Marilynne Robinson, who currently teaches at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, will read from her work and respond to questions (a Vollmer Fries Lecture) after prizes are awarded at the McKinney Annual Writing Contest Ceremonies. The event begins at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 in the Biotech Auditorium in the Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Building. The reading will be free and open to the public.
Robinson has written three highly acclaimed novels: Housekeeping (1980), which won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for best first novel and was nominated for the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; Gilead (2004), which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and the 2005 Ambassador Book Award; and Home (2008), which won the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award. Housekeeping was listed as one of the greatest novels of all time by the UK Guardian Observer.
Robinson is also author of such non-fiction works as Mother Country: Britain, the Welfare State, and Nuclear Pollution (1989), The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought (1998), Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self (2010), and When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays (2012). The Death of Adam won the 1999 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.
A reception and book signing will follow the reading. Books by Robinson will be available for purchase.