Posted July 06, 2013, at 4:54 p.m.
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Monday, July 22, 2013 5 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic, Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME

For more information: Kim Childs; 207- 801-5625;

BAR HARBOR, ME—On Monday, July 22, Roxana Robinson returns to College of the Atlantic to discuss her new work, Sparta: A Novel. The public is invited to join the conversation at the Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center at 5 p.m. A reception and book signing will follow in the Newlin Gardens.

Robinson’s latest novel depicts war’s invisible injuries and the deep struggle involved in the return from combat to civilian life. It’s a raw, tragic, and harrowing story, one that Robinson will bring to life with a reading on the COA campus.

“One day – maybe seven years ago – I read an article in The New York Times about our troops in Iraq,” Robinson recently said about what inspired her to write about a US Marine returning home from Iraq. “The article changed the way I thought about our troops. I started thinking about them as people needing our protection. And I started thinking about the effects of the war – on the people who engineered it, the people who fought it, and on the people at home. I come from a long line of activists, so you could say it’s in my genes – Harriet Beecher Stowe is my great-great-great aunt. I’m always interested by moral consequences, I write about them quite a lot.”

Karen Waldron, The Lisa Stewart Chair in Literature and Women’s Studies at College of the Atlantic, adds that Robinson is incredibly articulate in her unflinching precise details. In addition, she’s a gifted, intelligent, engaging speaker.

“Roxanna Robinson’s latest novel, like Cost, is particularly remarkable for its exquisitely detailed prose, its ability to capture the intense emotional nuances of character and setting, without a hint of excess,” Waldron said. “Robinson compels readers into the world she’s describing with consummate attention to both craft and the contemporary resonance of her subject.”

Copies of Sparta will be available for purchase during and after the discussion. For more information about the event, please contact Kim Childs at or 207- 801-5625. Robinson will also be speaking at the Northeast Harbor Library at 7 p.m. on July 24th. For details about that event, please visit

About Roxana Robinson

Roxana Robinson grew up in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Buckingham Friends School, in Lahaska, and from The Shipley School, in Bryn Mawr. She attended Bennington College and studied with Bernard Malamud and Howard Nemerov. Robinson has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The MacDowell Colony. She is a critically acclaimed fiction writer and the author and her work 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.

About College of the Atlantic

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit


AUTHOR EVENT: Monday, July 22 at 5 p.m.: COA presents an evening with Roxana Robinson with a discussion, reception, and book signing. Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME. or 207- 801-5625.