By Lawrence Norris


Forty plus years in the making, The Brown and White is a fictionalized memoir that tells the story of Collin Callaghan’s freshman year at a Chicago Catholic High School. Collin is a white boy who is living in turbulent times in a changing city. He clings to his neighborhood and his family as he heads out each day with his classmates on the Brown and White, the ancient school bus driven by free-spirited Willie. Memorable characters abound as this story unfolds. Collin’s loveable family, especially his Irish Catholic policeman father and his Irish immigrant mother face life together. Collin and classmates blaze their own humorous and passionate trail through the late 1960s. A unique cast of terrific teachers are there to see the boys through. Laughs and life meet readers head on as they travel on the Brown and White.

About the Author:

Sporting Chance Press author Lawrence Norris has a little marble angel on his desk, just under his computer screen. It’s not very big, but Norris says it “looks over” all his labor each day. Norris wears a brown scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel every day. It’s the scapular that he always wore as a student at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago. On one wall of his little office, there are religious images housed in beautiful gold frames that are shaped like little stained glass windows. His desk is home-made from an old dining room table. And as a publisher and an author, surrounding Norris are boxes of his company’s books and an old floor to ceiling bookcase that includes a small sampling of his old books. He has another small bookcase by him and several more throughout his house. Most of his old books have little value to anyone other than himself.

Norris is not sure if the Dominican Sisters who educated him in grade school or the Carmelites who did the same in high school or the Benedictines who took Norris on in college would love all his work. But he hopes so.

Product Details: The Brown and White
ISBN: 978-0-9819342-7-3
192 pages, paperback,
September 2016