Past Appearances

Bronx, NY

New York Botanical Garden  • 2900 Southern Boulevard
An Evening with Roxana Robinson and Linda M. Grasso: Two expert authors discuss O’Keeffe’s coming of age in modernist America and her identity as an independent artist and trailblazing feminist. These presentations followed by lively conversation will examine O’Keeffe’s intense personal relationships, explore how the struggle to balance love and work fueled her extraordinary accomplishments, and situate her in the women’s movements that affected the creation and reception of her art over several generations. website

New York, NY

The Challenges of Peace Activism
Left Forum
Reading List: Sparta by Roxana Robinson, Why Civil Resistance Works by Maria Stephan and Erica ChenowethHow do peace activists stay in the fight? The antiwar movement today is demoralized and directionless, and the entire planet seems to be sleepwalking towards disaster. Our panelists include writers, journalists and organizers who have kept their spirits up in the face of apathy, derision and misunderstanding. What have they learned about the human and psychological side of our world’s addiction to war? How can activists dig deeper into the heart of the most brutal problem our planet has ever known? What will we find there? This panel aims to stir up new ideas and new avenues for hope, cooperation and agitation for change. website

New York, NY

WNBA Centennial Celebration
Pen+Brush  • 29 East 22nd Street
It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the WNBA’s Centennial Celebration. Festivities include a cocktail reception; presentation of the WNBA Second Century Prize to Todd Bol of Little Free Library; launch of Women in the Literary Landscape: A Centennial Publication of the Women’s National Book Association; and a conversation on the transformative power of literature featuring: Moderator, Deirdre Bair, Margo Jefferson,author of Negroland and cultural critic, Roxana Robinson,author of Sparta and former head of the Authors Guild, and Emma Straub, author of Modern Lovers and independent bookstore owner. website

Hartford, CT

A.K. Smith Visiting Scholars Series
Trinity College  • Smith House’s Reese Room
All readings are free and open to the public. A reception and book-signing will follow each event. website

Southampton. NY

Southampton Writers Conference
Chancellors Hall, Stony Brook Southampton  • 239 Montauk Highway

New York, NY

The Writer’s Hotel
The Writers Hotel  • Various Locations

Chestertown, MD

Kent County Public Library
Kent County Public Library  • 408 High Street

Cornwall, CT

Cornwall Historical Society
Cornwall Town Hall  • 26 Pine St

Columbia Point Boston, MA

2017 PEN+NE Literary Awards
John F. Kennedy Library  •
Roxana Robinson will keynote the 2017 PEN New England Literary Awards celebrating the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction and the PEN/New England Awards for Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction. Free and open to the public. Reservations recommended. website

Brooklyn, NY

Fiction by Black Writers: Who Are the Readers?
Brooklyn Historical Society  • 128 Pierrepont St
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith, Colson Whitehead, Yaa Gyasi…some of today’s biggest names in fiction are black writers, and yet a predominantly white publishing industry maintains the assumption that black literature lacks marketability. Join writer and distinguished academic Dr. Elizabeth Nunez for a panel discussion challenging this assumption, with National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas, Essence Magazine book editor Patrik Henry Bass, Vice President, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of Random House’s One World Chris Jackson, and President of the Authors’ Guild Roxana Robinson. website

New York, NY

Intersections of Art and Life
The Center for Fiction  • 17 E. 47th St
Join Dawn Tripp (Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe,)Roxana Robinson (Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life,) and author and critic Donna Seaman (Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists) for a fascinating exploration of the intersections of fact and fiction in creative writing, and the struggles facing women trying to break through preconceptions in art. website

New York, NY

Novelists Read Knausgaard
Center for Fiction  • 17 E. 47th St
Volume 1, January 25 led by Roxana Robinson: Since the first volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s sprawling work appeared in English in 2012, the series has garnered wide acclaim from critics and attracted a passionate following among readers. “My Struggle” has also been notably embraced and celebrated by Knausgaard’s fellow novelists. We invite you to join a special reading group devoted to this unique work.  website

New York

Ferrante Night Fever
McNally Jackson Bookstore  • 52 Prince Street
The publication of Frantumaglia and The Beach at Night on November 1 is going to be the publishing event of the season. Over 70 stores nationwide will be holding #FerranteNightFever events during the week of October 31. We are delighted to be hosting a panel assembled by Europa Editions. website

Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Book Festival: Seven Ways of Looking at War
Humboldt & Jackson  • 434 Humboldt Street
Seven short readings from seven authors writing from center, edge and the aftermath of endless wars: Elliot Ackerman (Green on Blue), Deni Ellis Bechard (Into the Sun), Benjamin Busch (Dust to Dust: A Memoir), Lea Carpenter (Eleven Days) Matt Gallagher (Youngblood), Jen Percy (Demon Camp: A Soldier’s Exorcism) and Roxanna Robinson (Sparta) Readings to be followed by book signings and drinks with authors. Presented by Milkweed Editions. Facebook link website

New York, NY

Keynote: Rights & Content in the Digital Age
Grand Hall, NYU Kimmel Center  • 60 Washington Sq. South
At this half-day event, “Rights and Content in the Digital Age,” leading experts in the book and media industries — including literary agents, publishers and digital service providers — will highlight cutting-edge strategies to help you maximize your IP and grow your rights business.In this digital age, when all backlist is frontlist, publishers are leaving money on the table while also opening themselves up to potential liability by not keeping better focus on the rights and licenses they hold. website

Boston, MA

The Muse and the Marketplace: GrubStreet’s national conference for writers

The Right to Write: Who owns the story? Stories come from different sources: dreams, overheard conversations, our own lives, watching and listening, feeling and perceiving. So, when you overhear someone’s conversation, or someone tells you about something she’s just been through, or when you suddenly feel engaged by the story of someone in the newspaper, or of a whole group of people, where do you draw the line between yours and theirs? When is the story yours, and when does it belong to someone else? What are the lines you shouldn’t cross, out of decency, respect, family loyalty, political correctness, or any other rule of civilization? All writers encounter this question. Roxana will be reading from an essay that addresses the topic and then leading a discussion of it.  

New York, NY

PEN World Voices Festival - Elena Ferrante: Frantumaglia
The Greene Space  • 44 Charlton St
With Ann Goldstein, Roxana Robinson, Judith Thurman • Italian novelist Elena Ferrante has become a worldwide sensation with her Neapolitan novels. Ferrante’s longtime English-language translator joins Festival authors to discuss the work of this famously enigmatic author, and her collection of essays and letters Bits and Pieces of Uncertain Origin, coming out in April. VIDEO website

AWP: Peter Ho Davies, Joyce Carol Oates, and Roxana Robinson: A Reading and Conversation
Concourse Hall, LA Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Level One
Peter Ho Davies is the author of the novel The Welsh Girl, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and two story collections, The Ugliest House in the World and Equal Love. Joyce Carol Oates has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including We Were the Mulvaneys; Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award; and the New York Times bestseller The Accursed. Roxana Robinson is the author of Sparta, four earlier novels including Cost, three story collections, and the biography Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life. Four of these were New York Times notable books. Robinson has received fellowships from the NEA, the MacDowell Colony, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and is President of the Authors Guild. website

AWP: Helping: A Tribute to Robert Stone
Diamond Salon 6&7, JW Marriott LA, 3rd F
On his passing in January 2015, Robert Stone was hailed as one of the most significant American novelists of the last half-century—a chronicler of disillusionment and moral disorder in post-Vietnam America, and of the often disastrous consequences of American idealism abroad. This panel gathers friends, colleagues, and former students of Stone to read excerpts of his work and share stories and tributes to his legacy. website

Durham, N.C.

Reading by Roxana Robinson, Rosati fellow
Duke University  • Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, 153 Rubenstein Library
Q&A, book signing and reception following. Free and open to the public. website

Fredericksburg, VA

January 2016 - Roxana Robinson on Georgia O’Keeffe
University of Mary Washington

Kennebunkport, ME

October 23-25, 2015 - Fiction Workshop at the Harvest Writers Retreat
The Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport  • 140 Ocean Ave

Bar Harbor, ME

Roxana Robinson on Georgia O’Keeffe
College of the Atlantic

Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza  • 209 Joralemon Street

Washington D.C.

Roxana Robinson on the Human Side of War 6:10-6:55 pm
Walter E. Washington Convention Center  • 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Roxana Robinson will speak at the National Book Festival as part of The Human Side of War: A Tribute to the American War Experience, 1942-2015. website

Spartanburg, SC

Early September, 2015 - The Novel Experience Convocation
Wofford College
Roxana Robinson will discuss her novel Sparta with first year students and the Wofford community at large. website

Boston, MA

The Muse and the Marketplace
Boston Park Plaza Hotel  • 50 Park Plaza
What is Great Fiction website

Southampton, NY

Writers Speak Wednesdays
Stony Brook Southampton  • 239 Montauk Highway

New York, NY

Roxana Robinson on Georgia O’Keeffe
The Center for the Study of Transformative Lives  • 53 Washington Square South
Center Director Philip Kunhardt will introduce Roxana Robinson, novelist, short story writer, and biographer to present a talk entitled “Georgia O’Keeffe: The Life We Want.” website

New York, NY

Writers Read NYC
The Sidewalk Caf̩ ʥ 94 Avenue A (corner of 6th St.)
Please join us for our March Reading, featuring exciting work from Nancy Jainhill, Andrée Lockwood, Marcia Pelletiere, and Roxana Robinson. website

Newark, NJ

Rutgers MFA Program


Southbury, CT

Lu Burke Reading Series
Southbury Library  • 100 Poverty Rd.
talk and signing website

New York, NY

Fall 2014 Distinguished Writers Series – Hunter College
Hunter College
Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College, West Building, 8th floor (Southwest corner of Lexington Avenue and East 68th Street) website

Tulsa, OK

Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers
The University of Tulsa  • 800 South Tucker Drive

New York, NY

On Elena Ferrante
The Center for Fiction  • 17 E. 47th St
Elena Ferrante’s translator Ann Goldstein and novelists Stacey D’Erasmo and Roxana Robinson will talk about their passion for the acclaimed Italian writer and about her newest book, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay. website

Fairfax, VA

Fall for the Book Book Festival
George Mason University  • Grand Tier III, Center for the Arts (4400 University Drive)
Novelist Roxana Robinson and Journalist David Finkel website

Colorado Springs, CO

US Air Force Academy

Through Sept. 11th

Lenox, MA

Panel on Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth
The Mount  • 2 Plunkett Street

Portland, ME

An Evening with Ann Beattie and Roxana Robinson
Space Gallery  • 538 Congress Street
Doors at 6:30 p.m., Show at 7:00 p.m. website

Bar Harbor, Maine

Jesop Library

Middletown, CT

Wesleyan Writers Conference

Through the 15th website

New York, NY

War Lit Panel
Wollman Auditorium  • 65 West 12 Street
PEN World Voices Festival

New York, NY

Adrian Bonbenberger - War Lit Panel
Strand Bookstore  • 828 Broadway, New York
Panel with David Abrams, Matt Gallagher and Adrian Bonenberger, to celebrate his new book, Afghan Post.

San Antonio, TX

Literary Festival

Pittsfield, MA

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
Lichtenstein Arts Center  • Renne Avenue
Panel on transgendered writing at Berkshire Women Writers Festival.

Tucson, AZ

Tucson Festival of Books

Novelists on Loss and Love (Saturday, 11:30am); Fiction: Worlds In Transition (Sunday, 11:30am); Fiction: The Wreckage of War (Sunday, 2:30p.m.) website

Boca Grande, FL


New York, NY

Discussion with David Finkel, moderated by Noreen Tomassi.
Center for Fiction  • 17 East 47th Street
Discussion with David Finkel, moderated by Noreen Tomassi. website

Interview on the Digital Age with Jim Zirin

Torrington, Connecticut

Conversation with Davyne Verstandig
Warner Theatre

Brattleboro, VT

Brattleboro Literary Festival

New York, NY

Conversations on Practice: A Series run by Glenn Kurtz.
McNally-Jackson Bookstore  • 52 Prince Street

Peterborough, NH

Reading and Signing
Toadstool Books  • 12 Depot Sq.

Castine, ME

Witherle Library

Camden, ME

Gala for Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance
Tess Gerritsen House, Camden Hills State Park  • 280 Belfast Road

Cornwall, CT

Cornwall Library  • 30 Pine Street

Kent, CT

House of Books  • Main Street

Sharon, CT

Book Signing
Hotchkiss Library

Portland, ME

Brown Bag Luncheon Reading
Portland Library  • 5 Monument Square

Northeast Harbor, ME

Reading from Sparta
Northeast Harbor Library  • Joy Street Northeast

Bar Harbor, ME

Reading from Sparta
College of the Atlantic, Gates Auditorium

Tenants Harbor, ME

Reading from Sparta
Ocean View Grange

Washington, D.C.

Politics and Prose Bookstore  • 5015 Connecticut Ave.

Washington, CT

Hickory Stick Books  • 2 Green Hill Road

Brooklyn, NY

Book Court  • 163 Court Street

New York, NY

NYU Summer Writing Intensive
New York University
Two-week Summer Intensive Program in Creative Writing.

Middletown, MA

Wesleyan Writers Conference

Cambridge, MA

Reading from Sparta
Porter Square Books  • 25 White Street

Boston, MA

Boston Atheneum  • 10 1/2 Beacon Street

Newton, MA

Newtonville Books  • 10 Langley Road

Chicago, IL

Printers Row Book Festival
University Center/Loop Room
Conversation with Elizabeth Taylor, Literary Editor of the ‘Chicago Tribune’.

New York, NY

Center for Fiction  • 17 East 47th Street
Reading and Signing; Launch for novel Sparta website