The Greenville County Library System’s “Let’s Talk About It” series continues with a discussion of Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” “Let’s Talk About It” focuses on the education and appreciation of every culture and mindset.

“Let’s Talk About It” includes the series “And Still I Rise: The Triumph of the African-American Spirit.” This series includes discussion of cultural expression and historical hardships faced by African Americans. “And Still I Rise” previously included discussion of Gloria Naylor’sMama Day and Ernest J. Gaines’A Lesson Before Dying.” Critics consider both works masterpieces of postmodern American literature.

Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” is no exception; Google Books attests that this novel is the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the African-American literature canon.

Discussion of Hurston’s novel will be from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Hughes Main Library. Jennifer Thomas Ph.D., academic and humanities chair of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, will lead the discussion. Thomas earned a Ph.D. in English and women’s studies at Emory University; her teaching and scholarship focused on American literature and Southern studies.

The Greenville County Library System provided the following description of the “And Still I Rise” series:

“Using a variety of viewpoints and settings, these works investigate the hardships of the African-American experience and how, through friendship, family, love, and tradition, the featured characters persevere in spite of it all.”

To register and borrow books for this series, call 864-527-9258 or email

The “Let’s Talk About It” book discussion series is underwritten by SC Humanities.

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