Campus News 2006

For Immediate Release
September 1, 2006

Schreiner University President to present Pulitzer Prize-winning “Gilead”  

Dr. Time SummerlinIn the first of the academic year’s Monday Night Fiction series, Schreiner University president Dr. Tim Summerlin will present and facilitate a discussion of “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson on Sept. 11.

Winner of the 2004 National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction and the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, “Gilead” is set in rural Iowa in 1956 on the eve of the civil rights movement.

“Gilead” is shaped as a journal written by John Ames, a 77-year-old Iowa preacher, to his young son, the result of a marriage late in life to a much younger woman.

The Chicago Sun-Times describes the protagonist John Ames as “The most colorful character in the book … a wild-haired, one-eyed, scrawny old fellow with a crooked beard who stands by what he believes with a maddening ferocity that only grows worse as he ages.”        

Monday Night Fiction, sponsored by the Center for Innovative Learning, meets in the Scarle-Philips Room in the William Logan Library on the Schreiner campus, beginning at 7 p.m. and lasts a couple of hours. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to read the book that is the evening’s topic for discussion.

The featured book may be obtained in the Schreiner University Book Store or at your local bookstore or library.

For more information contact Martha York, director of CIL, at 830-792-7352 or via email, or visit  

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