MHC Discussion Project

Maine Humanities Council Discussion Project 2023

Objects in Literature

4 Saturdays: March 18, April 15, May 20, & June 17
at 1:00 p.m.

We are thrilled to welcome the Maine Humanities Council back for its sixth year at BHML! The Maine Humanities Council Discussion Project is a mini book club that will gather monthly March-June to discuss books revolving around a central theme.

This year’s Discussion Project dives into books that create a narrative around a central object.

What makes an object special? What adds to its importance? Why is an object held in high esteem or viewed as disposable? 

Facilitated by James Ford, an educator and Restorative Practice Coordinator for Lewiston Public Schools, the group will discuss these and other questions inspired by the texts.

Reading List:

The Painted DrumThe Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich

People of the BookPeople of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

All That She CarriedAll That She Carried by Tiya Miles

The Feather ThiefThe Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson


This discussion group is full. To add your name to the waitlist, please email Bethany at

Registration is required. Register soon as space in the discussion is limited. Please fill out the registration form below or call the library to register (207-633-3112).  Registrants must be prepared and able to attend all four book discussions. Discussions will take place in person, in the Great Room.

Get the books: Each participant will receive their own copy of each title to keep, courtesy of the Maine Humanities Council Copies will be available for pickup at Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library once registration has closed.

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