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Library program to delve into secret life of former Cavendish resident

Thursday, June 22, 7 p.m.—LUDLOW—The Friends of the Library are very excited to announce a special program on Thursday, June 22 at 7 p.m. at the Fletcher Memorial Library: an appearance by Margo Caulfield, a resident of Cavendish. Caulfield will talk about another Cavendish resident, the world celebrated Nobel Prize-winning author Alexandr Solzhenitsyn and the children’s book that she wrote about his life.

For 18 years, Solzhenitsyn lived quietly in our rural area as a refugee from the persecution of the Communist government of the Soviet Union. His privacy was zealously protected by his neighbors in Cavendish. The Cavendish Historical Society published the book in 2016 . It was written to answer a child’s question about “Why a decorated Soviet officer was removed from the front lines and imprisoned for years simply for making a negative comment about Stalin.” After the death of the brutal Communist dictator, he was released, but continued to write in defense of freedom. As a result, he was exiled from the Soviet Union. After many years, he was allowed to return to Russia where he continued to receive accolades for his outstanding achievements.

His extraordinary journey from heroic soldier to Gulag prisoner, from unknown schoolteacher to an award-winning author, and from a traitor to a living legend in his homeland is wonderfully related in this great children’s book, “Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, the Writer Who Changed History.”

Fletcher Memorial Library is located at 88 Main St., Ludlow. For more information, call 802-228-8921.

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