My Name is Mary Sutter (Viking Penguin, 2010), a novel by upstreet Fiction Editor Robin Oliveira, has been selected by two communities for their annual reading programs. Community reading programs typically include book discussions, readings, lectures, workshops, film and/or theatrical productions, and other events directly or thematically related to the chosen book.
The city of Roswell, Georgia, selected the book for its Roswell Reads Program, which began in February and will conclude with a literary luncheon at 11:30am Saturday, March 5, at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center, at which Robin will give a talk on her novel.
Schenectady County, New York, chose the novel for its One County, One Book Program, which will take place in April and feature a talk by the author at 2pm Saturday, April 9, at Schenectady County Community College, followed by a reception and book signing. Area book groups may enter a drawing to have lunch with Robin preceding her SCCC appearance.
Set in the mid-19th century, My Name is Mary Sutter follows the aspirations and difficulties of a brilliant, somewhat odd, yet remarkable young midwife from Albany, NY, whose lofty hope of becoming a surgeon far exceeds what her family and the physicians and medical schools of her time are willing to accept. She travels to Washington, DC, to work in the Civil War hospitals, only to find the challenges formidable and the pull of home unavoidable.
Robin Oliveira grew up in Loudonville, NY. She holds a BA in Russian from the University of Montana and an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is a Registered Nurse. In 2007, she won the $10,000 15th annual James Jones First Novel Fellowship, awarded to an American author of a first-novel-in-progress by the James Jones Literary Society and Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA. She has been Fiction Editor for upstreet number three, four, five, six, and the upcoming seven, which will appear in June of this year. Robin lives in Seattle with her husband, Andrew, their daughter, Noelle, and their son, Miles. My Name is Mary Sutter is her first novel.