Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 7pm, Music Building, $20
a r g a r e t t w o o d
with Leonard Lopate
is a recipient of the Booker Prize, two Governor General’s Awards, the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. She is the author of the novels Surfacing, The Handmaid’s Tale, Cat’s Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood, and the collections of stories Wilderness Tips and Moral Disorder, as well as the volume of nonfiction, In other Worlds: Science Fiction and the Human Imagination, which is forthcoming in the fall of 2011. The Seattle Times has said: “[Atwood’s] shuddering post-apocalyptic vision of the world…summons up echoes of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess and Aldous Huxley…[Her work is] in the forefront of visionary fiction.” John Updike, writing in The New Yorker, has said: “Atwood is a poet…as well as a contriver of fiction, and scarcely a sentence of her quick, dry yet avid prose fails to do useful work, adding to a picture that becomes enormous…opulent…brilliant.” The Times-Picayune has said: “Atwood achieves an almost impossible combination—a hall of mirrors, with cutting insights at every turn, cloaked in a dreamy, all-enveloping atmosphere that seduces the reader with every sentence.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has said: “Margaret Atwood is one of the greatest writers alive…[Her] style is tight, authoritative and as glittering and hard as a diamond…Atwood’s…work is so assured, so elegant and so incandescently intelligent, she casts her contemporaries in the shade.” The Richmond Times-Dispatch has said: “[Atwood] has grown into one of the most consistently imaginative and masterful fiction writers writing in English today.”
In addition to reading from her work, Ms. Atwood will be interviewed by Leonard Lopate.
photo of Margaret Atwood: George Whiteside