The theme for this year’s Bangor Reads is aging in place and in literature.  During the month of January, the Bangor Public Library will promote "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman.  This Swedish bio-novel has taken the world by storm and we welcome the opportunity to use it as a discussion starter for conversations around aging, community, immigrants, neighbors, and our influence on the people around us.

Book discussions, film screenings, trivia nights and more will take place at the Library and in our community as we celebrate the unexpected, and sometimes life-altering, encounters with people different from ourselves and the true meaning of friendship and family.


Book Description:

Ove is getting older. He’s the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People in Ove’s neighborhood call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But behind Ove’s cranky exterior lies a story and a sadness. When an accident-prone young couple with two young daughters moves in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox one November morning, overturning his well-ordered routine, it is the spark in a surprising, enlivening chain of events—featuring unkempt cats, unexpected friendships, arrogant bureaucrats, several trips to the hospital, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. Swept along in the tide, Ove is forced to change and learn to understand his neighbors and the modern times into which he has been grudgingly dragged. But as his neighbors learn more about the reasons behind Ove’s grumpy façade, they must also band together to protect each other and their neighborhood in a struggle that will leave no one, including Ove, unchanged.


Win a book!

You can win a copy of this year's book in a few different ways!

  • Trivia Night at Geaghan's Tasting Room on Wednesday January 17th from 6-9pm.
  • Trivia Night at Paddy Murphy's Pub on Wednesday January 17th
  • Social Media Contests! (Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more info)
  • Listen to the Pulse Morning Show on AM 620 on Monday January 15th



Book Discussion with Margery Irvine
January 18, 6 - 8pm
(brown bag - bring your own dinner)


Film Screening & Discussion
        January 20th 1 - 4pm          discussion led by Bob treadwell, penobscot valley senior college

           January 25th 5:30 - 8pm             a discussion will follow the film.          
(Brown Bag - Bring your own dinner)