LiteraryLincoln.org is the website of The Lincoln Literary Society, a non-incorporated, purposely flexible, and hopefully unpredictable organization of unknown size, supposed to be located in Lincoln, Massachusetts, but not necessarily.

We are a group of people who live in Lincoln or gravitate around Lincoln, who love to read and share it with other folks who care about books. We want to be inspired to read more, learn and grow.

Some of us also love writing. And by reading and sharing our favorite books, poems, quotes and thoughts, we hope we can improve our work.

We gather once a month (or not), with no compulsory reading or agenda. No one is required to attend. We just show up when we can. During a meeting, we may simply enjoy what others discuss, or may choose to read something but say nothing else. We may trash or commend the writing discussed, and always feel free to say what we think without being judged or exposed. We may be creative, be bold, be brave. We may try new things, so the Society doesn’t become boring.

The Lincoln Literary Society began in January 2016, when Daniela Caride gathered a group of friends to talk about books. She wanted to be inspired to read and write more, and she hoped others felt the same way. It turned out they did.

She had read “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” a historic novel by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer based on the German invasion of Guernsey during World War II. The book describes a group of islanders who, hungry and crumbling, found solace in a literary group founded by chance, where everyone picked whatever book available and talked about it at the next meeting.

These were people with varied levels of education who felt empowered by being together and around books. They found in books and in each other the strength to endure hardship. The bravest also found in their little society the courage to speak up, choose love over prejudice and fight for what they believed.

The Lincoln Literary Society hopes to turn something into something more. To turn fiction into reality. And if we can’t, oh well, at least we learned something and had fun in the process.