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Well-known local author Denis Ledoux will be the guest speaker at the spring general membership meeting of the Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, in the Androscoggin Community Room at the Auburn Public Library.

Ledoux’s presentation will begin at approximately 11 a.m. after a brief business meeting and light refreshments. Admission is free and open to the public.

Ledoux’s latest memoir, “French Boy: A 1950’s Franco-American Childhood,” was published this past fall and is the most recent in his publications of family stories. According to Ledoux, this memoir “explores what it means to grow up outside the dominant culture and language” and “is sure to provoke discussion and not always agreement.” He writes about the loss of the Franco history and culture, and includes much historical information that helps to explain Franco America. Ledoux will expand on this topic and might even provide hints on writing memoirs to help us all document our history.

Ledoux holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Education. His biography also notes that he has taught Franco studies at the university level and that he has been a guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities on the subjects of cultural diversity and Franco North American culture and history. He directs The Memoir Network, an international group of life-writing teachers and writers. Ledoux has won numerous awards for his work including the Maine Fiction Award for “Mountain Dance & Other Stories” in 1990.  His short fiction has twice been honored with the Maine Writing Fellowship Award (1991, 1996), an NEA-based merit award;  and also in 1996, he was named Life-Writing Professional of the Year by the Association of Personal Historians.

Ledoux lives and works in Maine, just a mile from his boyhood home. For more information on The Memoir Network or to contact Ledoux, call 207-353-5454 or email the office at

MFGS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the study of Franco-American genealogy and genealogical research in the state of Maine. For more information about the meeting, contact Connie Hitchcock, recording secretary of the Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society, at For more information about the group, visit

The Auburn Public Library is located at 49 Spring St., Auburn.

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