Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., invites the public to an author talk and book signing to celebrate the release of “The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made,” a new biography of the 28th president by historian Patricia O’Toole, Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m.

Previous works by O’Toole include the acclaimed “When Trumpets Call,” an account of Theodore Roosevelt’s final decade; and a biography of Henry Adams, “The Five of Hearts,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

In “The Moralist,” O’Toole revisits the presidency as it was a century ago and rethinks many of the standard interpretations of Woodrow Wilson and his legacy. “The Moralist” recounts Wilson’s religious upbringing, his academic career and his early leadership experiences as president of Princeton University and governor of New Jersey. The book evaluates his unprecedented success with Congress, his vision of a peaceful world order, his moral blind spots — on race, women’s suffrage and free speech in wartime — and the tragedy of a final defeat that was largely self-inflicted.

O’Toole is a former professor in the School of the Arts at Columbia University in New York City, where she taught nonfiction workshops as well as seminars on research, plot and narrating the past. She is a fellow of the Society of American Historians.

To reserve a seat at this free event, or to order copies of “The Moralist” in advance, call 338-9009 or email leftbank@myfairpoint.net. Left Bank Books is located in the historic Opera House block, downtown across from the police station. Ample on-street parking is available in front of the shop and in an adjacent parking lot.

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