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Aug
10
Tuesday
Aug
10
Tue
Chat with local author Jean O'Connor Education :: Book Reading also Education :: Book Reading
Chat with local author Jean O'Connor
7:00 PM
Lewis and Clark Library
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Chat with local author Jean O’Connor
August 10 at 7 PM. Virtual.
Join Helena author Jean C. O'Connor in discussion about her book, The Remarkable Cause: A Novel of James Lovell and the Crucible of the Revolution.
Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqde6qrz4uHNak3l40wgs9oK7EHC7GLBCZ After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
About the book: James Lovell desperately wants to help the American cause, but alone in a cold, dark cell in the Boston Stone Jail, his dreams seem a faint illusion. In icy March winds, pounded by the Americans’ cannon, General Howe evacuates British troops and Loyalists from Boston. James Lovell is forced into a ship bound for Halifax, while his father and family take passage for the British stronghold in the ship’s upper berth. In jail in Halifax, James can only write letters and pray for release, hoping General George Washington will hear his appeal.
In The Cause, experience conflict and courage in the roots of the American Revolution:
•Protests over the Stamp Act and Townshend Acts
•Hanging in effigy, tar and feathering
•Tension of the Boston Massacre trials
•Troops charging Bunker Hill
•Dreadful conditions in British jails for James and his fellow prisoners
•The strength of a friend, Ethan Allen of the Green Mountain Boys
•James’s passion for his family, in his own words
About the Author: Jean C. O’Connor, a high school English teacher for over thirty years, researched this story using letters, journals, and documents written by James Lovell and his contemporaries. Inspired by a few sentences in her grandmother’s journal, Jean discovered details of that time far away—yet still relevant. Images from early newspapers and pictures enliven the narrative’s pages.
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Age Group: Adults
Venue: Lewis and Clark Library
Address: 120 South Last Chance Gulch Helena, MT 59601
Phone: 406.447.1690

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