Let's Talk About It

Let's Talk About It

Let's Talk About It is a library discussion series that brings scholars and community members together to explore how selected books, films, or poetry illuminate a particular theme.

The Let's Talk About It (LTAI) series is administrated by the North Carolina Humanities Council in cooperation with the North Carolina Center for the Book. Let's Talk About It is available as a book, film or poetry series.

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Book Series: Designed as a nine-week reading and discussion series that includes five books. Sessions are typically held every other week and led by a new scholar each week.

Film Series: Designed as a six-week film and discussion series. Sessions are typically held weekly and led by one scholar.

Poetry Series: Designed as a six-week reading-audio/video-discussion program. Sessions are typically held weekly and led by one scholar.

Click here for the LTAI Project Director's Guide

Click here for cycle deadlines and how to apply

Participating Libraries Fall 2018

Participating Libraries Summer 2018

Participating Libraries Winter-Spring 2018

Participating Libraries Fall 2017

Participating Libraries Summer 2017

Participating Libraries Winter-Spring 2017

Let’s Talk About It is a joint project of the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina/Department of Cultural Resources and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.                

The decade of the 1960s was the most turbulent, perhaps the most memorable, and no doubt the most controversial in the twentieth century. The debate over its legacy has by no means been resolved; it...

Programs include viewing of video interviews with North Carolina poets from the Poetry Live! television series produced by WUNC-TV and hosted by Danny Romine Powell and Charles Kuralt.

Since the establishment of New World colonies by Europeans, America has been seen as a grand experiment. The very size and geographic diversity of the country reinforce notions of greatness and power and potential.

The books chosen for this series suggest the ways in which human experience is shaped, even defined, by place. They are set in an urban ghetto (Brothers and Keepers), along one of the great scenic rivers in North America (A...

The twentieth century has witnessed many extraordinary events and experiences, but none more significant than the pace of scientific discovery and technological transformation. Together they have...

Preeminent twentieth-century English poet W. H. Auden asserted, "...there are no good books which are only for children." While there are many reasons why great children's literature is "not for children only," the best reason may be...

This series will offer us the opportunity to reflect on "scientific" predictions that often can be disturbingly accurate and to examine our attitudes toward science and its societal by-products.

Modern crime is not elsewhere and someone else's problem but is our own dilemma in the community where we live. Modern mysteries reflect the complexity of contemporary life. These books will encourage us to discover clues to our own...

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association have awarded the North Carolina Humanities Council a grant for a new Let's Talk About It series,...

Attempting to form generalizations about so broad a topic as "best-selling fiction" is tricky business. However, the mass appeal of many such works seems to come from the combination of mythic characters and realistic, historically...