Margaret Atwood is a giant of modern literature who refuses to rest on her laurels. She has anticipated, satirized, and even changed the popular pre-conceptions of our time, and is the rare writer whose work is adored by the public, acclaimed by the critics, and read on university campuses. On stage, Atwood is both serious minded and wickedly funny.
Since appearing on the Canadian scene in the 1960s, Atwood has emerged as one of the country’s preeminent literary voices, her work as a novelist, poet, essayist, children’s author, and activist hailed internationally.
Atwood, who will be giving a reading with commentary on Valentine’s Day (worth noting because it would make for one heck of a memorable date), is perhaps best known for her novels. These include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, Cat’s Eye, Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and The Blind Assassin, for which she won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Atwood is also a two-time Governor General’s Award winner, among the staggering list of honours and awards she has accumulated.
Widely regarded within the critical community as one of Canada’s all-time greatest writers, Atwood is revered for her sharp, elegant, and economic writing style. She’s also known for her outspoken, intellectual toughness, both in the media and in her writing, much of which is infused with matters of gender politics and social justice.
“I began as a profoundly apolitical writer,” Atwood once told Ms magazine, “but then I began to do what all novelists and some poets must do: I began to describe the world around me.”
Most recently, and, perhaps, surprisingly, Atwood has been collaborating with British writer Naomi Alderman on a comic-horror zombie novel, The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home, which is being released in serial installments online.
The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program has the privilege of bringing this Booker Prize-winning Queen of CanLit to MacEwan Hall on Valentine’s Day, where she will deliver a reading with commentary, followed by a Q&A and book signing, as our 2012-13 Distinguished Visiting Writer. The 7:30 p.m. reading will be unticketed, free, and open to the general public. Seating is first come, first served.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
MacEwan Hall, University of Calgary