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OneBook Project

The OneBook Project is a college-wide initiative that invites students, faculty, staff and members of the outside community to read a common text and engage in discussions around that text. The goal is to create an interdisciplinary learning community that explores issues relevant to the text and our community. This year, MassBay will be awarding a prize to a regional author whose work connects to the mission of the OneBook Project.

2015 OneBook Description:

The Hanging Judge by Michael Ponsor is a legal thriller that describes a death penalty case from the perspective of a presiding judge. Ponsor, an experienced federal trial judge who presided over a rare Massachusetts death penalty trial, narrates the motions, objections, and cross-examinations in the case of United States v. Hudson.

We will be inviting Michael Ponsor to receive his award and to hold a master class on campus on Tuesday, Oct. 27, time TBA.

Ponsor will also give a library reading and talk at the Wellesley Free Library the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Times to be finalized.

For more information about the OneBook Project at MassBay or details about upcoming events, please contact Dean of Humanities, Christopher La Barbera at clabarbera@massbay.edu

2014 OneBook Essay Contest Winners

Winning essays on MassBay’s 2014 OneBook, Into the Beautiful North. Winners were honored at the MassBay Evening of Excellence on May 7th, 2015.

  • Winner, Alessandra Hernandez, recipient of a Kindle FireHD
    For her essay, “An Unconventional Hero”
  • Honorable Mention, Diana Atoui, recipient of a $50 MassBay Bookstore Gift Card
    For her essay, “Nayeli’s Heroic Quest”
  • Honorable Mention, Jacob Weiner, recipient of a $50 MassBay Bookstore Gift Card
    For his essay, “A True Hero”

The 2014 OneBook Description:

Into the Beautiful North is a well-written, engaging story. It is fiction, an adventure, but deals with issues surrounding marginalized people, civil society, and community on multiple levels. It has unconventional heroes in which our students may see themselves

It was chosen by NYC for this year's "Big Read." Negotiations are under underway with regard to turning it into a movie. Luis Urrea formerly taught Humanities at MassBay. He is by all accounts "a lovely man," "gregarious," and "great with students," and would be a wonderful speaker to have here.


Faculty Panel Discussion of the OneBook Into the Beautiful North



View all past OneBooks in Blackboard under the organization OneBook.

2014 OneBook Events


2014 OneBook Flyer - 400


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Past Events

MassBay OneBook Essay Contest Winners for the 2013 OneBook - The Pact