BELFAST — The Belfast 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 books chosen for this discussion series attempt to expand, complicate, and challenge readers’ visions of what constitutes the “American family.” State Library.
The series “Re-imagining the American Family” begins Tuesday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m., at the Belfast Free Library and continues for five sessions, through December 17.
The series exposes readers to a wide range of experiences and perspectives, with the goal of broadening conceptions of individual and family identities.
This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library.
The first book to be read and discussed on Tuesday, September 17 is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. The other books in this series are: October 15, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel; October 29, Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast; November 19, What The Living Do by Marie Howe; and December 17, Brothers and Keepers by John Edgar Wideman.
The group will also broaden its conception of the memoir genre by exploring traditional long-form writing alongside graphic and poetic self-representations. Together, attendees 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. 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 www.mainehumanities.org.