Publications

Card image “The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity in Childhood” by Susan Engel '80

“The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity in Childhood” by Susan Engel '80

Education / Harvard University, 2015

Curiosity in children is a vital part of learning. Engel, a psychology professor at Williams College, defines curiosity and explores how educators can foster it in the classroom.

Card image “The Unfortunates” by Sophie McManus MFA '05

“The Unfortunates” by Sophie McManus MFA '05

Fiction / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015

In her debut novel, McManus delivers a breathtaking American story of inheritance, influence, class, and power.

Card image “Zubatto Syndicate 2” by Andrew Boscardin '96

“Zubatto Syndicate 2” by Andrew Boscardin '96

Big Band / Boscology, 2015

Boscardin’s sophomore album is jam-packed with compositions that bring together a mix of jazz and electric sounds.

Card image “Fans of the Impossible Life” by Kate Scelsa '02

“Fans of the Impossible Life” by Kate Scelsa '02

Fiction / Balzer + Bray, 2015

Mira and her gay best friend, Sebby, incorporate magic rituals and road trips to fix the broken parts of their lives. On their quest to live for the impossible, they meet Jeremy, a shy artist, who begins to understand why they hide from those who don’t understand them.

Card image “Octavia’s Brood” by Autumn Brown '05 (contributor)

“Octavia’s Brood” by Autumn Brown '05 (contributor)

Fiction / AK Press, 2015

Science fiction author Octavia Butler inspired this anthology of speculative fiction by organizers and activists. In Brown’s short story, “Small and Bright,” members of an underground postapocalyptic civilization are exiled onto the desolate surface of the destroyed Earth as punishment for
their crimes.

Card image “Juniors” by Kaui Hart Hemmings MFA '02

“Juniors” by Kaui Hart Hemmings MFA '02

Fiction / G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2015

Lea Lane is always the new girl at school. Her latest move finds her unexpectedly making friends with the affluent West siblings, Whitney and Will. But when her new friendships start to deepen, she must decide how much she’s willing to change to fit in.

Card image “Imperium: A Fiction the South Seas” by Christian Kracht '89

“Imperium: A Fiction the South Seas” by Christian Kracht '89

Fiction / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015

Translated from the original German, Kracht’s satire tells the story of August Engelhart, a man who travels to the Bismarck Archipelago in German New Guinea to establish a nudist colony based on the worship of the sun and a diet consisting only of coconuts.

Card image “Speed Dreaming: Stories” by Nicole Haroutunian MFA '08

“Speed Dreaming: Stories” by Nicole Haroutunian MFA '08

Fiction / Little A, 2015

In this collection of 12 short stories, young women are linked by their predicaments and the foreboding that things may not work out as planned.

Card image “Haints Stay” by Colin Winnette '07

“Haints Stay” by Colin Winnette '07

Fiction / Two Dollar Radio, 2015

Brooke and Sugar are bounty killers in pursuit of belonging and justice. After being chased out of town, they meet Bird, a boy who mysteriously wakes up beside them while they are in between stops.

Card image “The End of the Rainbow” by Susan Engel '80

“The End of the Rainbow” by Susan Engel '80

Education / The New Press, 2015

What would happen if the goal of education were happiness rather than earning wages? Engel begins the conversation through anecdotes and research.

Card image “The Ambassador’s Wife” by Jennifer Steil MFA '96

“The Ambassador’s Wife” by Jennifer Steil MFA '96

Fiction / Doubleday, 2015

Miranda, an American artist living in the Middle East and married to a British diplomat, is kidnapped, and—along with her husband—has to make harrowing decisions to be reunited with her family.

Card image “Depth” by Lev Rosen MFA '06

“Depth” by Lev Rosen MFA '06

Fiction / Regan Arts, 2015

Simone Pierce is one of New York City’s best private investigators in this dystopian sci-fi mystery. When her target is murdered, the search for his killer points Simone toward a secret that the city’s elite will stop at nothing to acquire.

Card image “Woundabout” by Lev Rosen MFA '06

“Woundabout” by Lev Rosen MFA '06

Children’s / Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015

According to the mayor of Woundabout, change is something to be feared. That doesn’t stop new residents Connor and Cordelia, or their pet capybara, from turning the town upside down when they discover a crank that transforms places into something beautiful.

Card image “Pansy in Venice: The Mystery of the Missing Parrot” by Cynthia Bardes '63

“Pansy in Venice: The Mystery of the Missing Parrot” by Cynthia Bardes '63

Children’s / Octobre, LLC, 2015

Pansy, the chocolate poodle, is on her most exciting adventure yet. To help find Penelope, a missing parrot, she must venture to Venice, where she and her companion Avery follow a trail of ruby-tipped feathers by foot, speedboat, and gondola.

Card image “Telling the Bees” by Faith Shearin MFA '93

“Telling the Bees” by Faith Shearin MFA '93

Poetry / SFA University, 2015

A collection of poems about family and everyday life told with eloquence and beauty.

Card image “Changing the Game: Women at Work in Las Vegas, 1940-1990” by Joanne L. Goodwin MA '83

“Changing the Game: Women at Work in Las Vegas, 1940-1990” by Joanne L. Goodwin MA '83

Nonfiction / University of Nevada, 2015

This study of Las Vegas between 1940 and 1990 focuses on the changing parameters of women’s employment over the course of a transformative half century.

“Understanding International Criminal Law” by Michael Bachrach '96 (contributor)

Nonfiction / Thomson Reuters, 2014

A professional overview of the jurisdictional and legal challenges associated with international criminal cases.

“A Gateless Garden: Quotes by Maine Women Writers” by Liza Bakewell '78 (editor)

Poetry and Photography / Seattle Book Co., 2015

A collection of quotations from the published works of Maine women writers from 1800 to 2014.

“Between the Tides” by Susan Shapiro Barash '76

Diction / St. Martin’s Press, 2015 (pen name: Susannah Marren)

Lainie Smith Morris struggles to adjust when her surgeon husband moves the family from New York City to the suburbs of Elliot, New Jersey.

“The Mighty Branches of the Heart: Home Poems” by Maeve Butler Beck '41

Poetry / Tamarack River, 2015

A collection of poems by Maeve Butler Beck ’41 written to her daughter, Peggy Beck ’69, between 1961 and 1979. The poems follow a woman trying to balance the role of wife and mother, yearning to write and teach. Peggy wrote the preface, which traces the trajectory of Maeve’s life.

“Storming the Old Boys’ Citadel” by Carla Blank '63 (co-author)

Nonfiction / Baraka, 2014

The stories of 19th-century female architects Mother Joseph de Sacré-Coeur and Louise Blanchard Bethune.

“One on One: The Best Monologues for Mature Actors” by Stephen Fife '77 (editor)

Educational / Applause Theatre & Cinema, 2015

This volume of One on One gathers complex and interesting monologues for women and men over 40.

Kuser/Hofer I

Electric / Independent, 2015

The debut album of electronic music duo Kuser/Hofer.

“Impersonation” by Joy Ladin '82

Poetry / Sheep Meadow, 2015

“Impersonation was originally conceived as the first book of a triptych charting gender transition; however, the second and third books in the sequence, Transmigration and Coming to Life, were published first, and this collection kept growing. Impersonation now bookends the sequence, collecting poems written before and after the stages of transition marked by Transmigration and Coming to Life.” –from the author

“Strategy Making in Nonprofit Organizations” by Mary Vradelis '82 (co-author)

Nonfiction / Business Expert, 2013

Lessons for nonprofit leaders to more effectively communicate with their business partners, employees, and donors.