Let’s Talk About It: Love & Forgiveness

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American Library Association and the
Fetzer Institute
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, as part of its Campaign for Love & Forgiveness, present “Let’s Talk About It: Love & Forgiveness,” a scholar-led reading and discussion program for libraries interested in exploring themes of love and forgiveness in everyday life through classic and contemporary literature. Public libraries are invited to apply for grants to support the program in their community.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • A grant of $2,500 to be used to support program costs and scholar honoraria.
  • Program materials, which include introductory literature and essays on each of the themes, selections for additional reading, and template promotional materials.
  • Training for the library project director at a national training workshop where they will hear from project scholars, experts, and organizers, and receive a program planning guide, materials and ideas.

See the list of selected libraries.

Program Timeline

  • Application Deadline: July 15, 2008
  • Grant Award Notification: August 30, 2008
  • Group I Project Director Training Workshop: October 3–4, 2008
  • Reading & Discussion Programs in Libraries: January–June 2009
  • Final Reports Due: July 31, 2009
  • Group II Project Director Training Workshop: January 21–22, 2009
  • Reading & Discussion Programs in Libraries: March 2009–August 2009
  • Final Reports Due: October 31, 2009

Final Report Forms

Themes and Book Selections

Love and Forgiveness in the Presence of the Enemy

Scenes from
The Iliad by Homer

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Embers by Sandor Marai

The Guardians by Ana Castillo

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Love and Forgiveness in the Light of Death

Paula by Isabel Allende

Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

Jazz by Toni Morrison

The Death of Ivan Illych by Leo Tolstoy

The Dead by James Joyce

Love, Forgiveness, and Wisdom

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

A Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

The Essential Rumi (poems), translated by Coleman Barks

Atonement by Ian McEwan

“Let’s Talk About It: Love & Forgiveness” is generously supported by The Fetzer Institute’s Campaign for Love & Forgivenesss. The Fetzer Institute’s mission, to foster awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in the emerging global community, rests on its conviction that efforts to address the critical issues facing the world must go beyond political, social and economic strategies to their psychological and spiritual roots. The Institute works with global leaders, organizations and individuals to bring the power of love and forgiveness to the center of individual, community and organizational life. For information, visit the Campaign for Love & Forgiveness,
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