Anthony Doerr ’95 Reviews James Gleick’s Book on Time Travel as a Literary Device


Anthony Doerr ’95

The concept of time travel has long fascinated author Anthony Doerr ’95. Writing in the New York Times, he says this interest dates back to when he was ten and his mother gave him a copy of Ray Bradbury’s A Sound of Thunder, which features a time-traveling big game hunter who goes back to the prehistoric era to try and bag a dinosaur.

Doerr reviews Time Travel: A History, the latest offering from acclaimed author and science historian James Gleick. In it Gleick describes how authors have employed the idea of time travel, starting with H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine in 1895. “Time Travel, like all of Gleick’s work,” writes Doerr, “is a fascinating mash-up of philosophy, literary criticism, physics, and cultural observation.”

Instant Coffee, Soy Sauce, Prints: Visiting Artist Teaches Non-toxic Printmaking

Visiting artist Liz Chalfin teaches artists how to work with non-toxic materials

In a recent printmaking class, visiting artist Liz Chalfin taught students how to prepare plates with a solution of instant coffee and water. Later, the students cleaned their plates with soy sauce instead of the typical ammonia.

The use of non-toxic materials is central to Chalfin’s work at the Zea Mays Printmaking studio she founded in Florence, Mass. Invited to Bowdoin as the fall 2016 visiting artist for the Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project, Chalfin offered demonstrations to Bowdoin printmaking students on safer printmaking practices, and also spoke about her art and artistic process. Some of her works are currently on display in the Robert H. and Blythe Bickel Edwards Center for Art and Dance.

Read more about Liz Chalfin’s work with Bowdoin students.

Kelly Kerney ’02 Reads from Latest Novel, ‘Hard Red Spring’

Kelly Kerney ’02 reads from her latest novel

Bowdoin graduate Kelly Kerney returned to campus Tuesday, Sept. 27, to read from and discuss her most recent novel, Hard Red Spring, published by Penguin Random House. The novel, which is told through the stories of four American women, examines the turbulence of nineteenth-century Guatemala. Spanning one hundred years, the narrative entwines stories of Guatemalan history with American intervention.

When she was a student at Bowdoin, Kerney—an English major—worked closely with the department’s writer-in-residence, Anthony Walton. “I had always wanted to be a writer,” Kerney said. “There was never really a decision.” The exposure to classic and modern literature at Bowdoin further inspired her, she said. After reading popular contemporary literature, Kerney thought: “I could do this.” Read more about Kelly Kerney’s visit.

Designer Lauren McGrath ’07 Shares Ideas for Your Small Spaces (Architectural Digest)

Design duo Suzanne Grua McGrath (left) and daughter Lauren McGrath '07 (Image: McGrath II)

Design duo Suzanne Grua McGrath (left) and daughter Lauren McGrath ’07 (Image: McGrath II)

Design is in Lauren McGrath’s bones. Her mother, Suzanne Grua McGrath, earned five Emmys over her decade-long career as style editor and producer at Martha Stewart Living Television, and together this mother-daughter team wrote Good Bones, Great Pieces: The Seven Essential Pieces To Carry You Through a Lifetime and are behind the McGrath II design blog.

Lauren and her work are showcased in the Architectural Digest piece, “The One Must-Have Investment Piece for a Small Space.”

Lauren McGrath ’07 is the niece of Peter Grua and Mary O’Connell, both of whom are members of the Class of 1976.