Awards & Honors

2019 Commencement Address, University of Maine at Farmington

Commencement / Graduation 2019. Saturday, May 11 2019 10:30am. Pulitzer-winning Maine author Elizabeth Strout was the keynote speaker and received an honorary degree at the University of Maine at Farmington's 2019 Commencement ceremony.

I’m a writer and so I spend a great deal of my time alone. And every decision I ultimately make on that page, I make alone. And then the work goes out into the world.... What I do (I have come to realize this) is an act of faith. And whatever you all will do will also be acts of faith.

You don’t have to be a teacher or a writer to understand that we are all connected and that what we do every day will ripple out in ways that we will never know.... But we don’t have to know. We just have to trust that whatever we do in the world will find its way to a person who needs it.
— 2019 Commencement Address, Univeristy of Maine at Farmington

Dublin Literary Award Shortlist: My Name is Lucy Barton

The author tells a story both beautiful and haunting, revealed piecemeal through the memories and conversations of a mother and her adult daughter.… This is a deceptively simple novel that uses its sparseness to ensure each word and sentence are weighted to provide a taut, compelling novel.

Lovely to find MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON on the shortlist for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award.