AUBURN – Anyone interested is invited to join the Auburn Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at the Book Burrow and Cafe, 1-B Great Falls Plaza, for its next book discussion in the series, “Fear and Hope: Writings from the Great Depression of the 1930s.”

Historian and Maine College of Art Professor Candace Kanes is the discussion leader of this month’s book, “Uncle Tom’s Children” by Richard Wright. She will help explore the recurring themes of captivity and escape in Wright five short stories, and discuss the life of black Americans during the Great Depression, when unemployment numbers were almost twice as high as that among white Americans.

This is the last book in the series. A new series will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, with the “Secret Life of Bees” by Monk Kidd. For more information, call 782-3191.

The “Hope and Fear: Writing from the Great Depression” is sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council and is a program of the Harriet P. Henry Center for the Book.

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