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About Us

Jane Hamilton

Jane Hamilton, critically acclaimed writer and award-winning novelist, will deliver this year’s graduation address at the College’s 140th Commencement on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Ravinia Festival Park in Highland Park, Illinois.

Critically acclaimed as one of the “major writers of our time,” she is praised as “a novelist of surpassing gifts, wit and wisdom about the human condition as it persists through challenging times.” Author of the bestseller A Map of the World, her Wisconsin-based novel that was adapted into a critically acclaimed film, Hamilton is also celebrated for The Book of Ruth, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction; Disobedience; The Short History of a Prince; and her most recent novel, The Excellent Lombards (2016). A resident of Rochester, Wisconsin, Hamilton is an alumna of the Ragdale Foundation’s creative writing residency program, and a graduate of Carleton College.