Department News

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!

English in the News

Buckingham Palace celebrates 50 years of Man Booker Prize | The Bookseller | July 6, 2018
Publishers and past winners, including English professor Marlon James, joined the Duchess of Cornwall at a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate 50 years of the Man Booker Prize.

Minnesota novelist Marlon James offers peek at new series he calls 'African Game of Thrones' | Star Tribune | June 13, 2018
English professor Marlon James described his new series as "an African 'Game of Thrones,'" and even though the first book won't be published until February 2019, the buzz is already starting.

Star Ellen Burstyn brought a personal touch to Minnesota-made movie | Star Tribune | May 29, 2018
For his first feature film, director/screenwriter Peter Livolsi chose to bring his stars, Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn and Nick Offerman, to a classic Minnesota small town, Chisago County’s North Branch. The film is inspired by the 2010 young adult bestseller “The House of Tomorrow” by Peter Bognanni, a Macalester College English professor.

Minnesota-based 'House of Tomorrow' is a home for introspection today | Star Tribune | May 24, 2018
The adaptation of English professor Peter Bognanni’s novel exudes charm and genuine emotions. Star Tribune movie critic Colin Covert gave it four out of four stars.

'House of Tomorrow,' about a teenager raised in a dome, hits the screen | MPR News | May 24, 2018
Recently, St. Paul novelist and English professor Peter Bognanni got to see the film adaptation of his novel "The House of Tomorrow" screen in theaters. They shot the film in North Branch, just north of the Twin Cities, and Bognanni spent a lot of time on set. He's working on more films, he said, and on a novel based on his experiences tearing tickets at the now-demolished Oak Street movie theater in Minneapolis. It's due out next year.

‘Dome home’/punk rock movie filmed in Minnesota | Pioneer Press | May 22, 2018
“The House of Tomorrow,” which was partly filmed in Minnesota in 2016, stars Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman and Asa Butterfield, and is based on a novel by Macalester grad/English professor Peter Bognanni ‘01. A coming-of-age drama about a kid, his grandmother, his new pal and the relationships all of them have with theorist R. Buckminster Fuller and with punk music, “Tomorrow” is set in and around North Branch.