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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 30, 2005

Note: This event is full as of noon, Sept. 30. Reservations are no longer being accepted.

Robinson To Read From 'Gilead' At Oct. 6 Literary Luncheon

University of Iowa President David Skorton and Professor Robin Davisson will host a Literary Luncheon featuring Marilynne Robinson reading from her Pulitzer-prize winning novel, "Gilead," on Thursday, Oct. 6 at the President's residence, 102 Church Street.

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by the reading at noon with time for questions and answers concluding at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the first 35 people who respond by calling 319-353-2475.

"Gilead" received wide acclaim, winning the Book Critics' Circle Award and being named finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in addition to winning the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in fiction. Robinson's first novel, "Housekeeping," won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a Pulitzer finalist when it was published in 1981. Her non-fiction includes "The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought" (1998) and "Mother Country: Britain, the Welfare State and Nuclear Pollution" (1989), which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in many journals, including Harper's, the Paris Review and the New York Times Book Review.

Robinson, F. Wendell Miller Professor in the UI Writers' Workshop, joined the UI faculty in 1991. The Writers' Workshop is an academic unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The series is a continuation of a program begun during the 2004-05 Year of the Arts and Humanities, celebrating the UI's rich tradition in writing and letters by spotlighting the many writing programs at the UI and making them accessible to a broader public. Future programs in the Literary Lunches series will feature faculty and staff associated with UI literary programs including the Writers' Workshop and the Center for the Book.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please call 319-353-2475 in advance.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; R.S.V.P.: 319-353-2475