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Let's Talk About It

Let’s Talk About It, a facilitated book discussion program has been a staple of Ocean Park and local libraries throughout Maine. This season’s theme is “Across Cultures and Continents: Literature of the South Asian Experience”. The program is supported by the Ocean Park Association, the Maine Humanities Council, Maine State Library and the Maine Community Foundation.

The books in this series are available for borrowing at the OPA office. Participants are invited to any one or all of the programs. All meetings are on Thursdays from 11:00-12:30 in Jordan Hall. Our returning discussion leader is Jeff Aronson, an educator and independent scholar from Vinalhaven, Maine. Cost: $5.00.

Cuba is intriguing, it's mysterious, it's rich in cultural tradition, it's just 90 miles off the tip of Florida, and…. it's forbidden. The five books of the series explore the history, romance, political turmoil, spirit and cultural riches of Cuba. Readers will come to see how much Cubans and Americans have in common, and how the two societies differ. Cuba and the United States are connected in so many ways. There are family ties, historical links, geographic closeness, and a shared love of freedom. Interestingly, Maine and the Cuban city of Trinidad have a special connection extending as far back as the 19th century, when Maine ships carried lumber, ice and potatoes to Trinidad to exchange for sugar, salt and rum. Granite blocks used as ballast in the ships were left in Trinidad, and the streets in Trinidad are paved with Maine granite. Maine's trade with Trinidad was so important that the state established a consular post there, and there's even more, now that the State of Maine is engaged in commerce with the island!

Source: Website of the Maine Humanities Council

Let's Talk books 2017

July 14: A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
July 21:
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
July 28:
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
August 11:
Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee
August 18:
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

2017 Summer Season