LEWISTON — The Lewiston Public Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It,” a free reading and discussion group program this fall.

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 being presented is “Across Cultures and Continents: Literature of the Indian Experience.” The programs will begin on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Lewiston Public Library and will continue for five monthly sessions through January of 2011.

Books to be read and discussed in this series include: “A Passage to India,” by E. M. Forster; “Midnight’s Children,” by Salman Rushdie; “Brick Lane,” by Monica Ali; “Jasmine,” by Bharati Mukherjee; and “Interpreter of Maladies,” by Jhumpa Lahiri.

The discussions will be facilitated by Sagaree Sengupta, a lecturer in Asian Studies at Bates College.

“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 Sagaree who is both excited about the readings and skilled in facilitating will help to deepen this experience,” Sinclair said.

Books for the program are available for loan at the library. To register for the program, call the library at 513-3134 or stop by the first floor circulation desk to register and pick up the first book. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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

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