Trinity University Press

Margaret Atwood at Trinity University

Mar 8, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Laurie Auditorium

One Trinity Place

San Antonio, Texas

Margaret Atwood, world-renowned novelist and author of The Handmaid's Talenow an acclaimed Hulu series—will present a public reading, Q&A, and book signing at 7 p.m. on March 8 in Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium as part of Gemini Ink’s Autograph Series. The free reading is made possible by Gemini Ink in partnership with Trinity University Press.

A ticketed luncheon featuring Atwood will be held at 11:30 a.m. the same day at the Witte Museum. Tickets for the luncheon start at $100. 

In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood is the author of over forty novels, books of poetry, and critical works, including The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize; Alias Grace, winner of the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Robber Bride; Cat’s Eye; The Penelopiad; Hag-Seed, a revisioning of Shakespeare’s The Tempest; and, most recently The Heart Goes Last. She has been nominated six times for the Booker Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards. 

Atwood is the rare literary writer whose work becomes a part of popular culture. The Handmaid’s Tale has been translated into forty languages, made into a film, and adapted into an opera and a ballet; it is being turned into a graphic novel. This year it became a hit MGB/Hulu television series. The novel Alias Grace has been made into a six-episode television series that will air on Netflix in November 2017.  

The Autograph Series evening event will be at 7 p.m. March 8 in Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium and feature a  a reading followed by a conversation between Atwood and Dr. Coleen Grissom, a professor of English at Trinity University. Atwood will share her reflections on her reputation as a “prophet of dystopia,” the function of hope in her work, and the novelist’s role in imagining the future. A book signing will follow the talk. The reading and conversation is free and open to the public, but it will be ticketed. Tickets will be available beginning at 9 a.m. February 15 via the Gemini Ink and Trinity University Press websites (tupress.org and geminiink.org). A selection of her books will be sold at the event, and only books sold at the event can be autographed. 

The Autograph Series ticketed luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 8 at the Witte Museum’s Mays Family Center and will feature an intimate reading, interview, and Q&A discussion. Ticket prices begin at $100 and includes a presigned copy of The Handmaid’s Tale. Ticket will be available for purchase from geminiink.org beginning October 1.

 In the past four years middle, high school, and college students have represented almost half the audience at the luncheons, with all students attending free of charge. This is an opportunity for students to experience a program in which they can interact personally with a renowned writer. 

Gemini Ink’s Autograph Series presents nationally and internationally distinguished writers and thinkers to diverse constituencies in San Antonio and South Central Texas. The objective is to celebrate and enhance the role of writers, reading, and writing in community discourse, to strengthen the public’s sense of the relationship between literature and literacy, and to foster public conversations about human issues as reflected in literature.

ABOUT GEMINI INK

Gemini Ink provides creative writing workshops led by published writers at our offices and in diverse community settings. We also host free public readings by nationally and internationally recognized authors, great books seminars, open-mic nights, and our annual citywide spoken word contest, La Voz de San Antonio. Our work honors and springs from the human story and is dedicated to building language skills, self-esteem, and a strong sense of human connectedness in citizens of all ages. More information at geminiink.org.

ABOUT TRINITY UNIVERSITY PRESS

Trinity University Press is associated with one of the leading liberal arts and sciences universities in the United States. The press publishes distinguished, award-winning books that focus on the history, tradition, and the contemporary importance of the human environment from wilderness to the urban environment, with an additional focus on the southwestern United States and Mexico. More information at tupress.org.