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Brown Bag Lecture Series
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Brown Bag Lecture Series

Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lecture Series features bi-weekly reading and question-and-answer sessions with authors from around the nation as well as those who hail from right here in Maine.

All Brown Bag Lectures are free to the public (unless specifically noted as a fundraiser). Because they usually take place over the lunch hour, guests are encouraged to bring their lunch; coffee provided by Coffee By Design. Special thanks to our Brown Bag Lecture Series coffee sponsor, Coffee by Design, and welcome to our new refreshment sponsor, Whole Foods. Books on sale at each lecture courtesy of Longfellow Books, who generously donates a portion of the proceeds to the Portland Public Library. Questions about our Brown Bag Lectures or to be added to our weekly calendar e-mail, please send us an e-mail.


Upcoming Events:
Jim Nichols speaks at the Brown Bag Lecture Series
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults Closer All the Time is Nichols’s third work of fiction. It strings together the bittersweet stories of severaldifferent characters inhabiting the town of Baxter, Maine.
Lesléa Newman discusses The Gender Dance: Picture Books that Challenge Stereotypes
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults
Lily King speaks at the Brown Bag Lecture Series
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults From New England Book Award winner Lily King comes a breathtaking novel about three young anthropologists of the ‘30’s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives.
Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
7:15pm - 9:00pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults On Thursday, May 14th Portland Public Library and the Armenian Cultural Association of Maine will host an evening to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
David McCullough speaks about "You Are Not Special"
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults David McCullough will talk about his new book “You Are Not Special…And Other Encouragements”