Margaret Atwood, best-selling author of more than 50 novels including “The Handmaid’s Tale,” will be the featured author of the Allan Hamilton Dickson Fund Spring Writers Series at Wilkes University. “A Conversation with Margaret Atwood,” hosted by the Wilkes English Department, will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. It will include a brief reading, a question-and-answer session and book signing.
The event will be held at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, 239 South River Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Earlier in the day, Atwood will conduct a question-and-answer session with students in the Kirby Hall Salon.
“A Conversation with Margaret Atwood” is free and open to the public. Seats are expected to fill quickly. Attendees should register online at wilkes.edu/dickson.
Margaret Atwood has been sharing the power of the written word since publication of her first novel, “The Edible Woman,” in 1969. She has crafted more than 50 volumes of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s literature.
Atwood’s work has been published in more than 40 languages and has garnered worldwide acclaim, recognized with the Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General’s Award, the PEN Pinter Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle.
Renewed for a fifth season, the critically acclaimed television version of her 1985 novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” earned 54 Emmy nominations and 15 awards. The dystopian work’s follow-up novel, “The Testaments,” sold out its initial half-million copy run, requiring two additional printings in just over a week and breaking first-day sales records for Penguin Random House titles that year.
Other screen adaptations of Atwood’s literary favorites include the Netflix limited series “Alias Grace” and the “MaddAddam” trilogy, under development at Hulu.
Two additional writers for the Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series will be announced at a later date.