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Bangor Public Library announces Bangor Reads! selection

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BANGOR –The Bangor Public Library hosts another Bangor Reads! community event this January.

The theme of this year’s Bangor Reads is aging in place and in literature. This year’s selection is the award-winning and critically-acclaimed “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. This Swedish bio-novel has taken the world by storm and we welcome the opportunity to use it as a discussion starter for conversations around aging, community, immigrants, neighbors and our influence on the people around us.

Book discussions, film screenings, trivia nights and more will take place at the Library and in our community as we celebrate the unexpected, and sometimes life-altering, encounters with people different from ourselves and the true meaning of friendship and family.

We will be having both a book discussion and two film screenings with facilitated discussions. The film is in Swedish. 

Brown Bag Book Discussion with Margery Irvine     
January 18: 6 – 8 p.m.

Film Screening & Discussion
January 20: 1 – 4 p.m.
January 25: 5:30 – 8 p.m.
(Brown Bag - Bring your own dinner)

Book Description:

Ove is getting older. He’s the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People in Ove’s neighborhood call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But behind Ove’s cranky exterior lies a story and a sadness. When an accident-prone young couple with two young daughters moves in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox one November morning, overturning his well-ordered routine, it is the spark in a surprising, enlivening chain of events—featuring unkempt cats, unexpected friendships, arrogant bureaucrats, several trips to the hospital, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. Swept along in the tide, Ove is forced to change and learn to understand his neighbors and the modern times into which he has been grudgingly dragged. But as his neighbors learn more about the reasons behind Ove’s grumpy façade, they must also band together to protect each other and their neighborhood in a struggle that will leave no one, including Ove, unchanged.

Bangor Reads! is a Bangor Public Library sponsored event. It started as a means to encourage the community to all be reading the same book at the same time, allowing people to discuss the work standing in line at the grocery store, at the dining room table, or at the barber shop—as well as having in depth discussions at the Library or in a local book group. 


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