Emily Schmidt, Bucks County native and former dancer with Rince Ri School of Irish Dance, is the author of The Galvin Girls, a historical fiction novel set to published by New Degree Press this coming December. The novel is based on Emily’s great-grandmother Helen Galvin and her four sisters who immigrated from Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland to Philadelphia in the mid-1920s.

Please consider preordering your own copy. In the last three weeks, Emily has successfully met and surpassed her campaign goal of $5,000. Every dollar used to purchase a book after the $5,000 will be donated to the Commodore Barry Arts & Cultural Center, a Philly-based nonprofit that celebrates Irish music, dance, and community.

Emily’s campaign is unique because anyone who orders a book can be part of her Beta Reader Community and give her feedback on the book before it’s released, as well as help choose the cover and other really great opportunities. It could make a fantastic gift for anyone who has Irish ancestry and needs an interesting new read. Almost 150 people have backed the book and Emily is hoping to grow the community even more to help the Commodore Barry Arts & Cultural Center in their time of need.

Publishing campaign here: https://igg.me/at/thegalvingirls

Recent interview with Irish Philadelphia here:

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