Norway library to host cultural book series


NORWAY — The Norway Memorial Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It,” a free reading and discussion group at the library. This program, along with the facilitator, is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library.

The series “Growing Up Between Cultures” will begin Tuesday, Sept. 1, and continue for four sessions through Tuesday, Nov. 3. All discussions will be held Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The series topic will focus on issues of cultural, ethnic or national identity.

Robert Farnsworth, Bates College English professor, will facilitate each discussion. Farnsworth earned his degrees at Brown and Columbia universities. For seven years, Farnsworth edited poetry for the national quarterly The American Scholar. His work has appeared in a variety of magazines in the United States, Canada and Great Britain, including Hudson Review, The American Poetry Review and Beloit Poetry. His most recent published collection was “Rumored Islands” from Harbor Mountain Press.

Books to be read and discussed in this series include:

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 6:30 p.m.: “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood” by Alexandra Fuller.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m.: “The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker” by Eric Liu.

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m.: “Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language” by Eva Hoffman.

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m.: “The Names: A Memoir” by N. Scott Momaday.

“Exploring ideas and issues through literature has a unique and fun way of creating community,” said Nicole Rancourt, director of Let’s Talk About It. “We find that there is great interest among adults in getting together to discuss what they’ve read with others. Having a discussion leader like Robert Farnsworth who is both excited about the readings and skilled in facilitating can help to deepen this experience.”

Those interested in registering should contact the library at 743-5309 x 1 or [email protected]

Registration is required to participate in this series. Books for the program are available for loan at the library.

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