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Join Lighthouse for a multi-arts celebration of literature during The Big Read. We’ll be hosting discussions, classes, contests, and get-togethers to explore the themes of community, family, and isolation—all based on Marilynne Robinson’s PEN/Hemingway award-winning novel Housekeeping—and we hope you’ll join us.
Housekeeping tells the story of the Foster sisters, Ruthie and Lucille, as they grow up, and apart, from each other. The girls are raised by a series of relatives, most notably their rail-riding, eccentric Aunt Sylvie. Outsiders in their community, and even with each other, they test the ties of familial love and what it means to belong, as Lucille longs to be like other, "normal" families, and Ruthie finds herself becoming more and more distant from her home and community.
In lyrical, evocative prose, Housekeeping asks us to consider provocative questions of community and family: Who belongs? Who doesn’t? Who gets to decide? And what happens when you finally make that decision?
Marilynne Robinson currently teaches at the Iowa Writers Workshop. Her 2004 novel, Gilead, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and Home (2008) received the Orange Prize for Fiction. In 2012, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama.
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Guests will enjoy a dramatic reading of excerpts from the book by Stories on Stage, get copies of the book, sign up for book discussions and writing workshops, and view the art in the McNichols building. Light refreshments provided. Featured speakers will include community leaders, including Jamie Van Leeuwen (Governor Hickenlooper's Deputy Chief of Staff).
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest.