Rockland Public Library welcomes author Susan Conley for a virtual reading and conversation on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. Conley is the author of four critically acclaimed books, including "The Foremost Good Fortune," which won the Maine Literary Award for Memoir, and the novel "Paris Was the Place," which was an Indie Next Pick. Her most recent novel, "Elsey Come Home," was published by Knopf in 2019 and was a Most Anticipated/Best Book at Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, Huffington Post, Southern Living Magazine, Maine Women’s Magazine, and others.

Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Harvard Review, The New England Review, and Ploughshares. She has received multiple fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, as well as fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The Maine Arts Commission, and the Massachusetts Arts Council.

Conley grew up in Maine and has lived and worked in Vermont, California, Boston, and Beijing. She currently resides in Portland, where she is on the faculty of the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine. She is the co-founder of the Telling Room, a creative writing lab for kids in Portland.

Conley will read from "Elsey Come Home" and answer questions about her books and writing career. The program will take place via the Zoom platform. To request the link to attend, please email by 4 p.m. on the day of the event.