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.
October’s featured book is Mata Hari’s Last Dance by Michelle Moran. This historical novel balances fact and fiction to bring the famed world of Mata Hari to life. The year is 1917 and exotic dancer, courtesan, and possible spy, Mata Hari, sits in a cold Parisian cell facing either freedom or execution. She has been charged with espionage and is accused of sending thousands of French soldiers to their deaths. As she awaits her fate, Mata Hari tells the mesmerizing story of her life to a reporter who is allowed to visit her in prison.
Judith Davis, professor emerita of French and humanities 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.