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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.

2016 OneBook Project — The Massachusetts Bay OneBook Prize

The author whose book is chosen for the 2016 OneBook prize will receive $2,000 and adoption of the book as the Massachusetts Bay OneBook (the common freshman English book at the College). The winning author must be able to travel to Wellesley, MA for two public events in October 2016, one at MassBay Community College and one in the town of Wellesley. The events consist of a college talk and master class on Massachusetts Bay’s Wellesley campus, as well as a public talk at the Wellesley Free Library, within one day.

Criteria:

  1. The book must be in English, in print, and widely available at large. Self-published books are not eligible.
  2. The book can be:
    • Fiction (no children’s books)
    • Narrative non-fiction (no instructional or self-help books)
    • Graphic novel
    • Poetry
  3. The winning author must be able to travel to Wellesley, MA for two public events in October 2016, one at MassBay Community College and one in the town of Wellesley. The events consist of a college talk and master class on Massachusetts Bay’s Wellesley campus, as well as a public talk with a community library partner, within one day.

Entry Form and Rules

Submissions must include this form and two copies of the text. Entries must be postmarked by April 1, 2016

Massachusetts Bay OneBook Prize Rules 2016
Massachusetts Bay OneBook Entry Form 2016

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


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.