Incarnate Grace

graceBoston College alumna Moira Linehan’s second collection of poetry, Incarnate Grace (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015), explores various meanings of the word margin. “Margin” is chosen by the poet after hearing the word in response to her breast cancer diagnosis. From her travels to Ireland and Pacific Northwest to her home in Massachusetts, Linehan links the mundane to the mythic, intertwining connections between scripture and nature, storms and loss, winter and light, and breast cancer and embroidery. Her earlier collection of poems, If No Moon, was named an Honor Book in Poetry in the 8th annual Massachusetts Book Awards. Her poem, “Last Wishes,” received the Foley Poetry Award from America magazine.

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The story of Samuel Battle

sambattlePulitzer Prize winner Arthur Browne has published One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York (Beacon Press, 2015), the story of New York City’s first African American police officer. With an unpublished manuscript by Langston Hughes as his starting point, Browne conducted  archival research and interviews to create an important social history of New York and riveting life and times of an American civil rights pioneer. Browne, a Boston College alumnus, is the editorial page editor of the New York Daily News. For more than 40 years he has been a part of the coverage of New York’s biggest stories. In 2007, he led a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for editorials that documented the epidemic illnesses afflicting thousands of 9/11 rescue and recovery workers. Read an excerpt of One Righteous Man in the latest issue of Boston College Magazine.

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Poet Brendan Galvin and the natural world

galvin poetry bookAward-winning poet Brendan Galvin, a Boston College alumnus, has published a book of poetry titled The Air’s Accomplices (LSU Press, 2015). The collection vividly evokes Galvin’s love for the rugged landscapes of Cape Cod and Ireland and their inhabitants. Weaving themes of death, migration and aging into an exploration of the natural world, Galvin’s work reflects a deep engagement with the places he and his family have called home, as well as with the triumphs and tragedies of human life. The latest issue of Boston College Magazine features one of the poems from The Air’s Accomplices, “This Morning’s Pep Talk at Egg Island.”

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The Outcasts

outcastsBoston College alumnus Chuck Abdella, who teaches history at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Mass., has published his debut novel, The Outcasts: Book I: The Lies of Autumn.  The novel is described as “fantasy with a twist, with equal helpings of romance and action.” Abdella tells the story of several outcasts brought together for what they believe to be an epic struggle against a shadowy threat has emerged in a realm populated by serious wizards, pious elves, passionate humans, and hedonistic morphs. Yet the story is not all it seems to be. Abdella thanks BC History Associate Professor Emeritus John Rosser in the book’s acknowledgements. While at BC, Abdella wrote for the undergraduate arts and literary magazine, The Stylus.

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The other side

suicideBoston College alumnus Robert Colacurcio has published The Other Side of Suicide (Xlibris, 2015) to offer a full discussion and consideration of a host of questions not being asked today in the discussion of suicide. Colacurcio has a number of book titles to his name, including The Little Book of Better Questions, The Translucent Imagination and The Virtual Self: Beyond the Gap in Buddhist Philosophy, among others.

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Writing & sports

bobryan bookBoston College alumnus Bob Ryan has been called the “quintessential American sportswriter.” After decades as a writer/columnist for the Boston Globe, Ryan has published the bestseller Scribe: My Life in Sports (Bloomsbury, 2014). Part memoir and part Boston sports history, Scribe recounts Ryan’s childhood, memorable people and moments in sports–especially the Celtics, as well as the changing way sports is covered by the media. In addition to the Globe, Ryan is known for his work on ESPN. Ryan is the author/co-author of more than 10 other books, including Celtics Pride and When Boston Won the World Series. Boston College student  recently interviewed Ryan for the Vineyard Gazette

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Mystery on the Outer Banks

neighingAward-winning author Kathryn O’Sullivan has published the third novel in her Colleen McCabe mystery series, Neighing with FireSt. Martin’s Press/Minotaur, 2015). The series is set in the Outer Banks village of Corolla, North Carolina and features Fire Chief Colleen McCabe. O’Sullivan, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College, is also a playwright and a theater professor at Northern Virginia Community College. Excerpt | Book trailer

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