Maine author Cynthia Anderson will lead a panel of new Mainers from Lewiston in discussion on making their lives here Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. The New Mainers in Lewiston: A Panel Discussion is free and open to all.

In recent years, Lewiston has undergone a profound transformation — from homogeneous to diverse, under-populated to revitalized. Many residents who arrived in the city as refugees or asylum seekers have since become United States citizens. Anderson will moderate a conversation among new Mainers from various parts of Africa who will talk about the lives they’ve built in Lewiston and their hopes and concerns for the city’s future.

Anderson’s short story collection “River Talk” was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014. Her in-progress book “Isbedal” tells the story of transformation in Lewiston. Her features and essays have appeared in Huffington Post, The Miami Herald, Boston Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and other places.

Anderson teaches writing at Boston University, from which she holds an M.S. in Journalism. She was born in Bangor and raised in a village on the Androscoggin River near Rumford.

This presentation is hosted by the library and offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 30th annual Camden Conference — Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis, Feb. 17-19. The 30th anniversary Camden Conference Community Events Series is supported in part by the Maine Humanities Council.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit; email; or call 236-1034.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or