Marilynne Robinson

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Marilynne Robinson Concludes Hartwick Writers Series

March 19, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson will read from her work at Hartwick College on Thursday, April 18, 2013. She will conclude the 2012-13 "Four Writers Who Changed the World" series, which has featured three other award-winning writers renowned in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Robinson's reading is open to the public free of charge, and will be held at 8 p.m. in the theatre of the Anderson Center for the Arts building on the Hartwick College campus.

Her first novel Housekeeping (1980) established Robinson as "one of the defining American writers of our time, according to The Paris Review. That novel won the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award for First Fiction and the Richard and Linda Rosenthal Award from the Academy of American Arts and Letters, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Robinson's novel Gilead (2004) won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2005, as well as the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Home (2008), her most recent novel and the companion to Gilead, won the 2008 L.A. Times Book Prize for fiction and the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction. Robinson has also written four books of nonfiction: Mother Country (1989), The Death of Adam (1998), Absence of Mind (2010), and When I Was a Child I Read Books (2012).

She received a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award in 1990, and the esteemed Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of the Arts in 1998. Robinson currently teaches at the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop.  

"We are honored to have Marilynne Robinson conclude this year's Writers Series," said Hartwick College Professor of English and series coordinator Dr. Robert Bensen. "She is a brilliant story-teller, whose fiction heightens our awareness of the fragility and strength of our lives together. Her essays engage us compellingly with the sources of our culture, the arts of civilization, and the mystery of life itself."  

Hartwick College, with its commitment to fostering excellence in writing, is proud to offer members of the college and the local community the opportunity to hear and meet these prestigious and inspiring writers. Presented by The NEH Visiting Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities and by the Division of Arts & Humanities, the event is free of charge and the community is encouraged to attend.

A reception and book-signing will follow Robinson's reading. Copies of her works are available at the Hartwick College Barnes & Nobel Bookstore for purchase prior to the reading.

For additional information on the event, contact Bensen at 607-431-4902 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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