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NEW! Facilitated book discussions from the New Hampshire Humanities Council

The Orford Social Library received a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council to pilot their new facilitated book discussions. Paperback books are free for each participant.

The first discussion is on “Say Nothing : A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland” by Patrick Radden Keefe. It is a bestselling account that focuses on a murder in Northern Ireland as a lens to explore Northern Ireland’s political culture and relationship with the United Kingdom.


The facilitator is Mary C. Kelly, Ph.D., is Professor of History at Franklin Pierce University, where she has taught for over twenty years. Her Masters in Modern Irish History is from National University of Ireland, Galway, and she earned a Ph.D. in Modern American History from Syracuse University. Her research explores Irish-American ethnic identity within spheres of faith, political culture, the enduring relationship with Ireland, and Irish-American involvement with the Irish Revolution. Her publications include books The Shamrock and the Lily (2005) and Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish American History (2016; 2014), and her current research encompasses nationalist expression and ethnic Irish Protestant contribution to the ethnic identity. Professor Kelly presents on Famine impact and memory, ethnic political culture, and immigrant settlement in Boston and New York. She was honored with a 2014 Keene State College President’s Outstanding Women in New Hampshire Award and the 2016 Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Committee Ambassador Award.

Contact the Orford Social Library if you’d like a copy of the book. The Zoom discussion will be on Thursday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. 
Laina Warsavage
Library Director, Orford Social Library
Box 189, Orford, NH 03777