A Portuguese Plymouth Rock Celebration

September 2001
by Claire Nemes

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Our all-time best-selling book is Portuguese Spinner: An American Story, edited by Marsha L. McCabe and Joseph D. Thomas (288 pages, illustrated, 9″ x 12″, published July 1998). Our print-run totals are 2,000 hardcover, 7,000 softcover; and we’ve sold 8,500 copies to date.

Conceived and partially written by Spinner staff, Portuguese Spinner follows the adage “write about what you know.” Spinner Publications is a nonprofit small press that publishes books about Southeastern New England. The company name comes from the fact that our mission involves the spinning of tales. A spinner is also, of course, a worker in a textile mill (the dominant industry in our area for over 100 years), and it has a nautical connotation (the area has an important seafaring history). Our headquarters happen to be located at the cradle of Portuguese-American culture, the “Plymouth Rock” for Portuguese immigrants–Southeastern Massachusetts. For many Portuguese Americans throughout North America, this is where their new life began, or in Western Rhode Island.

Southeastern Massachusetts and Western Rhode Island remain the heart of Portuguese culture in America today, with about half of the 900,000 Americans who identify themselves as primarily Portuguese residing here. It’s a place where Portuguese restaurants, bakeries, and shops abound; where Portuguese sausage is a standard topping offered at every pizzeria. Medeiros is one of the mo…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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