August 26, 2016
Writer Marilynne Robinson (Gilead, Housekeeping, Home), whose novels and essays offer moving, graceful, and thoughtful meditations on modern life, spirituality, science, and politics, will receive the 2016Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, organizers of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize announced this week.
In 2012, President Barack Obama, a self-avowed fan of her work, awarded Robinson the National Humanities Medal. They made headlines again in November 2015 when President Obama interviewed Robinson for The New York Review of Books. Their wide-ranging conversation, which touched on religion, fear-mongering, and the convergence of faith and democracy, went viral.