Kent Memorial Library friend, volunteer and former employee Joanna Kelly will launch her new book, "Hooligan's Alley," June 1 in Kent. Kelly will greet patrons and sign copies of her book, which will be available to purchase, at the library during a wine and cheese reception from 3 to 5 p.m

"It is fitting to have the book launch at the Kent Memorial Library, after all, the idea of the book was born in the library amid lively visits with patrons and volunteers who gathered to share their stories," said Kent author E. Barrie Kavasch.

The book begins 150 years ago in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. It is the true story of an orphaned immigrant girl who encounters the New World amid compelling events such as the 1863 New York Civil War Draft Riots and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911.

Kelly is a second cousin of Irish President Eamon deValera, a leader in the fight for Irish independence.

In her historic novel, she introduces deValera's mother, Kate Coll deValera Wheelright, and elevates the story line to include the Irish Easter Rising of 1916. She is currently at work on a children's Christmas book.

For more information and to RSVP to the event, call 860-927-3761.