Marilynne Robinson in Conversation with Ian Williams

Marilynne Robinson in Conversation with Ian Williams

Saturday, Oct 24

Time to break out your headphones! In a truly special event and conversation available exclusively through the Festival’s Books & Ideas Audio series, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, Marilynne Robinson, sits with 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner and national bestselling author Ian Williams to discuss her widely anticipated new novel Jack, the fourth and last of her Gilead quartet. In this timely conclusion, Jack harkens to a world of segregation, polarizing love and overcoming in rural Iowa. Listen in as these master writers discuss craft, thematic choice and the infinite power of fiction to inspire. Subscribe to Books & Ideas Audio to be notified as soon as this conversation goes live Saturday.

Presented in partnership with SFU Creative Writing.



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Event Participants:

Marilynne Robinson

United States

MARILYNNE ROBINSON is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for “her grace and intelligence in writing.” In 2013, she was awarded South Korea’s Park Kyong-ni Prize for her contribution to international literature. Her books include Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and a finalist for the National Book Award and Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Ian Williams

British Columbia

IAN WILLIAMS is the author of five books. His novel, Reproduction, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His last poetry collection, Personals, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. Not Anyone’s Anything won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada. You Know Who You Are was a finalist for the ReLit Poetry Award.