Holyoke Public Library Event Calendar

Date: 11/3/2022
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Title: The Parish and the Hill Reading and Discussion
Contact: Eileen Crosby, 4134208107
Location: Community Room

Join us this fall as we read and discuss The Parish and the Hill, Mary Doyle Curran’s semi-autobiographical novel that follows the story of three generations of Irish Americans in Holyoke.  This book discussion is one of a series of events commemorating the life and work of Doyle Curran organized by Holyoke Community College and sponsored by the Council for Human Understanding.  

The Parish and the Hill became an instant classic when it was published in 1948.  It describes a multi-generational Irish-American family as it grapples with the pull of the past and the desire to embrace the future.  “Brilliant and painful on themes of alienation, social class, alcoholism, and family… it explains how cultural identity is formed and passed on…. Its themes are no less relevant today” (from the Forward by Caledonia Kearns). The discussion will be held in person and led by Professor Pat Kennedy (English, Holyoke Community College).

How to participate: 
Starting September 20: Register and arrange to pick up a free copy of the book at the Holyoke History Room by calling (413) 420-8107. 
Thursday, November 3, 4:30 PM: Discussion in the Community Room (limited to 20 pre-registrants)

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