MARTINSVILLE — On July 9, American novelist and biographer Roxana Robinson will kick off the twelfth annual Jackson Memorial Library Summer Literary Series.
She will speak at the Ocean View Grange, 435 Port Clyde Rd., in Martinsville, preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m.
During the event, she will be discussing her latest work Dawson’s Fall.
This epic novel is based upon the experience of her great grandfather in post Civil War Charleston, South Carolina. He served as editor of the Charleston News and Courier during this volatile and historic perioid of American history.
Taken from many years of research, including countless actual letters, journals and newspaper clippings, Robinson weaves a thought provoking tale of navigating the new political and social landscape of the country in 1889.
The novel also provides the historical seeds for much of today’s political climate.
Robinson’s list of credits include Sparta, which received numerous awards including Best Books of the year at the Chicago Tribune, and Best Books of the Year at the BBC, and the award winning novels Cost, and Sweetwater.
Robinson has lectured on Georgia O’Keefe at Hunter College CUNY and appeared in the BBC documentary of O’Keefe and her life. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The
Boston Globe, Slate, The Nation, and Harper’s among other publications.
A Maine summer resident for many years, Robinson currently is a member of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and spends her time between New York and Connecticut.
Roxana Robinson was the author who initiated the St. George Summer Literary Series with her novel Cost in 2008. She returned in 2014 with her novel Sparta.
For more information contact the Jackson Memorial Library, 207-372-8961 or visit them on the web at www.JacksonMemorialLibrary.org.