’Jane’ author to speak in Ridgecrest tonight

Ridge Writers, the East Sierra Branch of the California Writers Club, will enjoy a presentation by a presentation by Robin Maxwell, author of “Jane: the Woman Who Loved Tarzan,” at tonight’s meeting at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited, and admission is free.

The first version of the Tarzan story written by a woman and authorized by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate, Maxwell’s tale marks the centennial of the original “Tarzan of the Apes.”

The award-winning novelist will screen Tarzan and Jane images from the last century while spinning the adventures of her remarkable heroine, a 1905 Cambridge University paleoanthropologist who finds herself deep in the lush jungles of West Africa where she discovers the key to humanity’s past, and an all-consuming love, in one extraordinary man — Tarzan of the Apes.

According to a rave review on Huffington Post, “Everything works: the characters are iconic, yet drawn with such love and care you could be completely ignorant of the classic Jane and Tarzan story and still fall in love with these two. Plus, the period details are spot-on.”

Maxwell specializes in historical fiction about women ahead of their times. Her best-selling “The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn” has been published in 16 languages and is now in its 24th printing.

Maxwell grew up in New Jersey, graduated from Tufts University School of Occupational Therapy, and practiced in that field for several years before moving to Holly-wood to become a parrot tamer, casting director and finally a screenwriter. Working for the major studios and networks she wrote comedy, drama and even feature animation for Disney.

Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church is located at 633 Las Flores Ave. To learn more about Robin Maxwell, visit robinmaxwell.com.

Story First Published: 2013-04-03