The Let's Talk About It book group, facilitated by author and mentor Lee Heffner, will meet Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 11 a.m. at Thomaston Public Library to begin a new series — The Civil War: Fiction — with “The Red Badge of Courage” by Stephen Crane.

This book is considered to be one of the greatest novels ever written about war and its psychological effects — and the first modern war novel. Its protagonist, Henry Fleming, is a raw Union recruit in the American Civil War, anxious to confirm his patriotism and manhood (thus earning his “badge of courage”). But his dreams of heroism and invulnerability are soon shattered. Caught in the nightmare of war, Fleming is finally driven by anger and confusion to a true act of courage.

These discussions are always thought provoking and lively, and anyone is welcome to join for one book or the whole series. Refreshments are served. The next book in the series will be “Absalom, Absalom!” by William Faulkner, to be discussed on Feb. 12. Copies will be available to borrow at the library.

For more information, call 354-2453. Thomaston Public Library is in the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. Parking and handicap accessible entrance are in the rear of the building.

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