The Terry Global Speaker Series Presents: Margaret Atwood

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The Terry Project Global Speaker Series presents Margaret Atwood: Writing the Future

In partnership with Canadian Literature, the Department of English, the UBC Bookstore, the Faculty of Arts, the International Canadian Studies Centre, and the Alma Mater Society

Margaret Atwood, a giant of modern literature who has anticipated, explored, satirized—and even changed—the popular preoccupations of our time, will explore “whether or not one can write about “The Future,” and why prophecy is dodgy. This will include an in-depth dive into the meaning of the Zombie Apocalypse, which always takes place in “The Future.” Unlike vampires.”

Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards including the prestigious Booker Prize. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction and non-fiction.  Currently, in collaboration with Naomi Alderman, she is releasing in installments a serialised novel called The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home.


Thursday November 22, 2012 at 8pm


Margaret Atwood will be speaking in the Chan Centre for Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia.

How can I get tickets?

You will have to get tickets at the Chan Centre box office. This is open noon to 5pm, on Mondays to Saturdays.

Tickets are free for students, staff members, faculty, and alumni. Some tickets will be available to the general public for $15 + service fees.

Other important details:
Doors will open around 7:30, and you should aim to be there well before 8:00–as early as possible.

We will have a standby line. Around 8:05 we will start to let people from the line into the hall.

If you come later than 8:05, you may not get a seat, even if you have purchased a ticket. Your seat will be given out to somebody in the standby line.

You should aim to be there 8:00 latest if you have a ticket, and 7:40 latest if you’d like to try your luck on the standby line.

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Rachel is the student coordinator for the Terry Project and is a 4th year in Global Resource Systems. She can be reached at