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August 2, 2013

This week we were thrilled to hear that we won "Best Reading Series" in the Boston Magazine Best of Boston Awards, for the third year in a row! We thought a great way to celebrate would be to start letting you know about some of the great author events we have on tap for the fall. Grab your calendar and read on.

Stephen King is coming! On Friday, September 27, Mr. King will be joining us at Harvard Yard's Memorial Church to read from and discuss Doctor Sleep, his long-anticipated sequel to The Shining. Tickets go on sale online only at 9am on Monday, August 5, will be $35 each, and will include a first edition of Doctor Sleep. Find all the event details, and some important information about tickets and signed books, here.

We also have a lot of other great ticketed events in September, as well as a full slate of free, in-store events. See the right-hand "Author Events" column for ticket on-sale dates, and visit harvard.com/events for the full schedule.

In the meantime, if you need something to fill your August evenings, stock up on some great fiction at our Fiction Friday sales. Continuing through the end of August, all new fiction is discounted 15% in the store on Fridays. Find more details, including a list of eligible sections, here.

'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%
New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
The Goddess Chronicle
by Natsuo Kirino


Canongate, hardcover

"At the heart of Kirino's tale is a retelling of the relationship between Izanami, the Goddess of Creation, and her husband Izanaki, drawn from Kojiki or the Chronicles of Ancient Matters, the seventh-century record of the legends of the founding of Japan. . . .
Kirino is a master at creating an atmosphere of unease and distrust between her characters. In her skillful hands we see that the divide between man and woman is greater than the one between humans and gods. Kirino's retelling is a taut, disturbing, and timeless tale, filled with rage and pathos for the battles that women have to fight every day, battles which have, apparently, existed from the moment of creation." --The Guardian (UK)

The Invention of Murder:
How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime
by Judith Flanders

Thomas Dunne Books, hardcover
"Judith Flanders's wonderful, sometimes appalling The Invention of Murder, is a guidebook to notably grisly true-life tales. There are unsolved violent crimes, such as the Ratcliffe Highway murders in 1811, in which a whole family (including a baby in his cradle) was massacred in their house. There is the occasional murder of a master by a servant. . . . There's the larger category of love gone wrong, including the tale of Maria Marten, murdered in 1827 by a former lover and buried in a barn. . . . This is an enticing book for any reader who, like the genteel lady in Emily Eden's The Semi-Detached House (1859), admits: 'There is such a grand murder in the paper . . . a whole family poisoned . . . it is very shocking, but I like to hear about it.'" --The Wall Street Journal
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Feeling Beauty:
The Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience   
by G. Gabrielle Starr

MIT Press, paperback

In Feeling Beauty, G. Gabrielle Starr argues that understanding the neural underpinnings of aesthetic experience can reshape our conceptions of aesthetics and the arts. Drawing on the tools of both cognitive neuroscience and traditional humanist inquiry, Starr shows that neuroaesthetics offers a new model for understanding the dynamic and changing features of aesthetic life, the relationships among the arts, and how individual differences in aesthetic judgment shape the varieties of aesthetic experience.  

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Printed on Paige
Each week, we'll feature a book printed in Harvard Book Store 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.  
Paige Leaves:
Essays Inspired by New England
A Harvard Book Store Anthology    


Print on Demand, paperback
We've had some picture-perfect New England days recently, so it's a great time to pick up a copy of Paige Leaves, an anthology of essays about and set in New England. The essays in this volume were chosen from over one hundred submissions by Harvard Book Store customers last year, and it's a pretty stellar collection. Happy New England August!
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Bargain Books
Bargain Books are 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 Bargain Books section, visit our Bargain Books page.
Goblin Secrets      
by William Alexander        
$5.99, hardcover (originally $16.99)

Rownie's only relative is his older brother Rowan, an actor. But acting is outlawed in Zombay, and Rowan has disappeared. Desperate to find him, Rownie joins up with a troupe of goblins who skirt the law to put on plays. But their plays are not only for entertainment, and the masks they use are for more than make-believe.
The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard  
by J.G. Ballard
$9.99, paperback (originally $24.95)
J.G. Ballard is recognized as one of the greatest and most prophetic writers in the world. Whether writing about musical orchids, human cannibalism, or the secret history of World War III, Ballard's Complete Stories evokes the hallucinations of Kafka and Borges in its ability to render modern paranoia and fantastical creations on the page.
Codes of the Underworld:
How Criminals Communicate     
by Diego Gambetta
$7.99, hardcover (originally $45)
Diego Gambetta shows that as villains balance the lure of criminal reward against the fear of dire punishment, they are inspired to unexpected feats of subtlety and ingenuity in communication. By deciphering how criminals signal to each other in a lawless universe, this book provides a quantum leap in our ability to make sense of their actions.
Recent Finds Downstairs in the Used Book 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.
Takashi Homma: Tokyo
edited by Leslie A. Martin and Taka Kawachi
Originally published by Aperture in 2008
$50 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Takashi Homma turns the neutral gaze of his lens toward Tokyo's suburban environs and urban center. His vision of Tokyo navigates a nuanced line between sterility and sentimentality, detachment and lusciousness, presenting a sleek, contemporary vision of a postmodern megalopolis. This is Homma's first volume published for an international audience.
Searching for Sebald:
Photography After W.G. Sebald
translated by Lise Patt and Christel Dillbohner
Originally published by the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in 2007
$70 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Searching for Sebald is a collection of original essays and visual projects inspired by the work of W.G. Sebald. The interest in Sebald has crossed disciplines, igniting passionate dialogue among and between scholars and practitioners. This unique project, with its intricate weave of image and text, captures this spirited conversation.
Alexander McQueen:
Savage Beauty
by Andrew Bolton          
Originally published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011
$25 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition  
Arguably the most influential, imaginative, and provocative designer of his generation, Alexander McQueen both challenged and expanded fashion conventions to express ideas about race, class, sexuality, religion, and the environment. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty examines the full breadth of the designer's career.

Author Events


Ticket on-sale dates

On sale August 5:
Stephen King (9/27)

On sale August 13:
Junot Daz (9/5)
Randall Kennedy (9/6)

On sale August 20:
Bob Odenkirk and
David Cross
with Brian Posehn
Bill McKibben (9/16)

On sale August 27:
Margaret Atwood (9/19)


Subscribe to the Harvard Book Store Google Event Calendar here.

All Upcoming Events 

Junot Daz
Thurs, Sept 5, 6PM 

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Daz reads from This Is How You Lose Her, which comes out in paperback September 3.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Randall Kennedy
Fri, Sept 6, 6PM    

Prominent Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy discusses
For Discrimination:
Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law
At the Brattle Theatre
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Bob Odenkirk and David Cross
with Brian Posehn

Sat, Sept 14, 6PM    

Emmy-nominated writers and comedians Bob Odenkirk and David Cross discuss Hollywood Said No! Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastard Scenes, and Abandoned Darlings from the Creators of Mr. Show, with special guest
Brian Posehn.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Bill McKibben
Mon, Sept 16, 6PM 

Bestselling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben discusses Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Margaret Atwood
Thurs, Sept 19, 7PM    

Booker Prize-winning novelist Margaret Atwood reads from MaddAddam, the final in the trilogy that began with Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood.
At First Parish Church
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Stephen King
Fri, Sept 27, 7PM 

Stephen King reads from and discusses Doctor Sleep, the long-awaited sequel to 1977's horror classic The Shining.
At Memorial Church,
Harvard Yard
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Things to know about our $5 tickets...


$5 tickets are also coupons good for $5 off a purchase at Harvard Book Store. Coupons expire 30 days after the event, and cannot be used for already-discounted items, online purchases, event tickets, or gift certificates. Please note that your ticket only guarantees you admission until 5 minutes before an event begins.

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