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This five-book series plunges into the gritty underbelly of Maine as seen through the eyes of its talented mystery authors.  

Join us for scholar-led discussions designed to discuss and explore the issues in Maine and the dark side of human nature. Attendance at all book discussions is not required. Mysteries by Maine Authors was developed to investigate the ways in which the mystery genre can use the story to get people thinking and talking about topics beyond the whodunit. We want to encourage people to discuss the ISSUES within the mysteries more than HOW the book was written. Though craft can definitely be a piece of the discussion, each of the mysteries we chose discusses bigger issues within Maine. Because the mystery genre lends itself to mass consumption, people of all walks of life can encounter issues of drugs, human trafficking, racism, etc. in literature. We expect facilitators to provide context for these topics and encourage people to use this great content as a vehicle for discussion.   

June 24th @ 6:00 pm - Pot Shot by Gerry Boyle

July 22nd @ 6:00 pm - Mainely Power by Matt CostM

August 26th @ 6:00 pm Cold Hard News by Maureen Milliken

September 23rd @ 6:00 pm A Show of Hands by David Crossman

October 28th @ 6:00 pm The Poacher's Son by Paul Doiron

Books are available to pick up from the LIbrary beginning the first of each month.

Funding for this project was provided by a generous grant from the Maine Humanities Council.

Digging Deeper

Author talks or other experts relevant to each book will occur roughly two weeks after the facilitated discussions.  It is hoped that questions and ideas can be raised that would provoke further discussion.

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