Marilynne Robinson and Robert Hardies:
A Reading and Discussion

March 30, 2015 — 6:15 p.m.
Pulitzer Hall, Room 301
Columbia University
New York, New York



The Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Writing Program of the School of the Arts presents an evening with Pulitzer Prize–winning author Marilynne Robinson, who will read from her work and talk with Unitarian Minister Robert Hardies.

Robinson’s recent book, Lila, was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and a winner of the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. The novel tells the story of Lila, a homeless drifter who steps inside a small-town Iowa church—the only available shelter from the rain—and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security.

Alexander Chee, author of The Queen of the Night and other works, will serve as moderator.

To hear an excerpt of the book, visit the publishers website.


This event is co-sponsored by Public Books, the Heyman Center for the Humanities, the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life, and the Writing Program of the School of the Arts, Columbia University.