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Pulitzer Prize Winner Dr. Marilynne Robinson to Speak at Taylor

Published: Apr 02, 2014

Marilynne Robinson, AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Pulitzer Prize winning author Dr. Marilynne Robinson will be the featured speaker for this week’s Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Program at Taylor University.

Robinson, who won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her book Gilead, will give lectures on campus Thursday and will speak in chapel and give a reading on Friday. She will also visit classes and meet with smaller groups during her stay.

Robinson’s book Gilead was also the winner of the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Her most recent novel, Home, won the 2008 L.A. Times Book Prize for fiction and the 2009 Orange Prize for fiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award for First Fiction and the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from the Academy of American Arts and Letters, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. A new novel, Lila, is forthcoming (2014) from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

She is also the author of four books of nonfiction, The Death of Adam, Absence of Mind, When I Was a Child I Read Books, and Mother Country, which was nominated for a National Book Award. In 2013 President Obama awarded her the National Humanities Medal for “her grace and intelligence in writing.” Dr. Robinson teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

The Staley Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series is a project of the Thomas F. Staley Foundation of New York. This Lectureship was established in the fall of 1969 by Mr. & Mrs. Thomas F. Staley of Rye, New York, in memory of their parents, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Staley and Judge and Mrs. H.H. Haynes of Bristol, Tenn.

The Thomas F. Staley Foundation is firmly persuaded that the message of the Christian Gospel when proclaimed in its historic fullness is always contemporary, relevant and meaningful to any generation.

To this end, the Foundation seeks to bring to the college and university campuses of America distinguished scholars who truly believe and who can clearly communicate to students.

Thursday, April 3

11:30 AM, BCTLE Faculty Lunch, Alspaugh West

7:30 PM,  Campus Lecture, Rediger Chapel/Auditorium

Friday, April 4

10:00 AM, Chapel, Rediger Chapel/Auditorium

4:00 PM, Reading, Mitchell Theater