Signed New Voices in Fiction Club

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Four times a year, Harvard Book Store offers Signed New Voices in Fiction Club members a signed first printing of a newly published debut novel or story collection, selected with an eye toward literary merit and potential collectibility.

The Signed New Voices in Fiction First Edition Club brings you some of the finest and most important debut fiction of the season—just as our flagship Signed First Edition Club has been doing across genres for years.

Sign up or give a gift membership! Spaces are limited, and there will be a wait list when we reach capacity on membership for a given season. Wait listers will be notified when space becomes available; if a spot is not available for the current selection, your membership will be activated for the following selection.

Recent and Upcoming Selections

  • Summer 2024: Chukwuebuka Ibeh, Blessings
  • Winter 2024: Aube Rey Lescure, River East, River West
  • Spring 2024: Jennifer Croft, The Extinction of Irena Rey
  • Fall 2023: Shilpi Suneja, House of Caravans

Summer 2024 Selection

Blessings cover jacketBlessings by Chukwuebuka Ibeh

"Bursting at the seams with talent, Chukwuebuka Ibeh has crafted a poignant and powerful coming-of-age debut. A quiet and lonely teenager in a conservative Nigerian household, Obiefuna is only newly discovering his sexuality when his father witnesses a moment of tenderness between him and another boy. Disowned by his family as a result, he’s exiled to an all-boys seminary school where he encounters new levels of politics and secrecy. Among his new peers, Obiefuna struggles to conform to expectations and fit into the rigid student hierarchies without losing pieces of himself along the way. Set against the criminalization of same-sex marriage in late 2000s Nigeria, Blessings is a striking story of sacrifice, hopelessness, and redemption in impossible circumstances."

—Melissa S., Harvard Book Store

Spring 2024 Selection

extinction of irina rey jacketThe Extinction of Irena Rey by Jennifer Croft

“This book could not have been written by anyone other than Jennifer Croft, a veteran translator with a tremendous capacity for language and storytelling. When eight translators convene for a summit with their revered author Irena Rey, they have no idea they are embarking on a psychological thrillride that will destabilize not only their long-standing relationships with one another, but their entire sense of self and history. With conflicting voices that twist and tangle like vines, the characters in this novel are intertwined inseparably from one another. A smart, pensive exploration of the creative process, The Extinction of Irena Rey will transform your understanding of authorship, translation, and the sticky web cast between them.”

—Melissa S., Harvard Book Store

Winter 2024 Selection

River East cover jacketRiver East, River West by Aube Rey Lescure

“The beauty of River East, River West lies in its fissions and contradictions. The daughter of an American expat mother and an anonymous Chinese father, Alva has placed roots in neither heritage. Her American citizenship and lineage set her apart from her Chinese peers, but life in China is all she’s ever known. Unhappy with her current circumstances, she’s desperate to travel west and experience the America she’s cobbled together from her mother’s stories and bootleg Hollywood DVDs. But when she finally gets her way—admission into Shanghai’s expensive private American school—she discovers that the west has had more of a hand in her surroundings than she’s ever realized, and that sometimes the only safe place to retreat is back into the arms of your family. A cutting exploration of class, race, and the long-lasting effects of colonialism, Alva’s story will frustrate and enthrall you in equal measure.”

—Melissa S., Harvard Book Store

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this new club compare with the pre-existing Signed First Edition Club?

Our popular Signed First Edition Club has been delivering important works of literature, memoir, and history to its members for over a decade—including debut works by emerging writers. This new, additional club will focus on debut fiction from writers who have caught the attention of our well-read staff and the literary world.

  • While the flagship club is monthly, the Signed New Voices in Fiction Club will be quarterly in its first year, with a new selection each season.
  • All selections will be hardcover first printings of first novels or story collections, noted by critics and our staff.
  • Selections in one club will not be duplicated in the other, and we will continue to consider and select debut fiction for the flagship club from time to time.

How does the subscription work?

Once a season (four times a year), members receive a debut novel or story collection of recent publication. A collection of signed first editions will enhance any library, and many signed first editions appreciate in value. Also, your membership supports Harvard Book Store, a landmark literary institution, and helps ensure that the store will exist—and continue to host its award-winning author event series—for years to come.

What will I receive? 

Harvard Book Store’s selections represent the forefront of debut fiction and reflect the authors hosted by the store’s award-winning event series. Selections are personally chosen by our discerning staff of readers.

The books in this program are guaranteed first editions, personally signed by the author. Each book arrives in pristine condition with its jacket in a transparent protective wrapping to extend the life of the book.

How much does membership cost? 

Membership is free. All you pay is the publisher's list price on the book ($26 - $30 on average per month) plus a flat shipping and handling charge.

Who is the club for? Can I give a membership as a gift? 

This service is perfect for anyone who has been trying to read more fiction or for the bibliophile who wants the latest in boundary-pushing, cutting-edge work.

You can choose to give a gift membership either for one year or indefinitely, and you may cancel the membership at any time.

What is a signed first edition? Why is it valuable? 

A first edition is the original printing of a book. First editions are distinguished from subsequent printings, as they represent the closest edition in time and intent to the author's original work. A signed first edition is a unique addition to any library, and to dealers and collectors, a signed first edition is the most desirable—and valuable—edition.

Do I have to provide my credit card number? 

Yes. In order to efficiently manage this unique program, Harvard Book Store requires that all members provide a credit card number upon sign-up.

How do I update my credit card information? 

Credit card information cannot be updated online. In order to update card information, please give us a call at (617) 245-4039, Sundays through Thursdays from 12pm to 6pm, or leave us a voicemail outside of office hours. Please state if you do not want to leave card information via voicemail and we will call you back.

What if I don't want a certain selection? May I return a selection? 

At this time, members may not decline a selection. Signed books make great gifts! 

All selections are non-refundable and non-returnable.

Is there a limit to how many people can sign up? 

Yes. As signed first editions are difficult to procure in large quantities, Harvard Book Store must limit the number of members. If the member limit is exceeded, a wait list will be started.

I have a question that isn't answered here. Whom do I ask? 

Ask a bookseller in the store, call us at 617-661-1424 x0, or write to signedfirst@harvard.com.

How do I sign up? 

Sign up using our secure online form.