Acclaimed Novelist, Short Story Writer & Gardener Roxana Robinson Blogging on the Environment & Gardening for the NRDC Action Fund

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As the guest blogger from July 18 through July 29 at the NRDC Action Fund Blog (http://blog.nrdcactionfund.org), renowned novelist, short story writer & gardener Roxana Robinson will share her observations on the environment and gardening.

As the guest blogger from July 18 through July 29 at the NRDC Action Fund Blog (http://blog.nrdcactionfund.org), renowned novelist, short story writer & gardener Roxana Robinson will share her observations on the environment and gardening.

Robinson is the author of the acclaimed novels SWEETWATER (2003), THIS IS MY DAUGHTER (1998), and SUMMER LIGHT (1988); the short story collections A PERFECT STRANGER (2005), ASKING FOR LOVE (1996), and A GLIMPSE OF SCARLET (1991); and the biography GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: A LIFE (1989). Four of these books were named Notable Books of the Year by THE NEW YORK TIMES. Robinson’s work has been compared to John Cheever’s, by THE NEW YORK TIMES, and to Edith Wharton’s, by TIME magazine. Jonathan Yardley, of the WASHINGTON POST, calls her "one of our best writers." Robinson’s short fiction has appeared in THE NEW YORKER, THE ATLANTIC, HARPER’S, and elsewhere. Her essays and reviews have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the BOSTON GLOBE, the WASHINGTON POST, TRAVEL AND LEISURE, VOGUE, and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.

Robinson gardens in coastal Maine and New York State, with a particular focus on native flora and local ecosystems. Her garden is listed in the Garden Conservancy Open Days, and it has been written about in THE NEW YORK TIMES, HOUSE AND GARDEN, TRADITIONAL HOMES, THE ATLANTIC, and GARDENS ILLUSTRATED. She has written about gardening in HOUSE AND GARDEN, FINE GARDENING, and HORTICULTURE, among other publications.

"My last novel, SWEETWATER, is as much about the natural world as it is about the people who inhabit it," Robinson reports. "The natural world, with its extraordinary beauty, its fascinating complexity and its terrifying fragility, has become increasingly important to me. How could I not write about something that is so crucial to everyone's lives?"

Hosted by the President of the NRDC Action Fund, Frances Beinecke, the NRDC Action Fund Blog (http://blog.nrdcactionfund.org/) gives readers the chance to exchange comments and get organized to take action. With personal reflections and a fresh look at the issues, Beinecke calls attention to the dangers posed by the Bush Administration's policies and tells readers about what they can do to help stop them.

ABOUT THE NRDC ACTION FUND

The NRDC Action Fund is spearheading the fight for America’s environment on Capitol Hill. A 501(c)(4) affiliate of the natural resources defense council, the action fund is leading a massive campaign, funded by ordinary Americans, to halt and reverse the bush administration’s corporate-sponsored, anti-environmental agenda.

ABOUT NRDC

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. NRDC uses law, science and the support of more than 1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.

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