Aug 9- Aug 15, 2010 Edition Margaret Atwood, Ursula Le Guin to Lecture

Celebrated authors Margaret Atwood and Ursula K. Le Guin will headline the 2010-2011 Portland Arts & Lectures series September 23, 2010. The award-winning authors will discuss politics, publishing, and their prolific works of literature. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon.

Canadian author Margaret Atwood has published over 40 books, including novels, short stories, poetry and nonfiction. Her novels include The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1998), the Booker award-winner Blind Assassin (2000), Oryx and Crake (2008), and her latest, The Year of the Flood (2009). Atwood is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has been presented with the Order of Ontario and the Norwegian Order of Literary Merit. Wired magazine says Atwood’s speculative fiction “has an uncanny knack for tapping into humanity’s uncertain future and predicting mankind’s cultural, scientific and sociopolitical falls from glory.”

Like Atwood, Ursula K. Le Guin is a prolific author of more than 40 books. Her books include A Wizard of Earthsea (1968), The Left Hand of Darkness (1969), the National Book Award winner The Farthest Shore (1973), and Lavinia (2008). Her work has received many awards, including five Hugo Awards and six Nebula awards, and has been translated into 16 languages. Le Guin has earned the praise of critics like Harold Bloom, who included her in his list of “classic American writers” and authors like John Updike, who called her “a magisterial imaginer.” Margaret Atwood has said of Le Guin, “whatever else she may do-wherever her curious intelligence may take her-she never loses touch with her reverence for the immense what is.”

This event is part of the 2010-11 season of Portland Arts & Lectures. Tickets are sold by subscription only. For additional information on ticket availability visit us online at or call 503-227-2583.

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