“Homer’s Odyssey offers a map for Soldiers coming home. A reading group provides the opportunity for Veterans to read the map.” -- Program participant
We are offering several book groups to all Maine Veterans / Former Service Members over the course of 2016. Groups may focus on one longer text, like the Odyssey, or instead read selected short stories, novels, memoirs, historical texts, essays, or poems related to the experience of military service.
Augusta: “War and the Human Experience”
A free reading and discussion group for all in the Veterans Block of the Kennebec County Correctional Facility. The group is led by Greg Fahy, Ph.D., University of Maine at Augusta, and Norman “Ziggy” Lawrence, U.S. Army.
Readings include selections from Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, the short stories The Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich and Cathedral by Raymond Carver, and the poem The End and the Beginning by Wislawa Szymborska.
Meets March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12
Offered in partnership with Kennebec County Correctional Facility
Brunswick: “From Her Point of View: A Book Group for Women Veterans/Former Service Members”
A free reading and discussion group in Brunswick led by Melinda Plastas, Ph.D., Bates College, and LaRhonda Harris, U.S. Air Force.
The readings will include Lynda Van Devanter’s memoir, Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam.
Women Veterans/Former Service Members of all eras are invited to attend.
Meets the evenings of March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11
Space is limited; Registration is required. To register, call Nancy Laffin (207) 780-3584.
Offered in partnership with VA Maine Healthcare
Portland: “From the Front Line to the Home Front”
A free reading and discussion group in Bangor led by Jeannine Uzzi, Ph.D., University of Southern Maine, and Kyle Elsea, U.S. Army.
Readings in Sophocles’ Antigone, Euripides’ Iphigenia, and Aristophanes’ Lysistrata.
Combat Veterans of all eras are invited to attend.
Meets the evenings of April 6, 13, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25
Space is limited; Registration is required. Contact Rita Siavelis (207) 780-3584.
Offered in partnership with the Portland Vet Center
If you would like more information about any of our Veterans groups, please contact Leah Kuehn or call (207) 773-5051.