MA – Strange Fruit Signing

hbsJoel Christian Gill signs at Harvard Book Store on Wednesday June 18, 2014  at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes founder of Strange Fruit Comics JOEL CHRISTIAN GILL for a discussion of Strange Fruit, Volume I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History.

Strange Fruit, Volume I is a collection of stories from African American history that exemplifies success in the face of great adversity. This unique graphic anthology offers historical and cultural commentary on nine uncelebrated heroes whose stories are not often found in history books. Among the stories included are: Henry “Box” Brown, who escaped from slavery by mailing himself to Philadelphia; Alexander Crummel and the Noyes Academy, the first integrated school in America, established in the 1830s; Marshall “Major” Taylor, a.k.a. the Black Cyclone, the first black champion in any sport; and Bass Reeves, the most successful lawman in the Old West. Written and illustrated by Joel Christian Gill, the diverse art beautifully captures the spirit of each remarkable individual and opens a window into an important part of American history.

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

MA – Comics: A Global History Signing

cghDan Mazur and Alexander Danner appear at Harvard Book Store on Friday June 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes co-founder of the Boston Comics Roundtable DAN MAZUR and ALEXANDER DANNER, teacher of the course “Writing the Graphic Novel” at Emerson College, for a discussion of their book Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present.

Comics, manga, bandes dessinées, fumetti, tebeo, historietas… no matter the name, they have been a powerful medium across four continents for decades. This is the history of comics around the world from the late 1960s to the dawn of the 21st century.

Comics is a richly illustrated narrative of extraordinary scope. Examples from all over the world include everything from Crumb and Kirby to RAW; from Metal Hurlant to Marjane Satrapi to nouvelle manga; from both the American mainstream and underground to the evolving and influential British scene. The images here are bright and colorful, dark and brooding, arresting and pleasant, all at the same time. An unprecedented collection includes around 260 expertly chosen illustrations, many reproduced in full-page format for more sophisticated analysis.

The authors, two uniquely positioned and knowledgeable authorities, are the first to write a broadly comprehensive history of this most accessible, democratic, and occasionally subversive modern popular art form, displaying an intimate familiarity with schools and styles, writers, artists, and companies across countries and generations. In showing us both post-apocalyptic dreamscapes and portraits of the everyday, Comics looks at this thirty-plus year period through a very unique lens.

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

MA – Carsick Signing

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Filmmaker John Waters appears in conversation with Robin Young at the Brattle Theatre on Saturday June 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM!

Tickets $28.00 – On Sale online courtesy of Harvard Book Store SOLD OUT

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes filmmaker and author JOHN WATERS and NPR’s ROBIN YOUNG for a discussion of Waters’ book Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America.

John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads “I’m Not Psycho,” he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?

Before he leaves for this bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios: a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in jail. So what really happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces the open road? His real-life rides include a gentle eighty-one-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker’s unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette.

Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion—and a celebration of America’s weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.

**UPDATE**

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome filmmaker and author JOHN WATERS for a signing of his book Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America. The signing is open to the public and will take place beginning at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 14. Arrive early to ensure your spot in line!

This is a book signing only.

Customers who wish to join the signing line must have at least one copy of Carsick with proof of purchase from Harvard Book Store.

The Brattle
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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 – Vericon 2014 Signings

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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 XIV.

Vericon is an annual science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction convention, featuring awesome events like book signings, movie screenings, and author panels. Vericon XIV will run from Friday March 21st to Sunday March 23rd. 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 March 22nd afternoon.

Signing Schedule: 

1:00–2:00: Patrick Rothfuss

1:45–2:15: Jo Walton and Scott Lynch

2:30–3:00: M.L. Brennan, Saladin Ahmed, Max Gladstone

3:15–3:45: Luke Scull, Greer Gilman

Harvard Book Store 
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – One More Thing Signing

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B.J. Novak (The Office, Saving Mr. Banks) signs One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories at Harvard Book Store on Monday February 10th.

The signing is open to the public and will take place from 12:30 to 1:30pm on Monday, February 10. Arrive early to ensure your spot in line! The signing will end promptly at 1:30pm and is in addition to our sold out Brattle Theatre event that evening.

Can’t make it to the signing? Order a signed book for in-store pickup or shipment throughout the United States.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a book signing only. Customers who wish to join the signing line must have at least one copy of One More Thing with proof of purchase from Harvard Book Store. Mr. Novak will NOT be signing any materials other than the book. Stay tuned for more details on signing line rules.

Our 6pm Brattle Theatre event with B.J. Novak is SOLD OUT and there will be no standby line.

Harvard Book Store 
1256 Massachusetts Ave., 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 – Vericon Author Signings

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Vericon is a science-fiction, fantasy, gaming, and anime convention featuring many events and distinguished guest speakers. It has been held annually at Harvard University since 2001. The thirteenth Vericon will take place on Friday through Sunday, March 22 to 24.

Harvard Book Store will host author signings with Vericon writers on Saturday March 23, 2013. Stay tuned for updates!

Signing Schedule:

2:30-3:15pm: Shira Lipkin, Jennifer Pelland, Greer Gilman
3:30-4:15pm: Tamora Pierce and Jo Walton
4:30-5:15pm: N.K. Jemisin, Seanan McGuire, and Jeffrey Carver

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store 
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

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