Join us for a program with the author of the 2015 All Iowa Reads selection, Robin Oliveira. She will discuss her novel, "My Name is Mary Sutter" and share some of her research about the Civil War with the audience.
Robin Oliveira grew up just outside Albany, New York in Loudonville. She holds a B.A. in Russian, and studied at the Pushkin Language Institute in Moscow, Russia. She worked for many years as a Registered Nurse, specializing in Critical Care and Bone Marrow Transplant. In 2006, Robin received an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2007, she was awarded the James Jones First Novel Fellowship for her debut novel-in-progress, My Name is Mary Sutter, then entitled The Last Beautiful Day.
My Name is Mary Sutter also received the 2011 Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction (listen to her acceptance speech) and the 2010 American Historical Fiction Honorable Mention from the Langum Charitable Trust.
In addition to being selected as the All Iowa Reads 2015 title, the book was chosen as an all-city read for both Schenectady, N.Y. and Roswell, Georgia. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Euphony and Numero Cinq. Robin is the former fiction editor at the literary magazine upstreet and a former assistant editor at Narrative Magazine.
Her newest novel, published in February 2014, is I Always Loved You, which relates the complex and fascinating relationship between painters Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas.
Robin lives outside of Seattle, Washington with her husband, Andrew Oliveira.