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Marilynne Robinson: Jack

Fri, October 2 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Presented by the Wisconsin Book Festival in partnership with The Believer Festival, Literary Arts, and The Loft’s Wordplay. Marilynne Robinson will appear live on Crowdcast, in conversation with novelist C Pam Zhang. Join us at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/jack


Marilynne Robinson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, returns to the world of Gilead with Jack, the latest novel in one of the great works of contemporary American fiction. Presented in partnership by The Believer Festival, Literary Arts, and The Loft’s WordPlay, and the Wisconsin Book Festival.

Marilynne Robinson’s mythical world of Gilead, Iowa—the setting of her novels GileadHome, and Lila, and now Jack—and its beloved characters have illuminated and interrogated the complexities of American history, the power of our emotions, and the wonders of a sacred world. Jack is Robinson’s fourth novel in this now-classic series. In it, Robinson tells the story of John Ames Boughton, the prodigal son of Gilead’s Presbyterian minister, and his romance with Della Miles, a high school teacher who is also the child of a preacher. Their deeply felt, tormented, star-crossed interracial romance resonates with all the paradoxes of American life, then and now. Robinson’s Gilead novels, which have won one Pulitzer Prize and two National Book Critics Circle Awards, are a vital contribution to contemporary American literature and a revelation of our national character and humanity.

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Marilynne Robinson is the author of the novels LilaHomeGilead (winner of the Pulitzer Prize), and Housekeeping, and the nonfiction books, When I Was a Child I Read Books, Mother CountryThe Death of Adam, and Absence of Mind. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

C Pam Zhang

Born in Beijing but mostly an artifact of the United States, C Pam Zhang has lived in thirteen cities across four countries and is still looking for home. She’s a national bestseller who’s been awarded support from Tin House, Bread Loaf, Aspen Words, and elsewhere, and is longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize. How Much of These Hills is Gold is her debut novel. She currently lives in San Francisco.

Purchase How Much of These Hills Is Gold from Annie Bloom’s Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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