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Big Read: Margaret Atwood, In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination

Wednesday October 12, 2011
07:00 pm

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At our keynote event for the Big Read at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, award-winning author Margaret Atwood discussed her new book, In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagaination, and the impact that science fiction has had on her life as a reader and a writer. Click here to read our exclusive interview with Atwood in The Literarian.


This event was presented in partnership with the City University of New York.



Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec and, later, Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master’s degree from Radcliffe College.


Throughout her rich and varied career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than fifty volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. She is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid’s Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the 2000 Booker Prize. Oryx and Crake was released to great acclaim in 2003 and was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. In 2008, Ms. Atwood delivered the CBC Massey Lecture Series, published as Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth. Ms. Atwood’s work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic, and Estonian, and a number of her titles have been adapted in theatre, opera, television, and film.


As demonstrated in her latest novel, The Year of the Flood (2009), Ms. Atwood has an uncanny knack for writing books that anticipate the preoccupations of her public. Ms. Atwood’s most recent collection, In Other Worlds: SF and The Human Imagination (2011), brings together her 2010 Ellmann Lectures with some of her key reviews and introductions, and explores what science fiction has meant to her both as a reader and as a writer.


Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson. Together, they are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Society within Birdlife International and Ms. Atwood is also a Vice President of International PEN. For more information about Margaret Atwood and her works, please visit: