2009 Community Read

The Community Read 2009 was sponsored by the Penn State Center for American Literary Studies, in partnership with the English Department and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. This event was part of Moments of Change, an Institute for the Arts and Humanities multifaceted and ongoing initiative focused in 2008-09 on the turn of the twentieth century (1889-1914).

Housekeeping was also a National Endowment for the Arts "Big Read" selection.

Gala Event: An Evening with Award-Winning Author Marilynne Robinson

Introduced by Charlotte Holmes

April 17, 2009, 7:00pm
State Theatre, 130 West College Ave., State College, PA


Throughout the spring term, 2009, Penn State’s Center for American Literary Studies (CALS), in partnership with the English Department and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, sponsored a Community Read of Marilynne Robinson's celebrated novel Housekeeping.

Following a number of discussion sessions of the novel throughout the spring semester, author Marilynne Robinson--who has been called the "world's best writer of prose"--gave a public lecture at the State Theatre in State College, PA.

Community Read Discussion Sessions:

  • Tuesday, March 17, 6:30-7:30pm, Schlow Centre Region Library, Sun Room
    Host: Linda Lorich
  • Tuesday, March 24, 7:00-8:00pm, Webster's Bookstore Café, State College
    Hosts: Michael DuBose, Ashley Kunsa, Hannah Murray
  • Saturday, April 4, 2:00-3:00pm, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, State College
    Hosts: Tina Chen, Sean Goudie, Katie Stutzman
  • Thursday April 9, 7:00-8:00pm, 102 Kern Building, Penn State University Park
    Hosts: Chris Castiglia, Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Chris Reed

    All Community Read Events are FREE and Open to the Public