a book talk with Michael Connolly
Monday, June 21, 6 – 7 pm ET
Join Michael Connolly for a discussion about his newest work, Murky Overhead. A work of historical fiction, Murky Overhead tells the story of a day in the life of an Irish-American working-class family, the Folans. Follow the Folans though the streets and docks of their new American home in maritime Portland, Maine, at the turn of the 20th century; Coleman shovels coal for the longshore union, while his wife Mary, who
is nearly full-term with their tenth child, does her best to keep the family going. Challenges abound and though it seems the family faces an ever-growing number of hurdles, they know they must take on each day one at a time even when their prospects appear to be murky, at best.
About the author: Michael C. Connolly is a life-long resident of Portland’s Munjoy Hill (Maine). His experiences growing up in what was one of the city’s main ethnic, predominantly Irish and Italian, working-class neighborhoods greatly shaped his thinking and have had a continuing influence on his writing. He was encouraged by his parents to be the first in his family to graduate from high school, let alone college. Michael has been a professor of History and Political Science at Saint Joseph’s College in Maine; and now holds the honorary title of Professor Emeritus. His research has focused on Irish and Irish-
American history and the labor movement in Ireland and America and is a published author of many lauded essays on the subject. In October of 2016, Mike was honored by receiving the Claddagh Award by the Maine Irish Heritage Center in recognition of his long-time promotion of Irish history and culture in Maine.
Cost: Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Location: online via Zoom