Lloyd visits Left Bank Books

Aug 10, 2018
Robin Lloyd

Belfast — Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., will welcome award-winning novelist and journalist Robin Lloyd for a talk and book signing Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. to celebrate the release of his newest book, “Harbor of Spies.” The public is invited to this free event.

“Harbor of Spies” is an historical novel set in Havana in 1863 during the American Civil War, when the Spanish colonial city was alive with intrigue and war-related espionage. The protagonist, a young American ship captain named Everett Townsend, is pulled into the war as the captain of a blockade-running schooner. The rescue of a man outside Havana harbor sets in motion a plot where Townsend finds himself trapped by circumstances beyond his control. He soon realizes how this good deed has put his own life in danger, entangling him in a sensitive murder investigation.

Lloyd has been involved in television journalism for more than 40 years. As a correspondent for NBC News for nearly 15 years, he filed reports from more than 30 countries, mostly in Latin America and Africa. He covered numerous wars and conflicts including the Iraq war, the Israeli intifada, the Falklands War, the guerrilla wars in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua and the struggle against the apartheid regime in South Africa. He also covered the White House and the State Department during the Reagan and Bush administrations. Among his awards are four Emmys from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay region and an award from the Overseas Press Club.

In 2012, Lloyd left the television news world to begin writing his first novel, “Rough Passage to London” (2014), which depicts the life of an American ship captain in the early to mid-19th century. Lloyd’s early years were spent on the island of St. Croix, where his parents owned a dairy farm. He grew up sailing in the Caribbean; attended Princeton University, where he majored in Latin American studies; and received a graduate degree from the School of Journalism at Columbia University where he was selected as an International Fellow. He and his wife divide their time between Chevy Chase, Md., and Camden.

Reservations for the free talk and signing are strongly encouraged; email leftbank@myfairpoint.net or call 338-9009. Left Bank Books is located downtown in the historic Opera House building. Ample parking is available on the street and in an adjacent public parking lot.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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