Author Talk with Amy Bass (One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together)

Community Happenings
Rockport Public Library
485 Commercial St.
Jul 19, 2018
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

In 2001 the city of Lewiston, Maine began taking in Somali refugees, changing the racial landscape of a predominantly white city. 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.

One Goal tells the story of Lewiston’s high school soccer team, the Blue Devils. As immigrant kids joined the team, they had to tackle language and cultural barriers while dealing with openly racist hostility on the streets of their new home.  But behind the tumult and unease, the team, made up of both longtime locals and Somali immigrants and led by longtime coach Mike McGraw, honed their plays and their teamwork to build a powerhouse with one goal: the first state soccer championship in Lewiston history.

Amy Bass is a professor of history in New York and 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.