African issues and culture will be the topic of a May 11 talk by Bates College anthropology professor Elizabeth Eames, who is the leading the first A Capital Read 2015 event.

Eames is an associate professor of anthropology at Bates, where she teaches courses in contemporary Africa, economic anthropology, comparative gender relations and cinema studies. She earned her doctorate in social anthropology from Harvard University and her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College.

The talk will focus on two books by travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux — “The Lower River” and “The Last Train to Zona Verde” — both of which focus on the African continent and share similar themes.

Eames’ talk is set for 7 p.m. May 11 at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center at the University of Maine at Augusta. It is free and open to the public.

A Capital Read is sponsored by Bangor Savings and Friends of Lithgow Library in partnership with the arboretum, the holocaust center, UMA and the Kennebec Journal.

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