In 2008, Robyn Ringler started East Line Books to create a haven for booklovers and creative writers in Clifton Park and the Capital Region.
East Line Books is named in honor of East Line Road in Ballston Lake, where Robyn Ringler and her family love their 30 acres of land. When Robyn is not at the bookshop, you might find her brushhogging the fields at home.
Over the years, Robyn has "changed hats" several times. She graduated from Duke University's School of Nursing in 1979 and worked as a medical/surgical and cardiac nurse at the George Washington University Hospital. In 1981, when President Ronald Reagan was shot, Robyn was assigned to be his evening nurse for 10 days until he was well enough to return to the White House.
In 1987, Robyn graduated from Hofstra University Law School. She worked as a defense attorney at the Friedman, Hirschen, Miller law firm in Schenectady, then spent over 10 years as a stay at home mom, Girl Scout leader, political activist, and writer.
Over the past six years, Robyn's articles have been published in the Albany Times Union, Newark Star-Ledger and have been sent out over the New York Times wire. She writes regularly for Nursing Spectrum and has contributed to the Philosophical Mom webzine and other publications. She has been interviewed on WAMC's The Round Table and the nationally syndicated radio program 51% and has read essays on both programs, as well as Martha Stewart Radio.
Robyn's Letter to Al Pacino appears in the anthology Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present edited by Lisa Grunwald and Stephen J. Adler and published by Dial Press. Her essay Dissection was recently published in Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies, edited by Sayantani DasGupta and Marsha Hurst and published by the Kent State University Press.
Locally, Robyn recently published a small book about the history of the Susan Odell Taylor School in Troy. At The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, she curated a highly successful night of readings as part of The Memoir Project in 2009.
Robyn, the bookseller, is dedicated to providing the best selection of books, the best classes, the best service, and the most welcoming environment to all of the wonderfully diverse people of our community. Whether you're from Saratoga, Clifton Park, Albany or Troy, come on in to East Line Books--she'd love to meet you!