This fall the Middlebury Community Public Library presents its monthly Let’s Talk about It lecture/book discussion series. The theme is “Spies: Heroes or Villains.” At each program, a guest lecturer will give a 45-minute presentation about the book topic, and after a short refreshment break, participants will break into small groups for a 30-to-45-minute facilitated discussions using questions provided by the lecturer.
December’s featured book is Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott. Abbott seamlessly weaves the true adventures of four heroines throughout the tumultuous years of the Civil War. There’s Belle Boyd who after shooting a Union soldier in her home became a spy for the Confederates, using her charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmondson cut off her hair and
assumed the identity of a man to enlist as a Union private and infiltrate enemy lines. The beautiful widow, Rose O’Neale Greenhow, engaged in affairs with powerful northern politicians to gather intelligence for the Confederacy. Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, orchestrated an espionage ring, right under the noses of suspicious rebel detectives.
Kyle Schlabach, adjunct professor of English at Goshen College, will present and lead the discussion.
Register and pick up a copy of the book at the library’s front desk. For more information, contact the library at 574.825.5601.
This program received funding from an Indiana Humanities Action Grant.