Award-Winning Author to Speak at Boston University: James Carroll Presents “In Search of a Common Humanity”

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Boston – The Luce Program in Scripture & Literary Arts, part of the Department of Religion at Boston University, in association with the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, present an evening with National Book Award-winning author and Boston Globe columnist, James Carroll, on Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 PM.

Held in the Metcalf Ballroom, 2nd Floor of the George Sherman Union at 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Carroll’s talk will be followed by a book signing and reception. Additionally, an exhibition drawn from his archive which is held at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center will be on display. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To RSVP or for more information, please call 617-353-1218.

James Carroll was born in Chicago, but spent many of his formative years in the Washington, D.C., area, where his father worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and later as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He attended Georgetown University before transferring to St. Paul’s College, the Paulist Fathers’ seminary, from which he received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

After his ordination in 1969, Carroll served as Catholic chaplain at Boston University until 1974 when he left the priesthood to concentrate on his writing. In 1976, he published his first novel, Madonna Red, and has since published best-selling fiction including Mortal Friends (1978), Family Trade(1982), The City Below (1994), and Secret Father (2003). Carroll’s articles and essays have appeared in The New Yorker as well as other publications and since 1992, he has contributed a regular column to the Boston Globe.

Carroll has also won acclaim for his nonfiction work. His 1996 memoir, An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War that Came Between Us, received numerous prizes, including the National Book Award. Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews: A History (2001) was a New York Times bestseller. His 2002 response to the Catholic sex abuse crisis, Toward a New Catholic Church: The Promise of Reform, garnered critical praise, as did 2004’s Crusade: Chronicles of an Unjust War which was adapted from his Boston Globe columns written post-9/11. His most recent book, House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power, a History of the Pentagon, which The Chicago Tribune called “the first great nonfiction book of the new millennium,” was published last year.

James Carroll’s papers are part of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. For additional information, contact or visit For more information on the Luce Program in Scripture and Literary Arts, now in its seventh year, please contact Cristine Hutchinson-Jones at; 617-358-1754 or visit