Margaret Atwood to present Troy Lecture on Nov. 6

Author Margaret Atwood will present the annual Troy Lecture on the Humanities and Public Life on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

The talk is titled “A Precision of Language: An Evening with Margaret Atwood.”

In 2000, Atwood won the Booker Prize for “The Blind Assassin,” a book in which, according to John Updike, “scarcely a sentence of her quick, dry yet avid prose fails to do useful work, adding to a picture that becomes enormous.” Her latest releases are “Oryx and Crake,” a dark and witty look at ecological disaster; “The Penelopiad,” a first-person retelling of the myth of Penelope, from Homer’s Odyssey; “The Tent, a new collection of mini-fictions; and “Moral Disorder,” a novel-in-short-stories, which explores a single family over the course of 60 years.

Atwood’s books have been translated into more than 30 languages and she has received many international awards, including the Giller Prize and the Governors General’s Award in Canada; the Booker Prize and The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence in the United Kingdom; rhe Dashiell Hammett Award in the United States; and the Le Chevalier dans l’Ordre de Arts et Les Lettres in France. Atwood lives and writes in Toronto.

The Troy Lectures are presented in honor of the late Frederick S. (Barney) Troy, professor emeritus of English, honorary professor of the University and former trustee.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 4 p.m.