In her first novel, BC alumna Laura Kenyon imagines the “happily ever after” lives of beloved fairy tale princesses, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel and friends. Desperately Ever After has been described as one part Sex and the City, two parts Desperate Housewives, and three parts Brothers Grimm. Learn more about Kenyon in this author Q&A. Follow Kenyon on Twitter at @Laura_Kenyon and facebook.
The bright, young minds that brought the world The Jesuit Post (TJP)–a website featuring commentary from young Jesuits on the intersection of faith and culture–have published a new book of essays titled, The Jesuit Post (Orbis Books). In addition to 20 original essays, the book includes a few “best of” essays from the website’s first two years. Many Boston College students and alumni are contributors to the new book. School of Theology and Ministry students Ryan Duns, SJ; Quentin Dupont, SJ; Michael Rozier, SJ, and Sam Sawyer, SJ have written essays. Alumni contributors are Jeff Johnson, SJ; James Martin, SJ; Jayme Stayer, SJ, and George Williams, SJ. Sawyer’s essay can be previewed here. In a review, Publishers Weekly says “Religious faith and the spiritual life are more relevant than ever, even if contemporary young adults live out these commitments in radically different ways than past generations. St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, would be proud to know that his work continues into the 21st century.” Sawyer, who earned his undergraduate degree from BC, is one of the founders of TJP, which has been called “one of the best things that U.S. Jesuits have done in the last 10 years.” Read an interview with the TJP founders.
In honor of National Poetry Month, BC Bookmarks spotlights BC alumnus Joseph Spece, editor of SHARKPACK Poetry Review and author of the poetry collection Roads. According to Hannah Fries of Orion Magazine: “The language of Joseph Spece is richly musical, at once strange and familiar, formidable, exploratory, confident. ..these are the poems of an intensely curious soul, a poet steeped in myth and in letters.” Earlier this academic year, Spece gave a reading on campus and talked about his writing with @BC. His poem, “Hades and the Linguists,” was published in the Winter 2014 issue of Boston College Magazine.
Elizabeth Smart, who wrote about her traumatic abduction and nine months of captivity in her best-selling memoir My Story (St. Martin’s Press, 2013), will speak at Boston College on Apr. 10 at 7 p.m. in McGuinn Auditorium. Smart’s testimony helped to convict her captors and she has gone on to become an advocate and public speaker. As president of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, she works to prevent crimes against children and to improve child abduction and recovery programs and legislation. Smart and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors guide, “You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment,” to encourage children who have gone through similar experiences to not give up and to know that there is life after tragic events. Sponsors: Women’s Resource Center, Office of Health Promotion, Science Club For Girls, R.E.A.C.T, FISTS, Sharps, To Write Love On Her Arms, I Am That Girl, Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics, UGBC & SWSG.
Author Rachel Lloyd will present “Girls Like Us: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Girls in the US” on Apr. 8 at 4 p.m. in McGuinn Auditorium. Lloyd is the founder and CEO of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), and author of the memoir, Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale. Lloyd’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Sponsors: Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Women’s Resource Center, Office of Health Promotion, Sociology Department, REACT and VSA.