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

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.


Prior to her work with UNH, Kate completed a PhD in English Literature at the University of Chicago. Although she thought she’d spend her career writing about eighteenth-century novels, her first book was a cookbook, written in collaboration with a Maine chef, called Adventures in Comfort Food. Kate is looking forward to taking a closer look at the unique collection of short stories found in The Moth and connecting with other Maine Readers through this shared reading experience.

Whether you’ve checked off The Moth 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!

-Monica Wood

“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.”