Award-Winning Author Hanna Pylväinen to Speak at Concordia on Thursday, March 13 Print

Mar. 12, 2014:  Whiting Award-winner Hanna Pylväinen will discuss her debut novel, We Sinners, at Concordia College's Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on Thursday, March 13, at 7:00 pm.

The Whiting Award, established in 1985 by the Whiting Foundation, supports creative writing by recognizing ten emerging writers of promise and accomplishment each year with individual grants of $50,000. Pylväinen is also a recipient of residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the artists' colony Yaddo, and she received a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

We Sinners is the story of the Rovaniemis, a family of nine struggling with the demands of a conservative Finnish church in modern Michigan. The book is told from the point of view of each family member, each of whom narrates a chapter, and the story reveals how the faith that binds a family together can also tear it apart.

Elizabeth Taylor of the Chicago Tribune proclaimed the novel "a resonant and magical work of imagination."

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Pylväinen received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was a postgraduate Zell Fellow. She currently lives in Brooklyn and is working on her second novel.

Concordia's Books & Coffee Series is made possible through the generous support from Friends of Concordia.

Admission is free and no reservations are required. For questions, please contact CLOAKING or call Ellen de Saint Phalle at 914-337-9300, ext. 2159.

Pictured here:  Writer Hanna Pylväinen.

Photo courtesy Ellen de Saint Phalle, Director of Community Relations, Concordia College