TALK & BOOK SIGNING WITH AUTHOR AMY BASS, ONE GOAL

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 7:00 PM
Brooks Auditorium, Lincoln Schools, Ballfield Rd, Lincoln MA
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TALK AND BOOK SIGNING WITH AMY BASS, AUTHOR OF ONE GOAL: A COACH, A TEAM, AND THE GAME THAT BROUGHT A DIVIDED TOWN TOGETHER.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
7:00 PM

Brooks Auditorium, Lincoln Schools, Ballfield Rd, Lincoln MA

Open to all. $15 minimum suggested donation.

Advance One Goal Book Sale: $10 by March 18
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Proceeds to benefit the financial aid fund at Birches School
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In Lewiston, Maine, where Mike McGraw coaches the Blue Devils soccer team, was an overwhelmingly white community in one of the whitest states in America. Once a thriving mill town of the Industrial Revolution, it had become pockmarked with abandoned factory buildings crumbling into the river and canals. More than half of the city’s families with children under five were living at or below the poverty line. In 2001, however, the city’s energy changed dramatically as thousands of Somali refugees began to arrive and Lewiston became embroiled in chronic racial tension. Within a decade, the town’s non-white population surged more than 800 percent. The city of 36,000 had become home to approximately 7,000 African immigrants; never in modern U.S. history had a town of its size taken in so many newcomers so quickly.

 In ONE GOAL: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together, Amy Bass tells the timely and inspiring story of how the longtime Lewiston community and its newly arrived Somali immigrants came together on the soccer field to capture the first state soccer championship in Lewiston history and ultimately chase dreams of national glory. ONE GOAL offers a testament to the power of community and a hope for our times — a story and a message more necessary now than ever.

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“The perfect parable for our time.
--- Jane Leavy, The Wall Street Journal

“Amy Bass's book transcends sports and provides encouragement in discouraging times."
--- Bill Littlefield, Boston Globe, Best Books of the Year  

“At a time when America seems consumed by divisiveness and hate, along comes One Goal, a beautiful and important reminder that humanity's strength is its togetherness. Yes, on the surface this is a soccer book. But Amy Bass' work is so much more. It's about overcoming odds, about embracing differences, about the triumph of will and spirit. A true gem of a book."
       --- Jeff Pearlman, New York Times bestselling author of The Bad Guys Won and Gunslinger

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About the Speaker

Amy Bass was born and raised in The Berkshires, the daughter of two noted local journalists, in a house filled with books and about thirty acres of woods going straight up a mountain. Now a professor of history in New York, Bass lived in Lewiston, Maine for four years as a student at Bates College. Her writing has appeared in Slate, Salon, and CNN Opinion, and her work for NBC's Olympics coverage earned her an Emmy in 2012 for Outstanding Live Event Turnaround. ONE GOAL is her fourth book.

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About the Co-Sponsors

Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, Lincoln Parks & Recreation Department and Lincoln Youth Soccer

In January 2016 Birches School signed an MOU with the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust (LLCT) that formalized a partnership to collaborate on developing curricular materials and helping the school find a permanent home near conservation land where the school could develop informal “outdoor classrooms.” In November, the 16-acre property of the Wang Family at 100 Bedford Road became available and together the LLCT and Birches School, along with the Town of Lincoln, purchased the property providing a unique solution to three different needs.

Birches School found its permanent home in four acres on the property and our new school opened its doors in Fall 2018. A new athletic field had long been identified as a Town need, and three acres were allocated to the Parks and Recreation Department to accommodate the increased demand of organized sports. Nine acres were purchased for conservation purposes connecting existing conservation land and trails, and protecting critical watershed lands.

The Parks and Recreation Department will officially open The Wang Athletic Field for play this Spring 2019, and the coaches and players of the Lincoln Youth Soccer program will delight and take pride in their new pitch! Birches School is pleased to have created the necessary parking and restroom facilities that complete the enjoyment of this new town facility.

We believe in the power of community at Birches School, and through this program we celebrate our Lincoln partnerships and our school’s commitment to developing empathic learners, one of four school pillars. Our community looks forward to welcoming you for a memorable evening with Amy Bass.