Community Book Discussion of Orwell’s “1984” on Tuesday, May 16

Orwell’s classic dystopian work, 1984, has experienced a resurgence in popularity since the 2016 election. Please join us for a community book discussion led by Professor Matthew Anderson from the University of New England. Professor Anderson will help us explore how Orwell’s text informs our understanding of current events and our expectations for the future. No registration is necessary–read the book, join the discussion! The event will take place on Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Community Room. All are welcome!


Soundwaves Music Series Presents: The Music of West Africa with Jordan Benissan on Saturday, May 20

Jordan Messan Benissan, a professor at Colby College, is a member of the Ewe People. He was introduced to music and dance at an early age through ceremonies and rituals. He received his traditional music training from several West African master drummers. In the May entry in the library’s Soundwaves Music Series, Jordan will lead listeners through a musical tour of West Africa.

Jordan’s most recent CD, “Let Me Play My Music,” was nominated for Best World Music Album by Phoenix Magazine, and was featured on NPR’s “All Songs Considered”. His previous CD, “Beautiful Music from West Africa” had received the same treatment, and was nominated for the same honor. Some of his performances include an opening show for the West African drummer Babatunde Olatunji, a performance for a national NAACP Conference and performances for the Mayo Clinic’s Multicultural Program. Benissan has performed traditional African drumming and Highlife music with master drummer Obo Addy at Colby College, and with the Portland Symphony orchestra. The event will take place on Saturday, May 20 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the library’s Community Room.


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Mystery Author Bruce Coffin to Speak about His Work on May 23

Bruce CoffinBruce, a detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement, is the author of the John Byron Mystery Series from HarperCollins Publishers. The debut novel in the series, Among The Shadows, is now available. The second novel, Beneath the Depths, will be released on August 8th. His short story “Fool Proof, named one of the twenty best mystery stories published in North America during 2015, is included in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Best American Mystery Stories, 2016. Please join Bruce for a reading, signing, and discussion of his work on Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Author Richard Rubin to Speak About His New Book on May 30

Richard RubinIn  2014, Richard Rubin wrote a 4-part series for the New York Times about American WWI sites in France.  The surprising popularity of the series led him to expand it into a new book published by in April by St. Martin’s Press: Back Over There: One American Time-Traveler, 100 Years Since the Great War, 500 Miles of Battle-Scarred French Countryside, and Too Many Trenches, Shells, Legends and Ghosts to Count. Richard, who also recently appeared on PBS’ “American Experience” documentary, “The Great War,” will join us for a reading, book signing, and talk on Tuesday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m.

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Dr. Leroy Rowe to Speak about Race & Justice in America on Tuesday, April 25

Black Lives Matter protest against St. Paul police brutality | by Fibonacci BlueDr. Leroy M. Rowe received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Missouri. Professor Rowe’s research and teaching interests focus on the social and political experiences of African Americans during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with an emphasis on race, gender, and sexuality. Join Dr. Rowe as he discusses race and justice in America today. The talk will take place on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Community Room.