DATE: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010
LOCATION: THE ARLENE SCHNITZER CONCERT HALL
The 2010-2011 season of Portland Arts & Lectures launches with two of our most visionary contemporary storytellers in conversation. These award-winning authors will discuss politics, publishing, and their prolific works of literature. Celebrated Canadian author Margaret Atwood has published over 40 books, including novels, short stories, poetry and nonfiction. Her novels include The Handmaid's Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1998), the Booker award-winner Blind Assassin (2000), Oryx and Crake (2008), and her latest, The Year of the Flood (2009). Atwood is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has been presented with the Order of Ontario and the Norwegian Order of Literary Merit. Wired magazine says Atwood's speculative fiction "has an uncanny knack for tapping into humanity's uncertain future and predicting mankind's cultural, scientific and sociopolitical falls from glory."
Like Atwood, Ursula K. Le Guin is a prolific author of more than 40 books. Her books include A Wizard of Earthsea (1968), The Left Hand of Darkness (1969), the National Book Award winner The Farthest Shore (1973), and Lavinia (2008). Her work has received many awards, including five Hugo Awards and six Nebula awards, and has been translated into 16 languages. Le Guin has earned the praise of critics like Harold Bloom, who included her in his list of "classic American writers" and authors like John Updike, who called her "a magisterial imaginer." Margaret Atwood has said of Le Guin, "whatever else she may do-wherever her curious intelligence may take her-she never loses touch with her reverence for the immense what is."
TICKETS: This talk is part of the 2010-11 season of Portland Arts & Lectures. Tickets are sold by subscription only. Season tickets (all five lectures) start at $70. Individual tickets will be subject to availability and start at $35.
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