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Award-Winning Author, Alumnus Chuck Hogan to be Honored at BC Arts Festival, Apr. 28-30

CHESTNUT HILL, MA (April, 2011) – Boston College alumnus and award-winning author Chuck Hogan—whose acclaimed novel Prince of Thieves was adapted into the feature film The Town, directed by and starring Ben Affleck—returns to campus this month as the special guest and alumni honoree at the University’s thirteenth annual Arts Festival, which will be held April 28-30, 2011.

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Author and BC alumnus Chuck Hogan

Hogan will make a number of public appearances while on campus. [More: /offices/artscouncil/festival/guests.html].

Of this year’s alumni honoree, BC Theatre Department Associate Professor Crystal Tiala—chair of the University's Arts Council, which organizes the festival—said: “The Arts Council is proud to celebrate the artistic achievement of Chuck Hogan, and looks forward to his future successes. His novels explore our humanity with such imagination and skill that has captivated international audiences both on paper and on screen.  Personally, I truly admire the joy and passion Chuck demonstrates in the creative writing process.  His dedication, perseverance, skill and imagination serve as an exemplary model to our students as well as the whole Boston College community.”

Chuck Hogan: Thursday, April 28 Events at Boston College

Screening: “The Town” with Chuck Hogan: 7 p.m.
Screening of the 2010 film, followed by a Q&A with Hogan, author of the novel The Prince of Thieves, from which it was adapted. Thursday, April 28, 7-9:30 p.m., Devlin Hall, Room 008.

Inside the BC Studio: 4:30-5:30 p.m.          
Hogan will participate in a career-related interview program—“Inside the BC Studio,” modeled after Bravo TV’s Inside the Actors Studio—which spotlights the annual Arts Festival alumni award honoree. It will offer an intimate portrait of Hogan and his craft.  The public event will be held on Thursday, April 28 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Devlin Hall room 101.

Chuck Hogan: Friday, April 29 Events at Boston College

Arts Awards Celebration and Public Reception: 4-6:30 p.m.
Boston College President William P. Leahy, SJ will present Hogan with the annual Boston College Arts Council Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement at an arts awards celebration and public reception on April 29 from 4-6:30 p.m. in O’Neill Plaza. The artistic accomplishments of BC students and faculty also will be recognized with awards.

Chuck Hogan’s “Prince of Thieves” and “The Town”: A Boston Crime Story as Novel and Movie: 7 p.m.
As part of BC’s Lowell Humanities Series, Hogan will participate in a panel discussion—titled “Chuck Hogan’s Prince of Thieves and The Town: A Boston Crime Story as Novel and Movie” with BC English Department professors Carlo Rotella (director of BC’s Lowell Humanities Series) and Chris Wilson. Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in Devlin Hall room 008. More information: www.bc.edu/lowellhs

These free, public events featuring Hogan take place on BC’s Chestnut Hill campus at 140 Commonwealth Avenue. For more details on these—and other Arts Festival events—visit www.bc.edu/artsfestival or call (617) 552-ARTS (2787).

Biography: Chuck Hogan, Boston College Class of 1989
Chuck Hogan is the New York Times bestselling author of acclaimed novels including Devils in Exile, The Killing Moon and The Standoff.  His novel Prince of Thieves was awarded the Hammett Prize for "literary excellence in the field of crime writing."  

His non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times and his short fiction has twice been anthologized in The Best American Mystery Stories annual. He is also the co-author, with Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) of the international bestsellers The Strain and The Fall, published worldwide in 29 languages. The third novel in their collaboration is titled The Night Eternal.

Hogan graduated from Boston College in 1989 with a degree in English and regularly returns to campus to speak with students about his experiences as a writer. [More detailed bio on Hogan at /offices/artscouncil/festival/guests.html].        

Past Alumni Award Recipients
Hogan is the ninth recipient of the BC Arts Council Alumni Award. Previous awards were given to actor and producer Chris O’Donnell (a 1992 graduate) in 2003; singer/songwriter Ellis Paul (Paul Plissey, a 1987 graduate) in 2004; photographer James Balog (a 1974 graduate) in 2005; comedian/actress Amy Poehler (a 1993 graduate) in 2006; Boston’s SpeakEasy Stage Company founder Paul Daigneault (a 1987 graduate) in 2007; filmmaker and actor Tom McCarthy (a 1988 graduate) in 2008; distinguished poet Brendan J. Galvin (a 1960 graduate) in 2009; playwright and screenwriter Bill Cain, SJ (a 1970 graduate) in 2010.

Boston College Arts Festival: April 28-30
A popular annual rite of spring, the Arts Festival—which includes a full slate of performing, visual and literary arts events— celebrates the rich tradition of the arts on campus. Featuring more than 80 events, most free, it showcases artists with a diverse range of talents and interest, and highlights performing, visual and literary arts programs. Venues are handicapped accessible.

For more information: For a complete schedule of events during the three-day Boston College Arts Festival—including locations and updates—the public may visit the Arts Festival web site at www.bc.edu/artsfestival or call the Hotline at (617) 552-ARTS (2787). [Please note: Schedule is subject to change. Events with admission fees are indicated. Rain or shine.]