Calgary Public Library, John Dutton Theatre
15% discount for seniors, students and Friends of CJSW
The queen of Canadian literature kicks off the Festival with readings from MaddAddam, a moving and dramatic conclusion to her internationally celebrated dystopian trilogy.
Combining adventure, humour, romance, superb storytelling, and an imagination that is at once dazzlingly inventive and grounded in a recognizable world, MaddAddam is vintage Margaret Atwood. At the centre of the novel is the extraordinary story of Zeb’s past involving a lost brother, a hidden murder, a bear and a bizarre act of revenge.
Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than fifty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction and non-fiction, and is perhaps best known for her novels: The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid’s Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996) and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000.
Margaret Atwood first attended WordFest during its inaugural year in 1996, joining 50 other artists including Roch Carrier, Wayson Choy, Tomson Highway, Paul Quarrington and Sheri-D Wilson. She returned in 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2009, with 2013 marking her sixth appearance at the Festival.