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An Afternoon with Author Richard Rubin
The Last of the Doughboys

Richard RubinBook Discussion

Tuesday, October 28 at 7pm

A panel will discuss WWI and The Last of the Doughboys. Register online or by calling 978-623-8401 x31.

Meet the Author
Richard Rubin

Sunday, November 2 at 2 pm

Registration required. RSVP online or by calling 978-623-8401, x31.

The Last of the Doughboys will be available for purchase.

The Last of the DoughboysRichard Rubin, author of two books, several short stories, and numerous essays for The New York Times Magazine and The Atlantic, taught Creative Writing at St. Lawrence University from 2008-2010.

In 2003, 85 years after the armistice, it took Rubin months to find just one living American veteran of World War One. Eventually he managed to find dozens, aged 101 to 113, and interview them. All are gone now. A decade-long odyssey to recover the story of a forgotten generation and their Great War led Rubin across the United States and France, through archives, private collections, battlefields, literature, propaganda, and even music. But at the center of it all were the last of the last, the men and women he met: a new immigrant, drafted and sent to France, whose life was saved by a horse; a Connecticut Yankee who volunteered and fought in every major American battle; a Cajun artilleryman nearly killed by a German aeroplane; an 18 year old Bronx girl "drafted" to work for the War Department; the 16 year old who became America's last World War One veteran; and many, many more. They were the final survivors of the millions who made up the American Expeditionary Forces, 19th century men and women living in the 21st century. Self-reliant, humble, and stoic, they kept their stories to themselves for a lifetime, then shared them at the last possible moment, so that they, and the World War they won -- the trauma that created our modern world -- might at last be remembered. You will never forget them. The Last of the Doughboys is more than simply a war story: it is a moving meditation on character, grace, aging, and memory.

Nonperishable food items will be collected at both events to benefit local veterans.

Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library.

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