Merrimack Press And Mill No. 5 Launch Author Series

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Emilie-Noelle Provost, Editor

Merrimack Press

512 Media Inc.

P.O. Box 867

Methuen, MA 01844

(978) 685-3690




NOVEMBER 2015, LOWELL, MASS.— Merrimack Press, an imprint of Methuen, Mass.-based 512 Media Inc., publisher of Merrimack Valley Magazine, together with Mill No. 5 in Lowell, Mass., will launch a monthly author reading and book signing series to take place on Thursday evenings. The first reading event, featuring Lowell author Stephen P. O’Connor and his newest novel The Witch at Rivermouth, will be held at the Victorian Lounge at Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St., Fourth Floor, in Lowell, Mass., on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase copies of the book and have them signed by the author.

The public is invited to attend free of charge.

The next author reading and signing event is planned for Dec. 17 at 7 p.m., also in the Victorian lounge. The author is to be announced.

Also on Thursday evenings, Mill No. 5 presents “Luna Sessions,” a free live jazz concert in The Luna Theater, beginning at 8:05 p.m.

Copies of The Witch at Rivermouth can be purchased at, and The book is also available for order at local bookstores.


Book Synopsis:


Minerva Herrera, a young Colombian woman and devout Catholic, is the love of Nestor McCorley’s life. And although twelve years of parochial school have left Nestor with mixed feelings about God and the Church, he and Minerva marry after a brief courtship. She quickly becomes pregnant and the couple enjoy a happy domestic life. But in the late stages of her pregnancy, as Minerva is lighting a candle to the Blessed Virgin, she is confronted in the church by a frightening woman who hurls a shocking curse at her and her unborn child.


Is someone seeking revenge for something in Nestor’s past? Is Minerva’s former lover trying to get her back? Nestor enlists the help of a priest as he revisits his Catholic grammar school and combs the city for answers. Everyone he meets becomes a suspect as Nestor’s life begins to unravel, and his worst nightmares become real.


The Witch at Rivermouth is rich, eerie and intriguing. A moving love story and a well-crafted mystery, intertwined with a fascinating exploration of culture and belief.”


             –  Lucinda Franks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Waiting Out a WarMy Father’s Secret War: A Memoir and Wild Apples


Author Bio:

Stephen P. O’Connor is a native of Lowell, Mass., where much of his writing is set. He is the author of Smokestack Lightning, a collection of short stories, and the novels The Spy in the City of Books and The Witch at Rivermouth. O’Connor has worked as a roofer, a garbage collector, a harvester of grapes, a drywall man, a shoe salesman, a factory hand, and for more than twenty years, a high school teacher. He earned master’s degrees from University College Dublin and UMass Boston, and has lived and worked in Ireland and in France. O’Connor lives with his wife, Olga, and their two children in Lowell. When he’s not working or writing he can be found walking in the woods, drinking coffee downtown, playing soccer with the old boys or cranking out Irish tunes on a fiddle inherited from his Uncle Eddie.

Contact Emilie-Noelle Provost, above, for more information about Stephen P. O’Connor or The Witch at Rivermouth, to arrange an interview with the author, or to obtain a review copy of the book.


For more information about Mill No. 5’s events, shopping and dining, contact Sarah Hand at or (978) 656-1828.






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