This year, in the 40th anniversary of the explosion that was Boston busing, ALL SOULS author Michael Patrick MacDonald says it’s time to be clear: busing wasn’t just about black and white. It was also about green—who had some in their pockets, and who didn’t.
South Boston native Michael Patrick MacDonald was a young boy on the day that desegregation busing officially began in Boston, sparking a racial crisis in the city that would last more than a decade.
By Tom Hallock | I first became manager of Coolidge Corner’s Paperback Booksmith (now the Brookline Booksmith) back in 1978, just four years after Judge W. Arthur Garrity’s historic decision to integrate the Boston School District through the “forced busing” of students, as it later became known. It was a time when the fallout over that decision was still shaking the communities of Boston, and a time I revisited when Beacon first published Michael Patrick MacDonald’s All Souls, a powerful account of what it was like to be a young man growing up in Southie during the time when busing came to that neighborhood.
In an excerpt from 'All Souls: A Family Story from Southie,' Michael Patrick MacDonald writes about the firestorm of racial tension that spread throughout South Boston in the wake of Judge W. Arthur Garrity’s forced busing decision, leading up to the tempestuous autumn when Garrity’s plan was set to begin.
In this excerpt from 'All Souls: A Family Story from Southie,' anti-violence advocate Michael Patrick MacDonald shows the significant impact that a gun buyback program he helped organize had for the neighbors, family, and other citizens affected by gun violence in Boston.
Listeners can now hear Michael Patrick MacDonald read his bestselling memoir in a new audiobook version.
An excerpt from All Souls that illuminates the life of one of the witnesses for the prosecution in the Whitey Bulger trial.
Three memoir passages reflect on different aspects of motherhood.
Whitey Bulger was arrested yesterday. Learn more about his impact in the community of South Boston and read an excerpt from Michael Patrick MacDonald's memoir, All Souls.
Dropkick Murphys collaborate with Michael Patrick MacDonald to bring the story of Cornelius Larkin to life.
Two Beacon Press books are leading the voting for the Boston Globe's first citywide read program.
A weekly review at some of Beacon's largest publicity hits this week.