Harvard Book Store Events

Harvard Book Store

Reading is so relaxing. Photo by: Daniele Zanni

Reading, I would say, is a great benefit of living in this world.  It is absolutely amazing to just allow yourself to get lost into another world or problem. The Harvard Book Store feels the same, considering every week there are a number of authors that go and read to the public there; this week is no exception.

This Friday at the Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store

Mature cotton field. Photo by: Martin LaBar

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Friday, February 20 at 3pm
Free Admission

Since Harvard’s Book Store is all about the love of learning and reading, the first candidate that will be discussing his book is Sven Beckert. Sven wrote The Empire of Cotton: A Global History which revolves around how understanding cotton’s history is the key to understanding modern day capitalism.

His book presents the story of how European entrepreneurs captured ancient trades in Asia and combined them with the confiscation of lands in the Americas and the enslavement of African workers in order to crucially reshape the disparate realms of cotton that had existed for millennia.

Interested? The discussion of his book begins at 3!

Quan Barry at the Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Friday, February 20 at 7pm
Free Admission

Harvard Book Store

A little girl from Vietnam; just like Rabbit from She Weeps Each Time You’re Born. Photo by: Eye- the world through my I

Also this Friday at the book store, Quan Barry will be discussing his two books, She Weeps Each Time You’re Born and Loose Strife.

She Weeps Each Time You’re Born is a novel about the history of modern Vietnam seen through the eyes of a young girl born under mysterious circumstances a few years before the country’s reunification.

Not only that, but this girl named Rabbit is gifted with the otherworldly ability to hear the voices of the dead. Talk about intriguing!

Loose Strife is a whole other story. Still looking at the past and history, Loose Strife investigates poems initially inspired by Aeschylus’ fifth-century trilogy “The Oresteia,” which chronicles the fall of the House of Atreides.

The classical tale analyzes the sense of loose strife; which means “to loose battle” or “sow chaos,” a concept which is still very much with us more than twenty-five hundred years later.

Pirates at the Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store

Pirates! Photo by: Earl

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Friday, February 20 at 7pm
Free Admission

A boat has gone missing. Goods have been stolen. There is blood in the water. It is the twenty-first century and a crew of pirates is terrorizing the San Francisco Bay. Written by Daniel Hadler, this novel is full of adventure and excitment!

In this fascinating tale of a man named Phil, his daughter Gwen desperately wishes to become an outlaw. In the process of perusing this dream, a boat is taken, and the hunt for treasure is on.

These two characters go on a quest that searches for freedom and happiness. The story goes beyond and looks at wild journeys beyond the boundaries of our ordinary lives.

Also, it’s about a teenage girl who pulls together a ragtag crew to commit mayhem in the San Francisco Bay, while her hapless father tries to get her home.

You know, nothing is better than a good book with some peace and quiet. Go ahead, get lost in a story of happiness and soul searching with a hint of history.

After all, some of the best kind of adventures hides within books.

-Kali Routier, Content Editor