Join us at the Jeudevine Memorial Library for an evening with the author of the historical novel Finn's Clock, Dean Whitlock! It's 1853. Steam is threatening sail, factories are displacing tradesmen, and the immigrants are Irish - unwanted as ever. Young Finn O'Neill is learning the trade of a boatman from his father, when into Boston Harbor sails a Chinese junk, bearing mysteries and magic. Finn and his da work for a young clock mender, Peter Jenkins, rowing him out to meet incoming ships and offer his service. The junk carries Matthew Lawson, a Boston merchant who disappeared in China over 60 years ago but looks hardly a day older. With him is An-Ming, his half-Chinese daughter - smart, commanding, and headstrong as a Malay pirate. They hire Peter to repair a fantastic Chinese clock and to build a new one as precise as a chronometer. the clock, Finn learns, is the key to Mr. Lawson's long life. Finn's own life isn't so easy. Da O'Neill has a fondness for drink, a penchant for brawling, and a cough that rattles deeper in his chest every day. An-Ming becomes the target of violent attempts at abduction. Finn fights with his fits, his wits, and his skill on the water to keep her safe, but nothing can save his father from disease. Except perhaps the clock. How far is Finn willing to go to save his da?
Kids and teens are sure to identify with Finn's adventures and his difficult relationship with his father, while adults will be fascinated by Dean's research and how it affected the development of both the plot and the characters. While magic is key to the plot, the historical setting is equally important, and he has tried to make the book as accurate as possible in its portrayal of the culture and the location (a Chinese junk actually did sail to Boston, in 1847!). This is one of the several features that makes the book interesting and enjoyable for adults as well as teens. The book is also a coming-of-age story and an adventure, and not easy to categorize.
The presentation will show period maps, lithographs, and paintings, along with some sobering facts about the flood of Irish immigrants, which started with the Potato Famine in 1846. Combined with the readings, the presentation illustrates why he chose the time and place and how his research into the era and settling was vital to the development of both the characters and the pot.
Vermont author Dean Whitlock writes fantasy and science fiction for young and not-so-young adults. His stories have appeared in Asimov's, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Aboriginal SF, as well as in anthologies in the US and abroad. His first two YA fantasy novels were published by clarion Books, but now he publishes independently under the Boatman Press imprint. An Air Force brat, Dean has lived in a dozen states and three foreign countries, a life of travel that gave him plenty of time to read in the car and now enriches his writing. You can find out more about Dean and his upcoming new titles at www.deanwhitlock.com.
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. If you have further questions, please contact the Jeudevine Memorial Library at 472-5948.
Who was Josiah Henson? Come find out about him through the documentary film based on the book The Road To Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War by Jared A. Brock. The film will be shown at the Jeudevine Library on Wednesday, June 6th at 7 pm. Josiah Henson, the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin is an epic tale of courage and bravery in the face of unimaginable trials. Drawing from more than 1,000 source documents and dozens of expert interviews, The Road to Dawn retraces Henson’s path from slavery to freedom and restores a hero of the abolitionist movement to his rightful place in history. The author’ wife, Michelle, requested a copy of Uncle Tom's Cabin for Christmas a few years ago, and the back of the book mentions that Josiah Henson . This piqued Jared's curiosity, and he quickly discovered that Josiah’s cabin was just a few hours from their home. The following summer, Jared and Michelle visited the site, read Josiah Henson's small memoir, and lamented that no one really knew the story of this incredible man. This inspired Jared to set off on a 3,000-mile journey to retrace Josiah’s journey from slavery to freedom, write a biography and film a documentary. For more information and view a trailer, click here!
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The Racism Discussion Group will continue to meet at the Jeudevine Library on the second and fourth Mondays of June and July: June 11th and 25th, July 9th and 23rd. The group will meet at 7 pm. Through magazine articles, podcasts, videos, and books, the group will delve into the subject of racism. This is a discussion led by the group. At the next meeting on Monday, June 12th, the group will discuss a magazine article.
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