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    Wednesday, May 22, 2024

    "One Goal" author Bass to read, sign Sunday in Westerly

    Amy Bass (Rodney Bedsole)

    The New York Times regularly runs a feature that catalogs the "feel good" stories of the week — as if to counterpoint the idea that, boy, the world sucks right now.

    Here's a tremendous "feel good" story — literally. It's a book called "One Goal" by Emmy-winning New York history professor/journalist Amy Bass. The narrative covers a decade of change in the hard-times/overwhelmingly-white town of Lewiston, Maine, a community that began to bubble with racial tension in 2001 after thousands of Somali refugees began to resettle there.

    An amazing thing happened, though. When Somali kids inundated civic parks with pickup soccer games, the town's white high school coach took note and invited them to join the Lewiston High team. Not only did they win a state championship, but the dramatic demographic change of the team resulted in a remarkable cultural shift throughout the entire community.

    Bass, whose "One Goal" is an empathetic, comprehensive and adrenalized account of the situation, will read from and sign copies Sunday afternoon in Westerly's Savoy Bookshop & Café. (Read an interview with Bass in Saturday's Daybreak section of The Day).

    Amy Bass, 4 p.m.  Sunday, Savoy Bookshop & Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly; free, books available for purchase; (401) 213-3901.

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