Edinburgh International Book Festival autumn event with Marilynne Robinson

Organisers of the Edinburgh International Book Festival today announced a very special autumn event with one of the world’s leading novelists – American writer Marilynne Robinson – who will be making a rare UK appearance to talk about her new book, Lila, on Sunday 16 November, presented in association with Waterstones and publisher Little, Brown.

Robinson, author of three highly acclaimed and award-winning novels, Housekeeping, Gilead and Home, as well as a number of non-fiction books including When I Was a Child I Read Books, has won the Pulitzer Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the LA Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and has been shortlisted twice for the Man Booker International Prize. In 2013 she was awarded the 2012 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama for her ‘grace and intelligence in writing’.

Her new novel, Lila, which revisits the characters and settings of her previous books Gilead and Home, is once again set in her home state of Iowa in the 1950s and is an unforgettable story about a girl who lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder.

Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival said ‘It is a rare privilege to welcome Marilynne Robinson to Edinburgh and we are thrilled that she will be joining us, in one of only 3 UK appearances, to discuss her new novel. She is an extraordinary contemporary novelist, whose stories and characters enthral her readers’.’

Marilynne Robinson will be speaking on Sunday 16 November at 3.00pm at the Assembly Roxy.

Tickets cost £9.00 and are only available from Edinburgh International Book Festival on www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/marilynne-robinson or tel 0131 718 5666.

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