US Catholic recommends Hope

hope bookU.S. Catholic magazine recommends Hope: Promise, Possibility, and Fulfillment, a book edited by School of Theology and Ministry faculty members Rev. Richard Lennan and Nancy Pineda-Madrid that features essays on the theology of hope from 16 STM faculty members. The collection of essays “truly feels like a dialogue,” according to the review by J. Peter Nixon. For more on the book, check out this Boston College Chronicle article.

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Poe Returns to Boston

poe statueA sculpture of Edgar Allan Poe will be unveiled in Boston on October 5, thanks to the efforts of the Poe Foundation, chaired by Boston College English Professor Paul Lewis. The sculpture, titled Poe Returning to Boston and created by Stefanie Rocknak, will be installed at the intersection of Boylston Street and Charles Street South. Poe, author “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” and many other classic works, was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. For more on the project, check out these stories: WBUR “Radio Boston,” Boston Magazine, WBUR “TheARTery,” CBC Radio (Canada).

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Intercollegiate Poetry Festival

baileyBetsy Sholl, Maine’s poet laureate from 2006 to 2011, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Greater Boston Intercollegiate Undergraduate Poetry Festival taking place at Boston College on Apr. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Yawkey Center. Sholl is the author of several collections of poetry, including Otherwise Unseeable, winner of the Four Lakes Prize in Poetry Prize. Area college students selected by their professors will read from their own poetry at the event. Boston College will be represented by senior Bailey Spencer (pictured), who will share “Ferment and Grow Old,” a poem in tribute to her great-grandmother. A chapbook of student poetry will be published in conjunction with the festival, which has been organized by BC English Professor Suzanne Matson. Sponsors: Poetry Days and Boston College Magazine.

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jesus bookBest-selling author and Jesuit priest James Martin, SJ, has published a new book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage (HarperCollins, 2014), that offers readers a unique look at both the human emotions and divine activities of Jesus. According to the publisher, the book is a bold retelling of the Gospels that is faithful to the Christian tradition. It brings together the most up-to-date Bible scholarship, spiritual insights, and lighthearted stories about Fr. Martin’s travels through the Holy Land where he visited the most significant sites in the life of Jesus. Listen to Fr. Martin discuss his new book in this video and offer the Top 10 Things to Know about Jesus. Fr. Martin’s previous publications include The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, My Life with the Saints, and Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life. He is also an editor-at-large at America magazine. Fr. Martin graduated from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, which reaffiliated with Boston College in 2008 to form the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) at Boston College. In a recent column for America magazine, he thanked several scholars– including STM’s Richard Clifford, SJ and Thomas Stegman, SJ–who helped him as he wrote his book.

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The books they love

bGlobe_normal_biggerThis semester’s lineup of speakers for BC’s Lowell Humanities Series was stellar. Kudos to Boston College Professor of English Carlo Rotella, director of the Lowell Humanities Series, and his team for organizing the lecture series and Boston College and the Lowell Institute of Boston for the funding. Among the writers who came to Boston College were Frog Music and Room author Emma Donoghue and The Unwinding author George Packer, both of whom shared their thoughts on reading and books with the Boston Globe in advance of their talks on campus. Donoghue Q&A | Packer Q&A


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Hangout with Boston Strong author

PR5H9378.JPGBC alumnus Dave Wedge, an investigative journalist and author of the forthcoming book Boston Strong, will participate in a Google hangout today from  2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Wedge’s book, co-written with New York Times best-selling author Casey Sherman, is a compelling, dramatic non-fiction account of the heartbreak and heroism that took place at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Wedge will talk about the anniversary of the bombings and share the stories of survival and perseverance of the victims and their families. A piece they wrote about a healing voyage for the marathon survivors was featured earlier this year in Esquire magazine. Sponsor: Boston College Office of News & Public Affairs.
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Happily ever after?

ever afterIn 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.

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