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Published on May 02, 2014

Saint Mary’s Hosts Book Signing and Reception for Emergency Department Nurse and Author of To Dance in the Rain

Dance in the Rain

Attend the Book Signing!

Saint Mary's is proud to host a book signing for To Dance in the Rain on May 8, at 6pm in the Saint Mary's Hospital Auditorium. Register for this free event here

To Dance in the Rain will be available for purchase via cash or check at this event. 

WATERBURY, Conn. (May 2, 2014) ─ Saint Mary’s Hospital is sponsoring a book signing and reception featuring local author Clare Keating, RN, to celebrate the publication of her first book, To Dance in the Rain: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing.

The event will be held on Thursday, May 8 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Saint Mary’s Hospital Auditorium, which is located on the second floor of the hospital’s Conference Center in Waterbury. It is free and open to the public.

(Want to attend? Register here!)

A graduate of the Saint Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing, Keating began working in Saint Mary’s Critical Care Unit in 1982 and has been a nurse in the Emergency Department for 30 years. Her memoir is a moving account of the unexpected and catastrophic events that left her 16-year-old daughter, Alicia Townsend, fighting for her life in February 2002. An energetic and outgoing honor student and athlete, Townsend suffered a massive stroke as a complication of surgery to remove a cyst in her brain. In the book, Keating recounts this incredibly challenging time and her daughter’s remarkable recovery. Their story is truly one of hope and offers inspiration for anyone who is facing the impossible.

Keating says her message is, “Never give up.”

Clare Keating

“Believing that miracles were possible, no matter how small, opened our eyes to the possibilities and brought us the strength to persevere,” she wrote. “The support and encouragement we were given allowed us to pass hope on to Alicia."

The book is scheduled to be released by Ceitinn Press on May 4, which (not coincidentally) is Townsend’s birthday, and Saint Mary’s is among the first to help Keating celebrate the launch.

“Saint Mary’s has always been home for me and I am excited to share my work with my Saint Mary’s family and with the Waterbury community,” she wrote in a recent blog post.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Cash and checks will be accepted. Parking will be available in the Visitors Garage off Cole Street (across from St. Mary’s School). To RSVP, click the link to register above.

Additional information about Keating and her book is available online at

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