BY JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer
Sunday, January 20, 2013
1/20/13 at 3:28 AM
Writer Margaret Atwood, whose more than 50 books include award-winning novels, poetry, essays and children's stories, will be the subject of the next TulsaReads.
Atwood will be in Tulsa for a special presentation April 3 at the Tulsa PAC. Tickets for this evening are $15, and now on sale through the Tulsa PAC ticketing website, tulsaworld.com/mytix, or by calling the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa at 918-594-8215.
TulsaReads is a citywide program designed to explore the life and work of a given author. Previous TulsaReads programs have focused on Anna Quindlen, Alexander McCall Smith and Pat Conroy.
Major sponsors of TulsaReads are the Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa, the Tulsa City-County Library, Tulsa Town Hall and the Tulsa World.
Atwood, the recipient of the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award in 1999, came to international fame with the publication of her novel "The Handmaid's Tale," a dystopian tale of an America ruled by religious extremists.
She won the Booker Prize for her novel "The Blind Assassin" in 2000, and she has twice won the Governor General's Award in her native Canada.
Atwood has published 15 books of poetry, as well as children's books and collections of essays and reviews, and in recent years she has branched out to writing e-books, including an online collaboration with another novelist on a serial novel about zombies.
Atwood's most recent novel, tentatively titled "Maddaddam," is due to be published in 2013. It is the third novel in a series that includes her books "Oryx and Crake" and "The Year of the Flood."
Nominees for the National Book Critics Circle Awards have been announced. The awards will be presented Feb. 28.
Reyna Grande, "The Distance Between Us"
Maureen N. McLane, "My Poets"
Anthony Shadid, "House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East"
Leanne Shapton, "Swimming Studies"
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, "In the House of the Interpreter"
Robert A. Caro, "The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson"
Lisa Cohen, "All We Know: Three Lives"
Michael Gorra, "Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece"
Lisa Jarnot, "Robert Duncan, the Ambassador From Venus: A Biography"
Tom Reiss, "The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo"
Paul Elie, "Reinventing Bach"
Daniel Mendelsohn, "Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture"
Mary Ruefle, "Madness, Rack, and Honey"
Marina Warner, "Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights"
Kevin Young, "The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness"
Laurent Binet, "HHhH"
Ben Fountain, "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk"
Adam Johnson, "The Orphan Master's Son"
Lydia Millet, "Magnificence"
Zadie Smith, "NW"
Katherine Boo, "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity"
Steve Coll, "Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power"
Jim Holt, "Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story"
David Quammen, "Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic"
Andrew Solomon, "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity"
David Ferry, "Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations"
Lucia Perillo, "On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths"
Allan Peterson, "Fragile Acts"
D.A. Powell, "Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys"
A.E. Stallings, "Olives"