Reading and discussion group at Norway library

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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 with copies of books available through the library. The program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Harriet P. Henry Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library.

The series “So Near and So Far: Cuba Through Its Literature” will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, with a discussion of “Biography of a Runaway Slave” by Miguel Barnet. The snow date will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25.

Subsequent books will include “Dreaming in Cuban” by Cristina Garcia on Tuesday, April 6; “In the Cold of the Malecon” by Jose Ponte, Tuesday, April 20; and “Havana Red” by Leonardo Padura, Tuesday, May 4. All discussions will begin at 6:30 pm.

The discussions will be facilitated by Allen Wells, the scholar provided by the Maine Humanities Council. Wells is the Roger Howell Jr. Professor of History at Bowdoin College. Wells’ scholarship has focused on modern Mexican history, especially Yucatán.

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His most recent book is “Tropical Zion: General Trujillo, FDR and the Jews of Sosúa.” He offers a range of courses in colonial and modern Latin American history, including a seminar on the Cuban Revolution, and has done research on the Cuban sugar economy during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 2000, he traveled to the island with a group of Maine educators during the midst of the Elian González crisis.

“Exploring ideas and issues through literature has always been exciting, and fun,” said Lizz Sinclair, 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 Allen Wells who is both excited about the readings and skilled in facilitating can help to deepen this experience,” she said.

Books for the program are available for loan at the library. Call the library at 743-5309 or stop by the Information Desk to register and to pick up the first book of the series. For more information, visit www.norway.lib.me.us.

For more information about “Let’s Talk About It” and the work of the Maine Humanities Council see www.mainehumanities.org or call the office in Portland at 773-5051.

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