Writing Now

Margaret Atwood, Andrew O'Hagan

Writing Now

Moderator: John Freeman

Event Number: 93
Tickets: $26.00

Writing Now

Margaret Atwood, Andrew O'Hagan

Sunday, October 22
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Granville Island Stage

1585 Johnston St.

Tickets for this event may be sold out, but we think you’ll enjoy #94: Margaret Atwood in Conversation with Hal Wake or #86 An Intimate Evening with Andrew O’Hagan.

We live in turbulent times—how’s that for a classic understatement? But that sentiment seems particularly acute looking at our world, whose very existence, some would say, hangs in the balance. How does the fragile state of things affect the role of the writer? Is it incumbent on writers to increase their engagement with politics or social issues? Can writers help us see our problems more clearly and point us toward solutions? These are just some of the questions our distinguished guests, Man Booker Prize-winner Margaret Atwood and three-time Man Booker prize nominee Andrew O’Hagan will wrestle with in the finale to our thirtieth anniversary Festival. The thoughtful, passionate conversation that starts here will surely continue long after the applause.

Presented with Penguin Random House Canada.

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Event Participants:

Margaret Atwood


Margaret Atwood is an author, literary critic, playwright, cartoonist, illustrator, puppeteer and environmental activist. She has written more than forty books of fiction, critical essays, poetry and children’s literature. Atwood’s works have been published in more than forty languages and she has received numerous awards from around the world. She is renowned for the Man Booker Prize-winning The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam trilogy. Her most recent works include the next in the graphic novel series Angel Catbird, and Hagseed, a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, has been recently turned into a television series by Hulu.


Andrew O’Hagan


Andrew O’Hagan is a highly-regarded novelist and non-fiction author. His works often focuses on issues in contemporary Britain and its role as a global player. His novels have been translated into 15 languages. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Review of Books, Granta, The Guardian and The New Yorker. He is also an Editor at Esquire, London Review of Books and a critic for T: The New York Times Style Magazine. The Secret Life: Three True Stories of the Digital Age discusses three men who have used technology to reform and change the world around them.