Gunn Memorial Library in Washington will present a program with activist, professor and writer Frances Moulder June 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Moulder will discuss her new book, “Exiting the Extraordinary: Returning to the Ordinary World After War, Prison and Other Extraordinary Experiences,” at the Wykeham Road library.

The book explores the experiences of people who return to an ordinary world after extreme experiences such as disasters, war, prison, great social movements, and reporting on or giving aid to people in such situations.

There is a public misconception that experiences like this are uncommon or unusual, yet people who have gone through such experiences touch the lives of most of us — they are family members, friends, co-workers, even we ourselves.

The author will discuss this and other misconceptions about returnees, such as the idea that they can and should just forget about their experiences and go on with their lives. She will share compelling examples from her research of the challenges returnees face, and the strategies they use to deal with these challenges.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information and RSVP, visit or call 860-868-7586.