Authors & Editors

The first book by Ronald Short, B.A. ’59, M.A. ’60, is completed and being formatted in both hard cover and as an e-book. Mission Impossible: One Man’s Story of Learning to Live With, Love and Lead Teens, details Short’s 50 years of working with teens as a middle school and high school teacher, high school principal and youth pastor, and of speaking at conventions on the topic.

Edward W. Wolner, B.A. ’65, is the author of Henry Ives Cobb’s Chicago: Architecture, Institutions, and the Making of a Modern Metropolis, published in June 2011 by The University of Chicago Press.

Street Smart Disciplines of Successful People book cover

John Kuhn, B.A. ’68, has written Street Smart Disciplines of Successful People. Proclaimed to be the first book of its kind, Street Smart Disciplines discusses the “how and why of disciplines” and presents powerful material meant to help students achieve the success they want in life.

Adele Porter Pascucci, B.A. ’69, M.A. ’70, has published two children’s books. A retired teacher and principal, she is an experienced sailor on the Hudson River, and her familiarity with the local water fowl inspired Duck on a Dock. Her second book, Evergreen Learns the Miracle of Christmas¸ originally was written and illustrated for her son in 1982. She revised and updated the story for her granddaughter’s first Christmas. Both books are available online.

Pascucci book covers

Charles Eames Jr., M.L.S. ’71, has written two collections of essays: No Complaints Yet and Stories to Tell.

Jill Paperno, B.S. ’71, is the author of Representing the Accused: The Practical Guide to Criminal Defense. This Aspatore legal title provides invaluable advice for navigating one’s way through a legal case. The book offers clear explanations of the criminal attorney’s role at every stage, from the arrest through the conclusion of the case.

Cecile Lawrence, M.A. ’73, has written Movements in Time: Revolution, Social Justice and Times of Change. Lawrence co-edited the book with Natalie Churn.

Under the North Light: The Life and Work of Maud and Miska Petersham

Lawrence Webster, M.L.S ’73, is the author of Under the North Light: The Life and Work of Maud and Miska Petersham. The Petershams were pivotal figures in the history of American children’s book publishing and illustration. Their story is told for the first time by Webster, a nonprofit library consultant and writer who was a neighbor of the Petershams while growing up in Woodstock, N.Y.

Vito Grasso, M.P.A. ’74, published a book with SUNY Press this past August, John Emmett Connors: Artist from Troy. With more than 100 beautiful color images, the book collects the artist’s depictions of his favorite places in the Collar City and surrounding areas. Grasso’s collaboration with Connors adds a distinctive voice to his recollections, resulting in a stunning visual and narrative account. Click here for more information.

Susan Naramore Maher, B.A. ’77, co-edited a new collection of critical essays on writer Loren Eiseley. The book is entitled Artifacts and Illuminations: Critical Essays on Loren Eiseley. Maher also contributed a chapter, “The Places Below: Mapping the Invisible Universe” in Loren Eiseley’s Plains Essays.

Joanne Dobson, M.A. ’77, co-authored a first-in-series new mystery, Face of the Enemy, last fall. The first release explores New York City during World War II. Face of the Enemy was published in hardcover, trade paper and e-book editions in September by Poisoned
Pen Press.

Sharon Elswit, M.L.S. ’77, has released a new reference book, The Jewish Story Finder. The second edition of a bibliographic reference for educators, storytellers, clergy and families, the work points the way to stories from the Jewish oral tradition that diverse audiences will enjoy.

Foundering Fathers: What Jefferson, Franklin, and Abigal Adams Saw in Modern D.C.!

Ed Moser, B.A. ’77, recently released Foundering Fathers: What Jefferson, Franklin, and Abigail Adams Saw in Modern D.C.! In this humorous book, the idealistic Founders make it their mission to restore thrift, common sense, ethics, self-reliance and sound government to their troubled nation. The book, which may be purchased on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, also has a Facebook page.

Frank Jones, M.P.A. ’78, has released Blowtorch, a novel about the late Robert Komer. Published by the Naval Institute Press, the book takes its name from “Blowtorch,” the nickname given to Komer because of his abrasive personality and disdain for bureaucratic foot dragging. Jones highlights Komer’s activities during the three years he strove to fulfill the president’s vision that Communism could be expelled from Southeast Asia by economic and social development, along with military force.


Robert Sampson, M.A. ’79, Ph.D ’83, is the author of Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect, published by The University of Chicago Press. Sampson currently is a professor of sociology at Harvard University.

Johannes Froebel-Parker, B.A.’78, M.A. ’82, M.S. ’85, has written Grandma Harrington and the Queen’s Wardrobe. The book covers the family history between the Harringtons and the Tudors and is based on solid genealogical research. Froebel-Parker combines history with culture, while using familial experiences to make the work accessible to readers of all ages.

Richard Burton, B.A. ’86, is the author of Godsent, a novel about the intriguing and shocking ramifications of God’s sending a second son to Earth in modern time.

Elisabeth Doyle, ’86, ’87, is the author of a short fiction, War Stories, published this past September. Click here for more information.

Mark Allman, B.A. ’90, is the editor of The Almighty and the Dollar: Reflections on Economic Justice for All. The book, a re-examination of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ seminal teaching in their historic pastoral letter, reviews the document and notes current changes toward a global economy and the desire to extend the bishops’ concerns to the poor of the world.

The Secret Financial Life of Food

Kara Newman, B.A. ’92, is the author of The Secret Financial Life of Food. The book will benefit anyone involved in the food industry, including producers, users, the ultimate consumer and even professionals in the culinary arts. Newman’s novel covers topics ranging from how contracts listed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange can read like a menu to how market behavior can dictate global economic and culinary practice.

Gregory Hitchcock, B.A. ’92, has written Schizophrenia in the Army, a personal journey of a mentally ill soldier and his efforts at recovering from his paranoid schizophrenia.

Ashu Saxena, M.S. ’93, has written a unique resource for soccer coaches, players and parents, as well as for coaches of other sports. Soccer – Strategies for Sustained Coaching Success addresses coaching, team culture, leadership management, evaluation, fitness and training/self-training.

Soccer - Strategies for Sustained Coaching Success

Suzette Bishop, D.A., Ph.D. ’93, has had her second poetry book published. The book, Horse-Minded, covers topics from equestrian aerialists to auto-crash survivors. Click here for more information.

Daniel Guyton, B.A. ’00, has published a new book of audition monologues for actors, 52 Monologues for Grown-Ups (And College Kids). The monologues are great for film and theater auditions. The book is available here.


The Myth of Ephraim Tutt: Arthur Train and His Great Literary Hoax

Molly Guptill Manning, B.A. ’01, M.A. ’02, is the author of The Myth of Ephraim Tutt: Arthur Train and His Great Literary Hoax. The book explores the true and previously untold story behind one of the most elaborate literary hoaxes in American history.

Charles Moore, M.R.P ’05, has authored Path to Progress, a book about regional planning and poverty. Moore argues that when society addresses poverty, prosperity and security increase for all. He will donate 20 percent of his profits to the Boys and Girls Club to show that we can all make a difference, no matter how small. Click here for more information.