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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:
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.
Sep21
Suja A. Thomas to speak about her new book, "The Missing American Jury" at the Brown Bag Lecture Series
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Audience: Adults, Seniors Portland Public Library hosts Suja A. Thomas on Wednesday, September 21st at noon to speak about her new book, "The Missing American Jury". The talk will be held in the Rines Auditorium.
Oct05
Douglas Rooks speaks about his new book, "Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible" at the Brown Bag Lecture Series
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Douglas Rooks speaks about, “Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible” at the Brown Bag Lecture Series Wednesday, October 5th at noon in the Rines Auditorium.
Oct19
Ron Chase to speak about his new book, “The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery” at the Brown Bag Lecture Series
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Ron Chase will about his new book, "The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery" on Wednesday, October 19th at noon in the Rines Auditorium.
Nov16
Jeffrey Ryan to speak about his new book "Appalachian Odyssey: A 28 Year Hike on America’s Trail" at the Brown Bag Lecture Series
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults Unlike through-hikers that complete the Appalachian Trail in one several month trip, Jeffrey Ryan took a different approach. Grabbing weeks here and days off there, it took Jeffrey twenty-eight years to finish the trail one section at a time.