MA – A Gambler’s Anatomy Signing

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Harvard Book Store welcomes novelist JONATHAN LETHEM, the New York Times bestselling author of Dissident Gardens and Motherless Brooklyn, for a discussion of his latest book, A Gambler’s Anatomy. This event will be held at the Cambridge Public Library on Thursday, October 20th at 6:30 PM.

About A Gambler’s Anatomy:

The author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude returns with a devilishly entertaining novel about an international backgammon hustler who thinks he’s psychic. Too bad about the tumor in his face.

Handsome, impeccably tuxedoed Bruno Alexander travels the world winning large sums of money from amateur “whales” who think they can challenge his peerless acumen at backgammon. Fronted by his pasty, vampiric manager, Edgar Falk, Bruno arrives in Berlin after a troubling run of bad luck in Singapore. Perhaps it was the chance encounter with his crass childhood acquaintance Keith Stolarsky and his smoldering girlfriend Tira Harpaz. Or perhaps it was the emergence of a blot that distorts his vision so he has to look at the board sideways.

Things don’t go much better in Berlin. Bruno’s flirtation with Madchen, the striking blonde he meets on the ferry, is inconclusive; the game at the unsettling Herr Kohler’s mansion goes awry as his blot grows worse; he passes out and is sent to the local hospital, where he is given an extremely depressing diagnosis. Having run through Falk’s money, Bruno turns to Stolarsky, who, for reasons of his own, agrees to fly Bruno to Berkeley, and to pay for the experimental surgery that might save his life.

Berkeley, where Bruno discovered his psychic abilities, and to which he vowed never to return. Amidst the patchouli flashbacks and Anarchist gambits of the local scene, between Tira’s come-ons and Keith’s machinations, Bruno confronts two existential questions: Is the gambler being played by life? And what if you’re telepathic but it doesn’t do you any good?

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Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 349-4040

MA – Mooncop Signing

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Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed cartoonist and illustrator Tom Gauld for a discussion of his latest graphic novel, MOONCOP, recounting the daily deadpan adventures of the last policeman living on the moon, on Thursday September 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

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

MA – An Evening with Alan Cumming

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Harvard Book Store welcomes memoirist and Tony Award–winning actor ALAN CUMMING on Sunday, September 25th at 6:00 PM to discuss his latest book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: My Life in Stories and Pictures—a magical concoction of his mischievous, tender, whimsical, and debauched real-life adventures, told in his own words and pictures. Mr. Cumming will be joined in-conversation by WGBH’s JARED BOWEN.

About You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams:

Described by the New York Times as “a bawdy countercultural sprite” and named one of the most fun people in show business by Time magazine, Alan Cumming is a genuine quadruple threat—an internationally acclaimed, award-winning star of stage, television, and film, as well as a New York Times best-selling author whose real-life vivacity, wit, and charm shine through every page of his third book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams. In these forty-five picture essays, Cumming recounts his real-life adventures (and often, misadventures), illustrated by his own equally entertaining photographs. From an awkward bonding session with Elizabeth Taylor to poignant stories about his family and friends to some harsh words of wisdom imparted by Oprah that make up the title of this collection, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams is as eclectic, enchanting, and alive as its author.

Tickets are available now at the link…

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First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-7772

MA – Mara Wilson Signing

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Harvard Book Store welcomes writer, playwright, and actress MARA WILSON for a discussion of her memoir, Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame at the Brattle Theatre on Thursday September 15, 2016 at 6:00 PM. Tickets at the link starting Aug. 9th…

She will also host a screening of MATILDA at 8:30 PM! Details at the link…

About Where Am I Now?
A former child actress best known for her starring roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and out of place: as the only kid on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, a Valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and a grown-up the world still remembers as a little girl. Tackling everything from what she learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place to discovering in adolescence that she was no longer “cute” enough for Hollywood, these essays chart her journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. They also illuminate universal struggles, like navigating love and loss, and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Honest, insightful, and hilarious, Where Am I Now? introduces Mara Wilson as a brilliant new chronicler of the experience that is growing up young and female.

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The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-6837

MA – The Fireman Signing

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Harvard Book Store welcomes JOE HILL, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box, on Tuesday May 17, 2016 at 6:00 PM for a reading from his latest novel, The Fireman. Tickets available at the link…

About The Fireman

From bestselling author Joe Hill comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.

The fireman is coming. Stay cool.

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.

Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.

In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.

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The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-6837

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 trialsofapollo.eventbrite.com 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 shop.harvard.com/trials-apollo-hidden-oracle-signed-pre-order. 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 – Dark Sparkler Signing

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Harvard Book Store and the Cambridge Public Library host an evening of poetry and conversation with poet and award-winning actress AMBER TAMBLYN and poet, critic, and Harvard professor STEPHEN BURT on Tuesday March 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30). The evening will include readings by Tamblyn and Burt, followed by a discussion of Tamblyn’s latest poetry collection, Dark Sparkler. This event includes a book signing and is free to the public; no tickets are required.

About Dark Sparkler:
The lives of more than twenty-five actresses lost before their time—from Marilyn Monroe to Brittany Murphy—explored in a haunting, provocative new work by an acclaimed poet and actress.

Amber Tamblyn is both an award-winning actress and an acclaimed poet. As such she is deeply fascinated—and intimately familiar—with the toll exacted from young women whose lives are offered in sacrifice as starlets. The stories of these actresses, both famous and obscure-tragic stories of suicide, murder, obscurity, and other forms of death—inspired this empathic and emotionally charged collection of new poetic work.

Featuring subjects from Marilyn Monroe and Frances Farmer to Dana Plato and Brittany Murphy—and paired with original artwork commissioned for the book by luminaries including David Lynch, Adrian Tomine, Marilyn Manson, and Marcel Dzama—Dark Sparkler is a surprising and provocative collection from a young artist of wide-ranging talent, culminating in an extended, confessional epilogue of astonishing candor and poetic command.

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 349-4040

MA – Vericon XVI Signing

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

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, Patrick Rothfuss, and Tamora Pierce. This year’s guests include Ann Leckie, Seth Dickinson, Fran Wilde, Greer Gilman, Pamela Dean, Jo Walton, and Wesley Chu. Learn more at vericon.org.

Vericon XVI will run from Friday, March 18th to Sunday, March 20th. 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 19, 2016. Books for the signing will be available for purchase at Harvard Book Store all day Saturday.

Signing Schedule:
1:00-2:00: Ann Leckie
1:45-2:15: Seth Dickinson & Fran Wilde
2:30-3:00: Greer Gilman & Pamela Dean
3:15-3:45: Jo Walton & Wesley Chu

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

MA – Disaster Drawn Signing

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Harvard Book Store and the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard welcome comics scholar and University of Chicago professor HILLARY L. CHUTE for a discussion of her latest book, Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form on Friday February 19, 2016 at 3:00 PM.
About Disaster Drawn

In hard-hitting accounts of Auschwitz, Bosnia, Palestine, and Hiroshima’s Ground Zero, comics display a stunning capacity to bear witness to trauma. Investigating how hand-drawn comics has come of age as a serious medium for engaging history, Disaster Drawn explores the ways graphic narratives by diverse artists, including Jacques Callot, Francisco Goya, Keiji Nakazawa, Art Spiegelman, and Joe Sacco, document the disasters of war.

Hillary L. Chute traces how comics inherited graphic print traditions and innovations from the seventeenth century and later, pointing out that at every turn new forms of visual-verbal representation have arisen in response to the turmoil of war. Modern nonfiction comics emerged from the shattering experience of World War II, developing in the 1970s with Art Spiegelman’s first “Maus” story about his immigrant family’s survival of Nazi death camps and with Hiroshima survivor Keiji Nakazawa’s inaugural work of “atomic bomb manga,” the comic book i>Ore Wa Mita (“I Saw It”)—a title that alludes to Goya’s famous Disasters of War etchings.

Chute explains how the form of comics—its collection of frames—lends itself to historical narrative. By interlacing multiple temporalities over the space of the page or panel, comics can place pressure on conventional notions of causality. Aggregating and accumulating frames of information, comics calls attention to itself as evidence. Disaster Drawn demonstrates why, even in the era of photography and film, people understand hand-drawn images to be among the most powerful forms of historical witness.

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

MA – Graphic Novel Night

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Harvard Book Store welcomes illustrator and co-author of Women in Clothes LEANNE SHAPTON and Optic Nerve cartoonist ADRIAN TOMINE for a discussion of their graphic novels Was She Pretty? and Killing and Dying on Thursday February 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

About Was She Pretty?

What’s left when a relationship ends? Where does jealousy come from? Delicately and sensitively, Leanne Shapton (Swimming Studies) ruminates on ex-lovers, and our lovers’ ex-lovers. A few expressive pencil lines outline a long-abandoned winter coat here, an ineffably alluring Mona Lisa smile there. Each double page describes the way all exes are captured: as impossible to live up to as a Polaroid taken at a flattering angle.
This new paperback edition of Was She Pretty? brings the reader deep into a circle of phantoms: its intimate liaisons, embarrassing secrets, and sardonic anecdotes. Shapton introduces the obsessives and the dilettantes, the poets and the actresses, the people with great hair and the people with idiosyncratic clothes. As funny as it is insightful, Was She Pretty? speaks to a central human concern: How do we compare? Elegantly drawn and perfectly narrated, the pages of Was She Pretty? are a testimonial to the power of observation and misapprehension.

About Killing and Dying:

Killing and Dying is a stunning showcase of the possibilities of the graphic novel medium and a wry exploration of loss, creative ambition, identity, and family dynamics. With this work, Adrian Tomine (Shortcomings, Scenes from an Impending Marriage) reaffirms his place not only as one of the most significant creators of contemporary comics but as one of the great voices of modern American literature. His gift for capturing emotion and intellect resonates here: the weight of love and its absence, the pride and disappointment of family, the anxiety and hopefulness of being alive in the twenty-first century.

“Amber Sweet” shows the disastrous impact of mistaken identity in a hyper-connected world; “A Brief History of the Art Form Known as Hortisculpture” details the invention and destruction of a vital new art form in short comic strips; “Translated, from the Japanese” is a lush, full-color display of storytelling through still images; the title story, “Killing and Dying,” centers on parenthood, mortality, and stand-up comedy. In six interconnected, darkly funny stories, Tomine forms a quietly moving portrait of contemporary life.

Tomine is a master of the small gesture, equally deft at signaling emotion via a subtle change of expression or writ large across landscapes illustrated in full color. Killing and Dying is a fraught, realist masterpiece.

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

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