Books available in library series

Jan. 04, 2013 @ 06:15 PM

Perry Memorial Library is preparing for another “Let’s Talk About It” series.

For each of four evenings, the program brings a scholar and readers together to discuss a book. The library will have multiple copies of the book for participants to check out and read ahead of time. Readers and the scholar can then engage in an interchange about the book’s content and the author’s purpose.

The theme for 2013 is “Picturing America: Places in the Heart.” Program dates and books are:

• Feb. 21, “Empire Falls,” by Richard Russo.

• March 7, “A River Runs Through It,” by Norman Maclean.

• March 21, “Brothers and Keepers,” by John Edgar Wideman.

• April 4, “Plainsong,” by Kent Haruf.

• April 18, “Gilead,” by Marilynne Robinson.

Perry Library Director Jay Stephens credited Friends of Perry Memorial Library for their sponsorship of the project.

“It should be a very good series,” he said.

“Let’s Talk About It” is funded by the N.C. Humanities Council. The settings of the books selected for this series include a number of geographical places: New England, Montana, Colorado and Iowa.

But they also include “places in the heart” that speak to the human spirit. at its best and at its worst.

The books picture family members in their encounters with each other and with the world.

In other words, each reader can find at least one character to love or hate or identify.

Copies of “Empire Falls” are available for pickup beginning Thursday. More information is available by calling (252) 438-3316, ext. 232.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.