Let's Talk About It

Let's Talk About It

Let's Talk About It is a library discussion series that brings scholars and community members together to explore how selected books, films, or poetry illuminate a particular theme.

The Let's Talk About It (LTAI) series is administrated by the North Carolina Humanities Council in cooperation with the North Carolina Center for the Book. Let's Talk About It is available as a book, film or poetry series.

Please review the deadlines for the spring, summer and fall 2016 seasons as these may have changed from previous cycles.

Book Series: A nine-week reading and discussion series that includes five books that is held every other week and led by a new scholar each week.

Film Series: A six-week film and discussion series that is held weekly and led by one scholar.

Poetry Series: A six-week reading-audio/video-discussion program that is held weekly and led by one scholar.

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Participating Libraries Spring 2016

 

Participating Libraries Fall 2015

 

Let’s Talk About It is a joint project of the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina/Department of Cultural Resources and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.                

Salt, Garden Spells, If You Want Me to Stay, Blood Done Sign My Name, and Plant Life — four novels and one history-based memoir — were all written between 2003 and 2007. They bring a childhood perspective to bear on...

Modern crime is not elsewhere and someone else's problem but is our own dilemma in the community where we live. Modern mysteries reflect the complexity of contemporary life. These books will encourage us to discover clues to our own...

In this series, readers explore ancient and modern conflicts to build understanding about the varied and richly textured peoples, cultures, histories, and geographies of the Middle East. A place of divergent cultures, faiths, and people...

Attempting to form generalizations about so broad a topic as "best-selling fiction" is tricky business. However, the mass appeal of many such works seems to come from the combination of mythic characters and realistic, historically...

The shared past of these authors is the Civil War and its aftermath which gave North Carolina a distinctive history, literature, music, and lifestyle. We will find common motifs in this series including attachment to place as well as...

In the mid-twentieth century, both Latin American and Latino writers bagan to attract wide audiences in countries throughout the world. This series allows us to hear voices that speak in several different languages, introducing us to...

This audio series is composed of National Public Radio interviews with 13 of today's most engaging and influential poets including Allen Ginsberg, Karl Shapiro, Maxine Kumin, Gwendolyn Brooks and Gary Soto. In addition to listening to...

By 1861, ideas about what America was and what it meant to be an American - the essence of nationalism - led to civil war. In this series, we will consider the price of sectional reconciliation as well as what the Civil WarÕs legacy is...

When war broke out in Europe in 1914 America was focused on its own concerns - managing its new wealth and addressing the urgent social problems of the time. Years of rapid industrial expansion had made...

This series will offer us the opportunity to reflect on "scientific" predictions that often can be disturbingly accurate and to examine our attitudes toward science and its societal by-products.