Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Boston Irish Presentation

Bill Brett to Speak at Bridgewater Public Library on March 8th @ 6:30 p.m. to discuss his book “Boston Irish”.

Award-winning photojournalist, Bill Brett is well known for his career at The Boston Globe where he has recently marked his 50th anniversary. He was the photography-member of the Globe team nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism in 1978 and 1979. Under Bill’s leadership, staff photographer Stan Grossfeld won the only two Pulitzer Prizes ever awarded to the Globe photo staff. In 1999, Bill became Director of Photography, a position from which he retired in 2001.

Boston Irish by Bill Brett with the forward written by Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author and Historian David McCullough, is Bill’s fifth book; all of his titles feature the city and its people. A collection of more than 260 black-and-white photographs of the people and the city he loves. It is his most personal book yet. Building on his four previous books, Boston, Irish turns the lens on Bill's own community, the city's Irish Americans. Boston, Irish chronicles and crystallizes a unique period in the city's history. A time that won't be seen again, inhabited by newly-arrived immigrants and second- and third-generation Irish-Americans. Boston Irish covers every aspect of the region’ s Irish-American community with portraits and stories ranging from a 99-year-old nun to a colorful funeral home director to an Irish tenor to a New York Times best-selling novelist. It also explores the full breadth of the Irish immigrant experience, representing those from the Republic and Northern Ireland and both Roman Catholics and Protestants alike. When the world thinks of Boston, they think of the Irish as the city's bulwark community. What Bill Brett thinks of Boston runs much deeper and can be found on each and every page of Boston Irish.

The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public will include a book signing.

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