The Bookish Ball

Saturday, April 12th from 3:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Highlights of the Bookish Ball include:

3:00 until 7:00 p.m. – A “Passport to Wisdom” Book Stroll – Wander through the bookstores and printed word shops of Harvard Square and gain “Stamps of Wisdom” on your Bookish Ball Passport! Wisdom Stamps will allow you to be entered to WIN TWO FREE JET BLUE TICKETS to be drawn at 8:00 pm! Enjoy special in-store events, activities, refreshments, entertainment and shopping discounts at participating stores.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – A Grand Public Bookish Ball! Holyoke Center (Forbes Plaza – 1350 Massachusetts Avenue). Join us for a party to honor and celebrate the truly remarkable anniversaries of our long-standing bookstores: 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!

Dance to the sweet sounds of THE SWEET DIVINES, a 12 piece soul revival band! EAT CAKE with literary themes designed by Harvard Square Restaurants; Upstairs on the Square, Sandrine’s Bistro, Henrietta’s Table, Grafton Street, The Temple Bar and Z-Square! Hear Surprise Guest Authors and Local Dignitaries talk about the importance of books and bookstores and community! Come dressed in your best “Great Literary Figure Costume” and win prizes (grand prize is $250 in Harvard Square Bookstore and Restaurant Gift Certificates and a special prize for children: $50 gift certificate from Curious George Books and Toys).

All events are free and families are encouraged to attend. The Bookish Ball “Passport to Wisdom” featuring a map of all participating Harvard Square bookstores, newsstands, and comic book stores, and restaurants and shops with special offers will be available at the Harvard Square Business Association Kiosk in front of Holyoke Center from 1:00 p.m. throughout the event. The passport will provide information about timed in-store author readings and performances happening in the bookstores and throughout the square.

Book Stroll participants are encouraged to browse all of the bookstores and get their passbooks stamped. Stamped passports must be returned to the Kiosk by 8:00 pm to be entered to win TWO FREE ROUNDTRIP JET BLUE TICKETS and a “Fabulous Shopping and Dining Spree” in Harvard Square.

We hope that you will join us in this celebration of Harvard Square as a place of books and bookstores, of public learning and public discourse, of important anniversaries and as a community that treasures the printed word.


Get your “Passport to Wisdom” stamped at any of the following locations:

The HSBA Kiosk in Front of Holyoke Center
Almost Banned in Harvard Square Booksellers
The American Repertory Theater
Bank of America
The Brattle Theater
Curious George Books and Toys
James& Devon Gray booksellers
Lame Duck Books
Lem Lem
Newbury Comics
Games People Play
The Globe Corner Bookstore
Grendel’s Den
The Grolier Poetry Bookstore
Harvard Book Store
Harvard Book & Binding
The Harvard Coop
The Harvard University Press Display Room
The Papercut Zine Library
Raven Used Books
Revolution Books
Schoenhof’s Foreign Books
Tokyo Kid
Uno Chicago Grill
Upstairs on the Square
Z Square Restaurant

and just outside of Harvard Square: Bryn Mawr Books