Margaret Atwood: Online

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Margaret Atwood: Online

Past Event: Wednesday, September 9, 2020


Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in over forty countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays, as well as a teacher, environmental activist, and an inventor.

This online-only event was live at 6:00 p.m. (PDT) on Wednesday, September 9. Novelist, memoirist, and podcast host Cheryl Strayed moderated the evening’s conversation.

All tickets (except Student/25&U and complimentary tickets) come with a paperback edition of The Testaments. Books will be mailed to ticket holders from Elliott Bay Book Company, our bookstore partner, a week after the event.

In addition to the dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale, now a successful MGM-Hulu television series currently preparing its fourth season, Margaret Atwood’s novels include Cat’s Eye, shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize; The Penelopiad; The Heart Goes Last; Hag-seed; and The Testaments, a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, published in September 2019.

The Testaments—her latest—is a modern masterpiece, and a powerful novel that can be read on its own or as a companion to The Handmaid’s Tale. With The Testaments, Atwood opens up the innermost workings of Gilead, as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

Atwood is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. In 2019, she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature.

Cheryl Strayed, our moderator for the evening, is the author of the best-selling memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, the essay collection Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, and the novel Torch. Strayed is the host of the New York Times hit podcast, Sugar Calling and also Dear Sugars, which she co-hosted with Steve Almond. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Event Details

Know Before You Go

How do I access the online event?

Your e-tickets, which come attached in a PDF with your ticket order confirmation email, will contain your digital access password.

SAL will also send an email the day of the event, containing the link and password to access Atwood’s event. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. (PDT) and will be available for viewing for a week after the event.


Have a question for the speaker?

There will be information in ticket holders’ pre-event email about how to send in your Q&A questions in advance! Ticket holders will also have the opportunity to ask a question during the live event.


All tickets for this event include the paperback edition of Atwood’s latest book, The Testaments, except Student/25 & Under and complimentary tickets. Books will be mailed to ticket holders from Elliott Bay Book Company, our bookstore partner for this event.


Closed Captioning is an option for people who have hearing loss, where captioning displays the words that are spoken or sung at the bottom of the video. Captioning is available for all online events; click the “CC” button to view captions during the event.

Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals at online events. To make a request for ASL interpretation, please contact us at or 206.621.2230×10, or select Sign Language Interpretation from the Accessibility section during your ticket checkout process, and we will reach out to you to confirm details. Please note: we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure interpretation.

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