MA – Roz Chast Signs

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Cartoonist Roz Chast appears at the Brattle Theatre on Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM!

Tickets $5.00 – On Sale April 15, 2014 courtesy of Harvard Book Store

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome New Yorker cartoonist and author ROZ CHAST for a presentation of Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir.

When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the “crazy closet”—with predictable results—the tools that had served Roz well through her parents’ seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed.

While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies—an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades—the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.

The Brattle
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – The Office Star Signs

bjnB.J. Novak appears at the Brattle Theatre on Monday February 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM to read from his new book One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories.

Tickets on sale Jan. 21 online only (sold by Harvard Book Store) *SOLD OUT*
Tickets are $26 and include one admission and one copy of One More Thing

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome B.J. NOVAK, writer and actor best known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning series The Office, for a reading and discussion of his debut book, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories.
B.J. Novak’s One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction.

A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes—only to discover that claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins—turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We also meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook. Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day is the key to finding love, how February got its name, and why the stock market is sometimes just . . . down.

Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, One More Thing has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that just might make a person complete. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the many pieces in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader.

The Brattle
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Boxers & Saints Signing

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Gene Luen Yang and M.T. Anderson appear at the Brattle Theatre on Thursday November 21st at 6:00 pm!

Tickets are $5.00

RSVP on Facebook!

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome GENE LUEN YANG, National Book Award finalist and Printz Prize–winning graphic novelist, and award-winning young adult novelist M.T. ANDERSON for a discussion of Yang’s latest graphic novels, Boxers & Saints.

In two volumes, Boxers & Saints tells two parallel stories. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is abused and plundered by Westerners claiming the role of missionaries. Little Bao, inspired by visions of the Chinese gods, joins a violent uprising against the Western interlopers. Against all odds, their grass-roots rebellion is successful.

But in the second volume, Yang lays out the opposite side of the conflict. A girl whose village has no place for her is taken in by Christian missionaries and finds, for the first time, a home with them. As the Boxer Rebellion gains momentum, she must decide whether to abandon her Christian friends or to commit herself fully to Christianity.

The Brattle
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Dissident Gardens Signing

dgJonathan Lethem appears at the Brattle Theatre for a signing on Thursday October 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM.

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome National Book Critics Circle Award–winning author JONATHAN LETHEM for a reading of his novel, Dissident Gardens.

At the center of Jonathan Lethem’s novel stand two extraordinary women. Rose Zimmer, the aptly nicknamed Red Queen of Sunnyside, Queens, is an unreconstructed Communist and mercurial tyrant who terrorizes her neighborhood and her family with the ferocity of her personality and the absolutism of her beliefs. Her brilliant and willful daughter, Miriam, is equally passionate in her activism, but flees Rose’s suffocating influence and embraces the Age of Aquarius counterculture of Greenwich Village.

Both women cast spells that entrance or enchain the men in their lives: Rose’s aristocratic German Jewish husband, Albert; her nephew, the feckless chess hustler Lenny Angrush; Cicero Lookins, the brilliant son of her black cop lover; Miriam’s (slightly fraudulent) Irish folksinging husband, Tommy Gogan; their bewildered son, Sergius. These flawed, idealistic people all struggle to follow their own utopian dreams in an America where radicalism is viewed with bemusement, hostility, or indifference.

As the decades pass—from the parlor communism of the ’30s, McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, ragged ’70s communes, the romanticization of the Sandinistas, up to the Occupy movement of the moment—we come to understand through Lethem’s vivid storytelling that the personal may be political, but the political, even more so, is personal.

The Brattle
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Adventure Time Screening

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Artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb appear at the Brattle Theatre to host an Adventure Time screening on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 7pm! RSVP on Facebook!

Press Release:

Tickets for this special event are $10 general public; $8 students, seniors, members, and children 12 and under. No Brattle passes will be accepted. Click here for tickets!

Join us for this special evening delving deep into the universe of the hit Cartoon Network show, ADVENTURE TIME! We’ll be joined by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, the Eisner Award winning artists behind the Adventure Time comic book. Shelli and Braden will screen clips from their favorite episodes and discuss their process for illustrating the stories. There will also be a Q&A with the audience and time for a book signing. We’re excited to offer a special behind the scenes look into the wondrously surreal world of Jake the Dog and Finn the Human.

This event is co-presented with M.I.C.E. – the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo – which runs Sept 28 & 29 in Cambridge. For more information, please visit micexpo.org.

The Brattle
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Mr. Show Creators Sign

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David Cross and Bob Odenkirk appear with special guest Brian Posehn appear at the Brattle Theatre on Saturday September 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM!

SOLD OUT $10 tickets on sale August 20 at 9am

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome BOB ODENKIRK (Breaking Bad) and DAVID CROSS (Arrested Development) for a discussion of their book Hollywood Said No!: Orphaned Film hsnScripts, Bastard Scenes, and Abandoned Darlings from the Creators of Mr. Show.

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, creators of HBO’s classic sketch comedy show Mr. Show, present to you this collection of never-before-seen scripts and ideas that Hollywood couldn’t find the gumption to green-light. Simply put…

HOLLYWOOD SAID NO!

Since Mr. Show closed up shop, Bob and David have kept busy with many projects–acting in fun, successful, movies and TV shows, directing things, and complaining about stuff that didn’t turn out well to anyone who would listen, and even alone, in silence, inside their own heads. Hollywood Said No! reveals the full-length, never-before-seen scripts for Bob and David Make a Movie (fleshed out with brand-new storyboards by acclaimed artist Mike Mitchell) and Hooray For America!: a satirical power-house indictment of all that you hold dear. This tome also includes a bonus section of orphaned sketch ideas from the Mr. Show days and beyond, suitable for performance by church groups that aren’t all koo-koo about religion. Hollywood Said No!, is chock-full of comic twists, turns, and maybe a few hard truths. We said “maybe,” but what we mean was “probably not.”

Now, for the first time, take a peek at the scripts that didn’t get the go-ahead and ponder a world we can only dream about…and beyond!

The Brattle
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Indie Graphic Novels Panel

   

Graphic novelists CHARLES BURNS and CHRIS WARE and writer and graphic designer CHIP KIDD appear at the Brattle Theatre for a panel discussion on graphic novels on Thursday October 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM.

The authors will also discuss Charles Burns’s new book, The Hive, and Chris Ware’s new book, Building Stories.

$5 tickets available through Harvard Book Store

Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Are You My Mother? Book Tour

Acclaimed cartoonist Alison Bechdel goes on a book tour of North America to promote her new graphic memoir, Are You My Mother?

Tuesday May 1, 2012
Barnes & Noble, 7pm
2289 Broadway @ 82nd Street, New York City, NY

Wednesday May 2, 2012 
The Brattle Theatre, 6pm
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
Sponsored by the Harvard Bookstore
SOLD OUT 

Thursday May 3, 2012 
Free Library of Philadelphia, 7:30
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA

Friday May 4, 2012 
Politics & Prose, 7pm
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC

Saturday May 5, 2012 Toronto
Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Sunday May 6, 2012 
Left Bank Books, 4pm
321 N. 10th Street, St Louis, MO

Monday May 7, 2012
Boswell Book Co., 7pm
2559 N. Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI

Tuesday May 8, 2012 
Books Inc, 7pm
1760 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA

Wednesday May 9, 2012
The Booksmith, 7:30
1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA

Thursday May 10, 2012 
Los Angeles Public Library, 7pm
Format: On-stage interview with Deborah Vankin
Mark Taper Auditorium—Central Library
630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA

Friday May 11, 2012 
University Bookstore, 7pm
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA

Saturday May 12, 2012 
The Bagdad Theater, 5pm
3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR
Sponsored by Powell’s

Wednesday May 16, 2012 
Swedish American Museum, 7:30pm
5211 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL
Sponsored by Women and Children First Bookstore

MA – Health Care Reform Signing

Jonathan Gruber speaks at the Brattle Theatre on Wednesday January 25, 2012 at 6:00 PM.

$5 tickets available now

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is happy to welcome economist JONATHAN GRUBER for a discussion of his new book, Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, and How It Works.

Health Care Reform takes an original, accessible approach to educating Americans about the state of our country’s health care crisis by adopting the format of a comic book. As presented through Nathan Schrieber’s illustrations, the morass of health care reform is explained in humorous, decipherable terms.

The premise of the Affordable Care Act seemed promising: You won’t have to worry about going broke if you get sick. We will start to bring the costs of health care under control. And we will do all this while reducing the federal deficit. But from the moment President Obama signed the bill into law in 2010, a steady and mounting avalanche of misinformation about the ACA has left a growing majority of Americans confused about what it is, why it’s necessary, and how it works. If you’re one of them, buy this book. From how to tame the twin threats of rising costs and the increasing number of uninsured to why an insurance mandate is good for your health, Health Care Reform dispels false fears by arming you with facts.

“Jonathan Gruber, one of the country’s smartest health care minds, has brought the epic struggle of health reform to life. By explaining the challenges in our health care system as well as the benefits of the reform with imagination and verve, he accomplishes what many have tried and failed to do—he makes the case for health reform as an important achievement for the American people.” —Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress

The Brattle
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – The Ecstasy of Influence Signing

Novelist and sometime comic-writer Jonathan Lethem appears at the Brattle on Wednesday November 9, 2011 at 6pm.

$5 tickets available here.

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is excited to welcome novelist and essayist JONATHAN LETHEM for a discussion of his new collection of essays, The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.

What’s a novelist supposed to do with contemporary culture? And what’s contemporary culture sup­posed to do with novelists? In The Ecstasy of Influence, Jonathan Lethem, tangling with what he calls the “white elephant” role of the writer as public intellectual, arrives at an astonishing range of answers.

A constellation of previously published pieces and new essays as provocative and idiosyncratic as any he’s written, this volume sheds light on an array of topics from sex in cinema to drugs, graffiti, Bob Dylan, cyberculture, 9/11, book touring, and Marlon Brando, as well as on a shelf’s worth of his literary models and contemporaries: Norman Mailer, Paula Fox, Bret Easton Ellis, James Wood, and oth­ers. And, writing about Brooklyn, his father, and his sojourn through two decades of writing, Lethem sheds an equally strong light on himself.

The Brattle
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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