AUBURN — The Auburn Public Library and several other libraries statewide are participating in the Read ME initiative to encourage adults to read the same books by Maine authors and recommended by a Maine author.

Author Paul Doiron chose the fiction title “River Talk” by CB Anderson and the nonfiction title “Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town” by Susan Hand Shetterly. The library will host two separate programs with these books as the focus.

Multiple copies of the books are available at the Auburn, which will host a discussion of “Settled in the Wild” at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 31.

Naturalist Susan Shetterly looks at how animals, humans and plants share the land by observing her own neighborhood in rural Maine. She tells tales of both the humans and the wildlife.

CB Anderson will be at the library at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, to discuss “River Talk.” The book introduces an unforgettable array of characters. A woman reconsiders her decision to enter a polygamous marriage; an Iraq War veteran struggles to reclaim compromised relationships; a taxidermist plies his trade to woo the woman he loves. Anderson explores loss and desire, regret and hope.

Read ME is presented in partnership with Maine State Library and the Maine Humanities Council.

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