Posted by Mary L. Wimberley on 2006-04-07

BIRMINGHAM---Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson will speak at Samford University Wednesday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m. in Reid Chapel. The public is invited free of charge.

Robinson's novel Gilead won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the Book Critics Circle Award as last year's best novel. Robinson also won the $200,000 Graumeyer Award for an outstanding work in religion.

Gilead is the fictional account of an elderly minister and his deep Christian faith. Robinson's first novel, Housekeeping (1980) won a PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Robinson's Wednesday lecture is sponsored by Samford's Howard College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English, Beeson Divinity School, Samford in Mission and Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.