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Margaret Atwood Keynotes Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium Spring 2011

Margaret Atwood Keynotes Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium Spring 2011

Having penned 14 novels, nearly 20 collections of poetry, nine volumes of non-fictional prose, six children’s books, three television scripts and a libretto, margaret atwood was featured as the keynote speaker for the fifth annual Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium.

Atwood’s presentation, titled My Life as a Writer, was well-received by a full house in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. Following a sweeping introduction by Dr. Meagan Rodgers (Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, 2009,) assistant professor of English, Atwood took the stage and delighted an audience filled with admirers for more than an hour with her dry wit.

After her presentation, Atwood took questions from the audience and then signed books late into the night.

Earlier in the day, Atwood sat in on a panel discussion with experts on the topic of media and how it relates to culture.

First focusing on poetry during the 1960s as she completed both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Atwood turned to novel writing and launched her career with publication of The Edible Woman (1969).  

In the decades since, she has proven herself as adept at anticipating social trends in her writing as she has at confounding expectations, both literary and ideological, for her work.

With more novels, poetry, and essays came the awards and the accolades.  She was awarded the Governor General’s Award for a book of poems in 1965 and again in 1985 for The Handmaid’s Tale, perhaps her most lauded novel.

Nominated three times for the coveted Booker Prize, Atwood brought it home in 2000 for The Blind Assassin.