New Bern-Craven County
Public Library

a member of the Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library System


"Let's Talk About It..."

Picturing America: Places in the Heart

Registration begins July 29, 2019.

What determines our connection to our place, our sense of home? This series explores the influence of our personal setting upon our life experience. Situated in richly realized settings, these five novels demonstrate the wonderful varied landscape of America, but also the constants in all experiences, the relationships and bonds to family and community. Fortunes and troubles of these characters arise and connect to where they physically live. We will explore the extent to which one's identity is fashioned not only by the people with whom one lives but also the places where one lives.

All programs are Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Hayden H. Jones Auditorium.

  • August 26--Empire Falls by Richard Russo. Speaker: Michelle Manning, University of North Carolina Wilmington.
  • September 16--A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean. Speaker: Rebecca Godwin, Barton College.
  • October 7--Brothers and Keepers by John Edgar Wideman. Speaker: Willie Nelms, Independent Scholar.
  • October 28--Plainsong by Kent Haruf. Speaker: Susan Schmidt, Independent Scholar.
  • November 18--Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Speaker: Jonathan Sarris, NC Wesleyan University.

To register call 638-7807.

This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit and  affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina, and is sponsored by the Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library.

Fall 2019