Books & Brunch

Books & Brunch is a book group that meets several times during the school year to discuss books over lunch. Books & Brunch is designed to promote literacy by drawing together students, faculty and staff members, administrators, and community members to talk about books in a casual and supportive environment. What makes Books & Brunch unique is that each participant is given his or her own copy of the featured book, free of charge, to read and then keep for building a personal collection or to pass on to a friend or family member to continue the sharing of great books and to promote the growth of literacy in our school and community. The featured books are selected to represent a variety of genres and authors and to entice readers to expand their literary experiences.

The first session for the fall of 2018 features The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, a story about a sixteen year old girl named Starr whose life is divided between the loyalty she feels towards her poor neighborhood and old friends, and the prestigious prep school she attends in a different town.  Her world is shattered when she witnesses the shooting of her best friend Kahlil, at the hands of the police.  Join us for the discussion of the powerful first novel by Thomas on Wednesday, October 17, and a trip to see the movie on its opening night – Friday, October 19, 2018.

In November, we will meet to discuss Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in celebration of its 200th year!  Nancy Holder, best selling author and expert on Mary Shelley, will join us via Skype for this discussion.  This session is set for November 14, 2018.

Our first author event of the year will feature Maine author Gillian French and her first young adult novel that was released in May of 2017 – Grit. Grit is set in a fictional town in Maine and the story takes place during blueberry harvest, just before the start of main character Darcy’s senior year. Darcy, who has a reputation and is used to rumors swirling around her, wrestles with what happened the same night her friend disappeared the previous summer and struggles with the weight of the dark secret she and her cousin share. That meeting is scheduled for January 16, 2019.

Our culminating author event is yet to be determined.

Watch the Library Calendar on the LA Library Website for additional meeting dates or further information. Contact Cathi Howell at if you are interested in participating in Books & Brunch.

Books & Brunch

Sponsored by the Lincoln Academy Library

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Meeting Date: October 17, 2018

by Mary Shelley
Meeting Date: November 14, 2018

by Gillian French
Meeting Date & Author Visit

January 16, 2019

The Crown’s Game
By Evelyn Skye
Meeting Date: February 27, 2019

One Goal

By Amy Bass

A Community Read in Partnership with Skidompha Library

Author Presentation with Amy Bass in Poe Theater at 10:00 AM

Refreshments & Book Signing in the Lincoln Academy Library at 11:30 AM

The 57 Bus
By Dashka Slater
NEW DATE:  May 24, 2019

Guest Leader:  Piper Dumont

Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine