Writer, poet Margaret Atwood reads tonight at the Englert Theatre

UI Lecture: Margaret Atwood

Englert Theatre – Monday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. (Free)

On Monday, Nov. 18, The Englert Theater and University of Iowa Lecture Committee welcome Margaret Atwood as part of the Dr. Cassandra S. Foens lecture series.

Margaret Atwood
Illustration by Jacob Yeates

Atwood is a literary powerhouse. Besides winning countless awards, including the prestigious Booker Prize, Atwood boasts over 30 published works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. She is best known for her speculative fiction—The Edible Woman, The Robber Bride and The Blind Assassin—and her books have been translated into over 40 languages including Farsi, Korean and Japanese.

The public and critics love Atwood—her most recent novel, MaddAddam (third book in the Oryx and Crake trilogy) was praised by The Independent as “an epic dystopian journey through a wasteland of high science and low deeds that ends in hope.” Her 300,000 followers on Twitter suggest that she is quite the online personality. And because of her keen political, cultural and environmental literary commentary, Atwood’s work is taught in universities across the world.

So, imagine this: A large Vaudeville theater; on stage, curtains draped to the side, Atwood stands in a dim spotlight. You are with a date, or comfortably alone seated in the first row of the balcony. There are things you notice: Atwood’s spread of wiry hair shadows across the hardwood, folks behind you whisper about female reproductive rights and The Handmaid’s Tale. But in the end it will be Atwood’s terrifying wit that sticks with you.

Margaret Atwood reads The Englert Theater at 7:30 p.m. on her birthday, Nov. 18.

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