David Maraniss on the Art of Biography and the Search for Truth

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David Maraniss. Photo: Lucian Perkins

Pulitzer prize-winner David Maraniss says writing a successful biography nowadays involves wading through an ocean of data and seeking out the relevant facts from the wealth of misinformation that’s out there.

Among Maraniss’s works are biographies of presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and sporting legends Vince Lombardi and Roberto Clemente. He visited the Bowdoin campus recently to talk about his work. Read more about David Maraniss and listen to an interview.

A Real Page Turner: Flipping Out Over Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’

One of only 120 copies of John James Audubon’s “The Birds of America” believed to still exist is on permanent display in Bowdoin’s George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives.

As News and Media Relations Director Doug Cook explains, the library has begun making an event of the monthly page-turning.

A Real Page Turner: Flipping Out Over Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’ from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

Bowdoin received its copy of The Birds of America in 1955 as a gift from Roscoe Hupper, a member of the Class of 1907 and the Board of Overseers, in memory of his mother, Mary Alden Hupper.

Chris Brown ’91 Gears up for Record Store Day 2016, Nine Years After Launching Now-Global Event

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Chris Brown ’91

Chris Brown ’91 set up Record Store Day in 2008, nearly two decades after helping fellow Bowdoin grad Brett Wickard ’90 set up Bull Moose Music in Brunswick – now a chain of 12 record stores across Maine and New Hampshire. Since then Record Store Day, which is billed a celebration of independent record stores everywhere, has grown into an international event featuring live concerts and record releases from some of the top names in musical entertainment. This Saturday, April 16th, marks the ninth annual event. Read more about Chris Brown and Record Store Day 2016.


From Dante to Battlestar Galactica: Analyzing ‘World’ Science Fiction


Arielle Saiber

Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literature Arielle Saiber is happy that science fiction is at last being recognized as a worthy subject in the academic world.

Furthermore, Saiber, a renowned Dante scholar, sees a link between much medieval and renaissance Italian literature and more modern works of science fiction. Read more about Saiber’s recent lecture on “world science fiction.”