Margaret Atwood: 2005 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize
Click play to listen. Recorded on November 6, 2005.
Author and poet Margaret Atwood accepts the Chicago Tribune Literary Prize in honor of her talent, hard work, and passion. Between anecdotes of avoiding poisonous mushrooms in the north woods of Canada and punch lines of razor-sharp wit, Atwood stocks her audience with precious advice. She recounts her early years as a developing writer and the troubles she faced while penning her 1996 novel Alias Grace. This is a lecture for artists and fans alike.
Ann Marie Lipinski
, former editor of the Chicago Tribune, introduces Atwood.
Above: Margaret Atwood at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival, in Ontario, Canada, September 2006. Photograph by Vanwaffle.
Margaret Eleanor Atwood is the author of numerous novels, and collections of poetry and short stories. She won the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters in 2008, the Booker Prize for The Blind Assassin (2000), and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for The Handmaid's Tale (1985). Her newest novel is The Year of the Flood (2009). Atwood's writing has appeared in the Tamarack Review, Alphabet, Harper's, CBC Anthology, Ms., Saturday Night, Playboy, Vogue, and many other magazines.
Ann Marie Lipinski
Ann Marie Lipinski is the Vice President for Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago, overseeing an effort to create a new model for an urban research institution acting in partnership with its city. She is also a senior lecturer in the College. Lipinski is a former editor of the Chicago Tribune, where she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting. Under her stewardship, the Tribune published stories that freed innocent prisoners from death row and brought about the state’s moratorium on the death penalty, revitalized the South Side lakefront, and scrutinized education initiatives.