MA – An Evening with Anna Kendrick


Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes ANNA KENDRICK, Academy Award–nominated actress and star of Up in the Air, The Accountant, Into the Woods, and Pitch Perfect, for a discussion of her book, Scrappy Little Nobody—her first collection of autobiographical essays at the Back Bay Events Ctr on Wednesday November 16, 2016 at  7:00 PM. Tickets available at the link…

This event does not include a book signing.

All copies of Scrappy Little Nobody will be pre-signed by the author.

About Scrappy Little Nobody

“I’m excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I’d like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself. And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I’m very, very funny on Twitter, according to Buzzfeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!” —Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick’s autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses today. Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick’s essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.

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Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

MA – The Trials of Apollo Launch Party

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Harvard Book Store welcomes back bestselling author RICK RIORDAN—dubbed “Storyteller of the Gods” by Publishers Weekly—for his return to both Greek mythology and the world of Camp Half-Blood!

Join us in Boston on Tuesday May 3, 2016 at 7:00 PM (Doors at 6:00) for a presentation of the first book in a new series, The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle. This event will be the only Rick Riordan event in the country for The Hidden Oracle!

Tickets will go on sale online only at on Tuesday, March 22 at 9:00 AM. A $30 bundled ticket includes a seat and a guaranteed signed copy of The Hidden Oracle. $15 general admission tickets are also available. Bundled ticket holders will receive their books at the event, taking place the evening of the national release of The Hidden Oracle.

This event does not include a public book signing. All books will be pre-signed by Rick Riordan. Check out Rick’s usual tips and disclaimers if you’re planning to come to an event. We will not be able to accommodate requests for personalized inscriptions.
Can’t Come to the Event but Want a Signed Book?

Pre-order a signed book at We can ship throughout the U.S. Please note, we will not be able to accommodate requests for personalized inscriptions.

About the Book

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor.

But Apollo has many enemies-gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.
About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre—the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over 35 million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 35 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.

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Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

MA – Mindy Kaling Speaks

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Harvard Book Store is honored and thrilled to welcome back Emmy-nominated writer/actress and Cambridge native MINDY KALING for a discussion of her latest book, Why Not Me? Mindy will be joined in conversation by renowned surgeon, writer, and public health researcher ATUL GAWANDE, MD, MPH of Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Tuesday September 15, 2015 at 7:30 PM.


Tickets go on sale online only at on Thursday, August 13, at 9:00 AM.

Tickets are $42 and each include a signed edition of Why Not Me?, specially designed and bound by the publisher. All tickets are general admission and ticket holders will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets are limited to four (4) per order. The name of each ticket holder will be requested when purchasing tickets and checked at the door. Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.

Please Note: This event will not include a book signing.

Location & Timing

This event will take place in the beautiful John Hancock Hall at the Back Bay Events Center in Boston, on the corner of Berkeley and Stuart Streets. Doors will open at 6:30pm for our 7:30pm event. Books will be distributed to ticket holders at the event, and cannot be picked up in-store beforehand. Please note that tickets expire at 7:25pm. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the staff.
Why Not Me?

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

In “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet’s Confessions,” Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (“Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn’t the land of appropriate–this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman’s traditional hair color is honey blonde.”) “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.”) In “Unlikely Leading Lady,” she muses on America’s fixation with the weight of actresses, (“Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they’re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.”) And in “Soup Snakes,” Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.”)

Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 236-1199

MA – The Wire Panel

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Jamie Hector, Robert Chew, Tray Chaney, Fran BoydDonnie Andrews, and George Pelecanos speak on Friday, October 14, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

Press Release:

Kick off the Boston Book Festival with a thoughtful and timely exploration of The Wire with its cast and creators. Its creator, David Simon, referred to this powerful, gritty, and all-too-realistic exploration of urban poverty as a “visual novel.” The Wire, perhaps the most critically-acclaimed series in television history, has been compared to Dickens, to Greek tragedy, even to Shakespearean drama. It is both high art and social commentary. Join several cast members and writer/producer George Pelecanos in a conversation about The Wire and issues of race, class, institutional failure, and the visual novel. The discussion will feature Donnie Andrews (the real “Omar”), Fran Boyd (the inspiration for David Simon’s The Corner), Tray Chaney (“Poot”), Robert Chew (“Prop Joe”), and Jamie Hector (“Marlo Stanfield”) and will be moderated by Reverend Eugene Rivers, co-founder of the Ten Point Coalition.

Following the discussion and audience Q&A, you’ll have your chance to meet the panelists during a book and poster signing.

Tickets, starting at $20, will be available beginning September 14.

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Jamie Hector played the role of Marlo Stanfield on The Wire. He studied at the Lee Strasbourg Theatre Institute. Hector has had TV roles in Law and Order, The Beat, Oz, and Heroes and film roles in Clockers, He Got Game, Ghost Dog, Prison Song,and Blackout. Hector’s role in the critically-acclaimed short film five deep breaths first brought him to the attention of The Wire creator David Simon. Hector is the founder of Moving Mountains, a theatre arts and youth mentoring program.

Tray Chaney played “Poot” in The Wire. He began his performing career at the age of four as a dancer. Chaney’s first acting experience was his breakout role on The Wire. He has also appeared in Head of State, the TV show The District, and America’s Most Wanted. Chaney’s autobiography is titled The Truth You Can’t beTray. He continues to pursue his interest in music, recording, and choreographing. In 2009, Chaney was chosen as the face of the national literacy campaign The Write Stuff.

Robert Chew starred in The Wire as the Dickens-quoting drug kingpin Proposition Joe. He began his acting career in regional theatre. Chew also appeared in The Corner, David Simon’s show that predates The Wire. He had roles in Homicide: Life on the Street and the HBO film Something the Lord Made. Chew has worked with children’s theatre companies throughout his career and helped to cast and coach some of the young actors appearing in The Wire.

Donnie Andrews is the inspiration for the character Omar Little. At age thirty-six he carried out a shooting at the behest of a Baltimore drug lord. Plagued by guilt, Andrews turned himself in to the police. In a deal for his cooperation in the investigation, Andrews was sentenced to ten years. He ultimately served a total of eighteen years when the prosecutor reneged on the deal. While in prison he kicked his heroin habit, read the Bible, trained as an electrician, and maintained relationships with police officer Ed Burns and with David Simon, who interviewed him when he wrote for the Baltimore Sun.

Fran Boyd is the inspiration for The Corner, a book by David Simon and Ed Burns that was the basis for the TV series of the same name. Boyd was a drug addict when she met Simon and Burns, who took an interest in her. It was they who introduced her to Donnie Andrews while he was serving time for murder. The two began an intense friendship by phone, which Boyd credits with helping her kick her addiction. She and Andrews fell in love over the phone. Boyd, Simon, and Burns worked to secure Andrews’s eventual release from prison and the two were married in 2007.

George Pelecanos is a best-selling crime novelist and an award-winning essayist. His short fiction has appeared in Esquire and the collections Unusual Suspects, Best American Mystery Stories, Measures of Poison, Men From Boys, Murder at the Foul Line, and D.C. Noir, for which he also served as editor. Pelecanos was a producer, Emmy-nominated writer, and story editor for The Wire. His most recent work is The Cut, the first installment in a new crime series, which Publishers Weekly is calling “vital and timely.”

Reverend Eugene Rivers is pastor of the Azusa Christian Community and is one of the founders of the Ten Point Coalition, an organization of ministers that is credited with alleviating Boston’s gang violence problem in the 90s.  Rivers grew up on the streets of Philadelphia and attended Harvard College.  His role in working with gang members in Boston has brought Rivers national attention.