Mixed Media: UB Bookshelf

What We’re Writing

Empowering Families: Practical Ways to Involve Parents in Boosting Literacy

Judy Bradbury (EdM ’78) and Susan E. Busch (EdM ’79)

Using their background in education, authors Bradbury and Busch have created a comprehensive handbook promoting early childhood literacy. Full of step-by-step plans and handouts, it encourages parents to become more involved in their children’s academic growth. (Routledge, 2015)

Trespassing Across America: One Man’s Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland

Ken Ilgunas (BA ’06)

In his second memoir about wanderlust, self-discovery and resilience, Ilgunas (“Walden on Wheels”) describes his 1,700-mile trek as he alternately hikes and hitchhikes the proposed route of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, from Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas. While enduring physical and mental hardships, he also confronts the realities of global warming and mankind’s responsibility to a changing world. (Blue Rider Press, 2016)

Path to the Institution: The New York State Asylum for Idiots

Thomas E. Stearns (BA ’10)

Stearns looks back at the history of the New York State Asylum for Idiots (yes, its real name), an experimental institution established in Albany in 1851 that served individuals with intellectual disabilities for 147 years. Published by The Museum of disABILITY History in Buffalo, a project of People Inc., the book documents the school’s development and influential figures, and is illustrated with rare, previously unpublished photographs. (People Ink Press, 2014)

Ghost Road

Betsy Sterman (MA ’53, BA ’48)

After a strange turn of events, two boys, Jason and Chazz, are transported to the pre-Civil War era and immediately thrust into danger when they encounter Jem, a runaway slave. In this time-travel tale, Sterman shines a light on America’s deepseated legacy of slavery and the virtues of friendship and loyalty. (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2014)

Calling alumni authors

Send us your latest novel, mystery thriller, poetry collection or other published work! Last two years only, please. Mail a review copy to At Buffalo, 330 Crofts Hall, Buffalo, N.Y. 14260. Please note: Submissions are for consideration only. We do not guarantee publication and are unable to return review copies.