Robert Klose will discuss his new book, “Long Live Grover Cleveland,” at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Oct. 7. PHOTO COURTESY OF SWH PUBLIC LIBRARY

Novelist Robert Klose to appear



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Robert Klose will discuss and read from his new novel at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m.

“Long Live Grover Cleveland” (Medallion Press) is the story of a college that was founded during the Vietnam era as a haven for those seeking coveted deferments from the draft.

Grover Cleveland College is dying, and the shock is too much for the college’s founder and president, Cyrus Cleveland, a direct descendant of President Grover Cleveland. In a bid to save his institution, he wills the college to his nephew Marcus Cleveland, a used car salesman in New Jersey who has never been to college, much less administered one. Marcus Cleveland is unprepared for the discontented faculty, rivalries, and unforeseen events that threaten to upend his every effort to rescue the school from the threat of extinction.

Klose lives and writes in Orono, where he raised his two sons adopted from Russia and Ukraine. He is a biology professor at the Bangor campus of the University of Maine at Augusta. Besides being a longtime contributor of essays to “The Christian Science Monitor,” he is the author of five books, including “Adopting Alyosha: A Single Man Finds a Son in Russia,” “Small Worlds: Adopted Sons, Pet Piranhas & Other Mortal Concerns,” “The Three-Legged Woman & Other Excursions in Teaching” and the children’s book “The Legend of the River Pumpkins.” He is a four-time winner of the Maine Press Association’s annual award for opinion writing.

Books will be available for sale and signing. Call the library at 244-7065.

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