WILKES-BARRE – Margaret Atwood, best known for writing “The Handmaid’s Tale” among her 50+ novels, will be the featured author of the Allan Hamilton Dickson Fund Spring Writers series at Wilkes University, the school said.
“A Conversation with Margaret Atwood”, moderated by Wilkes’ English Department, will take place on April 26 at 7:00 PM, with a short reading, Q&A and book signing. Atwood will spend part of the day doing sessions with the students before heading to the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, 239 South River St., for the public appearance, which is free.
The event is expected to fill up quickly and those wishing to attend are asked to register online at wilkes.edu/dickson.
Atwood published her first novel, “The Edible Woman”, in 1969. Along with fiction, she created non-fiction, poetry and children’s literature.
His work “has been published in over 40 languages and has received worldwide acclaim, recognized by the Booker Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Governor General’s Award, the PEN Pinter Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle, ”a press release noted.
But 1985’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” has caught the public imagination in recent years, thanks to a television series based on the book seen on the Hulu streaming service. Recently renewed for a fifth season, the dystopian tale of a post-war society that subjects fertile women to a form of reproductive slavery clearly struck a chord with many viewers and landed 54 nominations for the Emmy Awards and 15 awards.
The book’s follow-up novel, ‘The Testaments,’ sold its first half a million copies, requiring two more prints in just over a week and breaking day one sales records for the titles of Penguin Random House that year, “according to the press release. Atwood’s other works have been or are being adapted for the screen, with Netflix airing a limited series “Alias Grace” and Hulu developing the “MaddAddam” trilogy, currently in development at Hulu.
Two additional writers for the Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers series will be announced at a later date.