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

MA – The Ecstasy of Influence Signing

Novelist and sometime comic-writer Jonathan Lethem appears at the Brattle on Wednesday November 9, 2011 at 6pm.

$5 tickets available here.

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is excited to welcome novelist and essayist JONATHAN LETHEM for a discussion of his new collection of essays, The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.

What’s a novelist supposed to do with contemporary culture? And what’s contemporary culture sup­posed to do with novelists? In The Ecstasy of Influence, Jonathan Lethem, tangling with what he calls the “white elephant” role of the writer as public intellectual, arrives at an astonishing range of answers.

A constellation of previously published pieces and new essays as provocative and idiosyncratic as any he’s written, this volume sheds light on an array of topics from sex in cinema to drugs, graffiti, Bob Dylan, cyberculture, 9/11, book touring, and Marlon Brando, as well as on a shelf’s worth of his literary models and contemporaries: Norman Mailer, Paula Fox, Bret Easton Ellis, James Wood, and oth­ers. And, writing about Brooklyn, his father, and his sojourn through two decades of writing, Lethem sheds an equally strong light on himself.

The Brattle
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Big Shamrock Signs

Shaquille O’Neal signs at Harvard Book Store on Saturday November 19, 2011 at 1:00 PM!

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is very pleased to welcome basketball legend SHAQUILLE O’NEAL for a signing of his new book, Shaq Uncut: My Story.

Superman. Diesel. The Big Aristotle. Shaq Fu. The Big Daddy. The Big Shaqtus. Wilt Chamberneezy. The Real Deal. The Big Shamrock. Shaq.

You know him by any number of names, and chances are you know all about his legendary basketball career: Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal is a four-time NBA champion and a three-time NBA Finals MVP. After being an All-American at Louisiana State University, he was the overall number one draft pick in the NBA in 1992. In his 19-year career, Shaq racked up 28,596 career points (including 5,935 free throws!), 13,099 rebounds, 3,026 assists, 2,732 blocks, and 15 All-Star appearances.

These are statistics that are almost as massive as the man himself. His presence-both physically and psychologically-made him a dominant force in the game for two decades. But if you follow the game, you also know that there’s a lot more to Shaquille O’Neal than just basketball.

Shaq is famous for his playful, and at times, provocative personality. He is, literally, outsize in both scale and persona. Whether rapping on any of his five albums, challenging celebrities on his hit television show “Shaq Vs.,” studying for his PhD or serving as a reserve police officer, there’s no question that Shaq has led a unique and multi-dimensional life. And in this rollicking new autobiography, Shaq discusses his remarkable journey, including his candid thoughts on teammates and coaches like Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, Phil Jackson, and Pat Riley.

From growing up in difficult circumstances and getting cut from his high school basketball team to his larger-than-life basketball career, Shaq lays it all out in Shaq Uncut: My Story.

Please note: This is a book signing only. Customers who wish to join the signing line must have at least one copy of Shaq: Uncut with proof of purchase from Harvard Book Store. Shaq will not be personalizing books or signing any materials other than the book. Photographs can only be taken from the line, Shaq will not be posing for pictures.

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

MA – Drama Signing

John Lithgow signs on Friday September 30, 2011 at 7:00 PM. $5 tickets available at the link.

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is thrilled to welcome award-winning actor, bestselling children’s book author, and now memoirist JOHN LITHGOW for a reading from Drama: An Actor’s Education.

John Lithgow’s memoir, among other things, is a tribute to his most important influence: his father, Arthur Lithgow, who, as an actor, director, producer, and great lover of Shakespeare, brought theater to John’s boyhood. From bedtime stories to Arthur’s illustrious productions, performance and storytelling were constant and cherished parts of family life. Drama tells of the Lithgows’ countless moves between Arthur’s gigs—John attended eight secondary schools before flourishing onstage at Harvard—and details with sharp recollection the moments that introduced a budding young actor to the undeniable power of theater.

Before Lithgow gained fame with the film The World According to Garp and the television show 3rd Rock from the Sun, his early years were full of scenes both hilarious and bittersweet. A shrewd acting performance saved him from duty in Vietnam. His involvement with a Broadway co-star brought an end to his first marriage. The theater worlds of New York and London come alive as Lithgow relives his collaborations with renowned performers and directors, including Mike Nichols, Bob Fosse, Liv Ullmann, and Meryl Streep. His ruminations on the nature of theater, film acting, and storytelling cut to the heart of why actors are driven to perform, and why people are driven to watch them do it.

First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Habibi Signing

Craig Thompson discusses and signs his long-awaited graphic novel at the Brattle Theatre (40 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA 02138) on Wednesday September 21, 2011 at 6:00 PM!  Hosted by the Harvard Book Store. Tickets go on sale September 1st! ($5 click the link)

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Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is thrilled to host Harvey and Eisner Award–winning graphic novelist CRAIG THOMPSON for a discussion of his newest work, Habibi, an Arabian Nights–like love story.

Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth—and frailty—of their connection.

Craig Thompson’s previous graphic novels include Blankets (for which he received three Harvey Awards for Best Artist, Best Graphic Album of Original Work, and Best Cartoonist; and two Eisner Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Writer/Artist); Goodbye, Chunky Rice; and Carnet de Voyage. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

“Thompson’s first graphic novel in seven years is a lushly epic love story that’s both inspiring and heartbreaking, intertwined with parables from both Islam and Christianity. Sold into marriage as a young girl, Dodola endures life as the wife of a scribe until she’s captured by slave traders and brought to Wanatolia to be auctioned off. But before she can be sold again, she escapes, taking with her an abandoned toddler named Habibi. The pair runaway to the desert, taking refuge in an abandoned boat, where they survive for nine years, with Dodola teaching Zam the ways of the world through stories from the Qur’an and the Bible. When Zam is 12, he secretly follows Dodola and realizes that she has been prostituting herself to passing caravans in order to acquire food. They are separated when Dodola is taken against her will to become part of a sultan’s harem, leaving Zam alone in the desert. Six long years pass as the two struggle to find their way back to each other and, overcoming enormous odds, eventually end up far from the ancient desert landscape in a contemporary metropolis that underscores Thompson’s subtle ability to blend the timeless and the current. In addition to richly detailed story panels, the gorgeous Arabic ornamental calligraphy makes each page an individual work of art.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)

 

MA – Incredibles Star Signing

Sarah Vowell signs on Friday March 25, 2011 at 7:00 PM.

Harvard Book Store is thrilled to welcome popular historian and public radio personality SARAH VOWELL as she discusses her newest book, Unfamiliar Fishes.

Many think of 1776 as the defining year of American history, when we became a nation devoted to the pursuit of happiness through self-government. In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as defining, when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded first Cuba, then the Philippines, becoming an international superpower practically overnight. 

Among the developments in these outposts of 1898, Vowell considers the Americanization of Hawaii the most intriguing. From the arrival of New England missionaries in 1820, their goal to Christianize the local heathen, to the coup d’état of the missionaries’ sons in 1893, which overthrew the Hawaiian queen, the events leading up to American annexation feature a cast of beguiling, and often appealing or tragic, characters: whalers who fired cannons at the Bible-thumpers denying them their God-given right to whores, an incestuous princess pulled between her new god and her brother-husband, sugar barons, lepers, con men, Theodore Roosevelt, and the last Hawaiian queen, a songwriter whose sentimental ode “Aloha ‘Oe” serenaded the first Hawaiian president of the United States during his 2009 inaugural parade. 

“Ever-clever NPR contributor Vowell offers a quick, idiosyncratic account of Hawaii from the time Capt. James Cook was dispatched to the then–Sandwich Islands to the end of the 19th century, when the United States annexed the islands…. The author presents the views of the islanders as well as the invaders, as she delves into journals and narratives and takes field trips with local guides. Her characteristic light touch is evident throughout. Lively history and astute sociology make a sprightly chronicle of a gorgeous archipelago and its people.” —Kirkus Reviews

Tickets: $5.00 – On Sale Now

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

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