Saga of the Redeemed continues

Archcriminal Tyvian Reldamar has returned in Dead but Once (Harper Voyager, 2018), Book III of the Saga of the Redeemed series by Boston College graduate Auston Habershaw. The series (Book I: The Oldest Trick and Book II: No Good Deed) follows the journey of brilliant schemer Tyvian Reldamar who has been cursed with a magic ring that forces him to do the “right” thing. Now, Tyvian has friends and money, but lots of enemies. Habershaw’s fantasy series is packed with action, intrigue, magic, and crime.

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Tellalian Collection

The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College has acquired a rich trove of Coptic textiles, and an extensive library of accompanying volumes, from collectors Donald and Barbara Tellalian of Newton, Mass. The Tellalian Collection—which comprises thirty-four Late Antique/Coptic textiles from the fourth to eighth century—is significant due to the quality, importance, and conservation of the textiles, as well as the related comprehensive library of 129 books and folios, many of which are rare volumes. The Tellalians chose the McMullen to house these important works to ensure that they are accessible to future generations of students, scholars, and the public. More from BC News.

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Greater Boston Intercollegiate Undergrad Poetry Festival

Students from nearly 20 area colleges and universities, including Boston College senior Walker Halstad, will read their original work at the 2018 Greater Boston Intercollegiate Undergraduate Poetry Festival, to be  hosted by Boston College today. Halstad, an English major and Hispanic Studies minor enrolled in the University’s Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program, submitted a poem titled “The Elements.” A chapbook of poetry written by participating students will be published in conjunction with the event. Poet Jennifer Barber, founding and current editor of the literary journal Salamander, will begin the festival with a keynote address. More from BC News.

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Life on the farm

The Goats Songs (Univerity of North Texas Press, 2018) by Boston College Associate Professor of English James Najarian, has been awarded the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry. Najarian’s debut collection is inspired by his upbringing on a farm in Pennsylvania and offers reflections on nature, animals, and his extended Armenian family. A reviewer for the New York Journal of Books writes, “Najarian takes a risk, breaks with conformity, and succeeds.” Najarian teaches 19th-century literature at BC, where he edits the scholarly journal Religion and the Arts. His poem “The Dark Ages” received the Frost Farm Poetry Prize in Metrical Poetry.

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Literary landmark’s future

As Boston’s storied Old Corner Bookstore turns 300, BC Professor of English Paul Lewis co-authors an essay with Nathaniel Hawthorne Society President Sandy Hughes in the New England Review of Books, advocating a plan for repurposing the structure, now a home to fast-food restaurants, into a museum of Boston’s literary history. “Books not Burritos” | Lewis, who led a successful campaign to have Boston officially commemorate its connection to Edgar Allan Poe, is the author of A is for Asteroids, Z is for Zombies: A Bedtime Book about the Coming Apocalypse and Cracking Up: American Humor in a Time of Conflict, and editor of The Citizen Poets of Boston: A Collection of Forgotten Poems, 1789—1820.

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Anna Deavere Smith

Playwright and actor Anna Deavere Smith, who uses her singular brand of theater to highlight issues of community, character, and diversity in America, will present “Notes from the Field” at Boston College’s Robsham Theater on Apr. 11 at 7 p.m.* “Notes from the Field” is Smith’s one-woman show about America’s school-to-prison pipeline, which funnels underprivileged, minority youth out of the classroom and into incarceration. Based on interviews with some 250 people, “Notes from the Field” has been adapted into a film, starring Smith and airing on HBO. Smith has been honored with the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize and a National Humanities Medal. In 2016, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for theatre arts. Smith’s plays include “Fires in the Mirror” and the Tony-nominated “Twilight: Los Angeles.” Her acting credits include roles in film and television, most notably “The West Wing,” “Black-ish,” and “Nurse Jackie.” *There will be a limited number of first-come, first-served tickets available on the evening of April 11 for the Boston College community and the public. If you would like to attend the event, please queue at the Robsham Theater Box Office the evening of April 11. Tickets will be handed out beginning at 6:30 p.m. until no tickets remain. The doors will close at 6:50 p.m. Sponsor: Lowell Humanities Series.

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Rescue and Jessica

In their new children’s picture book, Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship (Candlewick, 2018), authors Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes (a Boston College alumnus) share an inspiring story of a girl and her service dog. Rescue thought he’d grow up to be a Seeing Eye dog. When he gets the news that he’s better suited to being a service dog, he’s worried that he’s not up to the task. Then he meets Jessica, a girl whose life is turning out differently than the way she’d imagined it, too. Now Jessica needs Rescue by her side to help her accomplish everyday tasks. And it turns out that Rescue can help Jessica see after all: a way forward, together, one step at a time. The book is based on the real-life partnership between Kensky and her service dog, Rescue. Kensky and Downes, who were both injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, say that they hope the book not only demystifies disabilities but speaks to important issues such as tolerance, kindness, appreciating differences, overcoming obstacles, and not being afraid of difficult moments. The book’s illustrator is Scott Magoon. Downes and Kensky talk about the book in this video. | Publishers Weekly interview | Boston Globe article | CBS Boston story | WCVB Boston story | Fox Boston story | WGBH “Greater Boston”

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