStreet Launch Lab at Harvard Bookstore

June 23, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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GrubStreet and Harvard Book Store welcome debut novelists Jennifer S. Brown and Marian McMahon Stanley for a reading and discussion of their books, MODERN GIRLS and THE IMMACULATE. Jennifer S. Brown's MODERN GIRLS takes place in 1935 when an immigrant mother and her American born daughter must re-evaluate their beliefs and the traditions of their Jewish faith when they discover they are both pregnant. Marion McMahon Stanley's mystery, THE IMMACULATE, follows the investigation of the murder of a Boston nun. Both books…

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Pit Bull: The Battle Over An American Icon

June 28, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes journalist Bronwen Dickey for a discussion of her book Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon, the story of how a popular breed of dog became the most demonized and supposedly the most dangerous of dogs—and what role humans have played in the transformation. “A thoughtful examination of pit bulls and an intense look at ourselves and society. Dickey adeptly scrutinizes the science used to condemn pit bulls to separate fact from fiction and thus weaves a narrative that…

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July 2016

Ramona Ausubel at Harvard Book Store

July 11, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author of NO ONE IS HERE EXCEPT ALL OF US Ramona Ausubel and bestselling author Laura Van Den Berg for a reading from Ausubel's latest novel, SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF PLENTY, an imaginative story about a wealthy New England family in the 1960s and '70s that suddenly loses its fortune—and its bearings. The discussion will be followed by a book signing. The event is free and open to the public.

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Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet Present Bob Proehl

July 13, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome debut novelist Bob Proehl for a reading from his novel A HUNDRED THOUSAND WORLDS. Valerie Torrey took her son, Alex, and fled Los Angeles six years ago—leaving both her role on a cult sci-fi TV show and her costar husband after a tragedy blew their small family apart. Now Val must reunite nine-year-old Alex with his estranged father, so they set out on a road trip from New York, Val making appearances at comic book conventions…

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Real Food vs. Fake Food: A Discussion at Harvard Book Store

July 18, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Harvard Book Store welcomes food and travel writer LARRY OLMSTED for a discussion of his book Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating and What You Can Do about It. You’ve seen the headlines: Parmesan cheese made from sawdust. Lobster rolls containing no lobster at all. Extra-virgin olive oil that isn’t. Fake foods are in our supermarkets, our restaurants, and our kitchen cabinets. Award-winning food journalist and travel writer Larry Olmsted exposes this pervasive and dangerous fraud perpetrated…

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Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet Present Lindsay Hatton

July 19, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome local author Lindsay Hatton for a reading from her novel MONTEREY BAY, a beautiful debut set around the creation of the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium--and the last days of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row “Fans of John Steinbeck and his Cannery Row stories will delight in this novel. She does an excellent job of recreating the Cannery Row that no longer exists, honoring the memory of Steinbeck and Ricketts (the real-life inspiration for Cannery Row’s Doc) and all the…

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Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet Present Benjamin Rybeck

July 20, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome debut novelist Benjamin Rybeck for a reading from his book THE SADNESS. This event is free and open to the public, and THE SADNESS will be 20% off the day of the event. Click here for more info.

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A Taste for Provence

July 22, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, author of A Taste for Provence. Provence today is a state of mind as much as a region of France, promising clear skies and bright sun, gentle breezes scented with lavender and wild herbs, scenery alternately bold and intricate, and delicious foods served alongside heady wines. Yet in the mid-twentieth century, a travel guide called the region a “mostly dry, scrubby, rocky, arid land.” How, then, did Provence become a land…

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The Case for Antidepressants

July 26, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes psychiatrist Peter D. Kramer, the bestselling author of Against Depression and Listening to Prozac, for a discussion of his latest book, Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants. In Ordinarily Well, the celebrated psychiatrist and author examines the growing controversy about the popular medications. A practicing doctor who trained as a psychotherapist and worked with pioneers in psychopharmacology, Kramer combines moving accounts of his patients’ dilemmas with an eye-opening history of drug research to cast antidepressants in a new light.

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Romancing a Dead Language

July 27, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Join author Ann Patty at Harvard Books Store as she reads from her book, Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin. After thirty-five years as a book editor in New York City, Ann Patty stopped working and moved to the country. Bored, aimless, and lost in the woods, she hoped to challenge her restless, word-loving brain by beginning a serious study of Latin at local colleges. As she begins to make sense of Latin grammar and syntax, her studies…

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Deborah Levy discusses Hot Milk: A Novel.

July 28, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed author, poet, and playwright Deborah Levy for a reading from her latest novel, HOT MILK. Sofia, a young anthropologist, has spent much of her life trying to solve the mystery of her mother's unexplainable illness. She is frustrated with Rose and her constant complaints, yet utterly relieved to be called to abandon her own disappointing fledgling adult life. She and her mother travel to the searing, arid coast of southern Spain to see a famous consultant—their very…

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Robert P. Watson discusses THE NAZI TITANIC

July 29, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author Robert P. Watson for a discussion of his latest book, The Nazi Titanic: The Incredible Untold Story of a Doomed Ship in World War II. Built in 1927, the German ocean liner SS Cap Arcona was the greatest ship since the RMS Titanic and one of the most celebrated luxury liners in the world. When the Nazis seized control in Germany, she was stripped down for use as a floating barracks and troop transport. Later, during the war, Hitler’s minister,…

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Celebrate the New Harry Potter at Harvard Bookstore

July 30, 2016 | 10:00 pm - July 31, 2016 | 12:00 am
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You are cordially invited to Harvard Book Store's magical midnight launch party for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production. Come dressed up in your House colors, or just as your favorite character for the store's costume party! Harvard Book Store will also be serving up some Harry Potter themed refreshments. And of course, sorting! Look out for fun trivia designed especially for your Hogwarts House!…

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August 2016

The Battle of the Soul of Marriage

August 2, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes historian CINDY SAFRONOFF for a discussion of her book Crossing Swords: Mary Baker Eddy vs. Victoria Claflin Woodhull and the Battle for the Soul of Marriage. "Crossing Swords tells the intertwined tales of Victoria Woodhull and Mary Baker Eddy two fearless American iconoclasts whose work on sex, love, and women s rights changed the course of American culture. Cindy Peyser Safronoff does a great job of bringing these fascinating women back to life in all of their brilliance…

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Do Finns Do It Better? A Conversation with Anu Partanen

August 4, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes Finnish journalist Anu Partanen for a discussion of her book THE NORDIC THEORY OF EVERYTHING: IN SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE. Based on her own experiences in both countries, Partanen's novel compares and contrasts life in the United States with life in the Nordic region. It focuses on four key relationships—parents and children, men and women, employees and employers, and government and citizens. Partanen debunks criticism that Nordic countries are socialist “nanny states,” revealing instead that it is we Americans who…

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GrubStreet and Harvard Book Store Present: New Voices in Fiction

August 8, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome 2016 PEN Hemingway Award finalist Margaret Malone and debut author Chris McCormick for a discussion of their books PEOPLE LIKE YOU and DESERT BOYS: FICTION. Malone's People Like You is a  marvelously funny, unsettling, subtle, and moving collection of stories, the characters exist in the thick of everyday experience absent of epiphanies. The people are caught off-guard or cast adrift by personal impulses even while wide awake to their own imperfections. Each voice will win readers over completely and…

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Grub Street and Harvard Book Store Present: Annie Dewitt

August 9, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome co-founding editor of the literary journal Gigantic Annie Dewitt for a reading from her debut YA novel, WHITE NIGHTS IN SPLIT TOWN CITY. White Nights details the summer of 1990 on the last unpaved road in a rural American town. Thirteen year old Jean's family life is slowing disintegrating. Her mother leaves, and in her absence,  Jean is torn between the adult world and surreal fantasies of escape. She builds a fort with an abandoned boy, Fender Steelhead, to survey the rumors…

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The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living

August 10, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome pastry chef and debut novelist Louise Miller for a reading from her novel The City Baker's Guide to Country Living. This event is free and open to the public, and The City Baker's Guide to Country Living will be 20% off the day of the event.

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A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks

August 11, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author Terry Tempest Williams for a discussion of her latest book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks, just as the National Park Service celebrates its Centennial this August. From the Grand Tetons in Wyoming to Acadia in Maine to Big Bend in Texas and more, Williams creates a series of lyrical portraits that illuminate the unique grandeur of each place while delving into what it means to shape a landscape with its…

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Novelists Liz Moore and Nellie Hermann

August 15, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome novelists Liz Moore and Nellie Herman for a discussion of their books: THE UNSEEN WORLD and the new-to-paperback edition of THE SEASON OF MIGRATION. In Moore's The Unseen World, a girl named Ada is raised by David, her brilliant, eccentric, socially inept single father, who directs a computer science lab in 1980s-era Boston. Home-schooled, Ada accompanies David to work every day; by twelve, she is a painfully shy prodigy. The lab begins to gain acclaim at the same…

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Harvard Book Store Hosts an Evening with Pangyrus

August 29, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes selected contributors for a reading from the second print edition of Boston's new literary journal, Pangyrus. Readers: Anne Bernays is the Fiction Editor of Pangyrus and the author of ten novels, including Professor Romeo and Growing Up Rich, and co-author of What If?, one of the most widely used guides to creative writing. A teacher of fiction writing at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, she has published essays in The New York Times and other major publications. Jonathan Escoffery’s collection, If I Survive You, was…

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September 2016

The Art of Rivalry at Harvard Book Store

September 1, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Harvard Book Store welcomes Pulitzer Prize–winning art critic for the Boston Globe Sebastian Smee for a discussion of his latest book, The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art, the fascinating story of four pairs of artists—Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon—whose fraught, competitive friendships spurred them to new creative heights. “Beautifully written . . . This ambitious and impressive work is an utterly absorbing read about four important relationships in modern art.” —Publishers…

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John Freeman and Claire Messud on the Best New Writing on Family

September 14, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome JOHN FREEMAN, editor of Freeman's, for a discussion of the literary biannual's latest volume, Family: The Best New Writing on Family. John will be joined in conversation by acclaimed author CLAIRE MESSUD. With outstanding work from literary heavyweights and up-and-coming writers alike, Freeman's: Family collects the most amusing, heartbreaking, and probing stories about family life today. “Freeman draws from a global cache of talent . . . This collection takes on the family from within and without, in…

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Mara Wilson (aka Matilda) at Harvard Book Store

September 15, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes writer, playwright, and actress Mara Wilson for a discussion of her memoir, WHERE AM I NOW?: TRUE STORIES OF GIRLHOOD AND ACCIDENTAL FAME. A former child star best known for her lead roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, Mara Wilson is the grown-up the world still remembers as a little girl. Tackling everything from what she learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place to discovering in adolescence that she was no longer “cute” enough for Hollywood, these essays chart her journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy)…

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Teddy Wayne: Loner

September 19, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome Teddy Wayne, author of Loner, in conversation with novelist Molly Antopol. About Loner: David Federman has never felt appreciated. An academically gifted yet painfully forgettable member of his New Jersey high school class, the withdrawn, mild-mannered freshman arrives at Harvard fully expecting to be embraced by a new tribe of high-achieving peers. Initially, however, his social prospects seem unlikely to change, sentencing him to a lifetime of anonymity. Then he meets Veronica Morgan…

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Emma Donoghue at Harvard Book Store

September 23, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling author of Room EMMA DONOGHUE for a reading from her latest novel, The Wonder. About the book: Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale's Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl. Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, The Wonder works beautifully on many levels—a tale…

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on Frederick Douglass

September 30, 2016 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and John Stauffer, editors of the new Penguin Classics edition of The Portable Frederick Douglass, for a discussion of the seminal writings and speeches of a legendary writer, orator, and civil rights leader. About The Portable Frederick Douglass: This compact volume offers a full course on the remarkable, diverse career of Frederick Douglass, letting us hear once more a necessary historical figure whose guiding voice is needed now as urgently as ever.…

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October 2016

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

October 3, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes data scientist Cathy O'Neil for a discussion of Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, her book on the mathematical models that pervade modern life and threaten to rip apart our social fabric. About Weapons of Math Destruction We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not…

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Lev Grossman at Harvard Book Store

October 4, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes Lev Grossman, author of the bestselling Magicians trilogy, for the reissue of his first novel, Warp—the story of a recent Harvard grad. About Warp: Warp is the lost literary origin story of bestselling author Lev Grossman—including a new foreword about how and why he wrote his first novel: "It is the intense, concentrated, boiled-down essence of the unhappiest years of my life." Twenty-something Hollis Kessler languishes in a hopelessly magician-less world (with the exception of a fleet-footed nymph named…

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Bill Ayers shares his “Radical Manifesto” at Harvard Square Book Store

October 5, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes social justice activist and teacher Bill Ayers for a discussion of his latest book, Demand the Impossible!: A Radical Manifesto—a manifesto for movement-makers. About Demand the Impossible! In an era defined by mass incarceration, endless war, economic crisis, catastrophic environmental destruction, and a political system offering more of the same, radical social transformation has never been more urgent—or seemed more remote. Demand the Impossible! urges us to imagine a world beyond what this rotten system would have us believe…

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James T. Kloppenberg discusses Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought

October 7, 2016 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes James T. Kloppenberg, Professor of American History at Harvard, for his book Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought. About Toward Democracy In this magnificent and encyclopedic overview, James T. Kloppenberg presents the history of democracy from the perspective of those who struggled to envision and achieve it. The story of democracy remains one without an ending, a dynamic of progress and regress that continues to our own day. In the classical age "democracy"…

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Ruth Franklin on the Haunted Life of Shirley Jackson

October 10, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcomes book critic and New Yorker contributor Ruth Franklin for a discussion of Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, a "historically engaging and pressingly relevant" biography of a towering figure in American literature. About Shirley Jackson: Still known to millions primarily as the author of the "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson (1916–1965) has been curiously absent from the mainstream American literary canon. A genius of literary suspense and psychological horror, Jackson plumbed the cultural anxiety of postwar America more deeply…

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Robert Kanigel discusses Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs

October 12, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author and former M.I.T. professor Robert Kanigel for a discussion of Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs, the first major biography of the woman who changed the way we view and live in cities. About Eyes on the Street: Eyes on the Street is a revelation of the phenomenal woman who raised three children, wrote seven groundbreaking books, saved neighborhoods, stopped expressways, was arrested twice, and engaged at home and on the streets in thousands…

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Mike Love: My Life as a Beach Boy

October 13, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes MIKE LOVE, lead singer and founding member of The Beach Boys, as he signs copies of his book Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy. About Good Vibrations Mike Love tells the story of his legendary, raucous, and ultimately triumphant five-decade career as the front man of The Beach Boys, the most popular American band in history—timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of "Good Vibrations." Please Note:  This is a book signing event only. See the…

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John Kaag and Andre Dubus III on American Philosophy

October 14, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome philosophy professor John Kaag and Andre Dubus III, author of Townie and House of Sand and Fog, for a discussion of Kaag's latest book, American Philosophy: A Love Story—a memoir that considers the question, “Is life worth living?” About American Philosophy: In American Philosophy, John Kaag—a disillusioned philosopher at sea in his marriage and career-—stumbles upon a treasure trove of rare books on an old estate in the hinterlands of New Hampshire that once belonged to the Harvard philosopher William…

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Conspirators: The German Anti-Nazi Underground

October 16, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome Danny Orbach for a discussion of his book The Plots Against Hitler, a definitive account of the anti-Nazi underground in Germany and its numerous efforts to assassinate Adolf Hitler. About The Plots Against Hitler: In 1933, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. A year later, all parties but the Nazis had been outlawed, freedom of the press was but a memory, and Hitler’s dominance seemed complete. Yet over the next few years, an unlikely clutch of conspirators…

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Future Sex: A Conversation with author, Emily Witt and Globe Columnist, Meredith Goldstein

October 17, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes writer Emily Witt and Boston Globe "Love Letters" columnist Meredith Goldstein for a discussion of Witt's book Future Sex—a funny, fresh, and moving antidote to conventional attitudes about sex and the single woman. About Future Sex: Emily Witt is single and in her thirties. Up until a few years ago, she still envisioned her sexual experience "eventually reaching a terminus, like a monorail gliding to a stop at Epcot Center." Like many people, she imagined herself disembarking, finding herself face-to-face…

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Natasha K. Warikoo on “The Diversity Bargain”

October 21, 2016 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes Natasha K. Warikoo, associate professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, for a discussion of her latest book, The Diversity Bargain: And Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities. About The Diversity Bargain: We've heard plenty from politicians and experts on affirmative action and higher education, about how universities should intervene—if at all—to ensure a diverse but deserving student population. But what about those for whom these issues matter the most? In this book,…

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Growing Each Other Up: When Our Children Become Our Teachers

October 24, 2016 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes MacArthur Prize–winning sociologist and Harvard professor SARA LAWRENCE-LIGHTFOOT for a discussion of her latest book, Growing Each Other Up: When Our Children Become Our Teachers. About Growing Each Other Up: From growing their children, parents grow themselves, learning the lessons their children teach. “Growing up,” then, is as much a developmental process of parenthood as it is of childhood. While countless books have been written about the challenges of parenting, nearly all of them position the parent as…

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November 2016

Francine Prose at Harvard Book Store

November 2, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes Francine Prose—the New York Times bestselling author of Blue Angel, A Changed Man, Reading Like a Writer, and Lovers at the Chameleon Club,Paris 1932—for a discussion of her latest novel, Mister Monkey. About Mister Monkey: The acclaimed New York Times bestselling author weaves an ingenious, darkly humorous, and brilliantly observant story that follows the exploits and intrigue of a constellation of characters affiliated with an off-off-off-off Broadway children’s musical. Mister Monkey—a screwball children’s musical about a playfully larcenous pet chimpanzee—is the kind of family favorite that…

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Rae Armantrout and Fanny Howe at Harvard Book Store

November 11, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and Woodberry Poetry Room welcome Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout and National Book Award finalist Fanny Howe for a discussion of their latest poetry collections, Partly: New and Selected Poems, 2001-2015 and The Needle's Eye: Passing through Youth. They will be joined in conversation by poet STEPH BURT, Professor of English at Harvard University. About Partly: Rae Armantrout’s poetry comprises one of the most refined and visionary bodies of work written over the last forty years. These potent, compact meditations on our complicated…

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David Hajdu on Pop Music in America

November 15, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes David Hajdu—music critic for The Nation and author of Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture—and Bob Blumenthal, a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Journalists Association, for a discussion of Hajdu's latest book, Love for Sale: Pop Music in America. About Love for Sale: From the age of song sheets in the late nineteenth-century to the contemporary era of digital streaming, pop music has been our most influential laboratory for social and aesthetic experimentation,…

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John Edgar Wideman on Writing to Save a Life

November 16, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University welcome the award-winning author of Philadelphia Fire and Hoop Roots John Edgar Wideman for a discussion of his latest book, Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File. About Writing to Save a Life: An award–winning writer traces the life of the father of iconic Civil Rights martyr Emmett Till—a man who was executed by the Army ten years before Emmett’s murder. An evocative and personal exploration of individual and…

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Zadie Smith reads from her new novel, SWING TIME

November 18, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes Zadie Smith, the multi-award–winning author of White Teethand On Beauty, for a discussion of her latest book, Swing Time. About Swing Time: Two brown girls dream of being dancers—but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.…

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Steven Johnson on How Play Made the Modern World

November 22, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes Steven Johnson, the bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From, Future Perfect, and How We Got to Now, for a discussion of his latest book Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World. About Wonderland: This lushly illustrated history of popular entertainment takes a long-zoom approach, contending that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change. Steven Johnson argues that, throughout history, the cutting edge of innovation lies wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others…

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An Evening with the Harvard Lampoon

November 29, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes Harvard Lampoon alumni contributors Glenn McDonald and Stuart Pizer, current contributor Rachel Stromberg, and current president Mark Steinbach for a discussion of The Best of the Harvard Lampoon: 140 Years of American Humor. About The Best of the Harvard Lampoon: A collection of the best of The Harvard Lampoon—the spawning ground for Hollywood’s elite comedy writers and New Yorker humorists—revealing the hidden gems from their 140-year history. Since its inception in 1876, The Harvard Lampoon has become a farm system for Hollywood’s best and most revered comedy…

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December 2016

William Pierce and Sumita Chakraborty read from Reality Hunger: On Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle and Soundings: On the Poetry of Melissa Green

December 5, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes AGNI's senior editor William Pierce and assistant poetry editor Sumita Charkaborty for a discussion of their books, Reality Hunger: On Karl Ove Knausgaard's My Struggle, and Soundings: On the Poetry of Melissa Green. Reality Hunger and Soundings were printed right here at Harvard Book Store on Paige, our print-on-demand book machine. Praise for Reality Hunger: "William Pierce's long essay about Karl Ove Knausgaard is remarkable—it is searching, very intelligent, compellingly readable, and offers insights into Knausgaard's work that no other commentator has yet achieved, or dared. It…

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The Chibok Girls: The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist Militancy in Nigeria

December 7, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes the award-winning author of Oil on Water, Measuring Time, and Waiting for an Angel Helon Habila for a discussion of his latest book, The Chibok Girls: The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist Militancy in Nigeria. About The Chibok Girls: On April 14, 2014, 276 girls from the Chibok Secondary School in northern Nigeria were kidnapped by Boko Haram, the world's deadliest terrorist group. Most were never heard from again. Acclaimed Nigerian novelist Helon Habila, who grew up in northern Nigeria, returned to…

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Choose Your Own Misery: The Holidays

December 15, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes Choose Your Own Misery: The Office co-author Jilly Gagnon for a reading from her latest book, Choose Your Own Misery: The Holidays. About Choose Your Own Misery: The Holidays: This is the year you’re going to do it: you’re going to avoid Christmas completely! . . . or you were, until your island getaway got washed out by a hurricane. Now you have to choose: should you spend the holiday with your shrewish sister and her Europhile husband, or endure your…

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January 2017

If Our Bodies Could Talk, a Conversation with The Atlantic’s James Hamblin

January 5, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes senior editor at The Atlantic JAMES HAMBLIN for a discussion of his book, If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body. About If Our Bodies Could Talk: In 2014, James Hamblin launched a series of videos for The Atlantic called "If Our Bodies Could Talk."  With it, the doctor-turned-journalist established himself as a seriously entertaining authority in the field of health. Now, in illuminating and genuinely funny prose, Hamblin explores the human stories behind health questions that…

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Assassin of Youth: A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger’s War on Drugs

January 6, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes author Alexandra Chasin, associate professor of literary studies at the New School, for a discussion of her latest book, Assassin of Youth: A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger’s War on Drugs. In Assassin of Youth, Chasin gives us a lyrical, digressive, funny, and ultimately riveting quasi-biography of Harry J.Anslinger, the Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics from its establishment in 1930 until his retirement in 1962. Her treatment of the man, his times, and the world that arose around and…

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Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement

January 9, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes former Human Rights Watch associate Keramet Reiter—assistant professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine—for a discussion of her book, 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement. Originally meant to be brief and exceptional, solitary confinement in U.S. prisons has become long-term and common. Prisoners spend twenty-three hours a day in featureless cells, with no visitors or human contact for years on end, and they are held entirely…

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Belichick and Brady: Two Men, the Patriots, and How They Revolutionized Football

January 10, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes the bestselling author of Patriot Reign, War Room, and Red Sox Rule Michael Holley—cohost of WEEI's Dale & Holley Show—for a discussion of his latest book, Belichick and Brady: Two Men, the Patriots, and How They Revolutionized Football. No head coach-quarterback pair has been more successful in NFL history than Bill Belichick and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. They have won four Super Bowls, six AFC championships, and thirteen division titles. And now New York Times–bestselling sportswriter Michael Holley takes us inside their relationship,…

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The Case Against Sugar

January 11, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning science journalist Gary Taubes for a discussion of his latest book, The Case Against Sugar. From the best-selling author of Why We Get Fat, a groundbreaking, eye-opening exposé that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick. Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever; obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver…

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André Aciman at Harvard Bookstore

January 12, 2017 | 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes ANDRÉ ACIMAN—author of Out of Egypt, Call Me By Your Name, and Harvard Square—for a discussion of his latest novel, Enigma Variations. About Enigma Variations: In Enigma Variations, André Aciman, who has been called “the most exciting new fiction writer of the twenty-first century” (New York Magazine), charts the life of Paul, whose loves remain as consuming and covetous throughout adulthood as they were in adolescence. As a boy in southern Italy, he develops a crush on his parents’ cabinet maker; on…

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“All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans

January 17, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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In this enlightening book, scholars and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker tackle a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations. Each chapter deftly shows how these myths are rooted in the fears and prejudice of European settlers and in the larger political agendas of a settler state aimed at acquiring Indigenous land and tied to narratives of erasure and disappearance. Accessibly written and revelatory, “All the Real Indians Died Off” challenges readers to rethink what…

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Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism

January 18, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, author of A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women's Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835–1870. A stunning and controversial book that pieces together—through more than two dozen nineteenth-century diaries, letters, albums, minute-books, and quilts left by first-generation Latter-day Saints—the never-before-told story of the earliest days of the women of Mormon "plural marriage." Their right to vote in the state of Utah was given to them by a Mormon-dominated legislature as an outgrowth…

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Stories of the “Forever War”

January 22, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes local writers and veterans MAURICE DECAUL, TERESA FAZIO, COLIN D. HALLORAN, and LAUREN HALLORAN for a discussion of The Road Ahead: Stories of the Forever War, a short story collection that explores the aftereffects of the Iraq and Afghan Wars. Bestselling author BRIAN CASTNER, co-editor of The Road Ahead, will introduce and moderate the discussion. A decade has passed since boots first hit the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the war has not ended—only changed. Twenty-five diverse veteran voices reflect the…

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The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead: Stories

January 31, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Bookstore welcomes CHANELLE BENZ to discuss her new novel, The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead: Stories, with DANA SPIOTTA. This free event includes a book signing. About The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead: A brother and sister turn outlaw in a wild and brutal landscape. The daughter of a diplomat disappears and resurfaces across the world as a deadly woman of many names. A young Philadelphia boy struggles with the contradictions of privilege, violence, and the…

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February 2017

Democracy: A Case Study

February 1, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Bookstore hosts Tobin Project founder DAVID A. MOSS for a discussion of his new book- Democracy: A Case Study.  To all who declare that American democracy is broken—riven by partisanship, undermined by extremism, and corrupted by wealth—history offers hope. In nearly every generation since the nation’s founding, critics have made similar declarations, and yet the nation is still standing. In Democracy: A Case Study Moss adapts the case study method made famous by Harvard Business School to revitalize our conversations about governance and…

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Pulitzer Prize Winner MEGAN MARSHALL on ELIZABETH BISHOP

February 7, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome Emerson College professor MEGAN MARSHALL—the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life and The Peabody Sisters—for a discussion of her latest book, Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast.

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We’ll Always Have Casablanca

February 13, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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This year is the 75th anniversary of Casablanca. It was first released in 1942, just two weeks after the city of Casablanca itself surrendered to American troops led by General Patton. Featuring a pitch-perfect screenplay, a classic soundtrack, and unforgettable performances by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and a deep supporting cast, Casablanca was hailed in the New York Times as "a picture that makes the spine tingle and the heart take a leap." The film won Oscars for best picture, best director, and…

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A Night of Poetry at Harvard Book Store

February 15, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes New Hampshire's former poet laureate CYNTHIA HUNTINGTON and Harvard Ph.D. candidate ADAM SCHEFFLER for a discussion of their poetry collections. Huntington, author of Terra Nova, also wrote Heavenly Bodies, and is a National Book Award finalist. Scheffler, a local poet, will be discussing his collection, A Dog's Life. Huntington's writing in Terra Nova is hybrid, oscillating between verse and lyrical prose to create a work that falls somewhere between an epic poem and a collection of lyric essays.…

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MIT Lab’s JOI ITO and JEFF HOWE on Surviving “Our Faster Future”

February 24, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes JOI ITO—activist, entrepreneur, and director of the MIT Media Lab—and JEFF HOWE—Northeastern University professor and contributing editor at Wired—for a discussion of their book, Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future. In Whiplash, Ito and Howe distill a faster future exponentially oversetting the received wisdom of the past into nine organizing principles for navigating and surviving our ever-changing modern existence. From strategically embracing risks rather than mitigating them (or preferring "risk over safety") to drawing inspiration and innovative ideas from your existing…

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GISH JEN reads from her latest, “The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap”

February 28, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning local writer GISH JEN—author of Mona in the Promised Land, The Love Wife, and Tiger Writing—for a discussion of her latest book, The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap. Never have East and West come as close as they are today, yet we are still baffled by one another. Is our mantra "To thine own self be true?" Or do we believe we belong to something larger than ourselves—a family, a religion, a troop—that…

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March 2017

JIM SHEPARD- The World To Come

March 1, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Join JIM SHEPARD at Harvard Book Store for a discussion of his latest short story collection, The World To Come. Shepard's other works include Love and Hydrogen; Like You'd Understand, Anyway; and You Think That's Bad. The ten stories in World to Come ring with voices belonging to—among others—English Arctic explorers in one of history's most nightmarish expeditions, a young contemporary American negotiating the shockingly underreported hazards of our crude-oil trains, eighteenth-century French balloonists inventing manned flight, and two mid-nineteenth-century housewives trying to forge…

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Inkblots: A Discussion of Rorschach and His Test at Harvard Book Store

March 2, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning translator and author DAMION SEARLS for a discussion of his latest book, The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing. In this first-ever biography of Rorschach, SEARLS draws on unpublished letters and diaries and a cache of previously unknown interviews with Rorschach’s family, friends, and colleagues to tell the unlikely story of the test’s creation, its controversial reinvention, and its remarkable endurance—and what it all reveals about the power of perception. Elegant…

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Paradoxes of Green: Landscapes of a City-State

March 3, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes the Harvard Graduate School of Design's GARETH DOHERTY—Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Senior Research Associate and a founding editor of the New Geographies journal—for a discussion of his latest book, Paradoxes of Green: Landscapes of a City-State. Paradoxes is a multidisciplinary study considers the concept of green from multiple perspectives—aesthetic, architectural, environmental, political, and social—in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where green has a long and deep history of appearing cooling, productive, and prosperous—a radical contrast to the hot…

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GARRARD CONLEY and TAYLOR LARSEN at Harvard Book Store

March 3, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes authors GARRARD CONLEY and TAYLOR LARSEN for a discussion of Conley's new-to-paperback memoir, Boy Erased, and Larsen's debut novel, Stranger, Father, Beloved. About Boy Erased: When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his…

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Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

March 6, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes historian and professor ERICA ARMSTRONG DUNBAR—an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer and author of A Fragile Freedom—and Pulitzer Prize–winning author ANNETTE GORDON-REED. Together they will discuss  Dunbar's latest book, Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge. A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave. Impeccably researched, historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar weaves a powerful tale and offers fascinating new…

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The One Eyed Man at Harvard Book Store

March 7, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes the award-winning author of God Is Dead, Everything Matters!, and Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles RON CURRIE for a discussion of his latest novel, The One-Eyed Man.  Ron Currie’s three previous works of fiction have ingrigued readers and critics alike with their originality, audacity, and psychological insight. A writer of unique vision and huge imagination, Currie excels at creating complex, troubled, yet endearing characters, and his work has won comparison to everyone from Kurt Vonnegut to George Saunders. "Dead-on timely satire. Currie…

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Internationally bestselling author MOHSIN HAMID at Harvard Book Store

March 8, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes internationally bestselling author MOHSIN HAMID—author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Discontent and its Civilizations—for his highly anticipated new novel, Exit West. In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into…

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A Fresh Take on Robert Lowell at Harvard Book Store

March 9, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes Johns Hopkins University professor of psychiatry KAY REDFIELD JAMISON for a discussion of her latest book, Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character. Jamison also authored of national best sellers, An Unquiet Mind, Night Falls Fast, and Touched with Fire. In this magisterial study of the relationship between illness and art, the best-selling author of An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison, brings an entirely fresh understanding to the work and life of Robert Lowell (1917-1977), whose intense, complex, and personal…

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Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China

March 10, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes Harvard graduate and Rhodes Scholar JULIAN GEWIRTZ for a discussion of his book, Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China. Unlikely Partners recounts the story of how Chinese politicians and intellectuals looked beyond their country’s borders for economic guidance at a key crossroads in the nation’s tumultuous twentieth century. Julian Gewirtz offers a dramatic tale of competition for influence between reformers and hardline conservatives during the Deng Xiaoping era, bringing to light…

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JAMI ATTENBURG: All Grown Up

March 10, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes the New York Times–bestselling author of The Middlesteins JAMI ATTENBERG for a discussion of her latest novel, All Grown Up. Everyone around Andrea Burn seems to have an entirely different idea of what it means to be an adult: her best friend, Indigo, is getting married; her brother—who miraculously seems unscathed by their shared tumultuous childhood—and sister-in-law are having a hoped-for baby; and her friend Matthew continues to wholly devote himself to making dark paintings at the cost of…

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Beauty and the Beast: Classic Tales of Animal Brides and Grooms

March 13, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Nearly every culture tells the story of Beauty and the Beast in one fashion or another. Harvard Book Store welcomes Harvard University's MARIA TATAR—the  editor and translator of The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, and The Classic Fairy Tales: A Norton Critical Edition—for a discussion of Beauty and the Beast: Classic Tales About Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World. The partnering of beasts and beauties, of humans and animals in all their variety—cats, dogs, frogs, goats, tortoises, warthogs—has…

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The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

March 15, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. Harvard Book Store welcomes the author of True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa MICHAEL FINKEL for a discussion of his latest book, The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for twenty-seven years. In 1986, shy and intelligent twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine,…

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American Sanctuary: Mutiny, Martyrdom, and National Identity in the Age of Revolution

March 16, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes Virginia Tech professor A. ROGER EKIRCH—author of Bound for America, Birthright, and At Day’s Close—for a discussion of his latest book, American Sanctuary: Mutiny, Martyrdom, and National Identity in the Age of Revolution. American Sanctuary begins in 1797 with the bloodiest mutiny ever suffered by the Royal Navy. One of the mutineers, Jonathan Robbins, had made his way to American shores, and the British were asking for his extradition. Robbins informed them that he was an American citizen from Danbury, Connecticut, and that…

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The Fortunate Ones- ELLEN UMANSKY at Harvard Book Store

March 17, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One work of art—a Chaim Soutine painting—will connect the lives and fates of two different women. Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome writer ELLEN UMANSKY and A Fortunate Age and My Salinger Year author JOANNA RAKOFF for a discussion of Umansky's debut novel, The Fortunate Ones. It is 1939 in Vienna, and as the specter of war darkens Europe, Rose Zimmer’s parents are desperate. Unable to get out of Austria, they manage to secure passage for their young daughter on a kindertransport, and send…

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ELIF BATUMAN at Harvard Book Store

March 29, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store is pleased to present New Yorker staff writer ELIF BATUMAN, author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them for a reading from her debut novel, The Idiot. About The Idiot: The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost…

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April 2017

STEPH BURT on How to Read Poetry

April 3, 2017 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome STEPH BURT author of The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them, in conversation with CHLOE GARCIA ROBERTS. Contemporary American poetry has plenty to offer new readers, and plenty more for those who already follow it. Yet its difficulty—and sheer variety—leaves many readers puzzled or overwhelmed. The critic, scholar, and poet Stephen Burt sets out to help. Beginning in the early 1980s, where critical consensus ends, Burt canvasses American poetry of…

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The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family

April 12, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Come learn about the family and legacy behind one of the bay state's most famous towns. Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome NINA SANKOVITCH, author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair and Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Sankovitch will discuss her latest book, The Lowells of Massachusetts. The Lowells were a remarkable family. They were settlers in the New World in the 1600s, revolutionaries creating a new nation in the 1700s, merchants and manufacturers building prosperity in the 1800s, and scientists and artists flourishing in the 1900s.…

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The Leavers: A Novel

April 17, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome LISA KO for a discussion of her debut novel, The Leavers—winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly, TIME, and The Millions. Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid examination of borders and belonging. It’s a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to…

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Top Chef’s BARBARA LYNCH at Harvard Book Store

April 18, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning local chef and restaurateur BARBARA LYNCH for a discussion of her latest book, Out of Line: A Life of Playing with Fire. Lynch will be joined in conversation by IHSAN GURDAL, founder and owner of Formaggio Kitchen. Blood, Bones, & Butter meets A Devil in the Kitchen in this funny, fierce, and poignant memoir by the  world-renowned chef, restaurateur, and Top Chef judge that is Barbara Lynch, recounting her rise from a hard-knocks South Boston childhood to culinary stardom. Out of…

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Elizabeth Warren at Harvard Book Store

April 20, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store welcomes Massachusetts senior U.S. Senator ELIZABETH WARREN for a discussion of her latest book, This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class. The fiery Senator and bestselling author offers a passionate, inspiring book about why our middle class is under siege and how we can win the fight to save it. Senator Warren has long been an outspoken champion of America’s middle class, and by the time the people of Massachusetts elected her in 2012, she had become…

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MARY GAITSKILL at Harvard Book Store

April 25, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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From one of the most singular presences in American fiction comes a searingly intelligent book of essays on matters literary, social, cultural, and personal. Whether she’s writing about date rape or political adultery or writers from John Updike to Gillian Flynn, Mary Gaitskill reads her subjects deftly and aphoristically and moves beyond them to locate the deep currents of longing, ambition, perversity, and loneliness in the American unconscious. She shows us the transcendentalism of the Talking Heads, the melancholy of…

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May 2017

Kill It to Save It: An Autopsy of Capitalism’s Triumph over Democracy

May 4, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Everybody seem a tad nihilistic these days? Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome Stonehill College's Professor of Sociology COREY DOLGON. Dolgon, the former president of the Association for Humanist Sociology, will be discussing his latest book- Kill It to Save It: An Autopsy of Capitalism's Triumph over Democracy. Tackling the interconnected issues of globalization, neoliberalism, and declining public institutions, Corey Dolgon argues that American citizens now accept reform policies that destroy the public sector (seemingly in the public interest) and a political culture…

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RAKESH SATYAL’s new novel: No One Can Pronounce My Name

May 9, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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In a suburb outside Cleveland, a community of Indian Americans has settled into lives that straddle the divide between Eastern and Western cultures. For some, America is a bewildering and alienating place where coworkers can’t pronounce your name but will eagerly repeat the Sanskrit phrases from their yoga class. Harit, a lonely Indian immigrant in his mid forties, lives with his mother who can no longer function after the death of Harit’s sister, Swati. In a misguided attempt to keep…

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The Global Novel: Writing the World in the 21st Century

May 11, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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What will 21st century fiction look like? Acclaimed literary critic Adam Kirsch examines some of our most beloved writers, including Haruki Murakami, Elena Ferrante, Roberto Bolano, and Margaret Atwood, to better understand literature in the age of globalization. The global novel, he finds, is not so much a genre as a way of imagining the world, one that allows the novel to address both urgent contemporary concerns—climate change, genetic engineering, and immigration—along with timeless themes, such as morality, society, and…

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The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family

May 12, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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The Lowells of Massachusetts were a remarkable family. They were settlers in the New World in the 1600s, revolutionaries creating a new nation in the 1700s, merchants and manufacturers building prosperity in the 1800s, and scientists and artists flourishing in the 1900s. For the first time, Nina Sankovitch tells the story of this fascinating and powerful dynasty in The Lowells of Massachusetts. Though not without scoundrels and certainly no strangers to controversy , the family boasted some of the most astonishing individuals…

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June 2017

DAVID SEDARIS- Theft by Finding

June 4, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Harvard Book Store welcomes back DAVID SEDARIS, author of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls and Me Talk Pretty One Day, for a reading from his latest book, Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002). One of the most anticipated books of 2017 (as noted by the Boston Globe, the New York Times Book Review, New York's "Vulture", and BookRiot), Theft by Finding has been, literally, a lifetime in the making. David Sedaris bookstore events are like no other bookstore event, and Harvard…

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All About Travel Writing at Harvard Bookstore

June 13, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Join travel writers ANDREW EVANS and ALDEN JONES as they discuss their respective books, THE BLACK PENGUIN (Evans) and THE BLIND MASSEUSE (Jones). ANDREW EVANS has completed more than thirty assignments for National Geographic, reporting from all seven continents, and ALDEN JONEShas lived, worked, and traveled in over forty countries. This in-conversation event will include a reception starting at 7pm, followed by tales of these travels and a Q&A session. Treats will also be provided! For more information about their…

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ALEXANDRA FULLER reads from her novel, Quiet Until the Thaw

June 15, 2017 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Harvard Book Store welcomes the bestselling author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight and Leaving Before the Rains Come ALEXANDRA FULLER for a reading from her first novel, Quiet Until the Thaw. In Lakota Oglala Sioux Nation, South Dakota, two Native American cousins, Rick Overlooking Horse and You Choose Watson, though bound by blood and by land, find themselves at odds as they grapple with the implications of their shared heritage. When escalating anger toward the injustices, historical and current,…

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NYTBR Editor PAMELA PAUL On Her “Book of Books”

June 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Harvard Book Store welcomes The New York Times Book Review editor PAMELA PAUL for a discussion of her latest book, My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues—a memoir about the stories that have shaped her life. Imagine keeping a record of every book you’ve ever read. What would this reading trajectory say about you?  With passion, humor, and insight, the editor of The New York Times Book Review shares the stories that have shaped her life. This event is not ticketed.

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Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War

June 20, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling biographer JAMES MCGRATH MORRIS—author of the National Book Prize–winning Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne and The First Lady of the Black Press —for a discussion of his latest book, The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War. John Dos Passos first witnessed the horror of trench warfare in France as a volunteer ambulance driver retrieving the dead and seriously wounded from the front line. Later in the war, he briefly…

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Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet present debut author ANGELICA BAKER

June 22, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome debut author ANGELICA BAKER and Boston College's STUART NADLER—acclaimed author of Wise Men, The Book of Life, and The Inseparables—for a discussion of BAKER's new novel, Our Little Racket, the story of five women whose lives are dramatically changed by the downfall of a financial titan. This event is not ticketed.

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Author ALLEGRA GOODMAN reads The Chalk Artist

June 23, 2017 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Harvard Book Store welcomes Whiting Writer’s Award–winning author ALLEGRA GOODMAN, author of The Cookbook Collector and Intuition, for a reading from her latest novel, The Chalk Artist. Collin James is young, creative, and unhappy.  A college dropout, he waits tables and spends his free time beautifying the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his medium of choice: chalk.  Collin’s art captivates passersby with its vibrant colors and intricate lines—until the moment he wipes it all away.  Nothing in Collin’s life is meant to…

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ANN BEATTIE reads The Accomplished Guest: Stories

June 27, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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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…

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Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.