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New Meetup: Peter Stevens, "Hidden History of the Boston Irish" @ the BPL

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Sunday, December 21, 2008 5:55 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Peter Stevens, "Hidden History of the Boston Irish" @ the BPL

When: March 11,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: 2nd Floor, Boston Public Library
Mezzanine Conference Room

"Peter Stevens will present a lecture based on his books, 'Hidden History of the Boston Irish' and 'The Voyage of the Catalpa' (rescue of Irishmen from an Australian prison by the New Bedford ship, Catalpa). Mr Stevens is an editor at the 'Boston Irish Reporter'."

... The "Boston Irish Reporter" appears to be based in Dorchester. Website: Magazine: (in Adobe Acrobat PDF format) December 2008:

Where to meet:

T.J. Maher, 5 foot 7, short brown hair, blue eyes, will be sporting a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag, and will have a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag. He will be there in the Boylston Street entrance lobby from 6:00 pm to 6:15 pm. We can get seats then. Afterward the lecture we can see where we can grab a pint o' Guinness.

About Peter F. Stevens, Irish American News:

"Peter Stevens, the author, lives in Quincy, near Boston. He is the News and Features Editor of The Boston Irish Reporter. He has written many books about historical topics and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and many other American newspapers. His work has also appeared in such prestigious magazines as American Heritage, American History, America?s Civil War and The World of Hibernia. Some of the work of this prize-winning author has even been made into films".

Amazon.Com description: Hidden History of the Boston Irish: Little-Known Stories from Ireland's "Next Parish Over" (Paperback)

"When it comes to Irish America, certain names spring to mind Kennedy, O'Neill and Curley testify to the proverbial footsteps of the Gael in Boston. However, few people know of Sister Mary Anthony O'Connell, whose medical prowess carried her from the convent to the Civil War battlefields, earning her the nickname the Boston Irish Florence Nightingale, or of Barney McGinniskin, Boston's first Irish cop, who proudly roared at every roll call, McGinniskin from the bogs of Ireland present! Along with acclaim or notoriety, many forgotten Irish Americans garnered numerous historical firsts. In Hidden History of the Boston Irish, Peter F. Stevens offers an entertaining and compelling portrait of the Irish immigrant saga and pays homage to the overlooked, yet significant, episodes of the Boston Irish experience".

Amazon.Com review: The Voyage of the Catalpa: A Perilous Journey and Six Irish Rebels' Escape to Freedom

"From Publishers Weekly

"Truth may routinely be stranger than fiction, but seldom is it as suspenseful as this story of the 1876 rescue of six Irish rebels from Britain's infamous prison colony in Fremantle, Australia, by the American whaling ship Catalpa. Despite its title, the book covers far more than just the rescue ship's voyage, bringing to life the web of political interests and conflicts among Ireland, England and the U.S. toward the end of the 19th century. In his fast-moving narrative, journalist Stevens (The Mayflower Murderer and Other Forgotten Firsts in American History) tells how the six Irish members of the British Armed Forces were recruited and then arrested for treachery because of their allegiance to the rebellious Fenian movement for Irish independence. He describes the ordeal of the Irishmen in prison, as well as the plotting of the clandestine rescue mission, which launched from New Bedford, Mass., and took a year to complete in the face of hostile British forces. The writing is solid if workmanlike. Stevens doesn't shrink from getting into the heads of his subjects, and takes some liberties in reconstructing their thoughts and actions in minute, novelistic detail. The freewheeling approach may trouble some readers, especially as Stevens doesn't cite sources (he's based much of the book on the firsthand account of Catalpa captain George Anthony). Ultimately, however, the action-packed international intrigue and Stevens's keen sense of pacing carry the book; readers who can put aside their skepticism will be riveted".

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