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. 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? Please send us an e-mail.
Want to hear one from the past?  Maine Humanities Council has come and recorded a few of our talks, listen here!

 

Upcoming Events:
Jun01
Morgan Callan Rogers speaks about her new book, "Written on My Heart" at the Brown Bag Lecture Series
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Portland Public Library hosts Morgan Callan Rogers on Wednesday, June 1st at noon to speak about her new book, "Written on My Heart".
Jun15
Michael C. White speaks about his new book, "Resting Places" at the Brown Bag Lecture Series
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Portland Public Library hosts Michael C. White on Wednesday, June 15th at noon to speak about his new book, Resting Places. The talk will be held in the Rines Auditorium.
Jun24
Richard Russo speaks about his new book, "Everybody's Fool" at a special Friday evening Brown Bag Lecture
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Richard Russo will speak about his new book “Everybody’s Fool” at the Portland Public Library on Friday, June 24th at 6:30pm in the Rines Auditorium.
Jun29
Susan Conley and Winky Lewis speak about their new book, "Stop Here This is the Place: A Year in Motherland" at the Brown Bag Lecture Series
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Susan Conley and Winky Lewis speak about their new book, "Stop Here, This is the Place: A Year in Motherland" at the Brown Bag Lecture Series on Wednesday, June 29th at noon in the Rines Auditorium.
Jul13
Matthew Langdon Cost speaks about his new book, "Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War: At Every Hazard" at the Brown Bag Lecture Series
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Matthew Langdon Cost speaks about his latest book, “Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War: At Every Hazard” at the Brown Bag Lecture Series on Wednesday, July 13th at noon in the Rines Auditorium
Jul27
Roger Guay and Kate Clark Flora speak about their new book “A Good Man with a Dog” at the Brown Bag Lecture Series
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Portland Public Library hosts Roger Guay and Kate Clark Flora on Wednesday July 27th at noon to speak about their new book, A Good Man with a Dog. The talk will be held in the Rines Auditorium.
Aug10
Colin W. Sargent speaks about his new book, "The Boston Castrato" at the Brown Bag Lecture Series
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Portland Public Library hosts Colin W. Sargent on Wednesday, August 10th at noon to speak about his new book, The Boston Castrato.
Aug24
Adam Hochschild to speak about his new book, “Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Civil War, 1936-1939” at the Brown Bag Lecture Series
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Portland Public Library hosts Adam Hochschild on Wednesday, August 24th to speak about his new book, “Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Civil War, 1936-1939.” The talk with be held in the Rines Auditorium.
Sep07
Robert L. Lively Jr. speaks about his book “The Mormon Missionary: Who IS That Knocking at My Door?” at the Brown Bag Lecture Series
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Portland Public Library hosts Robert L. Lively Jr. on September 7th at noon to speak about his new book, The Mormon Missionary: Who IS That Knocking at My Door? The talk will be held in the Rines Auditorium.