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literature | Nov 6th, 2019

The Novels That Shaped Our World: The BBC Names Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie in Literary List

The BBC has assembled a panel of British writers, curators, and critics to put forth a list of the books that have shaped their world. Part of the network’s year-long celebration of literature, the 100-strong list features work by contemporary icons Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie.   "We... Continue Reading →
literature | Oct 28th, 2019

Margaret Atwood Receives Order of the Companions of Honor from Queen Elizabeth

Fresh off her Booker Prize win, prolific Canadian author Margaret Atwood received another honor recently—and an incredible career first: it was presented to her by none other than Queen Elizabeth. As of late October 2019, Atwood is now one of the select few people granted the Companion of Honor... Continue Reading →
literature | Oct 15th, 2019

Margaret Atwood Wins the Prestigious Booker Prize for the Second Time

With her newest release, The Testaments, breaking sales records around the globe—and at a record speed—literary legend Margaret Atwood is also taking home the Booker Prize for the sequel to 1985’s The Handmaid’s Tale, today. Nineteen years ago, Atwood accepted the same award for her book The... Continue Reading →
literature | Sep 26th, 2019

Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments is the #1 Hardcover Fiction Book on the New York Times Bestseller List

Margaret Atwood’s latest book, The Testaments, breaks new ground yet again—this week it’s the #1 hardcover fiction book. According to the New York Times list, The Testaments—in its’ second week since publication—beat out Stephen King’s latest in its’ debut week. Shortlisted for the Booker... Continue Reading →
literature | Sep 24th, 2019

“Dreamy Recollection of a Terrible Year”: Vox Reviews Patti Smith’s Year of the Monkey

The legendary musician’s third memoir walks readers through the tumultuous year of 2016, in which the nation’s collective despair collided with her own personal grief. In the opening of Year of the Monkey, Patti Smith says goodbye to her longtime friend and music producer, Sandy Pearlman. This... Continue Reading →
literature | Sep 18th, 2019

The Most Anticipated Book of the Season—Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments—Hits Record Sales

The iconic author’s latest release has only been on shelves for one short week, but already it’s established itself as another bona fide hit.  According to Penguin Random House, The Testaments has sold more than 125,000 copies since its release on Tuesday. Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’... Continue Reading →
literature | Sep 9th, 2019

Margaret Atwood’s Hotly Anticipated Handmaid’s Sequel is Out Tomorrow

Atwood fans, rejoice! The Testaments—Margaret Atwood’s hyped-up sequel to The Handmaid's Tale—hits shelves tomorrow.  It’s been nearly 35 years since Margaret Atwood wrote The Handmaid’s Tale, and three years since the book was adapted into an Emmy award-winning series. Fans, old and new, are now... Continue Reading →
literature | Sep 6th, 2019

"The Godfather of Crime Fiction" James Ellroy Named GQ’s Writer of the Year

James Ellroy, the prolific author known for the blockbuster novels L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia, released his fourteenth book this year. This Storm tells the story of war fever and racial hatred brewing in 1940’s America.  “There are crime writers and then there is James Ellroy,”... Continue Reading →
literature | Sep 4th, 2019

The Reluctant Prophet: Margaret Atwood Featured in TIME, Long-Listed for the Giller Prize

Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s sequel The Testaments is almost here. The prolific author opens up about the decision to revisit the fictional world of Gilead, her knack for capturing the dark side of history, and her status as a national treasure in TIME magazine.   “Only dead people are allowed to... Continue Reading →
literature | Sep 3rd, 2019

Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie Both Shortlisted for Booker Prize

The much-anticipated shortlist for the 2019 Booker Prize has been announced, and Lavin Speakers Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie have made the cut. Announced today at the British Library in London, this year’s Booker shortlist has been called “a wide-ranging and ambitious line-up”.  Atwood is... Continue Reading →
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