Author Talk: Robert Klose
“Life On Mars”
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
6:30 - 8:00 PM
CROFUTT COMMUNITY ROOM
Books will be available for purchase.
Join the author as he discusses his new novel. He will also talk about his writing process, including writing this novel.
Life on Mars takes a satirical look at evolution vs. Intelligent Design -- a sort of feint by anti-evolutionists to get creationism into the classroom by assiduously avoiding the mention of God. Instead, reference is made to a "higher" or "superior" intelligence. The novel's conceit is this: what if the Intelligent Design folks are right and the evolutionists are wrong? What if a higher intelligence did indeed get the ball of creation rolling, only the intelligence wasn't God but an alien race ("The Spong") that had seeded earth as a botanical garden eons ago, only to return to find it contaminated with humans? In preparation for a "Treatment" to correct their error, the Spong assign a human to act as earth's final biographer to provide them with proof of why humans just have to go.
Robert Klose teaches at the University of Maine at Augusta. He is a regular contributor of essays to The Christian Science Monitor. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, The Boston Globe, Exquisite Corpse, Confrontation and elsewhere. His books include “Adopting Alyosha — A Single Man Finds a Son in Russia,” “Small Worlds — Adopted Sons, Pet Piranhas and Other Mortal Concerns," “The Three-Legged Woman & Other Excursions in Teaching" and the novels, "Long Live Grover Cleveland," which won a 2016 Ben Franklin Literary Award and a USA BookNews Award, and "Life on Mars," published by Black Rose in July.
Follow Robert on Facebook @robertklosebooks.