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A VIRTUAL BOOK TALK & SIGNING WITH ROXANA ROBINSON AND HONOR MOORE CO-SPONSORED BY CORNWALL LIBRARY, HOUSE OF BOOKS AND KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Press Release 8/12/20

(Kent, Connecticut) –Kent Memorial Library, Cornwall Library and House of Books invite you to join a conversation between author Roxana Robinson and American writer of poetry, creative nonfiction and plays Honor Moore. They will be discussing their recently published books Dawson’s Fall and Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury. This event will be on Saturday, August 22 at 5:00 p.m. on Zoom.

About Roxana Robinson

Roxana Robinson’s newest book Dawson’s Fall was published in 2019. She is the author of ten books – six novels, three collections of short stories, and the biography of Georgia O’Keeffe. Four of these were chosen as New York Times Notable Books, two as New York Times Editors’ Choices. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Best American Short Stories, Tin House and elsewhere. Her work has been widely anthologized and broadcast on NPR.

Roxana says about her connection to Cornwall, “My family – the Scovilles – came to Cornwall in the 18th century and have lived there more or less ever since. My great-grandfather, Samuel Scoville, married the daughter of Henry Ward Beecher. Beecher and his family – Harriet Beecher Stowe among them – lived in Litchfield. The Scovilles have been ministers, farmers and lawyers, and have taken care of the North Cornwall church since it was built in 1812. I live in the house my grandparents built – Samuel Scoville Jr., who was a lawyer and writer.”

About Honor Moore

Honor Moore’s newest book Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury was published by W.W. Norton earlier this year. Moore’s previous memoir, The Bishop’s Daughter, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of the Year. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The American Scholar, and many other journals and anthologies. For the Library of America, she edited Amy Lowell: Selected Poems and Poems from the Women’s Movement, an Oprah Summer Reading List pick. She has been poet-in-residence at Wesleyan University and the University of Richmond, visiting professor at the Columbia School of the Arts, and three times the Visiting Distinguished Writer in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. When still in her twenties, Mourning Pictures, her play in verse about her mother’s death, was produced on Broadway. The White Blackbird, A Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent by Her Granddaughter, published in 1996 and recently reissued, was a New York Times Notable Book. She lives and writes in New York, where she is on the graduate writing faculty of The New School.

Honor says about her connection to Kent, “Kent was my primary residence for 17 years, I owned a house there for 30 which my parents had bought in 1950 or so for a summer place. When we moved to Indianapolis in 1957 the house was rented to a local family. I took over the house in 1972 as a summer and weekend place and then lived there full-time from 1984 until 2001 when I sold the house. I wrote two books of poems and my first nonfiction book The White Blackbird there. I ran women’s writing workshops in my living room in Kent from 1977 or so into the 90s on and off. I think that many women poets in Litchfield County were part of those groups and many of them are still living in Connecticut.”

This event is free and open to the public. On Zoom. Please register for Zoom login information.

The Cornwall Library is dedicated to the free exchange of ideas in a welcoming and comfortable environment.  It is located at 30 Pine St in Cornwall Village.  For more information please check our website CornwallLibrary.org or write to Director@cornwalllibrary.org.

House of Books, located at 4 North Main Street, features a large selection of current releases, literature and children’s books in addition to a carefully curated selection of cards, gifts, calendars, reading glasses and journals. For more information or to order books go to houseofbooksct.com.

The Kent Memorial Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and the community by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage reading, learning and imagination. The Library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut. Visit kentmemoriallibrary.org for more information.