DIXFIELD — To honor the recent 100th birthday of the Ludden Memorial Library, the Dixfield Historical Society is sponsoring a book-signing by author Richard F. Mullins.
Mullins will be selling and autographing his latest novel, “Evangeline,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the library. Refreshments will be served at the event.
Also on Thursday evening, the Dixfield Historical Society will hold its meeting, which is open to the public.
Mullins’ latest novel, initially published last December by Trafford Publishing, has been receiving glowing reviews. “Evangeline” is a love story set in the mid-1750s during Canada’s Acadian tragedy. Many people are familiar with the “Evangeline” tragedy through Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 19th century epic poem of the same title.
The tale depicts the heart-wrenching and ruthless arrest and deportation of 7,000-plus French residents of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward by the acting British governor of Nova Scotia. Consequently, French families and lifelong friends were uprooted and haphazardly shipped to various British North American colonies in the mid-1700s.
Mullins recaptures a love story set amidst a period of immense pain and sorrow.
In other Ludden Memorial Library news, the final “Story Time Reading” will be held at the library at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 23. Storyteller Cathy Leonard will once again read to her preschool listeners. The event is free and open to the public. “Story Time” will resume again in the fall.
The library will begin its annual Summer Reading Program in July. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 562- 8838.