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    Sam Adams, Fox News, and Freedom of the Press

    Saturday, April 4, 11:30am-1:00pm

    Forbes Library, Community Room

    20 West St., Northampton, MA

    Allen Woods will read from his recent historical fiction novel, The Sword and Scabbard: Thieves and Thugs and the Bloody Massacre in Boston, and lead a discussion on how modern democratic ideals were evident, or not, in early Revolutionary activities in Boston.

    The Sword and Scabbard is a fictional waterfront tavern in 1760s Boston that is home to both politicalsword+scabbard-cover-300dpi and criminal intrigue. The main characters would like to steer clear of the conflicts in the streets, but eventually are thrust into the middle of them. As the Boston Massacre approaches, Nicholas Gray, bartender and part-time thief, is forced to make decisions between saving himself and crippling the march towards the Revolution. Books will be available for signing afterwards. Visit the web site atwww.theswordandscabbard.com

    Amy Belding Brown, author of Flight of the Sparrow and Mr. Emerson’s Wife, says, “The remarkable depth of Woods’s research shows up in every sentence, from the colorful dialogue to the rich sensory details of 18th century life in colonial Boston. A fascinating and page-turning novel that will make you feel as if you’d been present at the birth of our nation.”

    Well-known English historical fiction and crime writer Philip Gooden, 2007 Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, says,” . . . it’s an eye-opening account of the currents and cross-currents as various factions and individuals in the city struggle for advantage, profit or simple survival. Allen Woods  . . . knows 18th century Boston like the back of his hand, and brings to life and colour a range of intriguing characters. This is the start of a very promising series.”


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