Episode 41 – In The Beginning Was The Word: An Evening with James Carroll and Marilynne Robinson



In Episode 41 of the PEN/Faulkner Podcast, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson and National Book Award-winning fiction and nonfiction writer James Carroll read from their new novels and discuss – among many other topics – the role that faith has played in shaping them as writers.

James Carroll is the author of eleven novels, most recently Warburg in Rome, and eight works of non-fiction, including the just-published Christ Actually: The Son of God for The Secular Age. His memoir An American Requiem received the National Book Award. A former Catholic priest, Carroll is a distinguished scholar-in-residence at Suffolk University and is a columnist for the Boston Globe.

Marilynne Robinson is a novelist and essayist whose works include the novels Housekeeping, Gilead, Home, and Lila. Among many other honors and awards, she has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the Orange Prize, and a National Humanities Medal. Robinson teaches at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Iowa City, Iowa.



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Thank you to Benedict Kupstas and Field Guides for donating the music used in this episode. Listen here to Field Guides’ album Boo, Forever.

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