Braswell Library “Let’s Talk About It” Series to Run Aug. 27 to Oct. 22

Let's Talk About It for Fall 2019. Source: Braswell Memorial Library, Rocky Mount, NC
Let's Talk About It for Fall 2019. Source: Braswell Memorial Library, Rocky Mount, NC

Braswell Memorial Library is proud to present “Let’s Talk About It” — a library discussion series sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council and the North Carolina Center for the Book.  This Fall’s series is Picturing America:  Making Tracks.  The program starts August 27, 2019 and continues every-other Tuesday evening through October 22, 2019.

As the art and literature of the past 150 years reveal, the railway has had a profound impact on Americans sense of mobility and range of opportunities and on their thinking about time and distance. Picturing America: Making Tracks includes two nonfiction books, a selection of poems, a documentary film, and a novel.

The series opens with an historical account of the construction of the transcontinental railroad (Nothing Like It in the World:  The Men who Built the Transcontinental Railroad), followed by a cluster of poems by nineteenth- and twentieth-century poets that offer views of trains and from trains.  Rising from the Rails presents the stories of the black men – and ultimately women – whose work as Pullman porters not only shaped the quality of train travel in the first two-thirds of the twentieth century but also shaped the black middle class.  The fourth work, Riding the Rails, is an award-winning film that tells the little-known story of the adolescents who became transients during the Great Depression.  In the novel that closes the series (Housekeeping), the railroad exerts a powerful influence on the lives of the principal characters, who grow up near the tracks.

Picturing America: Making Tracks series dates are:

  • August 27, 2019
  • September 10, 2019
  • September 24, 2019
  • October 8, 2019
  • October 22, 2019

The time for each date is 5:30-7:30pm.

Braswell Memorial Library is located at 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount, NC. The Library is online at Braswell-Library.org.

Let's Talk About It for Fall 2019. Source: Braswell Memorial Library, Rocky Mount, NC
Let’s Talk About It for Fall 2019. Source: Braswell Memorial Library, Rocky Mount, NC

This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For further information, call the library at 252.442.1951 x.243.

 

Source: Brenda F. Thibodeau, Braswell Memorial Library

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