American Phoenix

MANCHESTER - A story of nineteenth-century millionaire William Skinner, a leading founder of the American silk industry, who lost everything in a devastating flood. Band his improbable, inspiring comeback to the pinnacle of the business world, will be presented Saturday, Dec. 1. The event starts at 7 p.m.

In this gripping narrative history, Skinner's great-great-granddaughter, Sarah S. Kilborne, tells an inspiring, unforgettable American story of a town devastated by unimaginable catastrophe; an industry that had no reason to succeed except for the perseverance of a few intrepid entrepreneurs; and a man who had nothing and everything to lose as he struggled to rebuild his life a second time.

Sarah S. Kilborne is a writer, editor, historian, and translator. Her translations include works by Marcel Duchamp, Jean Clair, and Andre Gervais. She is the author of two acclaimed books for children, "Peach & Blue,"and "Leaving Vietnam: The True Story of Tuan Ngo." Peach & Blue was the 2001 Book of the Year for the South Carolina Science Teachers Association and Leaving Vietnam was chosen by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best books for children on the Vietnam War. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in philosophy and has been a fellow at the Five College Women's Studies Research Center at Mount Holyoke College.

In her spare time Kilborne is also a musician. She lives along the Hudson River in upstate New York. For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at


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