Veterans Book Group

Reading and discussion groups for Veterans.


Jan Bindas-Tenney
Program Officer
(207) 773-5051


2020 Veterans Book Group sites

American Legion Post #1, Rockland Tuesdays at 5:30pm | January 21-28, February 11- 25 Lewiston Vet Center | Lewiston Public Library, Lewiston Wednesdays at 4:30pm | February 12 – March 18 Sanford Vet Center, Springvale Mondays at 3:30pm | April 20 – May 18, June 1 Washington County Adult Ed |  St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church,… Read more

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2019 Veterans Book Group sites

For Women Veterans at University of Maine Augusta, Katz Library Fridays at 11:45am | February 1 – March 8 | Facilitated by Sarah Firth In the Maine State Prison Veterans Housing Unit Tuesdays at 1:30pm | February 5 – March 12 | Facilitated by Dr. Ellen Taylor Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick Wednesday at 6pm | … Read more

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Book club a place for Veterans to open up

Originally published on March 28, 2019 by the Baltimore Sun By Patti Restivo “Coming together to read and discuss literature is healing, but it isn’t clinical. It’s social; but it isn’t merely social,” Bindas-Tenney wrote in an email. “For the veterans of Maine, this program is a unique and important opportunity to connect deeply with… Read more

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Veterans Book Group awarded NEH grant of $98,779

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information: Jan Bindas-Tenney, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051 April 12, 2019 PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Humanities Council has been awarded $98,779 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support Hard Journeys Home, a multi-session facilitated reading and discussion program for justice-involved Veterans in Maine. Beginning in August 2019, the… Read more

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NEH Announces $28.6 Million for 233 Humanities Projects Nationwide

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $28.6 million in grants for 233 humanities projects across the country. “These new NEH-supported projects will help shore up the nation’s most valuable assets: its history, literature, historic sites, regional traditions, and cultural institutions,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “NEH is proud to support the advancement… Read more

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War veterans use ancient epics to cope

Originally published on March 14, 2018 by the Associated Press By Wilson Ring “Homer isn’t just for student veterans. Discussion groups are also being offered at veterans centers in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The Maine Humanities Council has sponsored sessions for veterans incarcerated at Maine’s Kennebec County jail, as well as for other veterans.” Full… Read more

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How I Learned to Read the Odyssey

A colleague of mine once claimed that an epic poem is best understood as an extended meditation on a theme. I liked the idea and immediately tried to identify the themes of my favorites. Homer’s Iliad was easy: it’s an extended meditation on war. Virgil’s Aeneid can be read as an extended meditation on empire…. Read more

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