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Oxman draws from British Navy stint for first novel

Published 12:34 pm, Thursday, June 19, 2014
  • New Canaan resident Ken Oxman will introduce his debut novel, "Reluctant Assassin," during the Authors on Stage program at the New Canaan Library Tuesday, June 24, in the Adrian Lamb Room. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed
    New Canaan resident Ken Oxman will introduce his debut novel, "Reluctant Assassin," during the Authors on Stage program at the New Canaan Library Tuesday, June 24, in the Adrian Lamb Room. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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New Canaan resident Ken Oxman will introduce his debut novel, "Reluctant Assassin," during the Authors on Stage program at the New Canaan Library.

Oxman will appear at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, in the Adrian Lamb Room.

An adventurer and news broadcaster, Oxman has parlayed some of his own experiences, including hang gliding and narrow escapes, into his thriller novel. Drawing on his time in the British Navy -- and borrowing a few of his father's tales from World War II -- Oxman weaves a story around U.S. Navy Lt. Nathan Blake, whose premier talent just happens to be expertly killing targets at close range. A conflicted soul, Blake isn't proud of what he does, but can't escape the fact that this unorthodox skill is why his country needs him.

Oxman was an officer cadet in the British Merchant Navy, and began his civilian career writing and presenting for BBC local radio. More recently, he has written and presented weekly commentaries for CPR/NPR. He also directed a series of Noel Coward plays for NPR. He is an actor and director, a UK qualified teacher of English & Drama, and a voice coach and public speaking coach.

For information, call 203-594-5003 or visit newcanaanlibrary.org.