Marilynne Robinson, whose novel Gilead won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has been awarded the 2006 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion. It is the first time that the Grawemeyer religion prize, begun in 1985, has been awarded for a work of fiction. The novel, which has been described as “profoundly theological but never preachy,” is narrated by a preacher in failing health who writes about his life to his seven-year-old son in Iowa. Robinson currently is on leave as an instructor at the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop.


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