Christine Lynn Herman presents “The Devouring Gray”

Christine Lynn Herman presents The Devouring Gray, a YA novel that follows seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders as she moves to a new town where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

“Fans of The Raven Boys and Stranger Things rejoice: This is your new obsession.” —Claire Legrand, bestselling author of Furyborn

I Just Haven’t Met You Yet–Boston Launch

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author and writing instructor TRACY STRAUSS for a discussion of her latest book, I Just Haven’t Met You Yet: Finding Empowerment in Dating, Love, and Life.

About I Just Haven’t Met You Yet

I Just Haven’t Met You Yet details Tracy Strauss’s dating history and her journey to dismantle the effects and stigmas of an abusive past, break free of destructive relationship patterns, and ultimately conquer her fear of truly being seen by the world, flaws and all. The author shares the transformative lessons she learned and self-empowerment she achieved while passing each hurdle along the way to finding the love of her life.

Tracy Strauss helps readers empower themselves by taking a challenging look at the ways the negative events of their lives, including sexual harassment and abuse, have shaped their self-perception and created obstacles to personal success, and how readers can change that troubled self-image along with their (love) lives.

I Just Haven’t Met You Yet is a modern-day journey of the heart. It is a story about taking big risks, changing old habits and beliefs about dating, and speaking back to the naysayers, especially that internal critic, the inner love saboteur. It is a prime mover and the only epistolary memoir cum dating/relationship essay book of its kind.


“Tracy Strauss answers the dreaded question “How are you still single?” with a narrative that’s funny, relatable, genuine, thought-provoking, and universal. She’s written more than just a book about dating; I Just Haven’t Met You Yet is a narrative about a person’s need to be seen—and understood.” —Meredith Goldstein, Boston Globe love letters advice columnist

“Tracy Strauss will break your heart. I defy you to put down this disarmingly charming book. A wry narrative turns in and out of light and deep shadow as if she were dancing. Utterly, beautifully honest. It reaches great heights and will make you wish she had always been your friend.” —Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels

“In I Just Haven’t Met You Yet, Tracy Strauss reminds us of the power of words and memory and honesty and—most of all—the power of hope. This book has one of my favorite last lines that I’ve read in a long time. But don’t cheat and peek at it. Read every single one that comes before it so that when you reach the end, like me you’ll be smiling and crying in equal measure.” —Ann Hood, bestselling author of The Knitting Circle

Mindful by Design Book Launch and Reading: Mindfulness, Design, and Storytelling

Come meet the founder of MindWise, Caitlin Krause, when she presents her new book, Mindful by Design.

Written for those looking to develop future-forward skills including innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and communication, Mindful by Design “is a guide to well-being, a practical resource, and a creative call-to-action, as Caitlin Krause helps readers to bridge the gap between prioritizing true connection and achieving it.”
—Leah Weiss, author of How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind; Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Mindfulness is the building of three capacities: awareness, advancement, and authenticity. Built upon these facets, Mindful by Design provides 24 detailed practices for individuals and communities, including step-by-step embedded mindfulness exercises, ready to implement immediately. Where passion meets purpose, Mindful by Design empowers readers to start designing ways to transform mindsets and daily quality of life.

“Krause shares valuable strategies that will help any educator, coach, manager, or learning professional bring out the best in those they serve.”
—Dorie Clark, adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and author, Entrepreneurial You and Stand Out

“With the framework of the Three A’s — being Aware, Advancing, Authentic – Krause has crafted a wonderful book for educators that shares her teaching experience and deep inquiry as a scaffold for integrating mindfulness into the classroom. This book skillfully provides an informed and practical set of guidelines and exercises for designing mindful experiences for the benefit of teachers and students. ”
—Philippe Goldin, PhD, Director, Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, University of California Davis

“In Mindful By Design, Caitlin Krause shares her passion for mindfulness and how it can be applied in our lives and in our classrooms. Through a wealth of examples, Caitlin brings mindfulness to life and helps her readers become more ‘aware, advancing and authentic.’ A needed resource for us all.”
—Jennifer Abrams, Speaker, Consultant, and Author, Having Hard Conversations

Mindful by Design is grounded in an ethic of care. To see what I mean, and if you just picked up this book wondering if it’s for you, flip through a few pages and read the many quotes of student’s voices. Caitlin has written a book that speaks to the heart of what teachers do in classrooms: create a safe culture of care where we all learn to listen to each other to understand.”
—Darren Kuropatwa, Professional Learning Consultant

BOOK LAUNCH: The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King

Come hear Crystal King discuss and read from her newest novel, The Chef’s Secret.

A captivating novel of Renaissance Italy detailing the mysterious life of Bartolomeo Scappi, the legendary chef to several popes and author of one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time, and the nephew who sets out to discover his late uncle’s secrets—including the identity of the noblewoman Bartolomeo loved until he died.

Wine and treats made from Renaissance-era recipes will be served.

Book Launch for “My Real Name Is Hanna”

TARA LYNN MASIH’S debut novel for young readers and adults launches this month. My Real Name Is Hanna won a 2018 Skipping Stones Honor Award and comes highly recommended by the Jewish Book Council. Inspired by a real family who sought refuge in underground caves in Ukraine during World War II. Free, with refreshments and book signing at the Andover Bookstore’s new location (parking free and behind the store).

826 Boston Book Release Party

Students in 826 Boston’s After-School Writing and Tutoring Program have been hard at work on their second book of the year, a collection of stories on the topic of “switching bodies.” We will celebrate their publication on Wednesday, June 13, and we are seeking volunteers to lend a hand during the event. Volunteer roles include registering students and families, supervising the buffet, book distribution, clean up, and more. Please email Richie at to sign up.

CHERYL SUCHORS: Book Launch and After Party for 48 Peaks

CHERYL SUCHORS will launch her memoir 48 PEAKS, Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains, at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, followed by a celebration upstairs at neighboring Christopher’s Restaurant.

Hiking is about the last thing forty-eight year old CHERYL SUCHORS is built for. Yet despite a flimsy body and fear of heights, she decides her mid-life success depends on hiking the tallest, most grueling White Mountains in New Hampshire. All forty-eight of them. In the ten years it takes her, she overcomes breast cancer and the loss of her hiking buddy. She’s forced to acknowledge that mastery alone isn’t enough—she must connect with friends and with nature to feel nourished and enriched, creating her own definition of success.


Book Release Party: Boston 1945-2015

Russ Lopez will read selections from and sign copies of his new book, Boston 1945-2015: The Decline and Rebirth of a Great World City. Published by Shawmut Peninsula Press, this book traces the path of the city from its decades of economic depression that marked it as one of the most distressed urban areas in the country to its current prosperity that is the envy of cities around the world. This story includes the new residents of the city who are creating and benefiting from this turn around and those others who have been pushed out and closed off from the new economy powering Boston.

This event is free and open to the public.