“The Field House: A Writer’s Life Lost and Found on an Island in Maine” Presented by Robin Clifford Wood
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Camden Public Library will host Maine author Robin Clifford Wood for an online book talk and narrated slideshow about her new book The Field House: A Writer’s Life Lost and Found on an Island in Maine. The book is a compelling blend of biography and memoir recounting the remarkable life of writer Rachel Field. The story is told by the woman who lived in Field’s old island home in Maine, sparking a unique sisterhood across time. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a Zoom link to attend.
Born of illustrious New England stock, Rachel Field was a National Book Award-winning novelist, a Newbery Medal-winning children’s writer, a poet, playwright, and rising Hollywood success in the early twentieth century. Her light was abruptly extinguished at the age of forty-seven, when she died at the pinnacle of her personal happiness and professional acclaim.
Fifty years later, Robin Clifford Wood stepped onto the sagging floorboards of Field’s long-neglected home on the shore of an island in Maine and began dredging up Field’s history. She uncovered uncanny coincidences and odd connections between Field’s life and her own that kept her focused during a 27-year journey to research the life this vibrant, talented artist.
Robin Clifford Wood is an author, poet, blogger, and essayist. She has a BA from Yale, an MA in English from University of Rochester, and an MFA in creative writing from University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. Wood’s writing has been featured in Port City Life magazine, Bangor Metro, Bangor Daily News, Maine Public Radio’s “Music That Moves Me” series, and Solstice Literary Magazine, which published her essay, “How Do You Help Your Parents Die” in 2019. One of her poems, “The Ballad of Hadlock, the Seal Hunter Showman,” was produced by Penobscot Theatre Company as part of their fall 2020 audio theatre program.