Roycroft founder Elbert Hubbard

Writer and publisher Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) is known for founding Roycroft, a community of artists and craftspeople in East Aurora, New York. He established a press and wrote and produced two magazines, The Philistine and The Fra, as well as a series of biographical pamphlets titled Little Journeys. Hubbard and the Roycrofters are the subject of a book by a BC alumnus as well as an exhibit at BC. Bruce A. White, who earned an M.Ed. and an M.A. from Boston College, has recently published a new and expanded paperback edition of his book Elbert Hubbard’s The Philistine: A Periodical of Protest (1895 – 1915). White’s book offers a unique chronicle of Hubbard and his magazine, which featured work by Stephen Crane and Wizard of Oz illustrator W.W. Denslow. On display at Burns Library through October 1 is the exhibiton “Dreams of Art & Glory: Book Craft by the Roycrofters.” Co-curated by Barbara Adams Hebard and Andrew Isidoro, the exhibit focuses on products of the Roycrofters’ bookbinding and printing shops, and features holdings from the BC Libraries that highlight Roycrofter artisan designs, including the Little Journeys series, beautifully printed and hand decorated text blocks, and books in stunning modelled leather bindings. More from the Burns Library blog.

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John Kerry memoir

John Kerry tells the story of his life—from son of a diplomat to decorated Vietnam veteran, five-term United States senator, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and Secretary of State—in his new memoir, Every Day Is Extra (Simon & Schuster, 2018). Kerry is a 1976 graduate of Boston College Law and was awarded an honorary doctorate from BC in 2014. His public service career has spanned 50 years and as Secretary of State he traveled to more than 90 countries. In his autobiography, Kerry shares stories about colleagues Ted Kennedy and John McCain, as well as President Obama and other major figures, and provides forceful testimony for the importance of diplomacy and American leadership to address the increasingly complex challenges of a more globalized world. The publisher calls Every Day is Extra “candid…passionate, insightful, sometimes funny, [and] always moving.” Boston Globe review | NPR review |  Book tour information

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Designing Your Life

Author Dave Evans will deliver the keynote address at First Year Academic Convocation on September 6 at 7 p.m. in Conte Forum. Evans is the co-author of Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-LivedJoyful Life (Knopf, 2016)the Class of 2022’s common read distributed to incoming first-year students at orientation. Co-written with Bill Burnett, Designing Your Life is based on the authors’ popular Stanford University undergraduate course on navigating moral, ethical, and foundational choices in careers and lives. Through anecdotes, psychology, and thought experiments, the book helps students conscientiously and rigorously answer “Big Questions” such as “How do I find a job that I like or maybe even love?” “How do I balance my career with my family?” And “How can I make a difference in the world?” Read more. | Designing Your Life official website

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Jack Ryan

Boston College “alumnus” Jack Ryan, a character created by the late best-selling author Tom Clancy, returns to the screen as the title hero of the new Amazon Prime series “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.” Ryan, a CIA analyst, is played by Newton, Mass. native John Krasinski, perhaps best known for his role as Jim Halpert in “The Office.” Jack Ryan appeared in many of Clancy’s books, including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears, among othersClancy is believed to have based the Jack Ryan character on a high school friend who attended BC and became a U.S. Navy helicopter pilot in Vietnam. The first season of the series is available beginning August 31.  More from BC News

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A poet’s story

Lynne Spigelmire Viti, a Boston College graduate, reflects on her family history in her newly published poetry collection titled The Glamorganshire Bible (Finishing Line Press, 2018). Viti is also the author of Baltimore Girls, a poetry collection published last year, and a microchapbook, Punting, from Origami Poems Project. A Baltimore native, Viti is a faculty emerita lecturer in the Writing Program at Wellesley College, where she  taught writing-intensive courses in bioethics, legal studies, literature, media studies, and journalism. She earned both a PhD in English and a law degree from Boston College. Her poetry, nonfiction, and fiction has appeared in more than 100 online and print journals and anthologies, including The Wire: Urban Decay and American TelevisionThe Baltimore Sun, Gargoyle, ConstellationsAmuse-Bouche, The Paterson Review, The Little Patuxent Review, Drunk Monkeys, Cultured VulturesIncandescent Mind, and Right Hand Pointing. She won honorable mentions in the 2017 WOMR/Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest, the 2015 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest, and the 2015 Glimmer Train Short Fiction Contest. Read an interview with Viti in WickedLocal Westwood.

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Encyclopedia of Buddhist Art

The first comprehensive reference collection of Buddhist art—an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike—is now housed at BC’s Bapst Library. The 22-volume English language Encyclopedia of Buddhist Art was donated earlier this year to the Boston College Libraries by the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in Cambridge. The featured works of art come from more than 30 countries. “These beautifully designed volumes cover such subjects as architecture, caves and rock carving, sculpture, painting, decorative art, calligraphy, and more, and include more than ten thousand color illustrations,” said Nina Bogdanovsky, senior research librarian/bibliographer at O’Neill Library. More from BC News.

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The woman behind the famous name

Boston College grad Margaret Cardillo’s new children’s book takes a look at the life of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In Just Being Jackie (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, 2018), Cardillo highlights not only the style and grace of the former first lady, but also her work as a journalist, a preservationist, and an editor of award-winning books. This is the second picture book by Cardillo and illustrator Julia Denos, whose first book was the award-winning Just Being Audrey, about Audrey Hepburn. A former children’s book editor, Cardillo now teaches screenwriting at the University of Miami.

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