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Spinner Publication’s book launch for “Blue Collars”
June 21 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Spinner Publications celebrates its new book, BLUE COLLARS a novel written by local author, Catherine McLaughlin with two “Meet The Author” book signing parties. On Thursday, June 21 a book launch party will be held at Inner Bay, 1339 Cove Road, New Bedford. The public is invited to attend free of charge and enjoy light fare and refreshments.
BLUE COLLARS is a compelling story about growing up during the late 1950s and 1960s in New Bedford and details the triumphs and tragedies of the close-knit working-class Kilroy family. Told through the eyes of young Fiona “Finn” Kilroy, her story unfolds in the city’s South End, a neighborhood where Portuguese, Irish, French, and Cape Verdean immigrant families lived side-by-side in mostly three-decker tenement houses typical of many New England cities. Finn’s father worked long hours as a loomfixer at the Berkshire Hathaway textile mill along the city’s waterfront and her mother struggled to keep the children healthy, well fed and well dressed.
Catherine McLaughlin grew up in New Bedford and now lives nearby in Padanaram. She received her undergraduate degree from UMass Dartmouth, formerly Southeastern Massachusetts University, and her graduate degrees from the University College Dublin and Bowling Green State University. A published poet and an accomplished artist, McLaughlin has taught English and writing for 40 years and is a professor emerita of Framingham State University.