LIVE from NYPL: SOLD OUT – Margaret Atwood: 80th Birthday Celebration

Date and Time
December 11, 2019
Event Details

This is event is SOLD OUT! Standby tickets may become available at the door, and we will be livestreaming it right here.

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The visionary author is joined by an all-star lineup for a one-night-only celebration of her life and work. 

Margaret Atwood, guest of honor 
Boston Lyric Opera
Claire Danes, actress "Homeland" and narrator of The Handmaid's Tale audio book
Ann Dowd, actress "The Handmaid's Tale"
Erin Morgenstern, author
Jia Tolentino, author and New Yorker staff writer
Rebecca Traister, author and journalist

Over the course of her extraordinary career, Margaret Atwood has published more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels that push the bounds of reality—and are at times eerily prescient about the world in which we live. Actors, writers, and special guests pay tribute to Atwood with readings from across her work as well as items from the Library’s special collections that highlight her varied interests, from rare birds to the international movement for women’s suffrage. Don’t miss this unforgettable conversation with one of the most legendary authors of our time.

Join us early to view a one-night-only display from the Library’s special collections inspired by Atwood’s life and work. Come early! Doors open around 6:15pm.

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An evening with Margaret Atwood, the Richard B. Salomon Distinguished Lecture, is made possible by an endowment established by family and friends of the late Richard B. Salomon. This event is also supported in part by the Consulate General of Canada.

All proceeds from tickets go toward supporting programming at The New York Public Library.

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