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Let's Talk About It! Spring 2017


Explorations of
Faith in



January 30, 2017
March 27, 2017


at the

Carteret County Public Library

1702 Live Oak St., Beaufort, NC 28516


You are cordially invited to join Carteret County Public Library as we host this exciting program. Each of the five sessions will bring together avid readers and an eminent humanities scholar. Together, participants go on a journey of enlightenment as they discuss the nuances and relevancy of these books to our lives.


The series is free of charge and open to the public. Registration is not required to attend.


     Religion has always been a critical element in establishing and defining our identity as Americans. Through these novel, we may come to see our world and ourselves with fresh eyes as we encounter faith differences and different faiths.

Book List & Discussion Schedule


Image result for peace like a river

Monday, January 30, 7 p.m.
Speaker: Willie Nelms
MA MSLA Sheppard Memorial Library
Greenville, NC

Peace Like a River
By Leif Enger

Young Reuben Land has little doubt that miracles happen all around us, suspecting that his own father is touched by God. When his older brother flees a controversial murder
charge, Reuben, along with his older sister and father, set off on a journey that will take them to the Badlands and through a landscape more extraordinary than they could have anticipated.  See In Catalog

  Image result for the chosen chaim potok Monday, February 13 , 7 p.m.
Speaker: Rebecca Godwin
PhD Barton College

The Chosen
By Chaim Potok

The classic story of two fathers and two sons and the pressures on all of them to pursue the religion they share in the way that is best suited to each. As the boys grow into young men, they discover in the other a lost spiritual brother, and a link to an unexplored world that neither had ever considered before. In effect, they exchange places, and find the peace that neither will ever retreat from again. See In Catalog


Image result for Traveling Mercies By Anne Lamott

Monday, February 27, 7 p.m.
Speaker: Billy Yeargin
MLS Duke University

Traveling Mercies
By Anne Lamott

In exuberant detail how Anne Lamott tells how she learned to shine the light of faith on the darkest part of ordinary life, exposing surprising pockets of meaning and hope. See In Catalog


Image result for Ceremony By Leslie Marmon Silko

Monday, March 13, 7 p.m.
Speaker: Michelle Manning
MAT MFA UNC-Wilmington

By Leslie Marmon Silko

Tayo, a World War II veteran of mixed ancestry, returns to the Laguna Pueblo Reservation. He is deeply scarred by his experience as a prisoner of the Japanese and further wounded by the rejection he encounters from his people. Only by immersing himself in the Indian past can he begin to regain the peace that was taken from him. See In Catalog


Image result for A Prayer for Owen Meany By John Irving

Monday, March 27, 7 p.m.
Speaker: Bill DiNome
MFA UNC-Wilmington

A Prayer for Owen Meany
By John Irving

In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary. See In Catalog


Program Sponsors


This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“Let’s Talk About It” is a joint project of the North Carolina Humanities Council and the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina/Department of Cultural Resources and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.


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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