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Ethan Hawke presents Rules for a Knight

This event includes a book signing.

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Rules for a Knight, by Ethan HawkeHarvard Book Store welcomes ETHAN HAWKE, four-time Academy Award nominee and the author of two novels, for a presentation of his book Rules for a Knight, an unforgettable fable about a Knight’s journey and a short guide to what gives life beauty and meaning.

It is 1483, and Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke, a Cornish knight, is about to ride into battle. On the eve of his departure, he composes a letter to his four young children, consisting of twenty virtues that provide instruction on how to live a noble life, and on all the lessons, large and small, that he might have imparted to them himself were he not expecting to die on the battlefield.

“Why am I alive? Where was I before I was born? What will happen to me when I die? Whatever well our lives are drawn from, it is deep, wild, mysterious, and unknowable . . . “Rules for a Knight is many things: a code of ethics; an intimate record of a lifelong quest; a careful recounting of a knight’s hardest won lessons, deepest aspirations, and most richly instructive failures; and an artifact, a relic of a father’s exquisite love.

Drawing on the ancient teachings of Eastern and Western philosophy and religion, on literature, and poetry, and on the great spiritual and political writings of our time, Ethan Hawke has written a parable that—in the story of a young man’s journey toward a life of authenticity and meaning—captures the instinctive movement of the heart toward truth and beauty.


Ethan HawkeA four-time Academy Award nominee, twice for writing and twice for acting, Ethan Hawke has starred in the films Dead Poets SocietyReality BitesGattaca, andTraining Day as well as Richard Linklater’s BeforeSunrise trilogy and Boyhood. He is the author of the novels The Hottest State and Ash Wednesday. He lives in Brooklyn with his four children and this book’s illustrator, Ryan Hawke.