Bexley among libraries sponsoring ‘A Conversation with Margaret Atwood’

Viewers of the Emmy-winning Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” have speculated that author Margaret Atwood foreshadowed modern-day events when she wrote the 1985 novel on which the show is based.

Atwood will visit central Ohio to describe her work 7 pm June 15 at the Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St., Columbus.

“A Conversation with Margaret Atwood” will be presented by a consortium of central Ohio libraries: Bexley Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Grandview Heights Public Library, London Public Library, Plain City Public Library, Southwest Public Libraries, Upper Arlington Public Library, Westerville Public Library and Worthington Libraries.

Atwood’s appearance was scheduled for 2020, but the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic caused it to be postponed, Bexley librarian Ben Heckman said.

“We were very excited to get her,” he said. “I think the idea for this was for central Ohio libraries to bring in some of the best authors in the country – maybe there’s some (potential library patrons) that we can get their attention with a big-name author that maybe we’re not seeing as much in the library that we’d like to. Let’s showcase how great central Ohio libraries are by coming together, bringing in a big-name author.”

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