JANUARY 18, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
New Release: On History’s Front Steps: One Irish Clan’s Exploits in Northampton, Massachusetts “The Paradise of America” by James Francis Cahillane (Florence Poets Society 2010, 126 pgs. $18).
Jim Cahillane’s latest book is now on sale at local bookshops and at Collective Copies in Florence and Amherst. Cahillane’s innovation is that its fifty-six poems and five essays are derived from over sixty family and historical photographs from 1930 to 2010. The book was partially funded by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council.
In a cover note Professor A. D. Cousins of Macquarie University says “In this book Jim Cahillane captures America through snapshots from one family’s history. He tells affectionately, wryly, perceptively, and movingly about dreams and the hard work (sometime luck) that made them come true. He tells of daring to cross boundaries, of family loyalties, of inheritances, and of keeping faith. His collection is a rich one. Image, poem, and essay take us from past present and back again. Many stories are crystallized within this volume, to the reader’s great pleasure.