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Virtual Book Discussion – Mill Town

Thursday, October 01 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Virtual
Audience: Adults, Seniors

Join your fellow readers for a discussion of the book Mill Town: Reckoning With What Remains, by Kerri Arsenault.

Registration is not required, but is encouraged.

We also hope to see you at our Literary Lunch with Kerri Arsenault in September.

Joining the Discussion

By Zoom:

By phone (voice only): 1-646-876-9923

One-touch for smartphones (voice only): +13126266799,,82948932090#

Meeting ID: 829 4893 2090

If you have trouble connecting on the day of the event, email Becca:

About the Book

Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. For over 100 years the community orbited around a paper mill that employs most townspeople, including three generations of Arsenault’s own family. Years after she moved away, Arsenault realized the price she paid for her seemingly secure childhood. The mill, while providing livelihoods for nearly everyone, also contributed to the destruction of the environment and the decline of the town’s economic, physical, and emotional health in a slow-moving catastrophe, earning the area the nickname “Cancer Valley.”

Mill Town is an personal investigation, where Arsenault sifts through historical archives and scientific reports, talks to family and neighbors, and examines her own childhood to illuminate the rise and collapse of the working-class, the hazards of loving and leaving home, and the ambiguous nature of toxics and disease. Mill Town is a moral wake-up call that asks, Whose lives are we willing to sacrifice for our own survival?