2019 PEN Gala Dinner with Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson

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SAVE THE DATE: 2019 PEN Canada Gala Dinner

April 11, 2019
The Carlu, Toronto, ON
PEN Canada pays tribute to the life and work of Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson.
Tickets on sale soon.

Margaret Atwood is an internationally celebrated author, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. Her fearless work has garnered international attention and awards including the Giller and Booker Prizes, and the Governor General’s award. Her work has been adapted for film and television, including her book, Alias Grace, in 2017 and the Emmy award-winning adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, now in its second season. She currently serves as a vice president at PEN International.

Graeme Gibson is an acclaimed author and conservationist. A member of the Order of Canada, Gibson has been a driving force in the development and promotion of Canadian literature, while defending freedom of expression both in Canada and internationally. In addition to being a founding member of PEN Canada, Gibson served as founder and chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada, founder and chair of the Book & Periodical Council, and chair of the Writers’ Development Trust.

Join PEN Canada as we honour literary power couple Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, founding members and past presidents of our centre.

We’ll engage them in conversation about their early days with PEN – opening the centre “with no money and some postage stamps and dining room tables” – their role in shielding Salman Rushdie from a fatwa, and how The Handmaid’s Tale mirrors today’s social and political realities.

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