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200 | Marilynne Robinson: 2017 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize
200 | Marilynne Robinson: 2017 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize
Saturday, October 28 | 11 AM - 12 PM
Alice Millar Chapel
1870 Sheridan Rd | Evanston, IL | 60208
  • Members: $20
  • Public: $25
  • Students and Teachers: $10

From Housekeeping to her powerful trio of Iowa novels—Gilead, Home, and LilaMarilynne Robinson has created profoundly literary works, consistently recognized by prize committees, that are meditative and soul-searching books. Robinson is also an essayist of great range and power, most recently demonstrated in The Givenness of Things, which trains her incisive mind on our modern predicament and the mysteries of faith. Come hear the woman who was awarded a National Humanities Medal and interviewed by President Obama in the New York Review of Books. Chicago Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens joins Robinson in conversation.

Preorder your copy of The Givenness of Things through the CHF box office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program.

This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Tribune.


Marilynne Robinson is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for “her grace and intelligence in writing.” She is the author of Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Robinson's nonfiction books include The Givenness of Things, When I Was a Child I Read Books, Absence of Mind, The Death of Adam, and Mother Country, which was nominated for a National Book Award. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and lives in Iowa City.

Heidi Stevens writes the “Balancing Act” column for the Chicago Tribune, where she has worked since 1998. Before covering lifestyles, she was an editor in the Tribune’s entertainment department.

  • 2017 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize
  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
  • The Givenness of Things
  • 10-25-2017