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Scout Archives: Cambridge Bookstores Celebrate Their Independence

For the last days of June we’re going to share our favorite stories and pictures from Scout’s decade of local reporting. We need you to share those stories alongside your favorites. And then we need you to stand for Scout by becoming a member. Here’s one from April 30th, 2015! — On April 18, scores of rabid […]


The ‘Death Zone’ For Harvard Square Businesses

It’s a little unnerving to see what are usually the busiest spots in the city so sparsely occupied. But with the spread of COVID-19 and a state- and nation-wide quarantine in effect, this is a new normal in Harvard Square.  On March 11, Harvard University and other local colleges like MIT, Lesley University, and Cambridge […]


From the Cloud to the Paige: Meet Harvard Book Store’s On-Demand Printer

Nestled in the back of Harvard Book Store, Paige M. Gutenborg whirs away. A faint smell of glue surrounds the machine as digital files transform into bound books. It starts with a Xerox printer. The manuscript pops out and is whisked into a neat stack, and then comes the gluing and binding. Tiny balls of […]


With Bag Ban Looming, We’ve Tote-ally Got You Covered

On March 31—almost one year to the day after Cambridge city council voted 8-1 in favor of the Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance—the city’s ban officially goes into effect. No longer will you be able to stash your purchases in a single-use plastic bag; instead, you’ll have to BYO (or pay a minimum of 10 cents for each paper […]


WIN BIG: Our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway!

This year’s local gift guide hit streets last week, and it’s our biggest, most badass one to date, with 139 potential presents from more than 30 Cambridge shops. (If you haven’t seen the issue yet, check out our list of pickup spots throughout the city to learn where you can find one!) That’s a lot of great gifts […]


A Q&A With Rookie Mag’s Tavi Gevinson

You know that episode of Bob’s Burgers where Louise says it’s creepy that her dad’s role model, pitcher Torpedo Jones, is the same age as he is? Tavi Gevinson is my Torpedo Jones. (Actually, since I’m 24 and she’s 19, I guess I’m even creepier than Bob.) Gevinson founded Rookie, an online magazine for teen girls that covers everything from […]




SCOUT PICKS: 2/27/15-3/1/15

Friday, 2/27 Robert Darnton Discusses “Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature” 3 p.m., Free Harvard Book Store 1256 Mass. Ave. France, Britain and Germany: Three nations whose unique historical relationships with censorship have resulted in three distinct canons. Robert Darnton dives in. Bring Us Your Women & Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling […]


SCOUT PICKS: 1/16/15-1/18/15

Friday, 1/16 Women in Clothes 7 p.m., Free Harvard Book Store 1256 Mass Ave. Contributors Jill Gallagher, Ren Jender and Andrea Michelle Steele meet to talk about the new collection Women in Clothes, which features conversations from a number of cultures and nationalities on the subject of garments. Clothing swap will follow!