Nine Central Ohio libraries to host Margaret Atwood on September 13

Author of The Handmaid’s Tale will be joined in conversation with WOSU’s Ann Fisher


Margaret Atwood

Plain City Public Library, in partnership with eight other Central Ohio libraries (Bexley Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Grandview Heights Public Library, London Public Library, Southwest Public Libraries, Upper Arlington Public Library, Westerville Public Library and Worthington Libraries), will present author Margaret Atwood at 2 pm on Sunday, September 13 at the Palace Theatre (34 W. Broad Street).


Margaret Atwood has long been a literary titan. With her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale adapted into an 11-time Emmy Award-winning television series, and its sequel, The Testaments, winning the 2019 Booker Prize, Atwood’s sharp eye is more crucial—and prescient—than ever.

Atwood’s newest novel and sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, has performed so well, it broke the record for best first-day sales of any Penguin Random House title in 2019. Having initially gone to press on the novel for 500,000 copies, the publisher has gone back twice already for more copies of The Testaments—in just over a week.

She is the author of more than 50 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction. Atwood perhaps is best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Robber Bride, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood. Her non-fiction book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, part of the Massey Lecture series, was made into a documentary.  The Oryx and Crake trilogy is being adapted into an HBO TV series by celebrated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. Her work has been published in more than 40 languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian.


Tickets for A Conversation with Margaret Atwood will go on sale via CAPA on Monday June 15, 2020 at 10:00 am. Ticket prices will begin at $25.00. WOSU’s Ann Fisher will lead a conversation with the author with the opportunity for audience members to submit questions. Book signing with the author to follow.

For additional information, please contact the Library at 614-873-4912.