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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ author Margaret Atwood speaks at Wilkes University on April 26, 2022

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ author Margaret Atwood speaks at Wilkes University on April 26, 2022
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From a press release:

Margaret Atwood, the bestselling author of more than 50 novels, including “The Handmaid’s Tale,” will be the featured author of the Allan Hamilton Dickson Fund Spring Writers Series at Wilkes University next year.

“A Conversation with Margaret Atwood,” hosted by the Wilkes English Department, will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 7 p.m. It will include a brief reading, a question-and-answer session, and book signing.

The event will be held at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts (239 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre). Earlier in the day, Atwood will conduct a Q&A session with students in the Kirby Hall Salon.

“A Conversation with Margaret Atwood” is free and open to the public. Seats are expected to fill quickly, so online reservations are strongly recommended and can be made now at

Margaret Atwood has been sharing the power of the written word since publication of her first novel, “The Edible Woman,” in 1969. She has crafted more than 50 volumes of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s literature.

Atwood’s work has been published in more than 40 languages and has garnered worldwide acclaim, recognized with the Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General’s Award, the PEN Pinter Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle.

Renewed for a fifth season, the critically acclaimed television version of her 1985 novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” has earned 54 Emmy nominations and 15 awards. The dystopian work’s 2019 follow-up novel, “The Testaments,” sold out its initial half-million copy run, requiring two additional printings in just over a week and breaking first-day sales records for Penguin Random House titles that year.

Other screen adaptations of Atwood’s literary favorites include the Netflix limited series “Alias Grace” and the “MaddAddam” trilogy, which is under development at Hulu.

Two additional writers for the Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series will be announced at a later date.

Wilkes University is a private, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs.

Founded in 1933, Wilkes is on a mission to create one of the nation’s finest doctoral universities, offering all of the programs, activities, and opportunities of a large university in the intimate, caring, and mentoring environment of a small college, open to all who show promise. The Brookings Institution ranked Wilkes 14th in the nation for middle-class mobility.

In addition to 45 majors, Wilkes offers 24 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing.