Book Groups

  1. No PreReqs
  2. Tuesday Morning Book Group
  3. Books To Movies
  4. Fields Pond Audubon 

No PreReqs

In conjunction with UMaine faculty members, the Orono Public Library presents a new book group! 

Patrons interested in reading the books and taking part may request copies at the circulation desk or call us at 866-5060.You can also search and request items using your library card number at

Jan 29
The White Darkness 
by David Grann

Dan Dixon (Director, Office of Sustainability and faculty Climate Change Institute) & Karl Kreutz (Professor, School of Earth and Climate Sciences and faculty Climate Change Institute). Watch the book trailer here and Read the original New Yorker feature here

Feb 26
Nervous Conditions 
by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Mazie Hough, Associate Professor of History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
In 2018, Nervous Conditions was named  among the BBC's Top 100 Stories That Shaped The World.

Mar 26
How Democracies Die 
by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

Mark Brewer, Professor of Political Science
Read an excerpt from the publisher here.

April 30
Just Mercy 
by Bryan Stevenson

Margo Lukens, Professor of English & Director of the the Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center & Francois Amar, Dean of UM Honors College

May 28
The Return of the Soldier 
by Rebecca West

Laura Cowan, Associate Professor of English at UMaine, will be leading a discussion around the World War I novel The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West. Whether you have or have not read (or finished!) the book, you are welcome to attend and join in. See you Tuesday evening!

June 25
The Big Burn 
by Timothy Egan

Mindy Crandall, Assistant Professor of Forest Landscape Management & Economics