Mass. Book Award

going placesAlumnus Paul Reynolds, a part-time faculty member in the Communication Department, has been recognized by the Massachusetts Center for the Book with a 2015 Massachusetts Book Award for his picture book, Going Places (Simon & Schuster, 2014). The Massachusetts Book Awards recognize significant works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s/young adult literature published by Massachusetts residents or about Massachusetts subjects. Going Places, a collaboration between Reynolds (author) and his brother, Peter Reynolds (illustrator), is an ode to creativity, imagination, teamwork and thinking outside the box. View a trailer for the book.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne & Frederick Douglass

hawthorneTwo seminal 19th-century works – both significant in the evolution of American thought and writing, but rarely considered in relation to one another – are the focus of a Burns Library exhibition, “Nathaniel Hawthorne and Frederick Douglass: Texts and Contexts.” The exhibition, on display through Jan. 24, showcases Hawthorne’s The Blithedale Romance (1852) and Douglass’ “The Heroic Slave” (1853). Blithedale, Hawthorne’s third major novel, is set in a Utopian socialist community that is undermined by the self-interested behavior of its members. Douglass’ novella follows the development of an enslaved man who first escapes from bondage and then leads a rebellion on board a slave ship. “While Hawthorne’s novel is meditative and ambiguous and Douglass’ story is direct and argumentative, each draws on actual events and features characters who attempt to reform or escape unjust systems,” explains Professor of English Paul Lewis, the exhibition curator. “Juxtaposed, the works suggest different ways in which literature absorbs, reflects, engages and contributes to contemporaneous social, economic, political, and cultural life.” More from Boston College Chronicle.

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Grief and gratitude at Thanksgiving

keenan“It is ok to grieve on Thanksgiving, because when we grieve we feel how much the love is between ourselves and those whom we lost,” writes Canisius Professor James Keenan, SJ, in an essay for Commonweal magazine’s blog.  “When we feel that love, we are grateful for that gift.  They go hand in hand.  I am as grateful for the grief as I am for the love.” Fr. Keenan is the director of BC’s Jesuit Institute and Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program. Read more of his essay, “Grief and Gratitude at Thanksgiving.”

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School of Social Work magazine

ssw magThe fall 2015 issue of the Boston College School of Social Work magazine features the work of junior faculty members Rocio Calvo, Jessica Black, Summer Hawkins and Erika Sabbath as well as the contributions of James Lubben to the Grand Challenges to Social Work initiative, an agenda for the next generation of social workers to solve some of society’s most pressing social ills. Read these stories and many other articles.

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Working for a better world

carolynwooPresident & CEO of Catholic Relief Services Carolyn Y. Woo will present “Working for a Better World: The Story of Catholic Relief Services and Carolyn Woo,” on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. in Gasson 100. Woo joined Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, after a long career in higher education. She will discuss CRS’ growth and development, and her own experiences and impressions as its head. Her faith journey and work at CRS are recounted in her new book, Working for a Better World (Our Sunday Visitor, 2015). Sponsors: Church in the 21st Century Center, University Mission and Ministry.

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Dead Ringer

dead ringerWhy is everyone staring at Laura Rivers? That’s just the beginning of the mystery; turns out, Laura has a doppelgänger, and it isn’t just anyone. So begin the twists and turns of Dead Ringer (Full Fathom Five, 2015), a debut novel by Boston College alumna Jessie Rosen. Time magazine named Rosen among its 25 Best Bloggers of 2013, noting that Rosen “has been writing about 20-something life with disarming candor, humility and wonder since long before Lena Dunham’s ‘Girls’ debuted.” Read an excerpt from Dead Ringer.

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A happy kid

happy kid bookKatie Hurley, a child and adolescent psychotherapist, shows parents how happiness is the key to raising confident, capable children in her new book The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World (Tarcher, 2015). According to Hurley, happiness is about parenting the individual, because not every child is the same, and not every child will respond to parenting the same way. By exploring the differences among introverts, extroverts, and everything in between, The Happy Kid Handbook offers parents specific strategies they need to meet their child exactly where he or she needs to be met from a social-emotional perspective. Hurley, a Boston College alumna, practices psychotherapy in Los Angeles and is a freelance writer for many online publications, including EverydayFamily, Momtastic,, Yahoo Parenting and The Huffington Post.

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