LEWISTON — The Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College will host a book reading and discussion from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, in room 170 of Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St.

Renowned Franco-American author Rhea Cote Robbins will discuss her second memoir, “Down the Plains.” Following on from her first autobiography, “Wednesday’s Child,” “Down the Plains” chronicles her childhood in Waterville’s “Plains” neighborhood — the local equivalent of Lewiston’s “Petit Canada.”

Robbins conducts research on French heritage women and their contributions to Franco-American culture as director of the Franco-American Women’s Institute. She is also editor of “Canuck and Other Stories.”

Copies of the book can be purchased at the event (cash or check). The event is free and open to all, no reservations are required. Donations to the Franco-American Collection are welcomed.

For more information, contact 207-753-6545 or [email protected] In the case of inclement weather, the event will be postponed. Call 207-753-6595 to check on weather cancellations.

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