Press Release - Detail
For immediate release on Thursday, March 8, 2012
CONTACT: Charla Draper
Public Relations Department Head
Phone: (205) 226-3746
Mobile: (205) 382-7029

Birmingham Public Library to Host Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War Reading and Discussion Series

Birmingham, Alabama—The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) will host a free five-part reading and discussion series called “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War.” The library is one of four public libraries in the State of Alabama hosting the series developed by the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Local support for the series is provided by the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Birmingham Public Library. All programs will be held at the Central Library located at 2100 Park Place in the Richard Arrington, Jr. Auditorium.

“We are delighted to have been chosen to host this unique series that will allow patrons a chance to discuss the legacy of the Civil War with fellow community members and with the help of a well-qualified scholar,” said Irene S. Blalock, BPL Library Director.

Group discussion events will be held every two weeks beginning on Thursday, March 15 at the library on the following works:

 “March” by Geraldine Brooks (Penguin, 2006)
 "Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam” by James McPherson (Oxford University Press, 2002)
 “America’s War: Talking About the  Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries,” a forthcoming anthology of historical fiction, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biography, and short stories, edited by national project scholar Edward L. Ayers and co-published by NEH and ALA.

The series is open to all adults in the community (registration is required) and is led by Dr. Victoria E. Ott, Associate Professor of History at Birmingham-Southern College and author of “Confederate Daughters: Coming of Age during the Civil War.”  Space is limited and registration is required.  For a full schedule of meeting dates and discussion topics, or to register, visit the library’s website at or call (205) 226-3746 for information.

The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life long learning, cultural enrichment and enjoyment.  This system—with eighteen locations and serving the community for 125 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
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