Michael Patrick MacDonald grew up in South Boston’s Old Colony
housing project. After losing four siblings and seeing his generation
decimated by poverty, crime, and addiction, he became a leading
Boston activist, helping launch many antiviolence initiatives, including
gun-buyback programs. He continues to work for social change nationally,
collaborating with survivor families and young people.
MacDonald won the American Book Award in 2000. His national bestseller,
All Souls, and his follow-up, Easter Rising: A Memoir
of Roots and Rebellion have been adopted by university curriculums
across the country. MacDonald has written numerous essays for the
Boston Globe Op-Ed Page and has completed the screenplay of All
Souls for director Ron Shelton. He is currently Author-in-Residence
at Northeastern University. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.