LEWISTON — Award-winning poet Robert Chute will read from “Treize Lunes-Thirteen Moons” at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9 after the  Après La Rencontre program at the Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., in Lewiston.

The public is invited to attend free of charge.

The book of poems, which was translated in French and Passamaquoddy for its third edition, is about the last months of Father Rale, a French Jesuit priest who spent his last years serving the Abenaki tribe of Norridgewock in the 1700s.

This is one of many books of poetry by Chute and the reading will be in both French and English.

Chute, professor emeritus of biology and past chairman of both the department of biology and division of natural sciences at Bates, attended Bridgton High School and Fryeburg Academy. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University and lives in Poland.

Chute’s presentation will take place after the next La Rencontre, a monthly event, that starts at 11:30 a.m. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Franco Center at 783.1585; go to FrancoCenter.org, or visit during office hours, Monday thru Friday from noon to 4 p.m.

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