Going haywire

Jerry Haywire is a new book by Boston College alumnus Ryan Morgan (writing under the pen name Forrester C. Fox). Jerry Haywire tells the story of sports agent Maddox Malone whose greed and fast-paced career eventually catch up with him. Faced with problems at work and at home, Maddox begins to question all of his assumptions. Jerry Haywire is Morgan’s first novel.

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Flann O’Brien exhibit at Burns Library

The John J. Burns Library at Boston College is highlighting Irish novelist, playwright, and satirist Flann O’Brien in an exhibit on display now through June 8. “Genius of Genre: The Pen Names and Personas of Flann O’Brien” will examine O’Brien, [the pseudonym of Brian O’Nolan (1911-1966)], through the library’s unrivaled collection of the writer’s papers and personal library. The Burns collection comprises 30 boxes of material, plus a number of artifacts, including a hat, briefcase, wallet, passport, and Underwood typewriter. Students from BC faculty member Joseph Nugent’s course, “From Page to Pod: Making Literature Public,” are creating podcast and iBook projects to accompany the exhibit.  Read more in the BC Libraries newsletter.

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Little Man

A little boy learns that making mistakes is an important part of being human and that laughing at those mistakes is what helps a little boy grow into a little man, in a new book by Boston College alumnus Matt Clemente. Currently a doctoral student at BC, Clemente also teaches in BC’s Woods College of Advancing Studies. His book, Little Man’s Misadventures, is illustrated by his brother, R.L. Clemente.

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The Challenge of “Us” in Ecological Times

Theologian Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., a professor emerita at Fordham University, will present the 18th Annual Prophetic Voices Lecture on Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in Fulton Hall, room 511. In her talk, titled “The Challenge of ‘Us’ in Ecological Times,” Sr. Johnson will explore the basis for kinship in the community of creation. Sr. Johnson is the author of numerous articles and books, including Creation and the Cross: The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril.  RSVP: Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life.

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Fiction Days

Writer, critic, and essayist Carmen Maria Machado will speak on campus Feb. 27 as part of the University’s Fiction Days. The talk will focus on her debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. Her writing has appeared in the New YorkerGrantaTin HouseGuernicaGulf Coast, and elsewhere. Machado’s memoir House in Indiana is forthcoming this year. The event will take place in Gasson Hall, room 100 at 7 p.m. Sponsor: Lowell Humanities Series.

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Journalist Elizabeth Flock

Journalist Elizabeth Flock, a BC alumna, will talk about her career and her book, The Heart is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai (Harper Perennial), on Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. in Devlin Hall, Room 026. The Heart is a Shifting Sea offers a deep dive into the lives of three couples living in India’s largest city, where tradition is colliding with Western culture. Flock’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic, Vice, Al Jazeera, and many other publications. She runs the PBS NewsHour-New York Times Book Club, “Now Read This.” Read more about Flock’s book in this BC Bookmarks post from 2018.

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Navigating grief

Boston College alumna Susan Hannifin-MacNab was the mother of a young child when she was suddenly widowed at age 41. Over the next few years, she turned to counseling, meditation, diet, and a therapy dog, among other tools, to help her and her son through the grieving and healing process. Hannifin-MacNab chronicled the experiences in a book, A to Z Healing Toolbox: A Practical Guide for Navigating Grief and Trauma with Intention, a 300-page workbook she hopes will help others who are grieving. Each chapter  — from A for animal therapy to Z for “Getting your zzzzzs (sleep)” — begins with a description of the tool and how it helped her, followed by action steps readers can use, healing stories by others, a list of resources and a blank page for notes. A to Z was awarded a bronze medal in the Psychology and Mental Health division of the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards and was a finalist for a 2018 INDIE Book Award. Read more in this article from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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