The 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, Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, begins Tuesday, May 29th at 5:30 p.m. at the Maine State Library in Augusta and continues for a total of 5 sessions, through July 24th. Books to be read and discussed in this series include:


Book Title


Tuesday, May 29th

The Maine Woods
Additional Reading:
An Account of an 1849 trip…Katahdin

Henry David Thoreau

Elizabeth Oakes Smith

Tuesday, June 12th

The Wilderness From Chamberlain Farm

Dean B. Bennett

Tuesday, June 26th

Fly Rod Crosby
Additional Readings:
Diary of a Moosehead Lake Trip
Down the Allagash

Julia A. Hunter/Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.
John W. G. Dunn
Henry L.Withee

Tuesday, July 10th

Camp Fires Rekindled

George S. Kephart

Tuesday, July 24th

We Took To The Woods

Louise Dickinson Rich

Each Tuesday session will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Maine State Library Studio on the third floor for approximately 90 minutes. Candace Kanes, independent historian and museum curator, will facilitate the discussions.

“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: