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    The Bookish Ball & Shakespeare Birthday Bash!


    Mother Nature Strikes Again…
    But Shakespeare and Bookstore Lovers
    Rally to celebrate the Bookish Ball, Shakespeare’s Birthday,
    and the Written Word in Harvard Square


    Saturday, April 17th 2010
    from 12:00 until 6:00

    Due to expected unsettled weather Shakespeare's Birthday Party in Harvard Square will now take place entirely indoors!!! THE PARADE IS CANCELLED as are the outdoor performances BUT here's what WILL happen:

    Come to Harvard Square to enjoy FREE INDOOR Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations that are part of an International celebration of Shakespeare’s Birth taking place in cities and countries across the globe!

    Enjoy the Bookish Ball Bookstore Stroll that takes place in the bookstores and printed word shops of Harvard Square! Pick-up a Passport to Wisdom, get it stamped, and enter to win the “Great Things Come in Harvard Square Packages” prize!

    “Literary Cakes & Ice Cream” by will be provided by Finale Desserterie and Bakery and Fire + and Ice and “Sugar high Sweetz” to be accompanied by Ice Cream from J.P. Licks and UpStairs on the Square!

    Shakespeare Birthday Bash in Harvard Square:

    * Curious George: SHAKESPEARE ON THE OUTS! at 1:45!

    * Grolier Poetry Book Shop: Sonnets Reading by Jean Dany Joachim and Ifeyani Menkiti from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

    * SHAKESPEARE SLAM Birthday Events Start at John Harvard's Brew House at 3:00pm:

    * A Shakespeare Slam with performances by Actors Shakespeare Project, Orfeo Group, A.R.T. - all preceded by Revels' own artistic director Patrick Swanson leading a community reading of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet.

    Be sure to pick up your script and "Romeo" or "Juliet" signs crafted by the Revels crew so you can participate in this international YouTube event!

    The Shakespeare Smack Down is 75 minutes of NON-STOP Shakespeare scenes, story and song - you don't want to miss this! All ages and families are welcome! Cakes and ale will be served. Event is FREE and space is limited. Seats will be given on a first come, first served basis.
    John Harvard's Brew House, 33 Dunster Street.

    The official colors of Shakespeare’s Birthday Bash are Yellow and Black, the colors of Shakespeare’s Coat of Arms and the official theme is Romeo and Juliet, the public is welcome to dress in Yellow & Black, or as Romeo and Juliet -- or as you like it!

    Harvard Coop will feature performances from Romeo and Juliet by 9th Grade students from the Community Charter School of Cambridge at 3:30 p.m.
    The students will perform monologues from Romeo and Juliet. The Students performing are Sumayyah Abdul-Hadi, Shadia Ahmed, Donnell Hogan, Jessica Martin, Hugh Merisier, Vivianne Nufio.

    Harvard Coop will also feature musical performances from 3:00 – 6:00 by Longy School of Music Conservatory students


    Bookstores Participating in the Bookish Ball!

    Pick-up your Passport to Wisdom!
    • At participating bookstores throughout Harvard Square between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m
    • At the HSBA Table located on Brattle and Palmer Street near the entrance to the Coop.

    Get your passport stamped!
    • At any of the participating bookstores in Harvard Square: Harvard Coop, Grolier Poetry Book Shop, Harvard Book Store, The Globe Corner Book Store, Curious George Books and Toys, and Raven Used Books.

    Return your stamped passport by 6:00 p.m. to the HSBA Table located on Brattle and Palmer Street the drawing will take place on Tuesday, May 20th winner does not need to be present to win.

    Curious George Books and Toys:
    Harvard Square's annual Bookish Ball, this year we'll celebrate Shakespeare's birthday! Come for a poetry themed story-time, color a coat of arms, and a performance by SHAKESPEARE ON THE OUTS! Shakespeare books will be discounted 10%

    Curious George Books & Toys, 1 JFK St, Cambridge MA 02138
    617.498.0062, and

    The Globe Corner Bookstore:
    The Globe Corner Bookstore's Bookish Ball offers for April 17th!
    Please join us for a 15% discount off all books and maps for England. A free luggage tag or Boston Pop-Up Map with any purchase by a Bookish Ball Passport holder.

    The Globe Corner Bookstore, 90 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138

    The Grolier Poetry Book Shop:
    The Grolier Poetry Book Shop celebrates its 80th anniversary this year! We stock current publications of poetry and its concerns (books, cassettes, periodicals, reference volumes) with some 16,000 volumes.

    Join us for 10% off any purchase during the Bookish Ball for those who have a Passport to Wisdom.

    From 2:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m enjoy “Sonnets” read by Jean Dany Joachim, the Cambridge Poet Populist, and Ifyeani Menkiti, the owner of the Grolier Poetry Book Shop!

    Grolier Poetry Book Shop, 6 Plympton Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-547-4648

    Harvard Book Store presents:


    1:00-9:00pm  Harvard Book Store joins with the Harvard Square Business Association in hosting a Bookstore Stroll, featuring refreshments, readings, and special events in bookstores around Harvard Square.

    Saturday, April 17 / 4:00pm
    Wisenheimer: A Childhood Subject to Debate
    @ Harvard Book Store | 1256 Mass. Ave.
    This event is free. No tickets are necessary.
    Harvard Book Store, as part of the Harvard Square Business Association’s third annual Bookish Ball, is excited to host journalist and author MARK OPPENHEIMER for a presentation about his unlikely childhood and his new memoir, Wisenheimer: A Childhood Subject to Debate. "Mark Oppenheimer’s journey from loquacious preschooler to smart-ass grade-schooler to champion high-schooler is funny, painful, and brutally honest. Wisenheimer may focus on the small, strange world of competitive debate, but its message is much broader: that words, properly harnessed, can set you free."
    —Stefan Fatsis (Word Freak)

    Saturday, April 17 / 7:00pm
    Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    @ Harvard Book Store | 1256 Mass. Ave.
    This event is free. No tickets are necessary.
    Harvard Book Store, as part of th