The Harvard Square Business Association, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, the Cambridge Public Library, and Revels proudly present a day-long event celebrating Harvard Square book stores, the birth of the Bard and the return of an icon!
On April 28th, please join the Harvard Square Business Association, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, the Cambridge Public Library, Revels, Zumix and all of Harvard Square’s book stores for the Fifth Annual Bookish Ball and Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration. This free, family friendly festival will feature book store strolls, live music, dancing, performances, birthday cake and a sidewalk procession led by Curious George!
The festivities begin at 11:00am, in the Whale Room at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, where children of all ages are encouraged to make unique and colorful banners, signs and hats to be carried during our festive sidewalk procession through the streets of Cambridge.
At approximately 11:55am, Toni Bee, Poet Populist of Cambridge, will engage the crowd at the library with a reading of one of her poems. Immediately following, at approximately 12:05pm, the group will “parade” from the library through the streets of Harvard Square led by the man of the hour, Curious George, the Man in the Yellow Hat portrayed by Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s very own Allyn Burrows, and our special guest, Dr. Nick Walton from The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
At approximately 12:30pm, the procession will arrive in Harvard Square and gather at 1 JFK Street, where dignitaries, members of the Cambridge community, and lovers of an inquisitive monkey named George will gather for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of The World’s Only Curious George Store – Harvard Square. The new store, under the ownership of two local entrepreneurs, Jamie and Adam Hirsch, offers an extensive selection of children’s books in a creative space along with uniquely designed merchandise available only through the store and its website.
Immediately following the festivities at The World’s Only Curious George Store – Harvard Square, everyone is encouraged to visit Palmer Street where the party continues! AfroBrazil Boloco will energize the crowd with their distinctive, infectious beats, artists will be on hand creating remarkable chalk drawings, and cake and ice cream will be served in honor of William Shakespeare, who turns 448 in 2012! In addition, there will be performances by Charlestown Working Theatre, FuFu and Oreos, face painting, balloon artists, toasts, reading and more.
Schedule of Events:
- 10:30am – Chalk artists begin drawing on Palmer Street
- 11:00am – Banner and hat craft activity – Whale Room at the Cambridge Public Library
- 11:55am – Reading by Toni Bee, Poet Populist of Cambridge at the Cambridge Public Library
- 12:05pm – Sidewalk Procession departs the Cambridge Public Library; AfroBrazil Boloco and activities on Palmer Street including face painting, balloon artists, and Open Air Circus Workshop
- 12:30pm – Sidewalk Procession arrives in Harvard Square and assembles for the ribbon cutting at The World’s Only Curious George Store Harvard Square, 1 JFK Street
- 12:45pm – Toasts, Common Text Reading, performances and cake and ice cream on Palmer Street
- 1:00pm – Performance by Zumix on Palmer Street
- 1:15pm – Performance by AfroBrazil Boloco on Palmer Street
- 2:00pm – Shakespeare Pub Talk – moderated by Dr. Nick Walton
Harvard Square is proud to be the home of over a dozen book and printed word shops. Many will be holding events, book readings and promotions to celebrate the Bookish Ball. Details will be forthcoming.
The following book stores are offering promotions and events in conjunction with the Bookish Ball and Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration:
Grolier Poetry Book Shop will be offering 20% off their tote bags.
Harvard Book Store holds a Shakespeare Sale, in honor of Shakespeare’s birthday and the Bookish Ball. On April 28th, all books by or about Shakespeare will be 20% off.
April is National Poetry Month – Check our web site & facebook page for information on the COOP’S ANNUAL Poetry contest for children Grades K-8
2 pm, Saturday, April 28th, 2012
Save 20% on ALL Kid’s Poetry Books & come join us for the Harvard Coop Annual Poetry “Open Mic Day” for all kids, grades K-8! We will host an open mic for all Kids Poetry Participants who want to share their poetry!!!
We will then announce the WINNERS of the contest. In appreciation of everyone’s efforts, a complete anthology of entries will go on exhibit in the Children’s Book Department.
In celebration of the annual Bookish Ball, Schoenhof’s Foreign Books is offering a 20% discount on its rich selection of foreign language children’s books.
There will be a reading in French from 3PM to 4PM from the enduring masterpiece, “Fables” of Jean de La Fontaine. Some of the fables that will ntertain the public are: “La Cigale et la Fourmi” (The Grasshopper and the Ant), “Le Corbeau et le Renard” (The Raven and the Fox), “La Grenouille qui veut se faire aussi grosse que le Boeuf” (The Frog that Wished to be as Big as the Ox) to name a few. Light refreshments will be served.after the reading. In addition, Schoenhof’s Foreign Books will be hosting a reading by internationally acclaimed Cuban poet in exile, Juana Rosa Pita on Saturday the 28th of April from 4:30-6:00PM. Dr. Pita will read from her bilingual Spanish/English work “Manual de Magia/Manual of Magic”. Free refreshments will be served.
The Bookstores and Printed Word Shops of Harvard Square – 2012
Harvard Coop est. 1882
Grolier Poetry Book Shop est. 1927
Harvard Book Store est. 1932
Schoenhof’s Foreign Books est. 1856
Bentley Publishers est. 1950
Out of Town News est. 1955
The Crimson Corner est. 1962
Million Year Picnic est. 1974
Newbury Comics est. 1978
Revolution Bookstore est.1979
New England Comics est.1988
James and Devon Gray Books est.1992
The World’s Only Curious George Store Harvard Square est. 2012
Raven Used Books est. 2005
The Bookish Ball and the Bard’s Birthday celebration, presented by the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, coincides with the many celebrations happening around the world in conjunction with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon- Avon, England.
This event has been made possible by the generosity of Bank of America.
For more information about these and other events in Harvard Square, please visit www.harvardsquare.com
This past Christmas I gave my dad a first-edition, signed copy of The Greater Journey by David McCullough. Without a doubt, it was best gift I have given him since the hand-made gifts I brought home from elementary school. I couldn’t believe his delight, and in turn I was delighted by his appreciation! I had picked up the copy of the book months earlier at Harvard Book Store – at 20% off the cover price! (I really regret not picking up more copies!
One day, I was walking by Harvard Bookstore when I heard David Sedaris reading Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. I immediately text all my friends gloating that I was walking down Mass Ave and saw David Sedaris!
Last year, I had the chance to meet Ron Suskind, who was signing copies at Harvard Book Store of his latest, Confidence Men. I had read a biography he wrote, A Hope in the Unseen, years earlier. Actually, several friends and members of my family had read A Hope in the Unseen! It was great to meet Mr. Suskind, because he told me of all the wonderful accomplishments the book’s main character had achieved– which I shared with my family and friends!
I am more than happy to recount these tales, because they are all memorable, noteworthy experiences in my life! Authors write books that take us someplace away from the ordinary, they introduce us to another way of thinking. Their works are treasure! So, every month I peruse the events page for Harvard Book Store– you never know who is going to come!
Checking out this month I see Rachel Maddow, Joyce Carol Oats, (childhood favorite) R.L. Stein, David Wolman, and Trita Parsi are just some of the authors heading to Cambridge this March! I encourage you all to follow your interests and enjoy a nice night out at the bookshop!
May I suggest dinner at Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage?
Posted by Laurie, Concierge at Hotel Veritas
Harvard Square is renowned for its bookstores and the Harvard Book Store is the grande dame. Since 1932, the independently owned book store has been attracting writers from around the world for readings and signings. Each month, a tome is selected for both its literary merit and potential collectibility – and is signed by the author.
Hotel Veritas offers a room package which includes a night at the hotel, as well as the monthly selection from Harvard Book Store and a glass of wine. The Simple Truth Lounge is the perfect quiet place to relax, sip the wine, and being the first chapter.
Due to popularity, the signed first edition is subject to availability.
To reserve the Hotel Veritas Harvard Book Store package, click here or call 617.520.5000. To sign up for the Harvard Book Store Signed First Edition of the Month Club to have copies mailed to you, click here.
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 617.661.1515
Harvard Book Store welcomes back Charlotte Silver for a discussion of her first book, Charlotte Au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood.
On Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 7:00 PM, the bookstore welcomes back Charlotte Silver for a discussion of her first book, Charlotte Au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood – about her life as a child at Upstairs at the Pudding (now one of our favorite restaurants, Upstairs on the Square.)
From www.harvard.com, the website for Harvard Book Store:
“Like Eloise growing up in the Plaza Hotel, Charlotte Silver grew up in her mother’s restaurant. Located in Harvard Square, Upstairs at the Pudding was a confection of pink linen tablecloths and twinkling chandeliers, a decadent backdrop for childhood. Over dinners of foie gras and Dover sole, always served with a Shirley Temple, Charlotte kept company with a rotating cast of eccentric staff members. After dinner, in her frilly party dress, she often caught a nap under the bar until closing time. Her one constant was her glamorous, indomitable mother, nicknamed “Patton in Pumps,” a wasp-waisted woman in cocktail dress and stilettos who shouldered the burden of raising a family and running a kitchen. Charlotte’s unconventional upbringing takes its toll, and as she grows up she wishes her increasingly busy mother were more of a presence in her life. But when the restaurant-forever teetering on the brink of financial collapse-looks as if it may finally be closing, Charlotte comes to realize the sacrifices her mother has made to keep the family and restaurant afloat and gains a new appreciation of the world her mother has built.
Infectious, charming, and at times wistful, Charlotte au Chocolat is a celebration of the magic of a beautiful presentation and the virtues of good manners, as well as a loving tribute to the author’s mother—a woman who always showed her best face to the world.”
Harvard Book Store is an independently run bookstore located in Harvard Square and has been family-owned since 1932.