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

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

MA – New York Drawings Signing

Adrian Tomine signs at Harvard Book Store on Thursday October 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes cartoonist and illustrator ADRIAN TOMINE for a discussion of his latest book, New York Drawings.

Two strangers, both reading the same novel, share a fleeting glance between passing subway cars. A bookstore owner locks eyes with a neighbor as she receives an Amazon package. Strangers are united by circumstance as they wait on the subway stairs for a summer storm to pass.

Adrian Tomine’s illustrations and comics have been appearing for more than a decade in the pages (and on the cover) of The New Yorker. Instantly recognizable for their deceptively simple and evocative style, these images have garnered the attention of The New Yorker’s readership and the approbation of such venerable institutions as the Art Directors Club and American Illustration.

New York Drawings is a loving homage to the city that Tomine, a West Coast transplant, has called home for the past seven years. This lavish, beautifully designed volume collects every cover, comic, and illustration that he has produced for The New Yorker to date, along with an assortment of other rare and uncollected illustrations and sketches inspired by the city. Complete with notes and annotations by the author, New York Drawings will also feature a new introductory comic focusing on Tomine’s experiences as a New York illustrator.

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

MA – Alif the Unseen Signing

Writer G. Willow Wilson signs at Harvard Book Store on Wednesday July 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome graphic novelist and memoirist G. WILLOW WILSON for a reading of her new book, Alif the Unseen.

In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients—dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups—from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif—the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the State’s electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line. Then it turns out his lover’s new fiancé is the head of State security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground.

When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen. With shades of Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, and The Thousand and One Nights, Alif the Unseen is a tour de force—a sophisticated melting pot of ideas, philosophy, religion, technology and spirituality smuggled inside an irresistible page-turner.

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., 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 – Are You My Mother? Signing

 

Alison Bechdel signs at the Brattle on Wednesday May 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM!

Click here for tickets ($5.00)  SOLD OUT

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is excited to welcome acclaimed memoirist and cartoonist ALISON BECHDEL for a discussion of her new memoir, Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama.

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel’s childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven.

Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It’s a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.

The Brattle
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Dust to Dust Signing

Actor Benjamin Busch (The Wire) signs his memoir at Harvard Book Store on Tuesday April 17 at 7:00pm!

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is delighted to welcome actor, photographer, director, and U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer BENJAMIN BUSCH for a discussion of his memoir, Dust to Dust.

Dust to Dust is an extraordinary memoir about ordinary things: life and death, peace and war, the adventures of childhood and the revelations of adulthood. Busch—a decorated U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer who served two combat tours in Iraq, an actor on The Wire, and the son of celebrated novelist Frederick Busch—has crafted a lasting book to stand with the finest work of Tim O’Brien or Annie Dillard.

In elemental-themed chapters—water, metal, bone, blood—Busch weaves together a vivid record of a pastoral childhood in rural New York; Marine training in North Carolina, Ukraine, and California; and deployment during the worst of the war in Iraq, as seen firsthand. But this is much more than a war memoir. Busch writes with great poignancy about the resonance of a boyhood spent exploring rivers and woods, building forts, and testing the limits of safety. Most of all, he brings enormous emotional power to his reflections on mortality: in a helicopter going down; wounded by shrapnel in Ramadi; dealing with the sudden death of friends in combat and of parents back home.

Dust to Dust is an unforgettable meditation on life and loss, and how the curious children we were remain alive in us all.

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

MA – Vericon 2012 Signing

Thomas Sniegoski, Lev Grossman, R.L. Stine, Vernor Vinge and Greer Gilman sign at Harvard Book Store on Saturday March 17, 2012.

Press Release:

Vericon, Harvard University’s annual sci-fi and fantasy convention, celebrates science-fiction, fantasy, gaming, and anime and features many events and distinguished guest speakers. The twelfth Vericon will take place from Friday, March 16 to Sunday, March 18.

Harvard Book Store is excited to partner with the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association to host a series of book signings with featured authors.

1:00–1:45: Greer Gilman and Thomas Sniegoski

2:00–3:00: Lev Grossman, R.L. Stine, and Vernor Vinge

For more information about Vericon and a full schedule of events, click here!

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

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

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