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Readers discuss Idaho author’s book


The Grangeville Centennial Library hosted its second Let’s Talk About It program for 2015 when scholar Wendy Green facilitated the discussion on the book Faraway Places by Tom Spanbauer. Eight people gathered to converse about the book and the western theme. Here, Green (right) and participant Sally Nolan listen to the discussion.

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The Grangeville Centennial Library hosted its second Let’s Talk About It program for 2015 when scholar Wendy Green facilitated the discussion on the book Faraway Places by Tom Spanbauer. Eight people gathered to converse about the book and the western theme. Here, Green (right) and participant Sally Nolan listen to the discussion.



GRANGEVILLE — “The story was disagreeable to me,” said Thelma Landes. “Just a totally different lifestyle than mine.”

“Really? I connected with the main character and really got a kick out of him,” said Sally Nolan.

Eight local readers showed up for the second Let’s Talk About It program at Grangeville Centennial Library Feb. 10 where Tom Spanbauer’s “Faraway Places” was discussed.

Scholar Wendy Green of Indian Valley led the discussion which included thoughts on the program theme “Living in the Modern Rural West” as well as conversation on the story and language in the book and some background on the author. Spanbauer is an Idaho native who was born and raised in the Pocatello area.

A theme that ran through the story was racism.

“There is always an ‘other’ to each person it seems,” Green said. “Someone or some race or quality that one person doesn’t like.”

Those interested in reading upcoming books are invited to join in any or all groups. Stop by the library to pick up book copies. Upcoming meeting dates and books for 2015 include the following:

•March 3: Lochsa Road by Kim Stafford (scholar Nancy Casey)

•March 24: Bitterbrush Country by Diane Josephy Peavey (scholar David Barber)

•April 14: The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall (scholar Jennifer Ladino)

Since 1985, Let’s Talk About It has been bringing adult reading discussion groups together with humanities scholars in Idaho’s public libraries to discuss literature. The program is made possible by the Idaho Humanities Council; the National Endowment for the Humanities; USBancorp Foundation; and a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which administers the Library Services and Technology Act and is administered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.



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