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.

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MA – The Magician’s Land Signing

magicians-landPress Release:

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

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40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Colonial Comics Signing


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.

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MA – Vericon XV Signings


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 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

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MA – The Sculptor Signing


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.

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40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – The Secret History of Wonder Woman Signing


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.

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40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Outside the Box Signing


Hillary L. Chute signs at Harvard Book Store on Tuesday October 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago HILLARY L. CHUTE for a discussion of her book Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists and the latest issue of Critical Inquiry, Comics & Media.

On Outside the Box:
We are living in a golden age of cartoon art. Never before has graphic storytelling been so prominent or garnered such respect: critics and readers alike agree that contemporary cartoonists are creating some of the most innovative and exciting work in all the arts.

For nearly a decade Hillary L. Chute has been sitting down for extensive interviews with the leading figures in comics, and with Outside the Box she offers fans a chance to share her ringside seat. Chute’s in-depth discussions with twelve of the most prominent and accomplished artists and writers in comics today reveal a creative community that is richly interconnected yet fiercely independent, its members sharing many interests and approaches while working with wildly different styles and themes. Chute’s subjects run the gamut of contemporary comics practice, from underground pioneers like Art Spiegelman and Lynda Barry, to the analytic work of Scott McCloud, the journalism of Joe Sacco, and the extended narratives of Alison Bechdel, Charles Burns, and more. They reflect on their experience and innovations, the influence of peers and mentors, the reception of their art and the growth of critical attention, and the crucial place of print amid the encroachment of the digital age.

Beautifully illustrated in full-color, and featuring three never-before-published interviews—including the first published conversation between Art Spiegelman and Chris Ware—Outside the Box will be a landmark volume, a close-up account of the rise of graphic storytelling and a testament to its vibrant creativity.

On Comics & Media:
The past decade has seen the medium of comics reach unprecedented heights of critical acclaim and commercial success. Comics & Media reflects that, bringing together an amazing array of contributors–creators and critics alike–to discuss the state, future, and potential of the medium.
Loaded with full-color reproductions of work by such legends as R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel, Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, and Lynda Barry, the book addresses the place of comics in both a contemporary and historical context. Essays by such high-profile figures as Tom Gunning, N. Katherine Hayles, Patrick Jagoda, and W. J. T. Mitchell address a stunning range of topics, including the place of comics in the history of aesthetics, changes to popular art forms, digital humanities, and ongoing tensions between new and old media. The result is a substantial step forward for our understanding of what comics are and can be, and the growing place they hold in our culture.

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MA – The Book with No Pictures Signing


B.J. Novak (The Office, Amazing Spider-Man 2) appears at the Brattle Theatre on Thursday October 2, 2014 at 6:00 PM!

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store and 826 Boston welcome back actor, writer, and humorist B.J. NOVAK for a reading from his first book for kids, the innovative The Book with No Pictures. Tickets are on sale online only at

You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . .


Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY.

Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.)

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40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Shoplifter/Sugar Skull Signing


Indie cartoonists Michael Cho and Charles Burns appear at the Harvard Book Store on Tuesday September 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM to sign their new graphic novels Shoplifter and Sugar Skull!

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MA – Hip Hop Family Tree Signing


Ed Piskor signs at Harvard Book Store on Monday September 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store and the Hiphop Archive & Research Institute at Harvard University welcome acclaimed graphic novelist ED PISKOR for a discussion of Hip Hop Family Tree Book 1: 1970s-198, and Hip Hop Family Tree Book 2: 1981-1983, the latest installment in his five-volume series.

On Hip Hop Family Tree Book 1:

The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great American mythological medium—the comic book? From exciting young talent and self-proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor, acclaimed for his hacker graphic novel Wizzywig, comes this explosively entertaining, encyclopedic history of the formative years of the music genre that changed global culture. Originally serialized on the hugely popular website Boing Boing, The Hip Hop Family Tree is now collected in a single volume cleverly presented and packaged in a style mimicking the Marvel comics of the same era. Piskor’s exuberant yet controlled cartooning takes you from the parks and rec rooms of the South Bronx to the night clubs, recording studios, and radio stations where the scene started to boom, capturing the flavor of late-1970s New York City in panels bursting with obsessively authentic detail. With a painstaking, vigorous and engaging Ken Burns meets- Stan Lee approach, the battles and rivalries, the technical innovations, the triumphs and failures are all thoroughly researched and lovingly depicted.  plus the charismatic players behind the scenes like Russell Simmons, Sylvia Robinson and then-punker Rick Rubin. Piskor also traces graffiti master Fab 5 Freddy’s rise in the art world, and Debbie Harry, Keith Haring, The Clash, and other luminaries make cameos as the music and culture begin to penetrate downtown Manhattan and the mainstream at large. Like the acclaimed hip hop documentaries Style Wars and ScratchThe Hip Hop Family Tree is an exciting and essential cultural chronicle and a must for hip hop fans, pop-culture addicts, and anyone who wants to know how it went down back in the day.

On Hip Hop Family Tree Book 2:

Covering the early years of 1981-1983, Hip Hop has made a big transition from the parks and rec rooms to downtown clubs and vinyl records. The performers make moves to separate themselves from the paying customers by dressing more and more flamboyant until a young group called RUN-DMC comes on the scene to take things back to the streets. This volume covers hits like Afrika Bambaataa’s Planet Rock, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s the Message, the movie Wildstyle and introduces superstars like NWA, The Beastie Boys, Doug E Fresh, KRS One, ICE T, and early Public Enemy. Cameos by Dolemite, LL Cool J, Notorious BIG, and New Kids on the Block.

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