Marilynne Robinson is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for “her grace and intelligence in writing.” In October 2014, she published Lila, praised by Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times as posessing "the high loneliness of an old bluegrass tune....Ms. Robinson renders [Lila’s] tale with the stark poetry of Edward Hopper or Andrew Wyeth." Lila won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.
Robinson is also the author of Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Robinson’s nonfiction books include When I Was a Child I Read Books, Absence of Mind, The Death of Adam, and Mother Country, which was nominated for a National Book Award. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Iowa City.