Kate Atkinson

in Conversation with Alix Ohlin

Kate Atkinson


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Saturday, September 29
7:30 pm
St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church
1022 Nelson Street

From the international bestselling and award-winning Kate Atkinson comes Transcription, a new novel that explores the repercussions of one young woman’s espionage work during World War II. She will speak with UBC’s Chair of the Creative Writing Program, Alix Ohlin, about her latest work, her inspiration and her career to date.

The winner of the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year Prize for her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, British author Kate Atkinson is a master of many genres. Her detective novels became a BBC television series, Case Histories, starring Jason Isaacs. Heralded as an exceptional writer for her emotional delicacy, Atkinson’s work evokes reflection, passion and intrigue.

Her latest novel, Transcription, tells the story of Juliet Armstrong, who is recruited as a young woman by an obscure wartime department of the secret service. In the aftermath of war she joins the BBC, where her life begins to unravel, and she finally has to come to terms with the consequences of her idealism. This is a bravura novel of extraordinary power and substance that questions what it means to follow orders.

Can’t wait until September? You can read the opening chapter of Transcription here.

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Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson’s 2013 novel Life After Life won the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Prize, was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize, voted Book of the Year for the independent booksellers associations on both sides of the Atlantic. It also won the Costa Novel Award, as did her novel A God in Ruins (2015).

She was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, and was voted Waterstones UK Author of the Year at the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards.

Kate Atkinson

Alix Ohlin‘s novel, Inside (Knopf), and her story collection, Signs and Wonders (Vintage), were both published on June 5, 2012. She is also the author of The Missing Person, a novel, and Babylon and Other Stories. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best New American Voices, The New Yorker and on public radio’s Selected Shorts. Born and raised in Montreal, she taught at Lafayette College and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers before coming to UBC.