Best-Selling Author & Community Activist
Michael Patrick MacDonald is the author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, All Souls: A Family Story From Southie and the acclaimed Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion. These two books are frequent "First Year Experience" selections at colleges and universities throughout the U.S., for which MacDonald has given over 300 campus lectures. He has been awarded an American Book Award, A New England Literary Lights Award, and a fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study Center. MacDonald has written a number of essays and short stories, including The Resurrection of Cornelius Larkin: An Immigrant's Tale, written for The Dropkick Murphys' theme album Going Out in Style. He has been a contributor to The Boston Globe's Op Ed page and a Senior Contributing Editor for the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. Read More >
The Charlie Rose Interview
Son of Southie Watching Bulger Trial
The Importance and Impact of a Memoir
"The conference was great and Michael Patrick MacDonald was FABULOUS!!! His message hit home with many participants. Michael was professional, passionate and motivational. Some feedback included: ‘Wow, unbelievable story – way to use it to change lives’; ‘A different and true perspective – right from the source of poverty and pain, thank you’; ‘Incredible story!!!"
"Michael Patrick MacDonald gave a powerful speech that enthralled our audience. He’s a compelling storyteller not only on the page, but also in person. Michael Patrick MacDonald takes something as simple as loss and mourning to help bridge racial divides and help others find their voice. His powerful speech resonated across the room in equal parts pain and hope. His is a story all should hear."
"MacDonald’s gift is that he guides us with vision, insight, humor and the clear, chiseled word. His is a rare sleight of hand. But beyond his ability to bring the streets to the printed page, MacDonald breathes added life into those words, assisting others – especially those who come from poverty and trauma – to discover their voices."
"All Souls was for us a fascinating memoir! TechBoston Academy students loved reading a book by someone with a life that was not so different from our own. And having the author in our school created a buzz all through the hallways. To know that the person who lived through such a childhood is alive, well, and giving back is an inspiration to me and my classmates."
"Michael MacDonald's opening day presentation to Fenway High's student body opened our hearts, nourished our souls, and brought clarity to our minds. His message regarding family dynamics, neighborhood politics, and the negative impact of poverty crosses boundaries of race and ethnicity and is as relevant today as when he wrote All Souls."
"Students have an incredible connection to the characters in Michael Patrick MacDonald's ALL SOULS and with the author himself. They go through the emotions with this Southie family, as if they were right there with them. ALL SOULS is an educational tool unlike any other. It truly brings local history alive. Get this author to your school!"
"Speaker and teacher Michael Patrick MacDonald engages audiences, no matter their makeup--all ages, experiences and perspectives leave with a sense of having made a personal connection with this wonderful writer. He delivers uncommon insights; he poses questions that keep audiences thinking, re-evaluating their own ideas long after the event has passed. MacDonald is an asset for any program that prides itself on promoting thoughtful dialogue or connecting audiences to writers and Ideas that matter."
"Michael has spoken at two large engagements and one intimate gathering for me. His style is compelling, his knowledge of all things related to Social Justice extensive, and his sharing of his personal history fascinating. His compassion for others is palpable. Anyone or any organization looking for an intelligent and thoughtful speaker should get in touch with Michael."