AUBURN – Do you enjoy reading and talking about books? Are you looking for good books and good conversation? If you are, join the Auburn Public Library’s book group. The new book group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month starting on Jan. 29 at the Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St.

The first book to be discussed will be “Since Yesterday” by Frederick Lewis Allen and is part of the “Hope and Fear: Writing from the Great Depression” series, sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council.

The series explores the hopes and uncertainties of the 1930s. “Since Yesterday” is a look at the social and political events and economic climate that characterized the 1930s and created the Great Depression, and provides readers with a focus for looking at the life and times of America today.

Other books to be read for upcoming discussions are “The Disinherited” by Jack Conroy, “Tender is the Night” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell, and “Uncle Tom’s Children” by Richard Wright. Historian and Maine College of Art Professor Candice Kanes will facilitate the discussions.

Books for the program are available for loan at the Auburn Public Library. Drop by or call 782-3191 to register and reserve a copy. The first book in the series is now available. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The program is free and is offered through the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library with funding from a grant provided by the Belvedere Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

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