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ReadME Book Discussion featuring “The Moth: 50 True Stories”

Tuesday, August 15 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: meeting room (5)
Audience: Adults, Seniors

We are excited to announce that Portland Public Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to host a discussion of one of Monica Wood’s book picks for the statewide ReadME program. Dr. Katherine Gaudet, Assistant Director of UNH’s University Honors Program, will facilitate a discussion of The Moth: 50 True Stories at our Main Branch on Tuesday, August 15th, from 5:30-6:30pm.


“Originally presented live without notes, the stories in The Moth: 50 True Stories span the breadth of human experience. A cardiac emergency in a stuck elevator. A famous rap artist saved from despair by music far outside his sphere. A difficult adoption story that finds rest and resolution in Maine. By turns poignant and comical, tragic and triumphant, these stories, told mostly by ordinary folks, made me feel less alone in this huge world. I hope this book choice will inspire ‘Moth nights’ all over Maine, because we Mainers are born storytellers.” – Monica Wood


Prior to her work with UNH, Katherine Gaudet completed a PhD in English Literature at the University of Chicago. She held a Mellon Fellowship in Early American Literature and Material Texts at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies in Philadelphia and continues to research the history of readership. She is looking forward to taking a closer look at this unique collection of short stories and connecting with other Maine Readers through a shared reading experience.

Whether you’ve checked off The Moth: 50 True Stories on your Summer Reading Challenge List or are just curious about what other Mainers have been reading this summer, you won’t want to miss this lively discussion!