Saturday, November 5

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Carly Simon

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Carly Simon presents Boys in the Trees: A memoir

This event includes a book signing.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT – Unable to attend? Order the book(s) or pre-order a signed copy from Harvard Book Store. No Brattle Passes.

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning musician and author CARLY SIMON for the paperback release of her New York Times–bestselling memoir, Boys in the Trees: A Memoir. This event, taking place at the Brattle Theatre, is co-sponsored by Harvard Square’s Club Passim.

Hardcover copies of Boys in the Trees will also be available for sale at the event.

About Boys in the Trees

Rock Star. Composer and Lyricist. Feminist Icon. Survivor.

hbs-simon-bookSimon’s memoir reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster, her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters performing folk songs with her sister Lucy in Greenwich Village, to a meteoric solo career that would result in 13 top 40 hits, including the #1 song “You’re So Vain.” She was the first artist in history to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, for her song “Let the River Run” from the movie Working Girl.

The memoir recalls a childhood enriched by music and culture, but also one shrouded in secrets that would eventually tear her family apart. Simon brilliantly captures moments of creative inspiration, the sparks of songs, and the stories behind writing “Anticipation” and “We Have No Secrets” among many others. Romantic entanglements with some of the most famous men of the day fueled her confessional lyrics, as well as the unraveling of her storybook marriage to James Taylor.

Praise

“Carly Simon could have gotten away with just the name-dropping. In her life, she’s crossed paths with an astonishing range of famous people, from Cat Stevens and Jimi Hendrix to Benny Goodman and Albert Einstein. So it’s a pleasant surprise that in her compelling new autobiography, Boys in the Trees, she lays out her naked emotions and insecurities, and that she proves to be a supple writer with a gift for descriptions.” —Rolling Stone

Event Co-Sponsor(s)

For more than 50 years, Club Passim has been known as a premier listening room, presenting both new and established performers in a huge variety of genres ranging from folk to Celtic to jazz. The historic music venue presents more than 400 shows per year to an audience of over 30,000. Learn more at passim.org.


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Featured event books will be for sale at the event for 20% off. Thank you for supporting this author series with your purchases.


hbs-carly-simonCarly Simon is an American musician and children’s author. Simon achieved international fame with her third album No Secrets which spawned the worldwide hit “You’re So Vain,” for which she received three Grammy nominations, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Over the course of her career, Simon has amassed 24 Billboard Hot 100 charting singles, 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary charting singles, and has won two Grammy Awards. For her 1988 hit “Let the River Run,” from the film Working Girl, Simon became the first artist in history to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award for a song composed and written, as well as performed, entirely by a single artist. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994, inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for “You’re So Vain” in 2004, and awarded the ASCAP Founders Award in 2012. In 1995 and 1998, respectively, Simon received the Boston Music Awards Lifetime Achievement and a Berklee College of Music Honorary Doctor of Music Degree.

Photo credit: Heidi Wild