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, Anniversary Drawing Room, Purdue Memorial Union (included with the ticket price for the banquet)

April 5, 5:30 pm - Literary Awards Banquet, East/West Faculty Lounge, Purdue Memorial Union. The Banquet includes dinner, the Literary Awards ceremony and remarks from Ms Atwood about the creative process. Tickets ($25 adults/$20 students) can be purchased in Room 324, Heavilon Hall on the Purdue Campus beginning in March of 2017.

April 5, 8:00 pm - Margaret Atwood reading, Loeb Playhouse/Fowler Hall, Stewart Center. Free and open to the public.

Margaret AtwoodA 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 The Heart Goes Last; a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, called Hag-Seed, will be published this fall.

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.

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