Friends of Rockland Public Library, Rockland Public Library and Bartlett Woods Retirement Community present a talk by author Richard Rubin about his latest book, “Back Over There,” Thursday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room of the library, 80 Union St.

Timed for the April 2017 centennial of America’s entrance into the first World War, “Back Over There: One American Time-Traveler, 100 Years Since the Great War, 500 Miles of Battle-Scarred French Countryside, and Too Many Trenches, Shells, Legends, and Ghosts to Count” (St. Martin’s Press) is a timely and evocative book that chronicles Rubin’s journey to American World War I battle sites in France.  The book is part history, part first-person travelogue and part exploration of how human memory is passed down among generations.

Moving chronologically along the path of American WWI battles, Rubin takes readers through vast cemeteries, abandoned blockhouses and dugouts, trees still filled with bullets and shrapnel, lush farmland, skeleton towns bombed to the ground and never rebuilt, emptied subterranean cities and mines illuminated with the graffiti of soldiers long dead. He introduces many of the lively locals still occupying these places, for whom the bloody conflict is not the distant past but a history that is immediate and ever-present. Several of the local residents whom Rubin meets in his travels volunteer to guide him to area landmarks and relate stories handed down to them over the years.

Rubin was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University and began his career as a small-town journalist in Greenwood, Miss.  Since then he has written for larger outlets, routinely contributing to The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Yorker and AARP Magazine. He is the author of two previous books, “Confederacy of Silence” and “The Last of the Doughboys.” He lives in Maine.

After the talk, books will be available for purchase and signing; and treats will be served, compliments of Bartlett Woods. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 594-0310.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.