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In an unprecedented gathering of local writers, editors at Sons of Liberty Publishing are set to release “River Muse: Tales of Lowell & the Merrimack Valley,” a collection of fiction and nonfiction pieces exploring the evocative spirit of a river and a city.

“The project was the labor of about a year and a half from inception to completion with an overriding theme that there’s a literary spirit of place in the Merrimack Valley and in a city such as Lowell,” said Westford-based writer David Daniel, who co-edited the new book along with publisher Lloyd Corricelli. “The book features writers who explore that spirit of place both past and present, all of whom were cooperative with the venture.”

Among the writers featured in the new book are Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens and David Thoreau, all of whom visited Lowell at different points in their careers.

More contemporary authors featured in the book will include Andre Dubus III, Dave Perry, Kassie Rubico, Beverly McCoy, Peter Eliopolous, Charlie Bevis, Kenneth Tingle, Bob Sanchez, Chath pier Sath, Tom Sexton and Steve Beeber, as well as Daniel himself.

A special inclusion will be some heretofore rarely seen work by Lowell native son Jack Kerouac.

“I was able to work with John Sampas, literary executor of the Kerouac estate, who kindly allowed permission to print some new stuff and some wonderful poems written by his own brother Sebastian, Jack’s best friend and later casualty of World War II,” revealed Daniel. “These poems are being published for the first time anywhere.”

Another native son included in the collection is Groton Landmark reporter Pierre Comtois.

“I was really flattered when Dave extended an invitation to me to contribute something to the book,” said Comtois. “Although I’ve had success over the years as a professional writer, most of my work has been in what is kindly referred to as genre fiction (read adventure/fantasy), so to be included in a book with literary pretensions was really exciting.

“With that kind of pressure, I began to think about what my contribution ought to be and the more I thought about it, the more I guessed that most of the other writers would likely be doing fiction,” continued Comtois. “So I decided to do the unexpected and write a piece of nonfiction.

“What I came up with was a piece titled ‘I was a Teenaged Bibliophile,’ a semi-autobiographical recollection of Lowell in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the city boasted a number of new and used bookstores, magazine stores and variety stores where a kid desperate to find the latest adventures of Captain Future or Fu Manchu actually stood a chance of finding them!”

With a forward by former congressman and current UMass-Lowell Chancellor Martin Meehan, “River Muse” will have its official debut at the UMass-Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell, on June 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. The public is invited.

Many of the book’s contributing authors are expected to be in attendance to read selections from their work, talk to guests, and sign copies of the book.

All profits from sales of “River Muse” will go to the veterans’ charities, including the Wounded Warriors Project.

The book will be available at in both trade paperback and Kindle versions.

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