Tennis, anyone?

bbblogo_400x400A book co-authored by retired Boston College faculty member Alan Lawson was honored by the Bookbuilders of Boston at their annual New England Book Show. Longwood Covered Courts and the Rise of American Tennis, co-written by Lawson and Mark Williams of Boston University, was named best book in the category of reference books. Their book describes how the modern game of tennis was developed in the Boston area and inspired the building of the Longwood Covered Courts in 1913, the first indoor tennis club in America.

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Minority rights

moral minoritiesIn his new book Moral Minorities and the Making of American Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2014), historian and Boston College alumnus Kyle G. Volk focuses on grassroot moral reforms in the early nineteenth century to show how immigrants, black northerners, abolitionists, liquor dealers, Catholics, Jews and Seventh-day Baptists –moral minorities–articulated a different vision of democracy requiring the protection of minority rights. According to Volk, the moral minorities of the mid-nineteenth century pioneered fundamental methods of political participation and legal advocacy that subsequent generations of civil-rights and civil-liberties activists would adopt and that are widely used today. Volk is an associate professor of history at the University of Montana. Read an excerpt.

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Boston reads

defending has published a list of Boston-related recommended reading. Among the listed books are a couple by Boston College grads, The Friends of Eddie Coyle by the late George V. Higgins and Defending Jacob by William Landay.

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Scary good

Boston College alumnus Chuck Hogan is co-creator of FX’s big summer hit “The Strain.” Based on the best-selling thriller The Strain, co-written by Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro, the show is about an epic battle for survival between man and vampire. Hogan also serves as one of the show’s executive producers and writers. According to FX, “The Strain”–which airs Sunday nights–has become the top cable show of the summer and FX’s all-time most popular launch. Watch a trailer. Read what Entertainment Weekly has to say about the show.

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The movement of paper in colonial Latin America

disance and documentsThe creation, movement and storage of paperwork in colonial Latin America, part of the expansive Spanish Empire, is the focus of Distance and Documents at the Spanish Empire’s Periphery (Stanford University Press, 2013) by Assistant Professor of History Sylvia Sellers-García. She was recently interviewed by Senior Reference Librarian Elliot Brandow about the case that served as the genesis of her study– a witchcraft trial in early 18th century Guatemala– and why the study of a place beyond the center of the Spanish Empire matters.

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Review of Golinkin’s forthcoming book

vodkaComing this fall is a memoir by Boston College alumnus Lev Golinkin titled A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka (Doubleday, 2014). Golinkin writes about his Jewish family fleeing the Soviet Union in the waning years of the Cold War, with only the vague promise of help awaiting in Vienna. Years later, Golinkin would return to Austria and Eastern Europe to track down the strangers who made his escape possible and say thank you. According to a review in Publishers Weekly, “Golinkin has created a deeply moving account of fear and hope.”

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Cohen, senior editor of Auditing

cohenJeffrey Cohen, a professor of accounting in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, has become senior editor of Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory. Sponsored by the American Accounting Association, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory is the premier journal world-wide for research in auditing.

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