Dr. Joyce Lee Malcolm will discuss her new book, The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold, at the Ridgefield Library on Wednesday, May 2, at 7 p.m.

Malcolm will talk about the life and conflicting allegiances of Arnold during the revolutionary period. Why did a brilliant military commander, who repeatedly risked his life fighting the British, who was grievously injured in the line of duty, and who fell into debt personally funding his own troops, ultimately became a traitor to the patriot cause? These and other questions will be addressed by Malcolm, an historian and constitutional scholar specializing in British and colonial American history.

This author talk is presented by the Ridgefield Library, Books on the Common, the Ridgefield Historical Society, Keeler Tavern Museum, and the Drum Hill Chapter of the DAR, with support from the West Lane Inn and Nutmeg Livery Service.

Books will be available for sale and for signing at the event, thanks to Books on the Common. Register at ridgefieldlibrary.org or 203-438-2282.