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Marilynne Robinson: Full of Grace

Sat 11 Sep, 11am
The Capitol

Over some four decades, Marilynne Robinson has attained the status of literature’s spiritual leader. Her debut 1980 novel, Housekeeping, was an instant classic, signalling the arrival of a prodigiously skilful and wise new voice. In 2004 she released the first of the Gilead quartet, followed by Home, Lila and last year’s Jack. Each story in the saga stands alone, casting light on the events of a mythic small town and themes of race, faith, family and forgiveness from different sources of illumination. Regarded as one of America’s great writers and thinkers, Robinson appears live via video from her home of Iowa, in conversation with on-stage interviewer Michael Williams about the Gilead series and her career at large.

Supported by ARA


1 hour


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Marilynne Robinson is widely considered to be one of America’s greatest writers and thinkers. Her many accolades include the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Hemingway Pen award. She has twice been nominated for the International Booker Prize. In 2013, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama. She lives in Iowa.

Michael Williams is the artistic director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival and the former director of the Wheeler Centre.

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