The Lewiston Library will host book talks on July 13 and August 24

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The Lewiston Public Library will host a discussion at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13 on Phuc Tran’s coming-of-age memoir “Sigh, Gone,” the non-fiction selection for this summer’s Read ME summer reading program. year.

This in-person event will take place in the Library’s Sewing Room at 200 Lisbon St.

Prior registration is required. For more information or to register, call 207-513-3135 or email [email protected].

“Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In” shares an irreverent, funny, and moving story of displacement and assimilation, according to a press release from the library.

After her family immigrates during the Fall of Saigon to the small town of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Tran struggles to find and accept herself while struggling with feelings of social isolation and the high expectations of his parents. Against the backdrop of the lacquerware and synthesizer of the 1980s, he eventually found refuge and inspiration in the wisdom of classic literature and the disaffected youth culture of punk rock.

Presented by the Maine State Library and the Maine Humanities Council, the statewide Read ME summer reading program connects Maine’s adult reading community through new books by up-and-coming Maine authors. The titles, one each for fiction and non-fiction, are selected each year by a Maine author with an established reputation. This year’s titles were chosen by Christina Baker Kline, author of the bestselling novels ‘Orphan Train’, ‘A Piece of the World’ and, most recently, ‘The Exiles’.

Multiple copies of the books can be borrowed from local libraries. In addition to events presented by local libraries, the Read ME program offers statewide virtual events, including a kickoff program with Jennifer Rooks on Maine Public Radio’s “Maine Calling” and a tour virtual with each of the two featured authors.

The Lewiston Public Library will also host an in-person discussion of the fiction selection for Read ME 2022, Meredith Hall’s compassionate novel “Beneficence,” from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24. This event will also take place in the sewing room of the library. Readers are invited to attend either or both discussions.

For more information on Read ME 2022, this year’s featured books, or dates and registration information for statewide virtual events, visit mainehumanities.org/readme.

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