Eleven Kent County Book Discussions Lead Up to One Maryland One Book

In time for the 2009 celebration of One Maryland One Book, two new book discussion groups will join nine of Kent County’s established book groups to read and discuss the novel, Song Yet Sung, by James McBride. Set on Maryland’s Eastern Shore following enactment of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, Song Yet Sung explores a turbulent and troubled moment in American History.

The Amy Lynn Ferris Senior Center at 200 Schauber Road, Chestertown will host a three-part series that will begin with listening to portions of the recorded book and move on to discussion. This discussion series is free and open to any seniors. Meeting times are consecutive Thursdays, October 8, 15, 22 at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call the senior center at 410-778-2564.

Members of the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River and Mt Olive AME Church in Worton will share a discussion at the UUCR, 914 Gateway Drive, Chestertown on Tuesday October 13, 7:00 p.m. This discussion is also free and open to all. For more information, call 410-778-2614 or UUCR, 410-778-3440.

The nine established book discussion groups in Kent County also reading Song Yet Sung during September and October are Betterton Book Group, Chester River Book Group, Chestertown Library Book Group, Fact & Fiction Book Group, Havarah Book Group, Phoenix Book Group, Rock Hall Literary Society, Second Sunday Book Group, and Women’s Literary Club.

Concluding One Maryland One Book in Kent County, the Kent County Library will host two Civic Reflection Community Conversations. Both will open with readings by Karen Somerville, Michael Sampson, and other readers under the guidance of Robert Earl Price. The first Community Conversation is set for Bethel A.M.E. Church, 237 N. College Ave., Chestertown on Wednesday October 14 at 5:30 p.m. The final Community Conversation will be at the Kent County Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, Wednesday October 28 at 5:30 p.m. These programs, through a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, are free and open to the public. For more information, call KCPL 410-778-3636.