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Roxana Robinson returns to the College of the Atlantic campus on Monday, July 22, to discuss her new work, Sparta: A Novel. The event will be held at the Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center at 5 p.m., and a reception and book signing will follow in the Newlin Gardens.

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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 her reading on the COA campus.

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 YorkerThe AtlanticHarper’sOne StoryBest 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.

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.

“Roxana 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

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About Heather Anderson

As a tomboy in southern Maine, I spent my youth playing kickball and night tag, building forts in the woods, and reading every single book I could get my hands on. I find endless joy in sitting on my porch, no matter the season. I'm still a relatively new addition to the COA community, but my experience here has been one of the best things to ever happen to me. I love what this college stands for, what it does, and how it does it. Few things make me happier than messing around with my camera, long walks in the woods with my dog Roscoe, traveling adventures with my friends, and hitting the water with my kayak.


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