BUCKFIELD — The Zadoc Long Free 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, “Crossing Over: Mediating Between Cultures in American Indian Literature,” will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at the library and continue for five sessions through Feb. 8.
Books to be read and discussed include “Ceremony” by Leslie Marmon Silko, “Tracks” by Louise Erdrich, “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” by Sherman Alexie and “Song of Rita Joe: Autobiography of a Mi’Kmaq Poet.”
The first meeting will consist of a discussion centered around Native American oral traditions. The discussions will be facilitated by a scholar provided by the Maine Humanities Council.
Professor Pat Onion will be the facilitator for the series. Onion recently retired from 34 years of teaching at Colby, including 17 years teaching American Indian literature and a sabbatical spent on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana.
“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 Pat Onion, who is both excited about the readings and skilled in facilitating, can help to deepen this experience.”
Books for the program are available for loan at the library. Call the library at 336-2171 to register. The library is open from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The program is offered to Maine libraries through the Maine Humanities Council by a grant from the Belvedere Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.
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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