Local author Brian James

Friday, August 10 at 11:00 am

Harwich resident Brian James shares his new and well received memoir about his father with our audience. His father, “Junior” James, was born in 1915, grew up in the shadow of Charlestown’s Bunker Hill Monument, and taken from the family in 1984. As a young Irishman, Junior was a cut-up, pulling pranks and petty crimes, running with a more criminal crowd, but staying mostly down on the roster, drinking down at Drake’s and working an overnight job to more or less support his family. Junior might have been a fully made wiseguy, except for the fact he was Irish and generally unwilling to do anything too difficult. The details of Junior’s life are a little funky, but his son’s take on them is hilarious.

Text excerpted from a review by Melanie Lauwers, book editor for the Cape Cod Times.