Cut Through The Bullshit and Go Hear a Writer: The Magnificent Marilynne Robinson Quietly Enters Manhattan


Marilynne Robinson to Visit The Brick Church Oct. 17 and 18

Please mark your calendars for this singular event: On Friday evening, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday morning, Oct. 18, at 9:30 a.m. Pulitzer Prize-wining novelist and essayist, Marilynne Robinson will speak at The Brick Church. Both the evening and morning events are open to the general public. Robinson has authored three acclaimed novels. Housekeeping was a finalist for the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Gilead was awarded the 2005 Pulitzer. Home received the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction in the United Kingdom. She is also the author of numerous non-fiction works, most recently When I Was a Child I read Books: Essays (2012). She has also written articles, reviews and essays for Harper’s, The Paris Review and The New York Times Book Review. She was recently awarded the 2012 National Humanities Medal by the President of the United States, for her “grace and intelligence in writing.”

In the introduction to a recent interview published in the Paris Review, interviewer Sarah Fay noted that “Robinson is a Christian whose faith is not easily reduced to generalities. Calvin’s thought has had a strong influence on her, and she depicts him in her essays as a misunderstood humanist, likening his ‘secularizing tendencies’ to the ‘celebrations of the human one finds in Emerson and Whitman.’ Her novels,” Fay continues, “could also be described as celebrations of the human – the characters that inhabit them are indelible creations.”

The Brick Church is most fortunate to have this exceptional opportunity to welcome Marilynne Robinson and to hear her speak on Oct. 17 and 18, 2014. The evening event on Friday will begin with a brief reception at 6:30 p.m. Saturday morning’s will commence with coffee and a light breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Marilynne Robinson’s visit to the church is underwritten by a generous contribution from a Brick Church member.

Contact the church: Phone: (212) 289-4400, Email

Sanctuary street location: The Brick Presbyterian Church is located on the corner of 91st Street and Park Avenue in New York City.

Street location for the Parish House and Business Office:
62 East 92nd Street (between Park and Madison Avenues)
New York, NY 10128
Tel: 212.289.4400


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