Local libraries helping to sponsor Margaret Atwood visit

(Posted Feb. 27, 2020)

London Public Library and Plain City Public Library, in partnership with seven other central Ohio libraries (Bexley Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Grandview Heights Public Library, Southwest Public Libraries, Upper Arlington Public Library, Westerville Public Library, and Worthington Public Library), will present author Margaret Atwood at 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St., Columbus.

Atwood has long been a literary titan. With her 1985 novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” adapted into an 11-time Emmy Award-winning television series, and its sequel, “The Testaments,” winning the 2019 Booker Prize, Atwood’s sharp eye is more crucial—and prescient—than ever.

“The Testaments” broke the record for best first-day sales of any Penguin Random House title in 2019. Having initially gone to press on the novel for 500,000 copies, the publisher has gone back twice for more copies—in just over a week.

Atwood is the author of more than 50 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction. She is best known for her novels, which include “The Edible Woman,” “The Robber Bride,” “The Blind Assassin,” “Oryx and Crake,” and “The Year of the Flood.”

Her non-fiction book, “Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth,” part of the Massey Lecture series, was made into a documentary. “The Oryx and Crake” trilogy is being adapted into an HBO television series. Her work has been published in more than 40 languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian.

Tickets for “A Conversation with Margaret Atwood” go on sale at 10 a.m. June 15 via CAPA.com (Columbus Association for the Performing Arts). Ticket prices begin at $25.
WOSU Public Media’s Ann Fisher (“All Sides” with Ann Fisher) will lead a conversation with Atwood with the opportunity for audience members to submit questions. A book signing will follow, with the opportunity to purchase books from Gramercy Books.

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