Humanities programs offered – Lewiston Sun Journal


PARIS OUEST – The Paris Ouest Public Library has been allocated a five-book reading and discussion program, “Re-imagining the American Family” sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council, starting Thursday, October 21 at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Our discussion moderator is Librarian Jennifer Lance.

This series features a compilation of memoirs by contemporary American writers who imaginatively represent, shape and challenge our views of the American family. Alison Bechdel, JD Vance, Marie Howe, Roz Chast and John Edgar Wideman share a fundamental interest in the formation of family, individual, national and global identity. Together, we will explore the possibilities and limitations of literature for shaping identity and constructing (or deconstructing) categories of race, class, gender and sexuality.

Discussions will take place on Zoom Thursdays from 6 pm to 7:30 pm The dates and titles of the meetings are as follows.

October 21: Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
November 4: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
November 18: Can’t we talk about something nicer? by Roz Chast
December 2: What The Living Do by Marie Howe
December 16: Brothers and Keepers by John Edgar Wideman

All books are available for loan now at the Paris Ouest Public Library. There is no charge for books or to participate. For more information and to register, call the Bibliothèque publique de Paris Ouest at 207-674-2004 or send an email [email protected] Across Maine, people and organizations are hosting discussion projects – text-based discussions that meet the needs of their communities. Please join us for this series of five thought-provoking, thought-provoking discussions about things that really matter. The discussion will be richer with you there.

Re-imagine the American family

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