For more than 30 years, the Let's Talk About It reading and book discussion program model has been used by hundreds of libraries, reaching more than 4 million people around the United States.
The idea is simple: A group of people reads a common series of books, selected by a nationally known scholar, and discusses them in the context of a larger, overarching theme.
Reading and discussion groups explore the theme through the lens of the humanities -- that is, by relating the readings to historical trends and events, other works of literature, and philosophical and ethical considerations.
When planning a “Let’s Talk About It” program, you may wish to consult the Programming Guide (PDF) for general how-to information about program format, selecting a scholar, promoting your series, evaluation, and more.
The original development, design and production of Let's Talk About It was made possible by a grant to ALA from the National Endowment for the Humanities.