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Atwood lent her dress for art show

Artist Jane Eccles’s new exhibit opens February 26 and runs until April 10 at the Whitby Station Gallery in Whitby, Ontario. Eccles’s exhibit is called “Overlap,” and includes a painting of a dress donated by Margaret Atwood, painted by Eccles. For more information, see the Station Gallery’s website.

The garment Atwood donated to Eccles.

New book to be released summer 2011

Margaret Atwood will soon publish her seventh children’s book, Wandering Wenda and Widow Wallop’s Wunderground Washery.

Royal Society of Literature Lecture

The Royal Society of Literature announces that Margaret Atwood will be delivering a lecture in London on November 3, 2010.  For more information, please visit the Royal Society of Literature website.

Margaret Atwood shares international prize for literature

See the full story at The Vancouver Sun website!

The Handmaid’s Tale premieres at University of Colorado at Denver



DENVER (February 11, 2010)— The University of Colorado Denver’s Department of Theatre, Film & Video Production is pleased to present its national premiere production of William Leiren’s stage adaptation of the novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale on February 25-27 & March 3-6, 2010.

Imagine a society where ultra-conservative religious fanatics control everything and keep everyone under constant surveillance—even those responsible for conducting the surveillance.  Imagine a time when women have lost all rights, can’t even have their own money, and are valued only for their ability to do housework and get pregnant.  Imagine a place where living in fear and suspicion is the only thing common to everyone.

And now imagine this is not a foreign society unfamiliar to us, not another time but now, not a place halfway around the globe.  Imagine all of this in your house, your neighborhood, your town.  Award-winning author Margaret Atwood imagined all of that and created a stunning and compelling picture for us in her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale.  And now, for the first time, this brilliant work has been adapted for the stage. Denver playwright William Leiren, with Ms. Atwood’s blessing, has dramatized this story and UC Denver’s TFVP Dept. is presenting an exciting and hard-hitting production in a transformed Eugenia Rawls Theatre from February 25-27 and March 3-6.  Featuring a multi-faceted cast of 26 students, faculty, and alumni, as well as dynamic and innovative design elements, this promises to be one of the high points of the theatre season.

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2008-09, the College of Arts & Media (CAM) at the University of Colorado Denver embraces the influence of modern trends on traditional art forms. Located on UC Denver’s downtown campus, CAM is at the heart of Denver’s thriving, dynamic arts community. The college encourages its students to discover new artistic forms, explore creative applications of technology, and prepare themselves for careers in the current and emergent culture industry. CAM is one of 13 schools and colleges at UC Denver. The University offers more than 100 degrees and serves more than 28,000 students in Metro Denver and online. For additional news and information, please visit the UC Denver newsroom.

(In)Habitation CD

Centaur Records is releasing a CD by Eileen Strempel (soprano) of Syracuse University and Sylvie Beaudette (piano) of the University of Rochester.   The duo recorded musical settings of the poems of Margaret Atwood,  as part of the Atwood Project and to celebrate Women’s History Month.  Please click here for more details.

Exciting News

You can now follow Margaret Atwood on Twitter!

Or read her blog, which has a number of wonderful posts, such as “Ten Gifts to Give Beginning Novelists.”

The Year of the Flood buzz

Some links of interest:

Margaret Atwood’s Tour Blog from The Globe and Mail

A review by Jeanette Winterson in The New York Times

A review by Ursula K. Le Guin in The Guardian

A review by Jane Shilling in Telegraph