Episode Two: Marilynne Robinson and American Fear
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Listen as novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson (one of Barack Obama’s favourite writers and author of the essay collection What Are We Doing Here?) talks to author and journalist, Rachel Giese (Boys: What It Means to Become a Man). This event was recorded on Wednesday, March 14 in the Toronto Public Library’s Appel Salon. In this 18 minute discussion, Robinson talks about American Fear.

Marilynne Robinson is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for "her grace and intelligence in writing." She is the author of many works, including 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.

RACHEL GIESE is an editor-at-large at Chatelaine and a regular contributor to CBC Radio. Her award-winning journalism has appeared in Toronto Life, The Walrus, TheGlobe and Mail and Today’s Parent and on NewYorker.com. She lives in Toronto with her wife and son. Her book, Boys: What It Means to Become a Man.

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