Perspectives Book Groups

Welcome to New Hampshire Humanities' new book groups initiative, Perspectives! This program will offer facilitated book discussion groups in online or in-person formats. New Hampshire Humanities will provide expert facilitators for book groups and copies of books in multiple formats to book group participants. We aim to help participants to engage with diverse perspectives in the humanities to build understanding and empathy, and to support a culture of reading in the Granite State.

Who can apply?

Private nonprofit organizations; institutions of higher education; state, local, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments; institutions of the federal government; groups of persons that form an association to carry out a project; and individuals are welcome to apply to host a book group.  Organizations or groups that apply to the councils for funding must be constituted for nonprofit purposes. It is not necessary that such organizations or groups be incorporated or have tax‑exempt status. Hosts are limited to three book discussions in a fiscal year (7/1/21-6/30/22) and must serve residents of New Hampshire.

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For more information about hosting a book group in your area, please contact Sue Butman at


"I am very excited to learn about this program that New Hampshire Humanities has supported. In this period of political strife, unrest, and uncertainty, it is more important than ever to have programs that help us reflect about our past to appreciate our diverse cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, and other identities. Thank you!" 

- Book group participant reflection after reading Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge



Perspectives Book Groups are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the 2021 American Rescue Plan.