Hickory – Hickory Public Library will again host the Let’s Talk About It book discussion program at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. The program features different topics and selections each year. The theme for this year’s series is “Altered Landscapes: North Carolina’s Changing World.”

It utilizes four novels and one history-based memoir written between 2003 and 2007. They bring a childhood perspective to bear on dangerous worlds where innocence is quickly lost. These works from the new millennium differ from those before in that they begin more starkly with recognitions of the inevitability of violence and loss. Darkness fills the margins. Yet as grim as life can sometimes get, hope exists where it always has, in human hearts, in strong memories, in a commitment to reach across the divide to hold another’s hand.

The materials in this series are as follows:
• “Salt” by Isabel Zuber
• “Garden Spells” by Sarah Addison Allen
• “If You Want Me to Stay” by Michael Parker
• “Blood Done Sign My Name “ by Timothy Tyson
• “Plant Life” by Pamela Duncan

The sessions are scheduled for Tuesday evenings on January 14th and 28th February 11th and 25th, and March 10th, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The first book, “Salt” by Isabel Zubel is available to borrow upon registration at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. Subsequent materials will be handed out at each session and materials for the current session will be collected.

The Let’s Talk About It programs are made possible through the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Let’s Talk About It is a joint project of the North Carolina Humanities Council 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.

For more information, call 828-304-0500. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block. All library programs are free and open to the public.