An evening of reading and conversation hosted by Karen Toole, followed by a public book signing. Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Fall Literary Series.
Join us for a very special evening with the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer whose latest work, The Givenness of Things: Essays (HarperCollins Canada), is an impassioned critique of our contemporary society. Marilynne Robinson is the author of the bestselling novels Lila, Home (winner of the Orange Prize), Gilead (winner of the Pulitzer Prize), and Housekeeping (winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award). She has also written four other works of nonfiction, When I Was a Child I Read Books, Absence of Mind, Mother Country, and The Death of Adam. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has been given honorary degrees from Brown University, the University of the South, Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Amherst, Skidmore, and Oxford University. She was also elected a fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford University.
Host Karen Toole is recently retired as the Provincial Spiritual Care Coordinator with Manitoba Health. Before this she was employed as a Spiritual Health Specialist at the Health Sciences Centre. A spirituality columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press, she also offered a CBC series Spirituality Speaking. Her quest into the realm of ministry came through the pain of grief and loss.