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May 16, 2014

News from Harvard Book Store



news1David Sedaris on Sale     


Tickets for David Sedaris (he's here June 7) go on sale at 9am today and we expect them to sell out fast. Tickets will only be available online (the best way for us to manage the demand!) Head to harvard.com or Eventbrite for tickets. Learn more about in-room seating, overflow standing room space, and answers to more FAQ here.
Sedaris Signing Line, 2008
Sedaris Signing Line, 2008

If we've sold out before you get a chance, don't despair. The signing will open up to all later on in the evening, after ticket holders get their books signed. The line will form outside the store during the reading and those waiting will be welcomed to the signing in numbered groups, based on arrival time. Everyone who wants will get their book signed, David promises! 



news2Man on Wire, Bag of Forks?   


So, what is this big bag of forks for?




Philippe Petit, famed "Man on Wire" and rule breaker, will be here discussing his new book on creativity, and we're told there will be some sort of audience participation involving lots and lots of plastic forks. Curious? Tickets are $5 and he'll be at the Brattle Theatre on Monday at 6pm.  


Tickets are also on sale for Timothy Geithner, whose book hit the shelves this week.  



news3An Online Retailer Flexes Its Muscles   


Some of you may have followed the latest shenanigans from a certain Internet retailer's "secret campaign to discourage customers from buying books by Hachette, one of the big New York publishers," as they are "delaying shipments 'for reasons of their own.'" Books affected include The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger. Many more writers and readers are being affected as well. 



But come on in to Harvard Book Store and one of our booksellers will happily hand you a copy of The Outliers from the Psychology shelf or from our wall of 20% off Best Sellers. Order a copy of Franny and Zooey on harvard.com, and we'll put it in a box and send it to you.  


No shenanigans!  



news4In Case You Missed It   

Michael Pollan: Cooked - A Natural History of Transformation
Michael Pollan: Cooked - A Natural History of Transformation

We still have signed copies of Cooked in the store. Buy books from Harvard Book Store and support this award-winning author series! 



Lastly this week, Harvard Book Store now has an iPhone app! The AisleConnect Scavenger Hunt has been extended for another two weeks, so come on by and give it a try. 


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
Cutting Teeth
by Julia Fierro


St. Martin's Press, hardcover

One of the most anticipated debut novels of 2014, Cutting Teeth takes place one late-summer weekend as a group of thirty-something couples gather at a shabby beach house on Long Island, their young children in tow.

Unlearning with Hannah Arendt
by Mary Luise Knott


Other Press, hardcover
Anchoring its discussion in the themes of translation, forgiveness, dramatization, even laughter, Unlearning with Hannah Arendt explores the ways in which this iconic theorist "unlearned" recognized trends to establish a theoretical praxis all her own.

Verse Going Viral:
China's New Media Scenes
by Heather Inwood


University of Washington Press, paperback

In Verse Going Viral, Heather Inwood examines what happens when poetry, a central pillar of traditional Chinese culture, encounters an era of digital media and unabashed consumerism in the early twenty-first century.  

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Printed on Paige 
Each week we feature a book printed on Paige, our book-making machine. Featured books will range from fresh works from local authors to near-forgotten titles discovered in our extensive print-on-demand database

American Culture Warriors in Africa:
A Guide to the Exporters of Homophobia and Sexism
by Dr. Kapya Kaoma
Print on Demand, paperback
American Culture Warriors in Africa is a new, popular-format guidebook designed to educate U.S. audiences and motivate all people of conscience to take action that interrupts the persecution of women and sexual minorities overseas.


Remainders are bargain books, new books at used-book prices. We have a limited number of copies of these titles, so if you see something that you're interested in, come in and check it out soon. To see more of our Remainders section, visit our Remainders page.
America's Hometown Recipe Book:
712 Favorite Recipes from Main Street U.S.A.
edited by Barbara Greenman
$9.99, hardcover (originally $19.95)

America's Hometown Recipe Book gathers together delicious, beloved, and tried-and-true recipes that have been served up at churches and state fairs across the nation, from Catawissa, Pennsylvania to Tuscola, Texas to Carlsbad, California. 
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The Summer Shack Cookbook:
The Complete Guide to Shore Food
by Jasper White
$7.99, paperback (originally $25.00)

In this collection of 200 easy-to-make dishes, Jasper White shows you how to make seafood classics like creamy Cape Cod clam chowder, Maine lobster rolls, and scallops wrapped in smoky bacon.
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This Is Improbable:
Cheese String Theory, Magnetic Chickens, and Other WTF Research
by Marc Abrahams
$5.99, paperback (originally $15.95)

Marc Abrahams offers an addictive, wryly funny expos� of the oddest, most imaginative, and just plain improbable research from around the world. Abrahams' tour will first make you laugh, and then make you think about your world in a new way.
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Recentused Finds in the Used Department


Featured used books go fast, so if any titles interest you, stop in to check them out soon. We will hold the book if you are the first caller to reserve it. To reserve a book, call (617) 661-1515 and ask for our Used Department. We're also always looking for books to buy. Learn about selling your used books, including textbooks, here.
Louise Bourgeois:
The Secret of the Cells
by Rainer Crone and Petrus Graf Schaesberg

Originally published by Prestel in 2008

$11.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

In her work, Louise Bourgeois used materials ranging from rubber to marble, through which the stories of her own life resonated with the lives of others. This generously illustrated book presents the complete cycle of "Cell" installations from the 1990s until a short time before Bourgeois's death in 2010. 

The Edinburgh Companion to Samuel Beckett and the Arts

edited by S. E. Gontarski

Originally published by Edinburgh University Press in 2014

$165.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

A landmark collection showcasing the diversity of Samuel Beckett's creative output, The Edinburgh Companion captures the continued vitality of Beckett studies in drama, music, and the visual arts and establishes rich and varied cultural contexts for Beckett's work worldwide.

John Fowles:

Visionary and Voyeur

by Brooke Lenz

Originally published by Rodopi B.V. in 2008

$25.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

In this innovative study, Brooke Lenz reconsiders John Fowles' controversial contributions to feminist thought. Combining literary criticism and feminist standpoint theory, John Fowles: Visionary and Voyeur examines the problems that women readers and feminist critics encounter in Fowles' frequently voyeuristic fiction. 

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale now:
Philippe Petit (May 19)
Timothy F. Geithner in conversation with David Gergen (May 27)

Tickets on sale May 16 at 9am (online only):
David Sedaris (June 7)

Tickets on sale May 20
 at 9am (online only):

John Waters (June 14)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Fri, May 16, 3PM 

Transit activist and environmental scientist Benjamin Ross discusses Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, May 16, 7PM 

Joshua Ferris reads from his new novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour -- "one of the funniest, saddest, sweetest novels I've read since Then We Came to the End." (Anthony Marra)

Followed by a ticketed Meet and Greet with the author to benefit Boston Book Fest.
At Harvard Book Store
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Mon, May 19, 6PM

Wirewalker, magician, street performer, and artist Philippe Petit discusses why breaking the rules is critical to the creative process with his new book Creativity: The Perfect Crime.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 Tickets
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Mon, May 19, 7:30PM 

Colson Whitehead takes a satiric look at the World Series of Poker with The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death. (Please note the 7:30 start time.)
At Harvard Book Store
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Tue, May 20, 7PM 

The Boston Globe's Alex Beam presents American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church.
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, May 21, 7PM

Aneesh Chopra, the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States government, discusses Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government.
At Harvard Book Store
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Thurs, May 22, 7PM 

James Beard award-winning chef Dan Barber offers a vision for a new future of American eating with The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, May 23, 7PM 

The Grub Street Launch Lab presents Peggy Shinner and Rhonda Ringler Cutler for "Our Bodies, Ourselves?" -- a reading from their books You Feel So Mortal: Essays on the Body and The End of Bliss.
At Harvard Book Store
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Tues, May 27, 7PM 

Timothy F. Geithner -- the seventy-fifth secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury -- is joined by David Gergen for a discussion of Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises.
At the First Parish Church
$35 tickets
(include a signed book)
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Author Event Info 



Featured event books at Harvard Book Store author talks are now 20% off on the day of the event!  


The Harvard Square Book Circle

Tue, May 27, 7PM    

The May selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Frank Conroy's Body and Soul. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary.
At Harvard Book Store
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This Month 


Browse our Recommended This Month newsletter for May, with picks from our featured titles, staff recommendations, new paperbacks, and more. 


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