When we invited Charlotte Rogan to come to the main library for an author talk and book signing, her debut novel, The Lifeboat, had just been released and was starting to get early acclaim from the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, and NPR. Since then, the book has also been mentioned in such varied places as O Magazine, People magazine, and the Princeton Alumni Weekly. To say that this book has taken readers by storm is an understatement, and we are thrilled that Ms. Rogan has agreed to join us in Farmington to talk about it.
The event will take place on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at 7pm in the Community Room of the main library at 6 Monteith Drive.
The book follows twenty-two year-old newlywed, Grace Winter, as she sets sail in 1914 on a luxury cruise liner bound for New York. An explosion sinks the cruise liner, where she loses her new husband, and Grace gets thrust into an already full-to-capacity lifeboat by a quick-thinking crew member who climbs in after her. The book opens with Grace on trial for her life due to the events that transpire during their twenty-one days stranded at sea, where cold, wet, starving passengers succumb to the desperation of their circumstances and the cunning power struggles to survive the crowded lifeboat.
Charlotte Rogan graduated from Princeton University in 1975. She worked at various jobs, mostly in the fields of architecture and engineering, before teaching herself to write and staying home to bring up triplets. After many years in Dallas and a year in Johannesburg, she and her husband now live in Westport, Connecticut.
This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required for this program. Please call 860-673-6791 for details or register through the library’s web site at http://www.farmingtonlibraries.org. The Farmington Library is part of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association. If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.
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