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Atlanta Adventures: Margaret Atwood and The Moth


Sometimes it’s good to get out of the Agnes Scott “bubble.” If you and your friends are looking for something fun to do this weekend and next, you should check out some of the exciting literary events going on in the city.

Margaret Atwood at Emory

This Sunday, 10/24, Margaret Atwood will be delivering the Ellmann lecture series at Emory University. Atwood’s lecture is entitled, “In Other Worlds: Science Fiction and the Human Imagination.” Margaret Atwood is the author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” (1985), “The Robber Bride” (1993), “The Blind Assassin” (2000), and “Oryx and Crake” (2003) and most recently “The Year of the Flood” (2009). In addition to her novels, she is the author of short fiction such as “Moral Disorder and Other Stories” (2006), more than a dozen books of poetry, six children’s books, and works of non-fiction and edited anthologies. She is the recipient of the famous Booker Prize and numerous other honors. Atwood is a noted environmentalist and theorist of Canadian identity and culture. All lectures will be held at Glenn Memorial Auditorium at Emory. The first lecture, “Flying Rabbits” will be held Sunday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. The second lecture, “Burning Bushes,” will be held Monday, Oct. 25, at 8:15 p.m. The third lecture, “Dire Cartographies,” will be held Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. with a book reading and signing at 8:15 p.m. All of these events are FREE and open to the public.

Click here for more info.

The Unchained Tour – Storytellers, Fiddlers, and Circus Performers

Have you ever listened to “The Moth” on NPR? The Moth is a non-profit storytelling organization founded by novelist George Dawes Green. The Moth events are an attempt to mimic nights Green spent telling stories with friends on his back porch in Georgia. The event, which features different storytellers presenting an impromptu original tale first became wildly popular in NYC and soon became a regular show on NPR. Starting this fall, Green will headline the Unchained Tour. “We’re painting up an old bus, and this October five brilliant mad Moth raconteurs—along with fiddlers and a circus act—will be riding to fourteen Georgia towns to tell stories and play music and perform. We’ll visit locales where there are still independent booksellers.”

Indie Bookstores around Atlanta will be hosting this installment of the tour at Manuel’s Tavern on Thursday 10/28 and Friday 10/29 @8pm. Tickets are $15 and should be purchased in advance, as this will most likely be a sold out event. For more info on the event and to purchase tickets, click here.

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