Marilynne Robinson

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and essayist to speak at WWU in November

Author Marilynne Robinson will speak on the campus of Walla Walla University on Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12, at the University Church, 212 SW Fourth Street in College Place, Washington.

For her Friday evening presentation, Robinson will read an essay at 6 p.m., which will be followed Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. by a discussion and question-and-answer session on the same topic. Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. Robinson will hold a reading followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing.

Robinson received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her 2004 novel Gilead. She has published five books of essays and three additional novels: Housekeeping (1980), Home (2008), and Lila (2014).

“I know of no living writer whose work is more graceful than Robinson’s,” says Dan Lamberton, professor of English at WWU. “‘Grace’ is a word many writers use to describe her work. Her sentences ask to be read aloud. ... Her prose is musical.”

Robinson will visit WWU as the 2016 Distinguished Scholar Lecturer. All events will be free and open to the public. Learn more about Robinson and her visit to WWU at

Posted October 17, 2016

WWU welcomes award-winning author Marilynne Robinson to Walla Walla for the 2016 Distinguished Scholar Lecture. (Photo: Alec Soth, Magnum Photos)