Machine Feelings

machine feelingsPhil Temples, a Computer Science systems administrator, has published a new short story anthology, Machine Feelings and Other Stories (Big Table Publishing, 2016). The volume features some 50 science fiction/fantasy stories from Temples, representing 15 years of writing. Temples is also the author of the novel The Winship Affair.

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Karl Rahner

imbelliFr. Robert Imbelli, associate professor of theology emeritus, offers an appreciation and critique of Jesuit Karl Rahner, one of the most influential Catholic theologians of the 20th century, in an article for First Things. Fr. Imbelli is the author of the book Rekindling the Christic Imagination: Theological Meditations for the New Evangelization.

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Whodunit in DC?

homicideBC alumna Colleen J. Shogan, who serves as Deputy Director of National and International Outreach for the Library of Congress, also is the author of the Washington Whodunit mystery book series. The first book, Stabbing in the Senate (Camel Press, 2015) won a 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award for “Best Mystery.” She has recently released the second book in the series, Homicide in the House, which was named to Roll Call’s Capitol Hill Summer Reading List. The series follows the adventures of Kit Marshall, a congressional staffer whose life often intersects with mystery and murder.
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Life of Virginia

virginia hudsonBC alumna Beverly Mayne Kienzle has penned a biography of her grandmother, Virginia Cary Hudson (1894-1954), whose collection of essays, published after her death, sold more than a million copies and was on the New York Times Best Seller list for more than 60 weeks. Virginia Cary Hudson, the Jigs & Juleps! Girl: Her Life & Writings (iUniverse, 2016) contains never before published photos, poems, drawings, and excerpts from letters, all by Hudson, as well as Hudson’s own accounts of experiences when she accompanied her horseman husband to race tracks from Kentucky to Cuba to Las Vegas. Kienzle is a retired Harvard Divinity School professor who has published a dozen books and some 70 articles in her field. More from Broadway World.

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Forming student leaders

5stepsThe book 5 Steps to Effective Student Leadership: Insights & Examples (New City Press, 2014) combines student affairs best practices with Ignatian spirituality in a resource for the formation of student leaders. Inspired by the lives and experiences of actual student leaders, 5 Steps offers real-world examples of how to engage students in effective practices that both teach the individual and build the community. The authors are BC alumni Dennis Carr and Hannah Trost and Lynch School of Education lecturer Michael James, director of LSOE’s Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education.

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The Hopefuls

hopefulsBest-selling author and Boston College alumna Jennifer Close tells a story about ambition and marriage in her new novel, The Hopefuls (Knopf, 2016). Husband and wife Matt and Beth, newcomers to Washington, D.C., befriend a charismatic White House staffer named Jimmy, and his wife, Ashleigh. Soon the couples’ friendship—and Beth’s relationship with Matt—is threatened by jealousy, competition, and rumors. Close also is the author of Girls in White Dresses and The Smart One. Read an interview with Close in Entertainment Weekly. | Washington Post book review

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Tavarelli’s Star Fragments

star fragmentsBC Fine Arts Professor of the Practice Andrew Tavarelli has traveled extensively in Bali and Southeast Asia—always with a journal, a set of watercolors, and a camera. Material from Tavarelli’s travel journal provided the basis for his unpublished novel, False Stars. Now, Tavarelli has taken passages from that book and combined them with watercolors to create a new novel, Star Fragments. The author/artist, who believes in the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words,” writes in the book’s preface that “Just as each [narrator’s] voice adds to the richness of the story, the imagery expands the narrative and makes it tangible.” View or download here.

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