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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 Project — The Massachusetts Bay OneBook Prize

The author whose book is chosen for the 2015 OneBook prize will receive $1,000 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 2015, 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.

The application deadline for 2015 was April 10th. Notification of the winning author coming soon.

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

Essay Contest Winners

Winning essays on MassBay’s current OneBook, Into the Beautiful North. Winners will be 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