News Feature

Originally published in Community News, February 20, 2014
Castine library selected to host reading, discussion group

Castine’s Witherle Memorial Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It,” a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library. This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Harriet P. Henry Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library, according to a news release from the library.

The series theme is “Refreshing the Whodunit: Moving Beyond Christie and Doyle.” It begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, at the Witherle Library in Castine, and continues for five biweekly Tuesday sessions, through April 29.

Books to be read and discussed in this series include: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King, Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman, The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison, A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow and Murder at the Nightwood Bar by Katherine V. Forrest. This series provides new and experienced mystery and detective fans with an opportunity for in-depth conversation about how this genre has incorporated the contemporary world’s globalism: dilemmas of race, gender, ethnicity and class; religious conflict; historical revision and others.

Discussion leader Jeff Aronson lives on Vinalhaven and is the editor of Rovers Magazine, a periodical for aficionados of Land Rover cars. Books for the program are available for loan at Witherle Memorial Library. Call the library at 326-4375 to register and come in to pick up the first book of the series. The library is open Mondays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about “Let’s Talk About It” and the work of the Maine Humanities Council go to or call the office in Portland at 773-5051.