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UI Writers' Workshop faculty member Robinson reads from book of essays Oct. 26

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Novelist Marilynne Robinson, a faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her new book of essays, "The Death of Adam," at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library. Sponsored by the Writers' Workshop and Prairie Lights, the reading will be free and open to the public.

The reading will be broadcast as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on radio stations WSUI AM 910 in Iowa City and WOI AM 640 in Ames.

Writer Robert D. Richardson, Jr. says of "The Death of Adam," Robinson's third book, "This is a grand, sweeping, blazing, brilliant, life-changing book. One turns the last page shaken, but also believing that if a voice such as Robinson's can be raised in our time, then a new reformation might be on its way."

Fiction critic Charles Baxter says Robinson's latest book "is distinguished by fierce moral and intellectual passions that make it entirely absorbing. [Her] thinking is all in the service of hunanity's survival, spiritually and environmentally There is not a frivolous or casual sentence here. To say it is brilliant is almost beside the point, but of course, it IS brilliant."

Robinson is the author of two other books, "House Keeping," and "Mother Country," which was a finalist for the National Book Award for nonfiction in 1989. In 1998 she received a Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.