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CANCELLED - Naomi Alderman + Margaret Atwood: The Strand @The New School

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003

We regret to announce that this event has been cancelled. The Strand will refund all purchases.  Please click here for more information.

Margaret Atwood’s protégée Naomi Alderman has taken the UK by storm with her book The Power. This feminist dystopian novel asks the question, what would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power? Winner of the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, The Power has been met with rave reviews. The television rights have been bought by Sister Pics, and the book is the perfect accompaniment to this fall's acclaimed adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale (based on Atwood's novel). 

Naomi Alderman is the author of The Liars' Gospel and Disobedience, which won the Orange Prize for New Writers, has been published in 10 languages, and is being made into a film by Rachel Weisz. She was selected for Granta's once-a-decade list of Best of Young British Novelists and was mentored by Margaret Atwood under the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. She is the co-creator and lead writer of the bestselling smartphone audio adventure app, Zombies, Run! She contributes regularly to The Guardian, is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and presents Science Stories on BBC Radio 4. She lives in London.

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her novels include The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize; Alias Grace, winner of the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Montello in Italy; and The Robber Bride, Cat’s Eye, The Handmaid’s Tale – now a critically acclaimed television series – and The Penelopiad. In 2016, Hag-Seed, a novel visitation of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest and Angel Catbird – a graphic novel with co-creator Johnnie Christmas (Dark Horse), were published. In 2017, Margaret was awarded with the Peace Prize, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize and the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

The Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative is an international arts philanthropy that pairs master artists with young talents for a year of one-to-one creative exchange. Margaret Atwood and Naomi Alderman worked together as part of this program from 2012 to 2013.

Sponsored by The Strand Bookstore in partnership with The New School and the Creative Writing Program as a part of the See Me After Class series.  Purchase a copy of The Power below to attend. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout.

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Writing and Literature, Humanity, Society, Social Justice, Intellectual Culture and Big Ideas


Schools of Public Engagement, Creative Writing Program


Writing, Storytelling and Communication, Social Justice, Gender and Sexuality


$26 which includes a copy of "The Power."

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