Friday, April 11, 2008

WEEKEND PICK: Harvard Square's First Bookish Ball

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 12, from 3 to 9 p.m. consider attending The Bookish Ball: A Community Celebration of the Bookstores of Harvard Square. Pick up a FREE “Passport to Wisdom” at the First Annual Bookish Ball, a community-wide celebration of the Book Stores of Harvard Square. The Bookish Ball will feature a “Book Stroll” from 3 to 7 p.m. and A Grand Public Ball from 7 to 9 p.m. All events are free and families are encouraged to attend.
Harvard Square, a place of books, learning, and public discourse for almost 400 years, is currently celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Harvard Coop, the 75th Anniversary the Harvard Book Store, the 60th anniversary Harvard University Press Display Room, the 30th anniversary of Newbury Comics, the 25th Anniversary of The Globe Corner Bookstore and the 15th Anniversary of James and Devon Gray Booksellers. The Harvard Square Business Association is sponsoring the Bookish Ball to celebrate the significant anniversaries of our long-standing bookstores, and to honor and acknowledge the enormous importance of all of the bookstores in Harvard Square.

The Harvard Square Business Association Kiosk will be set-up in front of Holyoke Center (Forbes Plaza – 1350 Massachusetts Avenue) from 1 p.m. on Saturday to distribute the Bookish Ball “Passport to Wisdom.” The passport will feature a map of all participating Harvard Square bookstores, newsstands, and comic book stores, as well as showcase our restaurants featuring Bookish Ball menus and special offers. In addition, the passport will provide information about timed in-store author readings and performances happening in the bookstores and throughout the square. We anticipate that many stores will have special events and others will offer music and refreshments. The exact details will be published on in advance of the event.
Book Stroll participants will be encouraged to browse all of the bookstores and get their passbooks stamped. Stamped passports must be returned to the Kiosk by 8 p.m. the same day to be entered into the free Bookish Ball prize drawing. Prizes will include (2) Round Trip Jet Blue Tickets and a “Fabulous Shopping and Dining Spree” in Harvard Square.
Later Saturday evening, April 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. the Harvard Square Business Association will host an outdoor celebration with a stage featuring musical group The Sweet Divines, as well as a surprise host and guests, a cake-cutting ceremony, presentation of awards, and our “Passport to Wisdom” drawing.

The Bookstores and Printed Word Shops of Harvard Square:
Harvard Coop est. 1882
Harvard University Press Display Room est.1913
Grolier Poetry Book Shop est. 1927
Harvard Book Store est. 1932
Schoenhof’s Foreign Books est. 1945
Out of Town News est. 1955
The Crimson Corner est. 1962
Harvard Book & Binding Service est. 1970
Million Year Picnic est. 1974
Newbury Comics est 1978
Revolution Bookstore est.1979
The Globe Corner Book Store est. 1982
New England Comics est.1988
James and Devon Gray Books est.1992
Tokyo Kid est.1993
Curious George Goes to Wordsworth est. 1995
Lame Duck Books est. 2005
Raven Used Books est. 2005
The Papercut Zine Library est. 2005

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