Back to 1973

nothing stays the same.jpgBoston College alumna Catherine Chant blends time travel, romance, and rock n’ roll in her new novel, Nothing Stays the Same. It tells the story of 16-year-old Brennan Basford who goes back in time to try to alter the life of his late dad and one-time teen idol Ronnie Basford. But, Brennan’s attempts to save his father are inadvertently wreaking havoc with the present day. It’s up to Leah Reinard to stop the boy she loves from ruining both their futures. Chant is also the author of Wishing You Were Here, a finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Contest for excellence in young adult romance, and the non-fiction work, Grow a Book: Turning Your Story Idea Into a Workable Plot.

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Leading online and off

blending leadership.pngEffective school leaders see today’s myriad digital distractions—email, websites, apps, tweet—as calls to action and learning opportunities, according to Stephen J. Valentine and Reshan Richards, co-authors of Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off (Jossey-Bass, 2016). Drawing on recent research on leadership and learning, the authors’ experiences as educators, and information from education technology experts, this new book explores and unpacks six core beliefs necessary for the blended leader to succeed. Valentine, a BC alumnus, serves as the assistant head, Upper School, and director of academic leadership at Montclair Kimberley Academy in New Jersey. He is a coordinating editor of Klingbrief, a publication of the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University, a frequent contributor to Independent School magazine, and the author of Everything but Teaching

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Book review by Perkins

world churchProfessor of Theology Pheme Perkins takes a timely look at The World’s Oldest Church: Bible, Art, and Ritual at Dura-Europos, Syria by Michael Peppard in a review for America magazine. Peppard’s text offers a historical and theological reassessment of art and ritual in the oldest Christian building ever discovered, the house-church at Dura-Europos. Perkins is an author and scholar of the New Testament.

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Book II of the Outcasts Series

darkforestBoston College alumnus Chuck Abdella has published the second book in his fantasy/adventure series, the Outcasts. The Darkest Forests picks up where the first installment, The Lies of Autumn, left off, following the quest of Marcus, Quintus, Octavia, Gwen, Synthyya, and Alexia to save the fractured world. New friends join the gang of heroes and the past continues to complicate the present. Abdella was interviewed by his hometown paper shortly after the publication of his first book in the Outcasts Series.


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Grad student reviews Laurus

laurusTheology Department doctoral student Nathaniel Peters reviews the award-winning book Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin (translation by Lisa C. Hayden) for Commonweal magazine. Laurus, which has won two major Russian book prizes, has been listed in the company of such works as The Name of the Rose, Kristin Lavransdatter, The Diary of a Country Priest and Brideshead Revisited. Read the review.

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Essay prize in Latin American thought

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“Citizen Kane” at 75

citizen kaneIn America magazine, Fr. Richard A. Blake, S.J., writes about the relevance and timelessness of the film “Citizen Kane,” which had its general release to American audiences 75 years ago. Fr. Blake is a professor of film studies at BC and the author of Afterimage: The Indelible Catholic Imagination in the Works of Six American Filmmakers and Street Smart: The New York of Lumet, Allen, Scorsese and Lee, among other works.

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