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Robert Forrant, "Lawrence and the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike" (Andover)

Incorporated in 1847 on the banks of the Merrimack River, Lawrence, Massachusetts, was the final and most ambitious of New Englands planned textile-manufacturing cities developed by the Boston-area entrepreneurs who helped launch the American Industrial Revolution. With a dam and canal system to generate power, by 1912 Lawrence led the world in the production of worsted wool cloth. The Pacific Cotton Mills alone had sales of nearly $10 million and had mechanical equipment capable of producing 800 miles of finished textile fabrics every working day. However, industrial growth was accompanied by worsening health, housing, and working conditions for most of the citys workers. These were the root causes that led to the long, sometimes violent struggle between people of diverse ethnic groups and languages and the citys mill owners and overseers. The 1912 strikeknown today as the Bread and Roses Strikebecame a landmark moment in history.

 

Dr. Robert Forrant is a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Susan Grabski is the executive director of the Lawrence History Center. Founded in 1978, the organizations mission is to collect, preserve, share, and interpret the history and heritage of Lawrence, Massachusetts, and its people. 

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 7:00pm
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - August 26th, 2013

Incorporated in 1847 on the banks of the Merrimack River, Lawrence, Massachusetts, was the final and most ambitious of New England's planned textile-manufacturing cities developed by the Boston-area entrepreneurs who helped launch the American Industrial Revolution. With a dam and canal system to generate power, by 1912 Lawrence led the world in the production of worsted wool cloth.


Susan Gregg Gilmore, "The Funeral Dress" (Andover)

Emmalee Bullard and her new baby are on their own. Or so she thinks, until Leona Lane, the older seamstress who sat by her side at the local shirt factory where both women worked as collar makers, insists Emmalee come and live with her.  Just as Emmalee prepares to escape her hardscrabble life in Red Chert holler, Leona dies tragically.  Grief-stricken, Emmalee decides she’ll make Leona’s burying dress, but there are plenty of people who don't think the unmarried Emmalee should design a dress for a Christian woman - or care for a child on her own. But with every stitch, Emmalee struggles to do what is right for her daughter and to honor Leona the best way she can, finding unlikely support among an indomitable group of seamstresses and the town’s funeral director. In a moving tale exploring Southern spirit and camaraderie among working women, a young mother will compel a town to become a community.

 

Susan Gregg Gilmore was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1961. Her mother is a painter, and her father was the son of a revival-bred preacher, a rich storyteller, and an insurance executive whose work moved his family across the country. But every summer, he brought his four children back to their native Tennessee to fish, swim, catch lighting bugs and grow the perfect tomato. After graduating from the University of Virginia, Susan worked as a secretary for the Smithsonian Insititution. And after graduating with a Master's degree from the University of Texas, she birthed three babies, whipped up cookies for bake sales, chaired community fundraisers, taught Sunday School, and somewhere along the way free-lanced for newspapers like the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor. Then one afternoon, she decided to write a screenplay. And when she sat down at her desk, she began writing a novel.

Susan now lives once again in Nashville, Tennessee, on the same street she lived on as a young girl. And although she has tired of sweet tea, she continues to write about her beloved South. 

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 7:00pm
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Published: Broadway Books - September 3rd, 2013

A deeply touching Southern story filled with struggle and hope.


Jeffrey Harrison, "Into Daylight", and Kathleen Aponick, "Bright Realm" (Andover)

In his new book, Jeffrey Harrison reflects on the daily familiarities and fragilities experienced in a long marriage and as a parent of teenagers, refracted through the shock of a brother’s suicide. Limpid and direct on the surface but eloquent in resonance, Into Daylight asks what comes after: How to live, how to continue writing, and how to find one’s proper relationship with the world and restore some semblance of delight, while giving voice to sadness and pain. 

Jeffrey Harrison is the author of five previous books of poetry—including The Singing Underneath, selected by James Merrill for the National Poetry Series in 1987, Incomplete Knowledge (Four Way Books), which was a runner-up for the Poets’ Prize in 2008, and The Names of Things: New and Selected Poems, published in 2006 by Waywiser Press in the U.K. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, as well as other honors, he has published poems in The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, Poets of the New Century, The Twentieth Century in Poetry, and in many other magazines and anthologies. He has taught at George Washington University, Phillips Academy, where he was the Roger Murray Writer-in-Residence, College of the Holy Cross, Framingham State College, the Stonecoast MFA Program, and, during the summer, the Chautauqua Institute, the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference, and The Frost Place. For more information, go to: www.jeffreyharrisonpoet.com

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:00pm

Christopher Golden, "Snowblind" (Andover)

The small New England town of Coventry had weathered a thousand blizzards . . . but never one like this. Icy figures danced in the wind and gazed through children's windows with soul-chilling eyes. People wandered into the whiteout and were never seen again. Families were torn apart, and the town would never be the same.

Now, as a new storm approaches twelve years later, the folks of Coventry are haunted by the memories of that dreadful blizzard and those who were lost in the snow. Photographer Jake Schapiro mourns his little brother, Isaac, even as---tonight---another little boy is missing. Mechanic and part-time thief Doug Manning's life has been forever scarred by the mysterious death of his wife, Cherie, and now he’s starting over with another woman and more ambitious crimes. Police detective Joe Keenan has never been the same since that night, when he failed to save the life of a young boy . . . and the boy’s father vanished in the storm only feet away. And all the way on the other side of the country, Miri Ristani receives a phone call . . . from a man who died twelve years ago.

As old ghosts trickle back, this new storm will prove to be even more terrifying than the last.

Spellbinding in scope and rooted deeply in classic storytelling, Christopher Golden has written a chilling masterpiece that is the best work of his career and a standout supernatural thriller. With richly textured characters, scarred and haunted by the ghosts of those they loved most, Snowblind is rooted deeply in classic storytelling. Christopher Golden has written a chilling masterpiece that is both his breakout book and a standout supernatural thriller.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9781250015310
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 21st, 2014

In Christopher Golden's first horror novel in more than a decade--a work reminiscent of early Stephen King--Snowblind updates the ghost story for the modern age.


Kristin Bair O'Keeffe, "The Art of Floating (Andover)

When her beloved husband Jackson disappeared without a trace, popular novelist Sia Dane stopped writing, closed down her house, stuffed her heart into a cage, and started floating. It wasn’t the normal response to heartache, but Sia rarely did things the normal way.

Exactly one year, one month, and six days after Jackson’s disappearance, Sia discovers a mysterious man on the beach. He’s mute, unresponsive, and looks as if he has just walked out of the sea. It’s the sort of situation Jackson would have solved with a simple call to the police. But Jackson is gone.
 
As unreal as he seems, Sia is determined to help this man. Perhaps she can return him to his place in the world—to whoever lost him and loves him. Perhaps she can answer their questions the way no one could answer hers.
 
But as her friends and family help her winnow her way to the truth, Sia comes to realize that the unfathomable leap between sorrow and healing begins with a single step.

 

Kristin Bair O’Keeffe is the author of the novel Thirsty, as well as numerous essays about China, bears, and off-the-plot expats. She lives in Andover, Massachusetts, with her husband and daughter and travels to anywhere as often as she can. 

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9780425271483
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Published: Berkley - April 1st, 2014

At a time when nothing seems real,
it takes something truly unusual to put your life into focus.

 


Scott Helman & Jenna Russell, "Long Mile Home" (Andover)

Long Mile Home will tell the gripping story of the tragic, surreal, and ultimately inspiring week of April 15, 2013: the preparations of the bombers; the glory of the race; the extraordinary emergency response to the explosions; the massive deployment of city, state, and federal law enforcement personnel; and the nation’s and the world’s emotional and humanitarian response before, during, and after the apprehension of the suspects.

The authors, both journalists at The Boston Globe, are backed by that paper’s deep, relentless, and widely praised coverage of the event. Through the eyes of seven principal characters including the bombers, the wounded, a victim, a cop, and a doctor, Helman and Russell will trace the distinct paths that brought them together. With an unprecedented level of detail and insight, the book will offer revelations, insights, and powerful stories of heroism and humanity.

Long Mile Home will also highlight the bravery, resourcefulness, and resiliency of the Boston community. It will portray the city on its worst day but also at its best.

 

Scott Helman is a staff writer at The Boston Globe Magazine and co-author of The Real Romney.

Jenna Russell was one of the reporters at the forefront of the Globe’s coverage of the bombings and is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Last Lion. Both authors live in Boston. 

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9780525954484
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Published: Dutton Books - April 1st, 2014

In the tradition of "102 Minutes" and "Columbine," the definitive book on the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers, written by reporters from"The Boston Globe"andpublished to coincide with the first anniversary of the tragedy


Claudia Turner, "Scars and Stripes Forever" (Andover)

It’s been fifty years since JFK’s assassination and the public’s demand for truth prompts Ben Douglas of the CIA to give his subordinate, Kat Hastings, a confidential assignment - find a room established by the men of Operation-40 and tell him what’s inside. Not only does Kat find missing evidence that supports a conspiracy, she discovers that her estranged father, Henry Hastings, known as H2 within “The Company,” is deeply involved in the plot. While working on this assignment, Kat reconnects with Robbie O’Toole, a man she would have married but for her father’s intervention. Robbie has dedicated his life to exposing the truth behind the assassination and although Kat wants to share what she’s learned with him, it would mean violating her CIA oath, providing evidence of her father’s treason and placing Robbie’s life, as well as her own, in danger as sinister forces will do anything to keep secrets secret. If she doesn’t reveal what she knows, Kat helps perpetuate the cover-up of an event that, by its apparent success, encouraged subsequent abuses of power and fostered the cynicism and disengagement of the baby boomer generation.

 

Claudia Turner was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She earned a B.S. from Bates College, an M.S. from The Pennsylvania State University and a PhD from The Johns Hopkins University. At various times, she has been an athlete, a teacher, and a scientist. In this latter capacity, Claudia spent much of her life conducting and evaluating research. This, along with her baby boomer roots, provided the basis for writing her first novel, Scars and Stripes Forever. Claudia lives in Massachusetts. 

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Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 12:00pm
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ISBN: 9781492346302
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - January 9th, 2014

It's been fifty years since JFK's assassination and the public's demand for truth prompts Ben Douglas of the CIA to give his subordinate, Kat Hastings, a confidential assignment - find a room established by the men of Operation-40 and tell him what's inside.


Gene Ferraro, "Ordinary Evil" (Andover)

The word "ordinary" holds a double meaning. In one sense, it refers to something inconsequential or everyday. In the second sense, "ordinary" refers to the absolute church authority of a bishop, archbishop, or priest. In the Catholic Church, these figures are to be trusted with deepest, darkest secrets. To their congregations, they can never do wrong-or can they? When a series of international and seemingly unrelated events lead to the brutal murder of a Catholic altar boy, conflicting notions of the law, obedience, forgiveness and revenge test the faith of several Roman Catholic priests and two Catholic women. With the boy's death comes scandal and pain for more than just the family who lost a son. In the aftermath of the horrific crime and with the revelation of sexual abuse in the church, ordinary people must now confront ordinary authority, uncovering a web of deceit that stretches from the towns and cities of New England all the way to the Vatican. Even the law cannot reveal all things. In the end, despite the terrible acts committed in his name, only God will ever know the truth.

 

Gene Ferraro writes and produces presentations and events for businesses and organizations. He has also worked in documentary film and taught motion picture production. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, has an M.F.A. from Columbia University, and also served as an officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He currently lives with his wife, JoAnn, in Andover, Massachusetts. This is his first novel.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9781491704899
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Published: iUniverse - January 30th, 2014

The word "ordinary" holds a double meaning. In one sense, it refers to something inconsequential or everyday. In the second sense, "ordinary" refers to the absolute church authority of a bishop, archbishop, or priest. In the Catholic Church, these figures are to be trusted with deepest, darkest secrets. To their congregations, they can never do wrong-or can they?


Kelle Sutliff, "Listen Up! The Other Side is Talking" (Andover)

Kelle Sutliff is a gifted Psychic Medium who has worked in her industry for over fourteen years. She uses her expertise to show people that the psychic world is very real and offers inspiration and comfort to those dealing with grief. She also works as a Psychic Investigator consulting on current missing person cases and cold cases nationally and internationally. In her career she has worked with Boston University's Cold Case Collaborative Group, with the national group, Find Me 2 and privately with Police Detectives and individual families providing accurate information to find the missing. Her message is very clear; we all need to pay attention to the signs and symbols that passed loved ones give us every day who want to comfort us in our time of grief. Kelle explains to us how this communication works and how to listen.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 7:00pm
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By Kelle Sutliff, Joan Schaublin (Editor), Robert Jacoby (Designed by)
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ISBN: 9780991506804
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Published: Tri Circle Publishing - March 12th, 2014

Kelle Sutliff is a gifted Psychic Medium who has worked in her industry for over fourteen years. She uses her expertise to show people that the psychic world is very real and offers inspiration and comfort to those dealing with grief. She also works as a Psychic Investigator consulting on current missing person cases and cold cases nationally and internationally.


A.J. Smith, "Even Monsters" (Andover)

Everybody knows monsters can be...well, MONSTERS. But did you know sometimes even monsters get scared? They can be sad, they can be kind, they can miss their mommies. Sometimes, they're just plain silly. And even monsters need to brush their teeth!

A funny and family-friendly picture book by innovative author/illustrator A. J. Smith, who combines traditional storytelling with exciting interactive digital components.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 12:00pm
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ISBN: 9781402286520
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - April 1st, 2014

An exciting new picture book-perfect for the little monster in your life

Everybody knows monsters can be...well, MONSTERS. But did you know sometimes even monsters get scared? They can be sad, they can be kind, they can miss their mommies. Sometimes, they're just plain silly. And even monsters need to brush their teeth


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