MA – Step Aside, Pops Signing

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Cartoonist Kate Beaton appears at the Brattle Theatre on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 6:00 PM! Tickets (which include the book) available at the link…

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes the creator of the popular webcomic Hark! A Vagrant KATE BEATON for a presentation of her latest comics collection, Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection.

Ida B. Wells, the Black Prince, and Benito Juárez burst off the pages of Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection, armed with modern-sounding quips and amusingly on-point repartee. Kate Beaton’s second D+Q book brings her hysterically funny gaze to bear on these and even more historical, literary, and contemporary figures. Irreverently funny and carefully researched, no target is safe from Beaton’s incisive wit in these satirical strips.

Beaton began her infectiously popular webcomic, Hark! A Vagrant, in 2007 and it quickly attracted the adoration of hundreds of thousands of fans. It was an unequivocal hit with critics and fans alike, topping best-of-the-year lists from E!, Amazon, Time, and more. Now Beaton returns with a refined pen, ready to make jokes at the expense of hunks, army generals, scientists, and Canadians in equal measure. With a few carefully placed lines, she captures the over-the-top evil of the straw feminists in the closet, the disgruntled dismay of Heathcliff, and Wonder Woman’s all-conquering ennui. Step Aside, Pops is sure to be the comedic hit of the year: sharp, insightful, and very funny.

The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen Signing

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Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes New Zealand–based graphic novelist DYLAN HORROCKS for a presentation of his latest graphic novel, Sam Zabel And The Magic Pen on Saturday September 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Dylan Horrocks returns with a long-awaited new graphic novel, the first since his perennial classic, 1998’s Hicksville. Cartoonist Sam Zabel hasn’t drawn a comic in years. Stuck in a nightmare of creative block and despair, Sam spends his days writing superhero stories for a large American comics publisher and staring at a blank piece of paper, unable to draw a single line. Then one day he finds a mysterious old comic book set on Mars and is suddenly thrown headlong into a wild, fantastic journey through centuries of comics, stories, and imaginary worlds. Accompanied by a young webcomic creator named Alice and an enigmatic schoolgirl with rocket boots and a bag full of comics, Sam goes in search of the Magic Pen, encountering sex-crazed aliens, medieval monks, pirates, pixies and—of course—cartoonists. Funny, erotic, and thoughtful, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen explores the pleasures, dangers, and moral consequences of fantasy.

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-1515

MA – Mindy Kaling Speaks

mindy-kaling-why-not-mePress Release:

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

Tickets go on sale online only at mindykaling.eventbrite.com 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 – Jack Reacher Signing

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Author Lee Child appears in conversation with Stephen King at the Sanders Theatre on Wednesday September 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM to present Child’s new novel MAKE ME.

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is thrilled to welcome internationally bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels LEE CHILD and world-renowned author STEPHEN KING for a discussion of Lee Child’s latest book in the Jack Reacher series, Make Me. A book signing with Lee Child will follow the discussion.

Tickets

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 11 at 12 noon through the Harvard Box Office only:
-in person at the Smith Campus Center (1350 Mass Ave, Cambridge MA 02138)
-over the phone at 617.496.2222
-online at www.boxoffice.harvard.edu

Tickets are $32. Each ticket includes a copy of Make Me by Lee Child. These copies of the book may only be picked up at the venue the night of the event, and cannot be picked up in-store beforehand.

Book Signing

Lee Child will be signing copies of Make Me following the talk. A limited quantity of pre-signed copies of Make Me will also be available.
Those joining the signing line may each bring up to two (2) additional Lee Child books from home to be signed.
Please note: Stephen King will not be joining the book signing.

About Make Me

“Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?” That’s all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It’s a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, and sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.

Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, and there’s something about Chang . . . so he teams up with her and starts to ask around. He thinks: How bad can this thing be? But before long he’s plunged into a desperate race through LA, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco, and through the hidden parts of the internet, up against thugs and assassins every step of the way—right back to where he started, in Mother’s Rest, where he must confront the worst nightmare he could imagine.

Walking away would have been easier. But as always, Reacher’s rule is: If you want me to stop, you’re going to have to make me.

Sanders Theatre
45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Tor Authors Signing

Press Release:

tor-booksHarvard Book Store welcomes Tor authors ELIZABETH BEAR, JAMES CAMBIAS, MAX GLADSTONE, and BRIAN STAVELEY for a panel discussion of their books Karen Memory, Corsair, Last First Snow, and The Providence of Fire on Tuesday July 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Winner of the Locus Award for best science fiction publisher 20 years in a row, Tor Books is the most successful science fiction and fantasy publisher in the world.
On Karen Memory:

Set in the late 19th century—when the city we now call Seattle Underground was the whole town (and still on the surface), when airships plied the trade routes, would-be gold miners were heading to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront, Karen is a young woman on her own, is making the best of her orphaned state by working in Madame Damnable’s high-quality bordello. Through Karen’s eyes we get to know the other girls in the house—a resourceful group—and the poor and the powerful of the town. Trouble erupts one night when a badly injured girl arrives at their door, beggin sanctuary, followed by the man who holds her indenture, and who has a machine that can take over anyone’s mind and control their actions. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the next night brings a body dumped in their rubbish heap—a streetwalker who has been brutally murdered.

Bear brings alive this Jack-the-Ripper yarn of the old west with a light touch in Karen’s own memorable voice, and a mesmerizing evocation of classic steam-powered science.
On Corsair:

In the early 2020s, two young, genius computer hackers, Elizabeth Santiago and David Schwartz, meet at MIT, where Schwartz is sneaking into classes, and have a brief affair. David is amoral and out for himself, and soon disappears. Elizabeth dreams of technology and space travel and takes a military job after graduating. Nearly ten years later, David is setting himself to become a billionaire by working in the shadows under a multiplicity of names for international thieves, and Elizabeth works in intelligence preventing international space piracy. With robotic mining in space becoming a lucrative part of Earth’s economy, shipments from space are dropped down the gravity well into the oceans. David and Elizabeth fight for dominance of the computer systems controlling ore drop placement in international waters. If David can nudge a shipment 500 miles off its target, his employers can get there first and claim it legally in the open sea. Each one intuits that the other is their real competition but can’t prove it. And when Elizabeth loses a major shipment, she leaves government employ to work for a private space company to find a better way to protect shipments. But international piracy has very high stakes and some very evil players. And both Elizabeth and David end up in a world of trouble.
On Last First Snow:

Last First Snow is the fourth novel set in Max Gladstone’s compellingly modern fantasy world of the Craft Sequence.

Forty years after the God Wars, Dresediel Lex bears the scars of liberation–especially in the Skittersill, a poor district still bound by the fallen gods’ decaying edicts. As long as the gods’ wards last, they strangle development; when they fail, demons will be loosed upon the city. The King in Red hires Elayne Kevarian of the Craft firm Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao to fix the wards, but the Skittersill’s people have their own ideas. A protest rises against Elayne’s work, led by Temoc, a warrior-priest turned community organizer who wants to build a peaceful future for his city, his wife, and his young son.

As Elayne drags Temoc and the King in Red to the bargaining table, old wounds reopen, old gods stir in their graves, civil blood breaks to new mutiny, and profiteers circle in the desert sky. Elayne and Temoc must fight conspiracy, dark magic, and their own demons to save the peace—or failing that, to save as many people as they can.

On The Providence of Fire:

Brian Staveley’s Providence of Fire, the second novel in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, a gripping new epic fantasy series.

The conspiracy to destroy the ruling family of the Annurian Empire is far from over.
Having learned the identity of her father’s assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.

Unknown to Adare, her brother Valyn, renegade member of the empire’s most elite fighting force, has allied with the invading nomads. The terrible choices each of them has made may make war between them inevitable.

Between Valyn and Adare is their brother Kaden, rightful heir to the Unhewn Throne, who has infiltrated the Annurian capital with the help of two strange companions. The knowledge they possess of the secret history that shapes these events could save Annur or destroy it.

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-1515

MA – The Magician’s Land Signing

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Harvard Book Store welcomes the award-winning author of The Magicians Trilogy LEV GROSSMAN and the acclaimed author of The Wicked Years series GREGORY MAGUIRE for a discussion of the paperback release of Lev’s book The Magician’s Land on Wednesday June 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM. This event includes a book signing.

About the book:

Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can’t hide from his past, and it’s not long before it comes looking for him.

Along with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of gray magic and desperate characters. But all roads lead back to Fillory, and his new life takes him to old haunts, like Antarctica, and to buried secrets and old friends he thought were lost forever. He uncovers the key to a sorcery masterwork, a spell that could create magical utopia, a new Fillory—but casting it will set in motion a chain of events that will bring Earth and Fillory crashing together. To save them he will have to risk sacrificing everything.

The Magician’s Land is an intricate thriller, a fantastical epic, and an epic of love and redemption that brings the Magicians trilogy to a magnificent conclusion, confirming it as one of the great achievements in modern fantasy. It’s the story of a boy becoming a man, an apprentice becoming a master, and a broken land finally becoming whole.

$5 tickets on sale on May 19 at 9am

The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Colonial Comics Signing

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Eisner Award nominee JASON RODRIGUEZ and local writer J. L. BELL appear at the Harvard Book Store on Wednesday April 22, 2015 7:00 PM for a discussion of Rodriguez’s latest work, Colonial Comics: New England 1620-1750. A book signing will follow. This event is free; no tickets are required.

Colonial Comics is a graphic novel collection of twenty stories focusing on the colonial period from 1620 through 1750 in New England. These illustrated stories focus on tales you cannot find in history books. Includes stories about free thinkers, Pequots, Jewish settlers, female business owners and dedicated school teachers, whales and livestock, slavery and frontiers, and many other aspects of colonial life.

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-1515

MA – Vericon XV Signings

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Sci-fi/fantasy authors Ken Liu, Will McIntosh, Mary Kowal, Jo Walton, BL Marsh, Luke Scull, Daniel José Older, and ML Brennan appear at Harvard Book Store on Saturday March 21, 2015 as part of Vericon XV!

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is pleased to host book signings (open to all!) with this year’s featured authors at Harvard University’s Vericon XV.

Vericon is an annual science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction convention, featuring awesome events like book signings, movie screenings, and author panels. Past guests have included George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson and Tamora Pierce. This year’s guests include Ken Liu, Will McIntosh, Mary Kowal, Jo Walton, BL Marsh, Luke Scull, Daniel José Older, and ML Brennan. Learn more at vericon.org.

Vericon XV will run from Friday March 20th to Sunday March 22nd. Events usually go from 10 in the morning until 8 at night, though this varies throughout the weekend.

Most events take place at Sever Hall or Lowell Lecture hall, with book signings here at Harvard Book Store. Signings will take place on Saturday afternoon. Books for the signing will be on sale in Harvard Book Store all day Saturday.

Signing Schedule:
1:00pm–1:30pm: Ken Liu & Will McIntosh
1:45–2:15: Mary Kowal & Jo Walton
2:30–3:00: BL Marsh & Luke Scull
3:15–3:45: Daniel José Older & ML Brennan

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-1515

MA – The Sculptor Signing

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Scott McCloud appears in conversation with Hilary L. Chute at the Brattle Theatre on Thursday February 5, 2015 at 6:00 PM! Tickets ($5.00) on sale January 13, 2015!

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes the award-winning author of Understanding Comics SCOTT MCCLOUD for a discussion of his latest graphic novel, The Sculptor.

David Smith is giving his life for his art—literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the 11th hour isn’t making it any easier!

This is a story of desire taken to the edge of reason and beyond; of the frantic, clumsy dance steps of young love; and a gorgeous, street-level portrait of the world’s greatest city. It’s about the small, warm, human moments of everyday life… and the great surging forces that lie just under the surface. Scott McCloud wrote the book on how comics work; now he vaults into great fiction with a breathtaking, funny, and unforgettable new work.

The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – The Secret History of Wonder Woman Signing

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Jill Lepore appears at the Brattle Theatre on Wednesday December 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM! Tickets ($5.00) on sale now!

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed author and Harvard University professor JILL LEPORE for a discussion of her latest book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman is a riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism.

Wonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast and wildly passionate a following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also has a secret history.

Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman’s creator. Beginning in his undergraduate years at Harvard, Marston was influenced by early suffragists and feminists, starting with Emmeline Pankhurst, who was banned from speaking on campus in 1911, when Marston was a freshman. In the 1920s, Marston and his wife, Sadie Elizabeth Holloway, brought into their home Olive Byrne, the niece of Margaret Sanger, one of the most influential feminists of the twentieth century. The Marston family story is a tale of drama, intrigue, and irony. In the 1930s, Marston and Byrne wrote a regular column for Family Circle celebrating conventional family life, even as they themselves pursued lives of extraordinary nonconformity. Marston, internationally known as an expert on truth—he invented the lie detector test—lived a life of secrets, only to spill them on the pages of Wonder Woman.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman 
is a tour de force of intellectual and cultural history. Wonder Woman, Lepore argues, is the missing link in the history of the struggle for women’s rights—a chain of events that begins with the women’s suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later.

This talk will be followed by a screening of the 1974 Wonder Woman pilot (an archival 35mm print!) at 8pm, with an introduction by Jill Lepore. Tickets for the screening are available separately, through the Brattle Theatre.

(1974) dir Vincent McEveety w/Cathy Lee Crosby, Kaz Garas, Andrew Prine, Ricardo Montelban [73 min; 35mm]

This failed pilot for the WONDER WOMAN TV series captures a bit of the spirit of the classic DC comic book character – if not entirely accurately. As evidenced by the successful re-casting of Lynda Carter in the role one year later, America just didn’t like seeing a blonde Wonder Woman, let alone one who didn’t seem to have any superpowers. Regardless, the resulting film is prime ‘70s kitsch and a fun watch on the big screen.

The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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