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The "Let’s Talk About It" session on Cold Mountain scheduled for Monday, March 12 has been postponed until

Monday, April 2, 7p.m.


Let's Talk About It! Spring 2018


Myth Making in Popular Fiction


Alternate Monday Evenings
7:00 p.m.
January 29, 2018-March 26, 2018


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.


     The word “myth” means “spoken story,” and as stories, myths function for individuals and their societies to show the deepest realities underpinning their identities and values. Myths explain a people to themselves and to others, and they offer a culture-specific view of the universe.

     Popular literature is a primary source for creating, reflecting, supporting, or undermining national and regional myths.

     Attempting to form generalizations about so broad a topic as "best-selling fiction" is tricky business. However, the mass appeal of many such works seems to come from the combination of mythic characters and realistic, historically identifiable settings.

Book List & Discussion Schedule


1. Monday, January 29, 7 p.m.
Speaker: Ann Baker
Independent Scholar

Uncle Tom’s Cabin 
By Harriet Beecher Stowe

A sentimental novel that depicts the reality of slavery while asserting that love can overcome enslavement of fellow human beings. This best-selling novel of the 19th century affirmed the role of literature as an agent of social change.


2. Monday, February 12, 7 p.m.
Speaker: Susan Schmidt, PhD
Independent Scholar

The Great Gatsby
By F. Scott Fitzgerald

The exemplary story of the Jazz Age, the fabulously wealthy, and of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession.” An exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s that has been acclaimed by generations of readers.


3. Monday, February 26, 7 p.m.
Speaker: Joe Gomez, NCSU

By Jack Schaefer

This classic Western is a profoundly moving story of the influence of a singular character on one’s life. Bob Starrett is entranced by a stoic stranger with a mysterious past who brings a new energy to his family and their life out west.



4. Monday, April 2, 7 p.m.  
Speaker: Nan Miller
Independent Scholar

Cold Mountain
By Charles Frazier

Sorely wounded and fatally disillusioned, a Confederate soldier walks back home to the Blue Ridge mountains to find the woman he loves. Intrepid Ada is trying to survive in a world where the old certainties have been swept away. Their stories are interwoven through a majestic and powerfully moving authentic odyssey.


5. Monday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Speaker: Jane Andrews
Independent Scholar

Olive Kitteridge
By Elizabeth Strout

Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life, painfully, yet always with ruthless honesty. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition – its conflicts, tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.


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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