Roxana Robinson - Tuesday, July 16th at 5:30pm at the Ocean View Grange


The critically acclaimed author Roxana Robinson was chosen to launch the summer Literary Series at the Jackson Memorial Library in Tenants Harbor in 2008. She returns on Tuesday, July 16, to the Ocean View Grange at 5:30 to present her latest novel Sparta, published by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, in June 2013.

Ms. Robinson has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The MacDowell Colony. She is the author of five novels and three collections of short stories. Her work has been compared to John Cheever’s by The New York Times and to Edith Wharton’s by Time magazine. It has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, One Story, Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. Her work has been widely anthologized and broadcast on National Public Radio. Four of her works have been chosen Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times, and she was named a Literary Lion by The New York Public Library.

Roxana Robinson’s novel Sparta has received rave reviews. On May 29, 2013, The Washington Post wrote: “Sparta” is a novel with a mission — which in a lesser writer’s hands could spell its doom. But Robinson manages to convey the difficulties of a warrior returning to society and dramatize how we fail our veterans without reducing her story to a polemic. She pulls this off by expertly deploying three literary weapons: emotional insight, moral nuance and intellectual depth.

This literary event at the Ocean View Grange at 435 Port Clyde Road is the first of three in July of 2013, sponsored by the Jackson Memorial Library. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served and signed books will be available for sale. It is free and open to the public.