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Writer-in-Residence Poetry Workshop

Join the Library Foundation's Writer-in-Residence Jeffrey Hillard to learn creative writing techniques and get tips on entering the Poetry in the Garden contest.

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The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero

Timothy Egan

Award-winner Egan, author of The Worst Hard Time (2006) and Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher (2012), returns with another intriguing nonfiction book. Here he tells the story of Irish-born Thomas Francis Meagher (1823-1867), who was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony after leading a quashed uprising against British rule. Soon he was in America, leading the Union Army’s Irish Brigade as a general during the Civil War, and ending his days as territorial governor of Montana. Egan also reexamines the circumstances surrounding his mysterious death aboard the steamboat G.A. Thompson with conclusive new evidence.

The Immortal Irishman