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Belfast library offers 'Let’s Talk About It' book group

Aug 09, 2019

BELFAST — The Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., 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. This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library.

The series "Re-imagining the American Family" begins Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Belfast Free Library and continues for five sessions, through Dec. 17.

The first book to be read and discussed on Sept. 17 is "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance. The other books in this series are: October 15, "Fun Home" by Alison Bechdel; Oct. 29, "Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" by Roz Chast; Nov. 19, "What The Living Do" by Marie Howe; and Dec. 17, "Brothers and Keepers" by John Edgar Wideman.

The books chosen for this discussion series attempt to expand, complicate and challenge our vision of what constitutes the “American family.” The series exposes readers to a wide range of experiences and perspectives, with the goal of broadening our conceptions of individual and family identities. We will also broaden our conception of the memoir genre by exploring traditional long-form writing alongside graphic and poetic self-representations. Together, we will investigate the possibilities and limits of literature to shape identity and to construct (or deconstruct) categories of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

The series will be facilitated by poet and writer Annaliese Jakimides, whose work has been published in journals, magazines, and anthologies, broadcast on NPR, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and recognized regionally and nationally. She has facilitated Humanities conversations throughout the state for more than 15 years. After 25 years on a dirt road in northern Maine, she now lives in, and works from Bangor.

Books for this series are available for loan at the library. Pre-registration is required to ensure that enough copies of the books are available. Please stop by the main circulation desk or call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10 to register. For more information about “Let’s Talk About It” and the work of the Maine Humanities Council, see





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