On Tuesday, June 15, at 6 p.m., the Camden Public Library hosts 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 jpierce@librarycamden.org to request a Zoom link to attend.

Born of illustrious New England stock, 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 20th century. Her light was abruptly extinguished at the age of 47, when she died at the pinnacle of her personal happiness and professional acclaim.

Fifty years later, 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 of this vibrant, talented artist.

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.

For more on this and other programs from the Camden Public Library, visit librarycamden.org.