2017 Literary Awards
The DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH at Purdue University is pleased to announce that author Margaret Atwood will be our distinguished guest speaker for the 2017 Literary Awards celebration, which will take place on April 5, 2017.
The following events are planned:
April 5, 4:30 pm - Literary Awards pre-dinner reception (included with the ticket price for the banquet)
April 5, 5:30 pm - Literary Awards Banquet, Location TBA. The Banquet includes dinner, the Literary Awards ceremony and remarks from Ms Atwood about the creative process. Information on how to purchase tickets and their pricing will be announced after March 10th (please check back after this date).
April 5, 8:00 pm - Margaret Atwood reading, Loeb Playhouse. Free and open to the public.
A winner of many international literary awards, including the prestigious Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General’s Award, the PEN Pinter Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction. She is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, 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. Her recent novel, Madaddam (the third novel in the Oryx and Crake trilogy), has received rave reviews: “An extraordinary achievement” (The Independent); “A fitting and joyous conclusion” (The New York Times). The trilogy is being adapted into an HBO TV series by celebrated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. Atwood’s most recent collection of short stories is Stone Mattress. Her most recent novel is called Hag-Seed, and it is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest. In addition, Atwood has authored a graphic novel: volume one of Angel Catbird appeared in 2016 and the second volume will be released soon.
In March 2017, Atwood will be the honored recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the National Book Critics Circle. Atwood’s work has been published in more than 40 languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004, she co-invented the LongPen, a remote signing device that allows someone to write in ink anywhere in the world via tablet PC and the internet. She is a founder of ther Writers’ Trust of Canada and a founding trustee of the Griffin Poetry Prize. She is also a popular personality on Twitter, with over a million followers.