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Let's Talk About It! will be back in 2016! Stay tuned for details!



September 21, 2015


November 16, 2015

Meeting at 7 p.m.

Carteret County Public Library

1702 Live Oak St., Beaufort


Free & Open to the Public


"Let's Talk About It!" Discussion Series

     The Carteret County Public Library proudly presents the latest in this popular book discussion series.
     Your insights are the focus of the sessions. Our guest humanities scholars act as guides, leading discussions about how the books inform and enrich our lives. The library will loan the books at no charge to you, so show up with an eagerness to learn.
     Friends of Carteret County Public Library provide matching funds for the “Let’s Talk About It” book series.

Authors in the series

     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 identities. 

Book List & Discussion Schedule


Monday, September 21, 7 p.m.

Speaker: Tom Douglass, PhD

East Carolina University


Dance Hall of the Dead

By Tony Hillerman


Two Native-American boys have vanished into thin air, leaving only a pool of blood belonging to one of the boys. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police struggles as the unique laws and sacred religious rites of the Zuñi people throw impassable roadblocks in Leaphorn's already twisted path, enabling a craven murderer to elude justice or, worse still, to kill again.



Monday, October 5, 7 p.m.

Speaker: Seodial Frank Deena, PhD

East Carolina University


Time’s Witness

By Michael Malone


Street-smart and straightforward police chief Cuddy Mangum and his refined homicide detective Justin Savile V are determined to keep their town's cultural, political and racial divisions stable and peaceful. But when a young black activist is murdered while in the process of fighting for his brother's freedom from death row, the lines keeping Hillston, North Carolina, in balance start to crumble.




Monday, October 19, 7 p.m.

Speaker: Tom Douglass, PhD

East Carolina University


Devil in a Blue Dress

By Walter Mosley


Set in the 1940s, in the African-American community of Watts, Los Angeles, Devil in a Blue Dress follows Easy Rawlins, a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Monet, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.



Monday, November 2, 7 p.m.

Bill DiNome MFA            



Burn Marks

By Sara Paretsky


Someone knocking on the door at 3 A.M. is never good news. For V.I. Warshawski, the fire that just burned down her alcoholic Aunt Elena’s sleazy SRO hotel has landed trouble on her doorstep. Uncovering an arsonist will send V.I. into the seedy world of Chicago’s homeless as well as the city’s backroom politics. Along the way, she must survive encounters with new schemers and old cronies.



Monday, November 16, 7 p.m.

Bill DiNome MFA           



The Last Child

By John Hart


Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life with loving parents and a twin sister, Alyssa, until the day she disappears. Now, a year later, no one else believes that Alyssa is still alive, but Johnny is certain that she is, confident in a way that he can never fully explain. Johnny recruits his best friend as they follow a dangerous lead that will drive them to face a truth that will test both boys to the limit. 



Program Sponsors




This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Friends of Carteret County Public Library provide matching funds for the “Let’s Talk About It” book series.

Past “Let’s Talk About It” Series

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