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Housekeeping

Parkville, Missouri Michael Dirda kicks off Park University's Big Read with his tips on reading and appreciating Marilynne Robinson?s Housekeeping . Photo courtesy of Park University, the Kansas City Public Library, and the Central Exchange. When I speak with Big Read organizers I like to ask them...
Washington, DC "A library user in its natural habitat" by Molly Ali from Flickr ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/mollyali/ / CC BY-NC 2.0 ) On the one hand, there's ample evidence that literary reading is not as popular a pasttime as it used to be. On the other hand, when you hear all of the...
Washington, DC Marilynne Robinson read from her most recent novel, Home , at the 2009 National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Photo by Tom Roster. HAPPY BIRTHDAY (a day late) to Housekeeping author Marilynne Robinson! Today I'm pondering this quote from Robinson's second novel, the Pulitzer Prize...
August 24 , 2009 Washington, DC "Typewriter" by aprillynn77 from Flickr The work of the very best writers is deceptive in that, if the writer does her job well, the reader is aware only of a sense of effortlessness and ease to the text. In truth, every writer struggles with the best way to write,...
July 22, 2009 Washington, DC Marilynne Robinson was the guest of honor at Marshall Public Library's Big Read of Housekeeping, her first published novel. Today I'm diving into The Big Read audio archive (again) to bring you author Bret Lott on Marilynne Robinson. (Lott, whose novel Jewel was an...
May 1, 2009 Washington, DC Congratulations to Big Read author Marilynne Robinson who was awarded a 2008 L.A. Times Book Prize for fiction last week. Robinson, whose novel Housekeeping is part of The Big Read library, won for her most recent novel Home . Reporting on Robinson?s interview with Susan...
December 12, 2008 Washington, DC Marshall Public Library (Pocatello, Idaho) kicked off its Big Read of Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping on October 14 with a reading by the author at Idaho State University. Photo by Jim Tehila. In a recent interview with the NEA, Robinson described the writing...
October 31, 2008 Washington, DC A National Book Award finalist for Home , Big Read author Marilynne Robinson is no stranger to prize winning. In 1980, Housekeeping won the PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel. In this excerpt from the Reader's Guide, Robinson talks about the signature lyricism...
August 28, 2007 Washington, DC Did you see that piece in the New York Times last week about JT Leroy, the abused-kid-turned-truck-stop-hooker who transformed himself into an acclaimed writer of literary fiction -- until he turned out to be a female freelance writer who'd transformed herself into...

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