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Auburn Page Turners

The Auburn Page Turners is an informal book group meeting the first Monday at 12:30PM.

March 2: Brain on fire : my month of madness by Susannah Cahalan.

April 6: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

May 4: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

A Look Back Historical Fiction Book Group

A new book group about old times! This year, in recognition of Auburn’s 150th Anniversary, we will be reading books about Maine and New England history. We meet the final Friday of the month at noon.

February 28: Flight of the sparrow : a novel of early America / Amy Belding Brown.

March 27: Angle of repose / Wallace Stegner.

April 24: The given day by Dennis Lehane.

The Pickwick Club

Maine’s mainly Dickens reading and discussion group, Meetings are on Saturdays, please check the calendar for meeting dates.

Special Topics

From time to time we host book discussions on special topics.

Yankees and Strangers: the New England Town from 1636-1992. A Let’s Talk About It discussion series, facilitated by Joseph Hall.. To register or for more information, contact the reference desk at 333-6640, ext. 4

  • Feb. 24: Yankees and strangers Anthology
  • Mar. 30: A New England Girlhood
  • April 27: Amoskeag: Life and work in a New England factory city
  • May 18: Making Refuge
  • June 29: 3 Nations Anthology

Author Visits

March 10: Author Matthew Cost and the Cuban Revolution (1PM-2PM)

The Auburn Public Library welcomes historical fiction novelist Matthew Cost to share from his newest release, I Am Cuba: Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution. This free event will take place on March 10th at 1 pm in the Androscoggin Community Room.

The revolution began in 1953 with a botched insurrection in Santiago, Cuba. Fidel was captured and put on trial where he defended himself, finishing with the now immortal words: “Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me.”Fidel was imprisoned, granted amnesty, exiled to Mexico, and then led an invasion of Cuba with 81 revolutionaries aboard a pleasure yacht called the Granma. Only 18 men survived. How did Fidel build this small band of guerillas into an army that would sweep to power in Cuba? Who was the rifle-toting woman who became Fidel’s most trusted advisor as well as his lover?

These questions and more are answered in the thrilling I Am Cuba, which is a historically accurate novel detailing society, politics, war, and love in Cuba in the 1950s.

Cost’s presentation includes images from the Cuban Revolution of 1953 to 1959 detailing the events. He will talk about his research and writing process, and share short readings from his novel.