Author Talk


Internationally Awarded Author Roxana Robinson Discusses Her New Book, Dawson's Fall

March 26, 2020

**The museum is closed to the public and this event will not take place on site. We are looking into options for delivering programs virtually. Status updates will be shared here and on our website. Stay tuned.**


Join the Harriet Beecher Stowe center as we welcome award-winning author Roxana Robinson as she discusses her latest novel, Dawson’s Fall, based on the lives of her great-grandparents.


Dawson’s Fall is a reconstruction-era novel that tells the complex story of her great grandparents and is fraught with issues that resonate today—violence, racism, sexual predation, and moral reckoning.


From the publisher: “In Dawson’s Fall, we see America at its most fragile, fraught, and malleable. Set in 1889, in Charleston, South Carolina, Robinson’s tale weaves her family’s journal entries and letters with a novelist’s narrative grace, and spans the life of her tragic hero, Frank Dawson, as he attempts to navigate the country’s new political, social, and moral landscape.”


Roxana Robinson, a direct descendant of Harriet Beecher Stowe, is the author of ten books – six novels, three collections of short stories, and the biography of Georgia O’Keeffe. Four of these were chosen as New York Times Notable Books, two as New York Times Editors’ Choices.


Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Best American Short Stories, Tin House and elsewhere. Her work has been widely anthologized and broadcast on NPR. Her books have been published in England, France, Germany, Holland, and Spain. She is the recipient of many awards, the most recent the Barnes & Noble “Writers for Writers” Award, from Poets & Writers.


‟Robinson…has discovered a story with as much to do with America’s present as America’s past.”

– Bethanne Patrick, Washington Post




Location Harriet Beecher Stowe Center / Visitor Center / 77 Forest St. Hartford, CT
Doors Open 5:30 pm
Program 5:30 - 7:00 pm