2021 Book Events for The Field House
(I will do my best to keep this page updated with sign-in information and other details.)
- Tuesday, May 4, 7pm – **official online book launch celebration** RCW "in conversation" with bestselling author Christina Baker Kline, co-sponsored by Left Bank Books (Belfast, ME) and Bangor Daily News. To register – click here: tinyurl.com/BDNRobinClifford
- Wednesday, May 5, time TBA, Big Blend Radio, a lively podcast interview (prerecorded) with Lisa Smith and Nancy Reid. Check their website: www.BigBlendRadio.com. Links and details should appear on their calendar about 2 weeks before airing.
- May issue of Down East Magazine will feature The Field House and its author; interview and write-up by Sarah Stebbins.
- May issue of Bangor Metro magazine - Look for me and The Field House, both featured in a published interview with Kaylie Reese.
- Friday, May 7th, 4-7pm - IN PERSON outdoor reception at Edythe Dyer Library in Hampden. Author talk, Q and A, book sales and signing
- Wednesday, May 12th, 7-7:15pm, Podcast interview on “Stories That Empower” with Sean Farjadi; sponsored by enlightenednegotiation.com.
- Thursday, May 20th, 7pm - online book event, RCW "in conversation" with author Susan Conley, sponsored by Print: A Bookstore (Portland, Maine)
- Thursday, June 3, 7pm. online author talk/Q and A with RCW, sponsored by Jesup Library (Bar Harbor, ME)
- Monday, June 7, 9:30-11:30 Book group visit (private)
- Wednesday, June 30th, 6pm - online book event, RCW "in conversation" with author Melanie Brooks, sponsored by Windham Library. Contact/sign-up: email@example.com
- Wednesday, Aug. 18, 6pm, online author talk/Q and A, sponsored by Bangor Public Library
Check out the February 15, 2021 issue of Kirkus Reviews! They tell me that only 10% of Indie authors are selected to be highlighted in their magazine, and I guess I made the cut. Look for The Field House on page 168!
some early praise for Wood's book:
"[Wood's] passionate prose and carefully curated primary sources will certainly convince readers that Field is not a writer to overlook.
An eloquent, detailed tribute to a less well-known but inspiring author."
-- Kirkus Reviews
“I just finished this lovely book and feel richer for it. Meticulously researched and deeply felt, THE FIELD HOUSE is a compelling hybrid of biography and memoir. An exploration of the life and legacy of novelist-poet Rachel Field, it is interwoven with personal reflections that reveal the influence of Field’s work ethic and passion on the biographer’s life. This book is also a meditation on the nature of creativity and a love letter to a house on Sutton Island in Maine once owned by Field and now by Wood. For both writers, the house became a touchstone and a haven, a place to reflect and rejuvenate and create.”
- #1 New York Times bestselling author Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, The Exiles, and A Piece of the World.
"Robin Clifford Wood has combined immense archival material and keen insights to create a detailed and enchanting biography of Rachel Field. The author's skillful use of granular sources, paired with her sophisticated wordsmithing, has produced a book that is both informative and lyrical. Readers will also appreciate the author's parallel discussion of the writing process itself - an articulate discussion that will undoubtedly seem familiar to anyone who has ever struggled to discover and tell a story.
This is a delight to read."
Historian Jacalyn Eddy, author of Bookwomen: Creating an Empire in Children's Book Publishing, 1919-1939.
"This elegant hybrid of biography and memoir introduced me to Rachel Field and Robin Clifford Wood, whose lives, separated by generations, uncannily twine. Compelling, instructive, inspiring, and beautifully written. I was greatly moved."
--Monica Wood, award-winning author of The One-in-a-million Boy, When We Were the Kennedys, and Any Bitter Thing.
I highly recommend Robin Clifford Wood’s enchanting The Field House, her intensely personal reckoning with the life and work of the nearly forgotten author Rachel Field. Famous in her lifetime for bestselling novels for adults and children, winner of Newbery and National Book Awards, Field lived less than half a century but left plenty of evidence for her biographer to explore—in archives across the country, and in the Maine island cottage they both called home in a curious twist of fate that enabled this charming and heartfelt narrative.
- Pulitzer Prize-winner Megan Marshall, author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life and Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast.
This fascinating book about the life of Newbery Medal-winning author Rachel Field lives at the intersection of seamless research and rich personal reflection. Robin Clifford Wood offers such insightful, knowing details about Field’s writing life and her personal attachment to Maine, that we come to feel we are reading the account of a close friend. Wonderfully executed, The Field House renders Field's extraordinary life with great empathy and beautiful, lucid prose.
--Critically acclaimed author Susan Conley, author of Landslide, Elsey Come Home, The Foremost Good Fortune, and Paris Was the Place.
"This wonderful book--based on meticulously thorough, devoted research--is a lovingly tender, wise, and judicious account of Rachel Field and her world. Its unusual blend of memoir and biography helps to illuminate the life, even as a poignant dialogue between the author and her subject unfolds. Truly, a tour-de-force!"
--Benson Bobrick, award-winning author of Angel in the Whirlwind and Wide as the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution it Inspired.
The Field House lures readers to ‘a long-abandoned, wood-framed house on an island off the coast of Maine.’ When author Robin Clifford Wood buys a summer cottage belonging to famed poet and award-winning author Rachel Field, Wood is haunted by Field’s sudden death, her untold stories. Discovering treasures and clues Field left behind, Wood weaves a stunning and intimate portrait of a once-prized American writer and poet who deserves to be remembered.
- Pulitzer-Prizing winning writer Barbara Walsh, author of August Gale: A Father and Daughter’s Journey into the Storm and Sammy in the Sky
"Robin Clifford Wood's biography of Rachel Field is a beautiful and thorough history of an artist and writer with important connections to Maine. In THE FIELD HOUSE, Wood doesn't back away from the complexity of Field's life: self-doubt, aspirations, flaws, triumphs, unrequited loves, and final losses. And yet, this book is also a clear-eyed survey of the literary world of the 1920s and 30s, Maine island life, and a woman who, transcending gender roles and notions of physical beauty, offered the world a gift that, because of Wood's deeply personal book, will hopefully never be forgotten.”
- Jaed Coffin, author of Roughhouse Friday and A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants
I've got news! First, my poem about Mother's Day in the time of Covid won a second place in the Writer's Digest Annual Competition - one of 500 entries in the rhyming poetry category! I was floating on air for weeks after that.
Second, I was commissioned by Bangor, Maine's Penobscot Theatre Company to write a ghost story for their audio ghost tales show that opens on October 15, 2020. Please check out their website and get tickets, either to the one show or the whole season. Live theatre needs your help to stay alive in this crazy time. Watch for "The Ballad of Hadlock, the Seal Hunter Showman."
April 2019: My essay, "How Do You Help Your Parents Die," has just gone live on Solstice Literary Magazine's website. Author Richard Hoffman, the non-fiction editor for this edition writes this about the essay:
"I doubt you will ever read a more heartbreaking and also enlightening essay about the ways we must negotiate and navigate the final care of our loved ones than Robin Wood’s aptly titled, “How Do You Help Your Parents Die?” in which she addresses every layer of that tear-stained, manifold question."
Here is my Rachel Field inspired essay for Maine Public Radio's series, "Music That Moves Me."
Check out the Bangor Daily News special section for Sep. 21, 2018, "Maine Outdoors and Adventure." My article about hiking the Moosehead Lake Region is the cover story, with lots of great photos inside! Here is the link:
the article begins on pages 4-5.
Here is a poem about getting old. It was inspired during a recent trip to Oxford, England, where "old" means something far more ancient than we Americans associate with the word. See this link, and turn to page 2! https://issuu.com/bdnsections/docs/seniorliving_fall2018_fnl
I had no idea, when I submitted a poem about Guster to the Bangor Daily News in January, that my dear old doggie friend would be gone by the time it was published. It works well as a tribute, and I loved seeing his photo in the paper.
In the same issue of the BDN was this story highlighting the wonders of Maine Huts and Trails. What a win-win situation it is when you can do what you love and write about it!
I had a great time looking back through my five years' worth of columns to gather material for this latest story - a Maine bucket list inspired by Maine's people. Take a look at page 14 in this Bangor Daily News special section: https://issuu.com/bdnsections/docs/proof
"Going South," an original poem, appeared in the Bangor Daily News on Aug. 25th, as part of a special section for seniors. Here is a link: http://bangordailynews.com/2017/08/25/special-sections/going-south-a-poem/
To browse five years of columns about people and places in Maine, go to: http://bangordailynews.com/author/robin-clifford-wood/
To read the original column that led to the full-length memoir, My Mother's Choice: An End of Life Story, go to: http://bangordailynews.com/2014/03/25/living/my-mothers-choice-to-die/_
To browse through a year of sunrise photographs and contemplations, go to: http://ayearofgettingup.blogspot.com/_
For an introduction to Rachel Field, go here: http://bangordailynews.com/2011/08/04/living/conversations-with-maine-lifestyle/rachel-field-%E2%80%94-poet-writer-daughter-of-maine/