It's a bit of a misnomer to call Idaho-born author Marilynne Robinson "underground." The 72-year-old Sandpoint native has received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, was twice awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, earned the National Humanities Medal and, in April, was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Beyond that, Robinson was interviewed by President Barack Obama in 2015, when the leader of the free world said Pastor John Ames—from her 2004 Pulitzer-winning novel Gilead—is "one of my favorite characters in fiction."
Join a discussion of Gilead at the Ada Community Library Victory Branch. For ages 18 and older.CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly suggested Marilynne Robinson would be in attendance at the event. Boise Weekly regrets the error.