Bass on ‘One Goal’ at library

Jul 10, 2018
Amy Bass

Rockport — Rockport Public Library, 485 Commercial St./Route 1, will present “One Goal” author Amy Bass Thursday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. Bass, a Bates College alum, is a professor of history and Emmy award-winning writer.

In 2001, the city of Lewiston 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 United States history had a town of its size taken in so many newcomers, so quickly.

“One Goal,” Bass’ fourth book, 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 the team, comprising both deep-rooted 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.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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