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lawsonMany of us have read the escapades of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, but Becky Thatcher has her own story to tell in Jessica (Aycock) Lawson’s The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher. The children’s book is the first published novel for Lawson (BA ’02, Spanish). Publisher Simon & Schuster is selling the book as an individual title and in a boxed collection set with Mark Twain’s classics, according to Lawson.

“Writing for ages 8 to 12 comes naturally to me because that’s when I fell in love with reading,” said Lawson, who started writing as a hobby after becoming a mother. “The books I read as a child captivated me through my early years. The stories and writing styles that complement a younger audience still resonate with me as an adult.” Lawson’s second book, Nooks & Crannies, a mystery-in-a-manor story set in 1906 England, is due out in June 2015.

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Archived alumni stories (pdf format)

Kiley Kraskouskas — September 2014
Alum Pursues Documentary Filmmaking Career
Hellen Kassa — August 2014

Economics Alumna Works in Startup Tech and Film Production
Matt Gohl — July 2014

Alum's Career Spans Sports Operations to Financial Analysis
Fatima Zahrae — June 2014

New Alum Crosses International and Intercultural Barriers
James Hurbut — May 2014
Gems, Jazz and the Atomic Bomb: Alum Tackles Microminerals and Music
Kelsey Guyette — April 2014

Alumna Runs with the Torch in Sochi
Linda Murphy Marshall — March 2014

Alumna Masters Languages and Successful Career
Stephen A. Katz — February 2014

Alum is Innovator in Sustainability Practices and Commerce
Dan Schaller — January 2014

Mentored by Governor Lamm, Public Policy Alum Leads the Way in Education
Heather McHugh - December 2013

From Creative Writing to Caregiving
Ellie Sue Schafer — November 2013
Alumna Shares Career Journey to the White House
Margret Korzus — October 2013

English Alum Honored with Flag from U.S. Capitol

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