In celebration of Henry David Thoreau's 200th birthday Cushman Library is hosting a Walden Book Discussion series, with each gathering featuring a different vantage point for discussion of Thoreau’s Walden. The series kicks off with Anne-Marie Mallon, Cushman Trustee and Keene State College professor, facilitating discussion of “Walden Wisdom: Then and Now,” on October 2nd at 7:00. Then, Barry Deitz, local literary presenter and copious researcher, will lead discussion on “The Road to Walden,” what led Thoreau to write this seminal work, on October 23rd at 7:00. On November 20th at 7:00, Cathryn Thomas, Cushman Trustee and owner of Cat’s Croft, will present the final discussion, looking at the work through the eyes of an organic gardener. The series will culminate with a talk on “The Life and Times of Thoreau” presented by Deitz at the library on Monday, December 11th at 7:00pm.

 Interested folks are welcome to participate in one or all discussions.  Cushman has several copies of the book to borrow, thanks to a donation of ten books from The Walden Woods Project at The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods in Lincoln, MA.  Copies can also be borrowed from your neighborhood library.

 Cushman’s regular Book Discussion Group will resume its monthly schedule on December 4th, when participants will be discussing Frederick Reiken’s The Odd Sea. The group gathers once per month for lively conversation and a good dose of laughter.   Members take turns choosing both fiction and non-fiction selections, so there is a great variety in the material discussed. New members are always welcome to join us around the big table.  If you are interested in joining this group, contact or drop in during open hours.  

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