Let's Talk About It!

Let’s Talk About It is a book discussion series centered on themes ranging from women’s autobiography to the cultural importance of South Carolina’s literary heritage. Funded by the SC Humanities and coordinated with assistance from the South Carolina State Library, LTAI has long been the backbone of library programming offered by SC Humanities.

The LTAI groups usually meet every other week to discuss each book in the series. Group discussions can be facilitated by a qualified scholar (a different scholar for each book) or by using the series guide provided with each series. Time, location, scholar(s) and other details are left to the library’s discretion, but SC Humanities has plenty of recommendations to ensure your success.

As of Fall 2018, we are asking all participating libraries to check out the series you will request from KitKeeper via the SC State Library; this is helping us keep better track of our books.

If you have any questions, check our FAQ first.

Let's Get Started!

Review Our List of Series

We offer a variety of options, from Classic Southern Humor to Key Ingredients: Food in Fiction.

Select & Reserve Your Series

Request your chosen series through KitKeeper via the SC State Library. Click here to access KitKeeper!

Download the LTAI Application

Twice a year your library system can apply for a grant of up to $500 for scholar honorarium.

New LTAI Series!

Tragic Affairs Abroad
This mixed-media series pairs books and films about the timeless intersection of romance and tragedy.
Hope Amidst Hardship
No one gets through life without a few bumps and bruises; sometimes we forget that we are not alone in that pain. Hardship comes in many varieties, and the books in this series offer varied examples but present a common theme: there is hope along the way.
Modern South Carolina Novelists
This mixed media series is heart-wrenching, heartwarming and terrifying in turn. These well-known titles by South Carolina authors highlight the humor and horror present in all Southerners.

Libraries praise Let’s Talk About It

The visiting scholars are wonderful and add so much to the book discussion!
Dianne Boersma
Berkeley County Library
The one complaint I occasionally receive is that I cut off the discussions too soon.
Sara Breibart
Charleston County Library
Every fall our patrons ask about the Let’s Talk About It program and when it will start. It is one of our Star programs for our adult patrons. This year we saw an increase in Friends of the Library membership due to this program.
Deb Warrington
Chapin Memorial Library
Modern American Poets: Voices and Visions was a very positive experience for me both as staff of a sponsoring library and as a participant. I was excited to see how enriching the experience was for participants—many of whom were completely unfamiliar with poets such as Wallace Stevens and Elizabeth Bishop.
Mary Jo Dawson
ABBE Regional Library System
We had no adult programming for a number of years. We obtained two of the LTAI programs within one fiscal year, and our adults loved the discussions.
Cristi Bade
Kershaw County Library
Participants enjoyed talking to each other about what they had read, but they seemed especially hungry for the scholar’s information—they were eager for a learning experience.
Sarah McMaster
Fairfield County Library