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Allen Young Reading & Book Signing

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Quabbin Area Writer/activist’s Autobiography Release

  Thursday May 31st at 7pm.


An autobiography written and self-published by local author Allen Young of Royalston, has just been released.

Young, who writes the Inside/Outside column for the Athol Daily News, will read passages and sign books.

Thirty percent of the proceeds from the sale of books (list price, $25) will go to the Friends of the Wendell Free Library.


At 76, more than half of Allen Young’s life has been spent in the North Quabbin Region, and his narrative includes his experiences building a house in a communal setting, working for the Athol Daily News and the Athol Hospital, and involvement in various community organizations. It also covers his earlier life, growing up on a chicken farm in New York’s Catskill Mountains, his education in public schools as well as Columbia and Stanford, three years in South America (including a Fulbright scholarship), writing for a variety of newspapers, involvement in the anti-war and gay liberation movements, and ultimately deciding to leave city life behind. Unique chapters delve into his identity as a non-religious Jew and his experiences with marijuana.


The back cover of the book includes this endorsement from Eric Foner, a Pulitzer prize-winning history professor at Columbia: “Allen Young's memoir chronicles a remarkable personal and political journey, from growing up as a red diaper baby through the radicalism of the 1960s and the emergence and development of the modern gay movement. What makes it so compelling is not only Young's superb writing but his revealing candor and intellectual curiosity. The personal and the political, as the saying goes, really do overlap here, and the result is a fascinating narrative that reveals a great deal about an important strand of modern American life.”

Senator Stan Rosenberg of Amherst, who represents Royalston and other area towns, wrote: “With his journalist's eye for detail, Mr. Young guides his readers through the exotic landscapes, the tumultuous politics, the intimacies, the triumphs and inner turmoil that continue to shape his character. Left, Gay and Green is truly an American story and a poignant reminder that the journey toward self-discovery, and ultimately self-acceptance, is often arduous, but always worthwhile.”

Young served for many years on the board of the Athol-based Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, whose executive director, Leigh Youngblood, wrote this book jacket blurb: “With the insight of a journalist and charm of a story teller, Allen Young takes us behind the scenery from Glen Wild, N.Y. to Butterworth Farm. Traveling from his father’s chicken farm to the Big Apple, other continents, and then ‘back to the land’ in the 70’s, Allen eloquently champions both the great outdoors as well as the complex community members who comprise the colorful mosaic of his personal, professional, and civic lives.”

The book, Left, Gay & Green: A Writer’s Life,” is 500 pages long and includes many photographs. It is also available at Haley’s in Athol, Trail Head in Orange, and the Country Store in Petersham. It was published through CreateSpace, a subsidiary of, where it can also be purchased online.


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