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ANNUAL MEETING TO FEATURE DEBUT OF

 “THE FORE RIVER” BY WILLIAM THIBODEAU

IN AN EVENING OF POETRY AND MUSIC

THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 7:00 PM, ADAMS ACADEMY

 Our Annual Meeting will present a special event: the debut reading of the just-published poem cycle, The Fore River, by Quincy native William Thibodeau.  This will be part of a festive evening of poetry and music featuring Thibodeau and folksinger Chris Pahud, Thursday, June 2, at 7 pm at the Adams Academy in Quincy Center.

Bill Thibodeau grew up in the shadow of the Fore River Shipyard, where both his father and grandfather worked and where he worked as a young man. He is a founding member of the Carpenter Poets of Jamaica Plain, a fellowship of working artisans who write poetry. He has appeared on PBS and the Hallmark Channel and been featured in the Boston Globe.  He has also led a series of poetry workshops at North Quincy High School, where his poems are part of the senior-year English curriculum. 

The Fore River is Thibodeau’s third published volume.  The poem cycle embraces his childhood memories of good and hard times, the majesty and terror of shipbuilding, and the history of the Fore River Yard from its glory days to its afterlife as memory. It stands in a proud tradition of American poems about working people’s lives.  Bill Thibodeau also joins artists like painter May Stevens and sculptor Carl Andre who draw inspiration from their childhood memories of Fore River.

 Thibodeau’s poetry will be complemented by a set of songs by Chris Pahud, a favorite performer on the greater Boston coffeehouse scene and a longtime member of the Historical Society.  With a baritone voice that has been described by WUMB’s Dave Palmenter as “rich” and “powerful”, Chris sings of the sea, work, and loves lost and won.

 Please join us for what we believe will be a memorable evening. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Bill Thibodeau will sign books and Chris Pahud will sign CDs after the program. Also, at the Annual Meeting, officers and trustees of the Historical Society for the coming year will be elected.

 

 

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