Maine State Library Offers “Let’s Talk About It” Book Group

The Maine State 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. This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library.

The series, The Passage of Time, the Meaning of Change, begins Tuesday, June 13th at 5:30 p.m. at the Maine State Library in Augusta and continues for a total of 5 sessions, through August 8th. Books to be read and discussed in this series include: The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett; Collected Lyrics by Edna St. Vincent Millay; One Man’s Meat by E.B. White; As We Are Now by May Sarton; and The Beans of Egypt, Maine by Carolyn Chute. Candace Kanes, independent historian and museum curator, will facilitate the discussions.

DateBook TitleAuthor
Tuesday, June 13The Country of the Pointed FirsSarah Orne Jewett
Tuesday, June 27Collected LyricsEdna St. Vincent Millay
Tuesday, July 11One Man’s MeatE.B. White
Tuesday, July 25As We Are NowMay Sarton
Tuesday, August 8The Beans of Egypt, MaineCarolyn Chute

Each Tuesday session will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Maine State Library Studio on the third floor for approximately 90 minutes.

“Exploring ideas and issues through literature has a unique and fun way of creating community,” said Nicole Rancourt, 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 Candace Kanes 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 Maine State Library. Please call the library at (207) 287-5600 to register by phone or email Please provide us with your complete contact information including name, address, telephone and email. After you have registered, come in (as soon as you can!) to pick up your personal book bag containing all the books in the series. Registration limited to 25 so sign up early! For library hours and directions visit our website at:

This program is offered to Maine libraries through the Maine Humanities Council in partnership with the Maine State Library.