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Recent English grad Jackie Perman ’16 has been published on the Local Current Blog. Jackie wrote this piece for her Narrative Journalism course she took this spring with Stephen Smith. Congratulations Jackie!


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Premiere boards Asa Butterfield dramedy 'The House Of Tomorrow' | ScreenDaily | February 15, 2018
LA-based Premiere Entertainment Group arrives in Berlin with international rights to coming-of-age tale "The House Of Tomorrow" starring Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Ellen Burstyn, and Nick Offerman. English Professor Peter Bognanni wrote the novel and Tarik Karam '01 was one of the producers. The film opens in April.

Minnesota Book Awards finalists announced | Pioneer Press | January 27, 2018
Macalester did well. Bao Phi '97, finalist in two categories — children’s literature and poetry; Amy Thielen '97, finalist in the memoir & creative nonfiction category; and English Professor Peter Bognanni, finalist in the youth adult literature category.

Minnesota Book Award finalists include Bao Phi, Louise Erdrich, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Steve Sack | Star Tribune | January 27, 2018
Macalester is well-represented: Bao Phi '97, finalist in two categories — poetry and children's literature; Amy Thielen '97, finalist in memoir & creative nonfiction category; and English Professor Peter Bognanni, finalist in young adult literature. The winners will be announced April 21 at the 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards gala. Earlier this month, Phi won the prestigious Charlotte Zolotow Award for “A Different Pond,” named best picture book published in the country.

Final 'Maze Runner' kicks off a busy year of young-adult movie adaptations | USA Today | January 24, 2018
Several young adult movies and franchises are opening this year, and one of them is based on English Professor Peter Bognanni's book, "The House of Tomorrow." The film, of the same name opening April 20, is about a teen raised under a dome who forms a punk band with his rebellious friend. It stars, Asa Butterfield, Ellen Burstyn, Alex Wolff, Maude Apatow, and Nick Offerman.

Poet Kevin Young and author Marlon James to be in conversation at the Loft | Star Tribune | January 16, 2018
Poet and essayist Kevin Young, author of the nonfiction book, "Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News," will be in conversation with Man Booker Prize winning writer and English Professor Marlon James in Minneapolis on March 19, at the Loft Literary Center. Tickets are available through the Loft website.

Marlon James reflects on race and police in 2017 | MPR News | December 18, 2017
This past weekend marked six months since police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of all charges in the shooting of Philando Castile. When Minnesota author and Macalester English Professor Marlon James heard the news, he voiced his frustration in a Facebook post that went viral. Six months later, James joined MPR News host Tom Weber to reflect on police and racism in the U.S.

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