AUBURN – Do you love to talk about the books you’ve read? If you do, the Auburn Public Library invites you to join its summer book discussions on “The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today? as part of the Let’s Talk About It series.

Candace Kane, historian and college professor, will return to APL to explore the fascinating people, events and ideas behind the Gilded Age, 1878-1889, one the most pivotal yet neglected eras of U.S. history. Marked by the growth of industry, waves of immigrants and an expanding middle class, it was the era in American history that began to define the parameters of the modern world we live in today.

Discussions will take place at the library starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 2. Books are available at the library, but copies may be limited. Call 333-6640 to reserve your copy.

Books in the Let’s Talk About It series, made possible through the Maine Humanities Council, are as follows:

• June 2: “The Devil and the White City,” by Erik Larson

• June 23: “The Gilded Age,” by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner

• July 14: “The Age of Innocence,” by Edith Wharton

• Aug. 4: “The Rise of Silas Lapham,” by William Dean Howells

• Aug. 25: “Poland Spring: A Tale of the Gilded Age,” by David Richards

“Exploring ideas and issues through literature has always been exciting and fun,” said Lizz Sinclair, Let’s Talk About It director. “We find that there is great interest among adults in getting together to discuss what they’ve read with others. Having a discussion leader – Candace Kane, who is both excited about the readings and skilled in facilitating – can help to deepen this experience.”


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